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World Series Series, Part 2 – Have a Backup

This is Part 2 of a series and a follow-up post to Part 1 [1]. New posts will be made during game days of the World Series.

When Plan A Requires a Plan B

Every game in the World Series is headlined by the starting pitchers as they come up in the rotation. Even throughout the season, when you get tickets to a game, one of the first things to ask is “who’s on the mound?”

Whether you’re a fan or a manager, your hope is that the starter is going to have his best stuff on game night. That’s the first line of defense needed to win games, but just in case, there’s always a backup. A reliever. Someone waiting in the wings who is the Plan B just in case the starter isn’t at his best.

In trading, we always want to have a stop loss [2] in place for our trades. That’s the defense required to limit losses so that we can profit in the long haul with the winning trades we’ll have.

What If…

There’s nothing like being able to limit your losses, so make every effort to do so. Determine where you need to be out of a position, and stick with it. But don’t be afraid to have a disaster [3] plan in place just in case. If your position gaps through your stop, what will you do?

Determining a ‘what if’ scenario at any given time in your trading is a good practice to be in. It’s also a great reminder to size your trades accordingly, because you don’t want everything riding [4] on any one trade – ever. The idea of doing that might be exciting [5] if you were to be right, but that’s a 2-way street and you absolutely must limit your downside [6] if you’re going to stay in this game and survive [7].

Trade well out there!

Jeff White
President, The Stock Bandit, Inc.
Swing Trading & Day Trading Service
www.TheStockBandit.com [8]

[tags]Stock Market, Day Trading, Stock Trading, Investing, Swing Trading[/tags]