$ Amount of Position

Entry is not equal to 0

Position Size

Stop loss is not equal to 0

Target Price

Target %

If buy an asset - choose long; if you sell it (going short) - choose short option

Target $ Return

If you invest with % risk, and sell all position at , you wil get this profit:

Profit

Input a number into the box to see how the current risk parameters of the trade are affected with leverage. With leverage you can take a larger position size, but that means our stop loss must move closer to the entry so that we don't risk more than the desired % or $ amount of our account (Account Risk above).

Inputting 10 into the box means the original position size calculated above is multiplied by 10.

Leverage increases the buying power of the capital in your account. 10:1 leverage means you can make trades with a value 10x the capital in your account. 100;1 means your capital is magnified 100 times. For example, if you have $10,000 in the account and 50:1 leverage, you can purchase up to $500,000 in positions. Trading on leverage allows for larger position sizes which can increase both profits and losses on trades.

Long Tight Stop Loss

Short Tight Stop Loss

If you multiply your position size above by the number in the Leverage box, the Long and Short Leveraged Stop Loss show where your stop loss needs to move to so as not to exceed your desired risk to the account. If the stop loss doesn't get closer to the entry, and you increase your position size, if the original stop loss is hit you will lose more than you originally wanted.

Profit

Risk Size

Use this position size calculator to determine how much of an asset you should buy based on a selected risk tolerance and your account size. Position size is a key element of any strategy. No strategy wins all the time, so if you risk too much your account may be decimated with a few losing trades. Risk too little and your capital isn't being used efficiently and potential profits will be tiny. This position size calculator shows you the correct position size for your trade levels, and also lets you see how the profit and loss is affected by other scenarios.

- Account sizeThis is your account balance, or the total amount of capital in your account that you're willing to use for trading.
- Trade: Long or Short (buttons)If you are buying the asset, select "long." If you are shorting the asset or intend to profit from a price decline, select "short."
- EntryThis is the price at which you are buying the asset. If unknown, make an estimate. For example, you may buy a forex pair at 1.2523 or a stock at 25.36.
- Stop LossThis is the price at which you'll exit the trade if it doesn't go in the anticipated direction. The purpose is to mitigate risk on the trade. The stop loss must be below the entry if buying, or above the entry if shorting.
- Account Risk - % or $ (buttons)The "%" denotes the percentage of the account you're willing to risk/lose on the trade. Professional traders typically risk 1% or less of the account. Risking more than 5% is not recommended. The "$" denotes the dollar amount you're willing to risk/lose on the trade. This dollar amount should be a small portion of the Account Size. For example, on a $1,000 account you could opt to risk up to $10 on a trade.
- Amount of PositionThis is the total capital drain for taking the position. It's the total cost for the position calculated as the position size multiplied by the entry price. For example, 100 shares at $56.25 generates position value of $5,625.
- Position sizeThe position size is the ideal amount of the asset to buy. Buying this amount based on the account size and stop loss will result in the desired account risk on the trade.
- Risk SizeThis is the dollar amount at risk. It is equal to [Account Risk % x Account Size] or the dollar amount in the Account Risk $ box.

"Enable multiple targets" mode

If you plan on exiting a portion of the trade as the trade becomes more profitable, choose this mode. Using this, you would exit a portion of the position at the first target, another portion at the next target, and so on.

Calculate Leverage?

Select this if you want to see how leverage can affect a position. Leverage increases your buying power, which means you can take larger positions, thus increasing potential profits and risk. Selecting this activates a box below where you can input your desired level of leverage.

Target %/$

Target % is the percentage difference between where you will enter and exit a profitable trade. Entering at 1.0 and exiting at 1.1 is 10%.

Target $ shows your percentage converted to a dollar amount, and shows the price of the asset when you will exit a profitable trade. If entering at 1.00 and exiting at 1.05 or 1.10, you can input 1.05 or 1.10.

Target $ shows your percentage converted to a dollar amount, and shows the price of the asset when you will exit a profitable trade. If entering at 1.00 and exiting at 1.05 or 1.10, you can input 1.05 or 1.10.

Target $ Return

This shows the amount the position is worth (in $) when the asset's price is at the target price/percentage.

Profit

This is the difference between "Target $ Return" and "$ Amount of Position." If the capital required for the position was $5,625 and the position at the price target is worth $6,000, that's a profit of $750.

Using multiple targets is called "scaling" out of a position. Use the boxes below to specify the prices at which you will sell a portion of the position, as well the percentage of the position you'll exit at each price target. The calculation will give you the total profit on invested funds if all the profit targets are reached.

**Target 1 Price**This is the price you'll sell a portion of your position at. Compared to subsequent targets (2, 3, 4, etc.) this one is closest to the entry.**Target 1 Allocation %**This shows the percentage of the position you will exit at each target. The full position is 100%. If you wish to close half the position at a target, input 50%. If you wish to close 1/3 of the position, input 33.3%. Each target can have a different allocation.**Target 1 Return $**This denotes the capital you'll receive for selling the position at each target price. It is calculated as [Position size x Target 1 or 2, 3, etc)]**Target 1 Profit $**This shows the $ profit on this portion of the position. Calculated as [(Target 1 Return $ - $ Amount of Position) x Target 1 Allocation %] For additional targets, the formula will use the return and allocation for that target. For example, Target 4 profit is [(Target 4 Return $ - $ Amount of Position) x Target 4 Allocation %]**Target 2 Price****Target 2 Allocation %****Target 2 Return $****Target 2 Profit $****Target 3 Price****Target 3 Allocation %****Target 3 Return $****Target 3 Profit $****Target 4 Price****Target 4 Allocation %****Target 4 Return $****Target 4 Profit $**

This is the total profit when accounting for multiple exits at different target prices. It is the sum of profits accumulated with each sale. For example, Target 1 Profit $ + Target 2 Profit $, and so on.

Input a number into the box to see how the current risk parameters of the trade are affected with leverage. With leverage, you can take a larger position size, but that means your stop loss must move closer to the entry so that you don't risk more than the desired % or $ amount of your account (see Account Risk above).

Inputting 10 into the box means the original position size calculated above is multiplied by 10.

Leverage increases the buying power of the capital in your account. 10:1 leverage means you can make trades with a value 10x the capital in your account. 100;1 means your capital is magnified 100 times. For example, if you have $10,000 in the account and 50:1 leverage, you can purchase up to $500,000 in positions. Trading on leverage allows for larger position sizes which can increase both profits and losses on trades.

Long Leveraged Stop Loss

Short Leveraged Stop Loss

If you multiply your position size above by the number in the Leverage box, the Long and Short Leveraged Stop Loss show where your stop loss needs to move to so as not to exceed your desired risk to the account. If the stop loss doesn't get closer to the entry, and you increase your position size, you will lose more than you originally wanted should you hit the stop loss you set.

Profit

This shows the profit on the position when magnified by leverage, assuming the profit targets selected above are reached.

Risk Size

This the amount of risk on trade based on current parameters and multiplying the position size by the leverage amount selected (in the box). This only applies if you multiply your position size without adjusting your stop loss to the Long or Short Tight Stop Loss level.

Assume you wish to Buy Apple (AAPL) at $125. You have a $30,000 account and 2:1 leverage ($60,000 buying power).

You're comfortable losing up to 2% of the account (0.02 x $30,000 = $600) on the trade.

Your stop loss is $120, $5 below the entry price.

Account Risk $ / risk on trade) = position size. The risk on the trade is the difference between the entry and stop loss price.

**$600 / $5 = 120 shares**

In this situation, 120 shares is the ideal position size for risking 2% of the account with that stop loss and account size.

**120 shares x $125 (price of shares) = $15,000**

This is how much capital is required to take the position. No leverage is required since it is less than the account balance ($30,000).

Working backwards, if you bought 120 shares and lost $5/share, the loss would be $600, or 2% of the $30,000 account.

Assume you wish to buy the EUR/USD for a day trade at 1.0525. You have $5,000 in your account and 50:1 leverage from your broker.

You are comfortable losing up to 1% of the account (0.01 x $5000 = $50) on a trade and your stop loss is 5 pips (1.0520).

Let's calculate the position size.

You can risk up to $50 on the trade.

Each pip of movement in the EURUSD is $10 per standard lot (you need to know this or use the pip value calculator).

Your stop loss is 5 pips away.

Account Risk $ / risk on trade) = position size in standard lots. Risk on trade for forex is the difference between the stop loss and entry, multiplied by the pip value.

**$50 / ($10 x 5pips) = 1**

In this case, "1" means 1 standard lot. We know it is a standard lot, and not mini or micro lots, because the pip value for a standard lot ($10) was used in the calculation.

This is the ideal position size for this account, stop loss size, and risk tolerance.

A standard lot is €100,000 in the EUR/USD, or $105,250 based on the current price/exchange rate. This is the $ Amount of Position. With $5000 in the account, this position requires at least 21 leverage ($105,250 / $5000).