As of 02/28/2024
  Indus: 38,949 -23.39 -0.1%  
  Trans: 15,706 -90.67 -0.6%  
  Utils: 841 -0.99 -0.1%  
  Nasdaq: 15,948 -87.56 -0.5%  
  S&P 500: 5,070 -8.42 -0.2%  
YTD
 +3.3%  
-1.2%  
-4.6%  
 +6.2%  
 +6.3%  
  Targets    Overview: 02/13/2024  
  Down arrow37,700 or 39,000 by 03/15/2024
  Up arrow16,400 or 15,400 by 03/01/2024
  Up arrow870 or 800 by 03/01/2024
  Down arrow15,000 or 16,400 by 03/15/2024
  Down arrow4,850 or 5,100 by 03/15/2024
As of 02/28/2024
  Indus: 38,949 -23.39 -0.1%  
  Trans: 15,706 -90.67 -0.6%  
  Utils: 841 -0.99 -0.1%  
  Nasdaq: 15,948 -87.56 -0.5%  
  S&P 500: 5,070 -8.42 -0.2%  
YTD
 +3.3%  
-1.2%  
-4.6%  
 +6.2%  
 +6.3%  
  Targets    Overview: 02/13/2024  
  Down arrow37,700 or 39,000 by 03/15/2024
  Up arrow16,400 or 15,400 by 03/01/2024
  Up arrow870 or 800 by 03/01/2024
  Down arrow15,000 or 16,400 by 03/15/2024
  Down arrow4,850 or 5,100 by 03/15/2024

Bulkowski on Forex Stats

Leverage in the Forex Market

How does the use of leverage affect profitability in the foreign exchange market?

This article is based on the writing of James Stanley in his article Three Rules to Risk Management as published in the July 2014 issue of Technical Analysis of Stocks & Commodities magazine.

When I read an author who supports his theories with statistics, I love it. Stanley did just that in his article. I'd like to share some of his findings with you.

The article is based on research conducted by FXCM.com. "FXCM is a registered Futures Commission Merchant and Retail Foreign Exchange Dealer with the Commodity Futures Trading Commission and is a member of the National Futures Association," according to their website.

The study included data from 2000 to 2010 on more than 12 million trades in the most heavily traded currency pairs. Here's what they found.

Table 1: Statistics
 Highest Equity  Average 
 Trade Size 
%
 Profitable 
 Leverage 
 $0 to $999 $26,00021%26 to 1
 $1,000 to $4,999 $30,00033%6 to 1
 $5,000 to $9,999 $54,00037%5 to 1

The above table shows how the use of leverage decreased as the size of the account grew. As leverage decreased, the percentage of profitable trades increased.

I wonder if this behavior trend continues for larger account sizes....

-- Thomas Bulkowski

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