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6 ways to approach trading following the ESMA changes:

The regulatory changes brought in by ESMA at the end of July have made a big impact on traders. Retail clients now have negative balance protection, reduced leverage, and 50% margin close-out on an account basis.

Here are 6 ways to consider adapting your strategy to improve your trading:

  1. Reduce the size of your positions. This may require greater movement in your favour to make equivalent returns. However, it means you can use wider stop losses, reducing the likelihood of a stop loss being hit by market noise.

  2. Hold your smaller positions longer. Move towards swing trading, where you hold a trade for a day or perhaps several weeks. Directional traders trade even longer term. These styles look to take advantage of bigger moves in the market. A solid risk management plan is still key.

  3. Be more strategic about calculating your stop losses. Use market structure, rather than placing a stop 10 points away if that’s what you can afford. Consider support and resistance level or moving averages, for example.

  4. Trade your plan not your emotions. Risking a small percentage of your trading capital means you are more likely to trade your plan not your emotions. This is a more disciplined and often less time-consuming way to trade.

  5. Risk Reward Ratio. Use market structure to set a stop loss and profit taker. Then apply your risk reward ratio and you will quickly realise whether the trade is worth taking or not.

  6. Using multiple timeframe analysis. Use a chart on different time frames for a clearer idea of price behaviour. Using multiple time frames for trade confirmation should prevent you from being caught on the wrong side of the market.