So the regular threads saying is it possible to double my money in a week / month and then various posters saying they wouldn't get out of bed for less than couple of grand a day etc. The one thing these seemingly high performing strategies have in common is daft money management.
So paring it down in terms of gain per month based on percentage of account risked per trade (R) what would you say was a sensible target per month?
So take for example a 10,000 account. Risking 1% per trade (100) and making 1,000 per month would mean that you are making 10R per month. Ignores drawdown of course but its better than just using a percentage gain per month
In this instance it's impossible to ignore drawdowns. Finding out your tolerance for drawdowns will ultimately lead you to your annual % figure. At the start of this year i was trading 2% per trade, which brought high returns but an equally large drawdown lasting approx 3 months (in the region of 63%, gains matched this figure and exceeded it). With each new equity high i've reduced my risk by 0.25% per trade in order to limit the severity of the drawdowns while aggressively build my capital (2% is pretty weighty for a lot of trend methods...10% per trade idiots on this site kindly look elsewhere for literary stimulation). The trade off is smaller returns, but pyschologically less stressful. However saying that, i'm sure most would consider my current drawdown of 51% since July too much to stomach, but then my compounded gains and unrealised profits make the medicine a lot easer to take.