Log in

How to Decide When to Close a Position?

Adam Lienhard
How to Decide When to Close a Position?

Closing a trade is as important as opening it. In this article, Headway experts share what to consider when you think about exiting a trade and what strategies can be of help to you.

1️⃣ We evaluate the current situation

Before entering the trade, you define your overall financial goals and strategy. For instance, do you aim to achieve a specific profit target or limit your losses to a certain level? These goals can be based on technical or fundamental analysis of the market. That way, you know your exit points even before you enter the trade.

When deciding to close a trade, there are several factors you should also consider.

Fundamental factors. Consider fundamental factors when deciding to close a trade. These factors can include political and economic news, geopolitical developments, central bank decisions, company events, and general market expectations. These factors can influence market behavior and may either support or contradict your decision to close the trade. 

Follow news and market analysis related to the assets you are trading. Economic news and global events can have a significant impact on asset prices, and this can affect your decision to close the trade.

Technical analysis. Utilize tools and indicators to analyze price patterns and market trends. This type of analysis can be used to identify potential entry and exit points. For example, trendlines and candlestick patterns can be employed to determine possible entry and exit points. 

Use technical analysis tools can assist in making data-driven decisions. For example, you might use indicators such as Moving Averages, trendlines, or momentum indicators to determine when to close the trade.

Performance and risk monitoring. Continuously monitor the performance of your trade. Adjust Stop-Loss or Take-Profit orders based on market movements and trade developments. If the trade quickly meets your target expectations, close a portion of the trade and secure profits, reducing risks and improving capital management.

Base your trade closure decisions on your outlook for the market and future expectations. Close the trade if you believe that the current market trend has changed or if you believe that your target for the trade has been achieved. 

Be aware of the level of risk you can tolerate in the trade. Set a level of loss that you can bear before deciding to close the trade. You can also use stop-loss and take-profit orders to set automatic levels for closing the trade when it reaches a certain point.

Exit strategy. Define a strategy for exiting both profitable and losing trades. Several approaches can be used, such as exiting when a certain profit level is achieved, when the price surpasses a specific indicator’s average, or when the technical trading signal reverses. Determining an appropriate exit strategy can help reduce emotional biases and make more logical decisions.

2️⃣ We apply an exit strategy

Exiting a trade is a crucial part of managing risk and realizing profits in trading. The appropriate exit strategy depends on your trading objectives and personal preferences. Below are some common strategies for exiting trades:

Fixed target. This strategy involves setting a specific profit target when opening a trade, and automatically closing the trade when the price reaches that level. This approach is useful for traders who want to take advantage of short-term price movements.

Technical trading signals. Technical trading signals can be used to identify exit points. For example, if you entered a long trade when the price broke above a simple moving average, you may choose to close the trade when the price drops below the moving average.

Trailing stop. This strategy uses a trailing stop-loss to protect profits and minimize risks. The trailing stop level is adjusted to a certain distance from the current market price as the price moves in your favor and generates a profit. If the price reverses and falls by a specified amount, the trade is automatically closed. This allows you to capture positive price movements and protect profits in case of a trend reversal.

Time-based strategy. You can also choose to close a trade after a specific period, such as an hour or a day. This approach can be useful for traders who prefer quick trading and reducing exposure to risks.

Fundamental analysis. Fundamental analysis involves considering market and asset-specific factors before deciding to exit a trade. These factors can include financial reports, economic and political events, and industry developments. If these factors change significantly and affect your expectations for the asset, you may choose to close the trade.

Keep in mind that there is no one-size-fits-all approach! Experiment and adjust your strategy based on your results.

Follow us on Telegram, Instagram, and Facebook to get Headway updates instantly.