Stop Loss: An Art to be Learned Well by Traders


Setting Take Profit and Stop loss in the right areas are essential factors in trading. A trader does not survive in the market by placing Stop Loss and Take Profit at the wrong places. In today’s lesson, we are going to demonstrate an example of an entry with the level of Stop Loss and Take Profit.


This is a daily chart. The price heads towards the North with good bullish momentum. The buyers are to look for long opportunities at the pullback. Let us wait for the price to make a pullback.

The price starts having a downside correction with an Inside Bar. It produces two more candles that are bearish. After that, it forms a Spinning Top right at a flipped support. This is a bullish reversal candle but not a strong one. A breakout at the top of the Spinning Top attracts the minor charts’ buyers to go long on the pair. However, major charts’ traders may want to wait for a stronger daily bullish reversal candle.

The next candle comes out as an Engulfing candle. This reversal candle attracts more traders to look for long opportunities here. Since it has not made an upside breakout, thus, to take an entry, traders shall flip over to the H4 chart.

This is the H4 chart. The price has a rejection at the red marked level on the daily chart. Thus, this is the level where the price may find its resistance on the H4 chart. This shall be the level to count in setting Take Profit. The H4 chart shows that the price starts having a pullback. Things are getting better for the buyers.

Let us draw the resistance. If the price consolidates and makes a breakout at the black marked level, a long entry may be triggered. However, the buyers must wait to get the level of support.

Here it comes. A bullish reversal candle forms at a flipped support followed by a breakout candle. A long entry shall be triggered right after the last candle closes. Stop Loss may be placed right below the support where the price forms the bullish reversal candle. Many traders set their stop loss right below the breakout candle. In my experience, this offers a better risk-reward, but it often brings more losing trades.

Have you noticed that the price came back and then headed towards the North? If we had set our Stop Loss right below the breakout candle, our Stop Loss would have been hit. Rather than making some profit, we would make a loss here.

The Bottom Line

Setting Take Profit is important, but setting Stop Loss is more important. In my opinion, it is an art. It needs a lot of practice to be well acquainted with the art of setting Stop Loss as immaculate as it can get.