# Interesting article explaining how to use leverage and calculate position size

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This article explains very well how to properly calculate position size in your trading and how to properly use leverage and margin within a sound risk management strategy. It also gives the insight how stoplosses play an important part in this context. The art of defining your stoploss is however a totaly separate matter, which you have to master before establishing position size.

The article uses a 2 or 3% risk amount in the calculations. Determining risk amount percentage is also a separate matter and depent a partly on the type of trading (strategy). For most active trading the risk amount would usualy be 1-2% though.

For easy reference i will share the basic calculation of position size:

" Position Size (in \$) = Risk Amount (in \$)/Distance to Stop Loss (percentage expressed in decimals = percentage / 100)"

Risk amount = 1-3% of total available trading capital (example if capital is \$1,000: 2% x 1000 = \$20)

The article has trading on bitmex in mind, calculating position size on spot exchanges is slightly different.

Position size in units of the asset = risk amount (in \$) / distance to stop loss (in \$)

#### Fryorella

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How interesting, it's very complete. I always like to think and analyze the strategies, the big problem is that I have some doubts that maybe I will solve little by little, even so I find the explanation of these calculations of strategies very useful.