Twin trading definition:
Twin trading risks minimization technique is based on opening n number of trades each 1/n sizes. For instance, suppose you open trade to buy a lot of 1 size. But if you open two trades to buy two lots of 0.5 size or four trades of 0.25 size instead of one trade of 1 size then it will be twin trading.
Today this technique is used by lot of forex traders but it is not a new technique. Earlier most of the traders have ignored it because of its simple looks and doubtful effectiveness.
Let us have a single 1 lot size forex trade BUY EURUSD at 1.3, stop loss 1.297, target 1.303.
Stop loss is: 30 pips
Target is 30 pips.
Now we will use two twin trades with 0.5 lots.
BUY EURUSD 1.3, stop loss 1.298, target 1.302 using 0.5 lots
BUY EURUSD 1.3, stop loss 1.296, target 1.304 using 0.5 lots
Stop-loss is: 20 pips and 40 pips
The rewards are: 20 pips and 40 pips.
Average risk is: $300
Average reward: $300
Using the same logic, the trader can open n different trades with the same size.
The power of twin trading
The main reason to split the trade into many smaller trades is to reduce the risk of losses as you can set different positions to exit from different trades according to the direction of the progressing market. By the time the trade with the longest exit will close all the trades with shorter exit positions will be closed.
Reasons to use Twin-trading
The main reason behind opening several trades of equal smaller lot sizes instead of one trade of the size of the entire lot is to combat uncertainty in the forex trading. In fact, the forex market is very uncertain. So while making a decision about forex trading, forex traders that use the technique of twin trading are considered smart in this market. Therefore, twin trading is used by the forex traders for getting two things – locking profits and minimizing risks.
When several trades of the lots of equal sizes are opened with different positions to exit and 10 pips are set for each trade the exit position for every trade will be 10 pips more than the previous one. Now you can lock the profit of the exit position of 10 pips even if the market reverses after moving to 20 pips position. Similarly, you will lock the profits of 10 pips position and the position of 20 pips even if the market reverses even after moving up to 20 pips. In this way, on each trade, you can get some profit by the time trade moves to your last exit position.
Management of risks
The management of risk is the best thing in twin-trading. You can cover up the losses of the positions that are still open with the help of the profits you have locked for the positions that have been closed by that time. For instance, you have opened 3 trades of lots of 0.33 sizes each and opted for exit positions at 10 pips, 20 pips, and 30 pips as your stop loss position. Now when the market will move to the 30 pips your first and second exit positions will be closed and their profit will be locked. You can use that profit to cover up the losses if you lose the trade at 30 pips stop loss position.
Thus twin-trading in forex helps in locking profits and reducing the risk of losses