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A Trader's Money Management System: How to Ensure Profit and Avoid the Risk of Ruin


Praise for A Trader's Money Management System

"I am pleased to strongly recommend this excellent book, A Trader's Money Management System. If you are picking up this book, congratulations, since you have taken the first steps in following in the footsteps (by using proper money management) of successful traders."
—Steve Nison, President,, and author of Japanese Candlestick Charting Techniques

"Bennett McDowell demystifies money management for traders in his new book. With these simple, time-tested strategies, a trader will decrease the time it will take to become profitable."
—Adrienne Toghraie, President,

"Bennett McDowell does traders a HUGE favor in this valuable book by emphasizing the extreme importance of risk control and its vital place in a sound trading plan. Further, he provides knowledge of and access to specific tools, which enable the trader to implement his ideas simply and effectively. His simple straightforward treatment of a complex and often boring subject is a breath of fresh air and a worthwhilecontribution to this important element so crucial to the achievement of successful trading results."
—Edward D. Dobson, President, Traders Press Inc.

The best-kept secret to trading success: money management

Money management may very well be the most important piece of the trading puzzle. In A Trader's Money Management System, expert Bennett McDowell provides time-tested techniques that can turn a losing trader into a winning one—and take the winning trader to an entirely new level. In revealing his personal approach to staying out of trouble in the financial markets and maximizing profits, he offers comprehensive insights into:

  • The psychology of risk control as well as the finer aspects of setting stop-loss exits

  • The value of managing trade size and consistent record keeping

  • The process of putting together your own personal money management system

Unlike other books that focus on the complex mathematical theories behind money management, this book presents its system in straightforward, easy-to-understand terms that will allow you to quickly see how these concepts work—and immediately benefit from the value of effectively managing risk.

Bennett A. McDowell is the founder of® and an expert in technical analysis and complex trading platforms. Earlier in his career as a financial advisor, McDowell used his own proprietary trading system to serve a community of high-net-worth clients. This system is now known as Applied Reality Trading®, or ART®, and is used by traders around the world in over forty countries. McDowell lectures nationally and writes articles for many leading trading publications, including Technical Analysis of Stocks & Commodities magazine. He is a recognized leader in trading education and is honored to be included as a member of the eSignal “Trading with the Masters” team. McDowell is also the author of The ART® of Trading, which is published by Wiley.




Introduction. This Is My Money Management System.

Part One. Psychology of Risk Control.

Chapter 1. It Just Ain't Sexy!

Chapter 2. Confidence In Your Plan.

Chapter 3. Yin & Yang.

Chapter 4. Risk Psychology and The Trader's Mindset.

Part Two. Stop-Loss Exits.

Chapter 5. Not Every Trade Will Be A Winner.

Chapter 6. Entry Rules and Your Trading System.

Chapter 7. Stop-Loss Exit Rules.

Chapter 8. Scaling Out and Scaling In.

Part Three. Trade Size Does Matter.

Chapter 9. Using Risk-of-Ruin Tables and the Optimal f Formula.

Chapter 10. Using the Two Percent Risk Formula and Proper Trade Size Formula.

Part Four. Record Keeping And Profit/Loss Analysis.

Chapter 11. Tracking Profit and Loss Results and More Formulas for Success.

Chapter 12. Using Trade Posting Cards and Ledgers.

Part Five. Design Your Own Plan.

Chapter 13. Know Thyself—Your Risk Profile and Discipline Profile.

Chapter 14. Risk Management Rules to Choose From.


Appendix A. Getting Started with Your Trade Size Calculator Software.

Appendix B. The Trader's Assistant Record Keeping System.

Appendix C. The Art Of Paper Trading.

Appendix D. Resources.


About the Author.