What is trailing drawdown?

  • The trailing drawdown will always follow the current balance, which is equal to your profit (except LIVE account);
  • The drawdown is recorded in real-time during the trading day and includes a commission;
  • If your balance decreases – your allowable drawdown remains unchanged;
  • If the trader violates the allowable drawdown, the trader’s account is blocked by the administrator. In this case, the trader can make a reset or create a new account.

Trailing drawdown example:

Example #1: A trader has an account of $120,000 it has a maximum trailing drawdown of -$4,000. This means that the maximum you can lose is $4,000 from the maximum profit point at any given time, including open positions. In this case, if your account drops to $116,000, the account will be blocked.

$120,000 - $4,000 = $116,000

Example #2: Let’s say, you started trading and the first trade you did is $500 win. Now your balance is $120,500. In this case, maximum drawdown also moves with your profits, and now the account minimum will be: $116,500.

$120,500 - $4,000 = $116,500

Example #3: Let’s say you have $500 of unrealized profits locked in the trade, and you decided not to pick it up and wait for a bigger move. But after some time, the market goes against you, and you decide to take $250 plus and close the trade. Now, your balance is $120,250, but maximum drawdown is now at $116,500, and here is why: The maximum drawdown will always move -$4,000 from the highest account balance (including unrealized PnL).

$120,250 (Realized PnL) + 250$ (Unrealized PnL) - $4,000 = $116,500

LIVE account trailing drawdown rules:

Same trailing drawdown rules working on the LIVE accounts, except the trailing max drawdown stops trailing forever once it reaches Initial Balance + $100.

Example #4: A trader has an LIVE account of $120,000 it has a maximum trailing drawdown of -$4,000. This means that the maximum you can lose is $4,000 from the maximum profit point at any given time, including open positions. After few successful trades, trader managed to make $4,100 in profits (inclusive of unrealized profits) now his trailing drawdown will remain unchanged as it reached level of initial balance + $100

$120,000 - $4,000 = $116,000 (initial MIN account balance)
$124,100 - 4,000 = $120,100 (trailing drawdown stop point (account MIN balance))

Let’s say the trader managed to make another $2000, where his/her trailing drawdown is now?

$124,100 + $2,000 = $126,100 (trader account balance)
$126,100 - $6,000 = $120,100 (trader minimum account balance)
$126,100 - $120,100 = $6,000 (trader maximum loss on a live account)
$120,100 = point, where trailing drawdown stopped moving.

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