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How to scale in your trades and maximize your profit potential 

Last Updated: August 1, 2019

By Rayner Teo


In today’s episode of AskRayner, I’ve got a question by Nawar who asked…

“Hey Rayner, how do you scale in your winners?”


I don’t recommend scaling in for new traders because this is an advanced trading technique. If not done correctly, it could result in some serious drawdown of your account.

But if you’re a seasoned trader and you know what you’re doing, then this technique could increase your trading profits.

So in today’s episode, you’ll learn:

  • The 3 MISTAKES to avoid when scaling into your trades
  • How to scale in your trades the correct way
  • When is the best time to scale in your trades

Once you’ve had the chance to watch this video, I would love to know…

How do you increase the size of your winning trades?

Leave a comment here and let me know.

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  • Thanks for the video Rayner! I always enjoy your trend following analysis. I have had some good luck adding to winning positions in the past… but it always makes me a little nervous!
    Thanks again,

  • Hey Rayner,

    Very useful video. It is something which beginner traders dont know and talk about.

    As opposed to what you said about ‘not scaling too soon’, I scale up as soon as possible as it improves my average and keeps me relaxed to just wait and watch my profits run.

    Of course, one should follow what works best for him. This has improved my performance drastically because previously I was taking lot of time to add my intended lots and this used to deteriorate my performance.

    • Hey Abhijeet

      I don’t do it too soon because a slight pullback could cause me to lose quickly. But again, to each his own. As long as there’s proper risk management in place, I can’t say it’s wrong to scale in early.


  • High Rayner,

    Unlike others here, I tend to disagree today.
    I think there is no need to reduce the size of adding to exposure, AS LONG AS YOU TRAIL STOPS OF THE INITIAL ENTRY TO THE STOPLOSS LEVEL OF THE NEXT ENTRY AND AGAIN FOR EACH ENTRY THEREAFTER, so stairstepping up or down INCLUDING STAIRSTEPPING THEIR CONSECUTIVE STOPS, is the key rule to safely add to exposure at a 1:1 scale.
    Of course context should be likely to succeed.

  • Hi Rayner, must apologise for not being around. Life has its moments? Grand Children are a loveable distraction, hope you experience it one day. A question if I may!!! Probably not pertaining to your part of the world. A trading company FXCM was fined (Not as I see it, think a slap on the wrist was administered. ) $7.1M for dodgy trading. Scamming their clients in many ways. They were supposedly banned from trading for life. that was back in January 2017 to February 2017. ???? something like that. I was at that time using their Trading platform as a demo account. I once asked about your Pepperstone Demo trading platform. have since tried to download it, without much success. But I also looked into the Company as to a probable FX Broker to operate through. They have a office in Melbourne Australia. So perhaps a segment on choosing a broker to perform FX Trading? Oh think Pepperstone has their HQ in the Cayman Islands????? Looking forward to hearing your worldly advice.


    • Hi James

      I don’t discuss about brokers publicly because you never know what can happen these days.

      I feel it’s safer to have one that’s in your country and being regulated. Also look at the ease of withdrawal and their customer service.

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