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Should You Set Trades to Breakeven? 

Last Updated: July 25, 2019

By Rayner Teo

Very often we have come across traders setting their trade to Breakeven. Most traders do it because it is psychologically comforting to know you’re in a risk free trade with nothing to lose and everything to gain.comfort

The most common scenario of setting Breakeven is when a trade hits 1 to 1 or 1 to 2 risk reward.

But is that the right thing to do? This article is here to shed some light on when you should not set a trade to Breakeven.

Look at this trade below, which I shorted at resistance. I was up 100 pips before price retraced back to my entry. I did not set it to Breakeven and left my Stoploss at it’s original location.


Now begs the question, WHY?

And here’s my thought process on it.

Although I have hit a 1 to 1 risk reward on this trade, I shouldn’t have exited my trade at Breakeven as price went against me.

Because the price at which I sold is the price I want to SELL! Read that again.

By setting it to Breakeven, I’m technically going long into a resistance area instead of SELLING it. (Because a stoploss on a short trade is a buy stop order)

We all know resistance is an area whereby price may be rejected, so why would you want to cut your trade into that area?

Every action we take in the market must have a logical reasoning and not be based on our emotions. Because the market doesn’t care about how you feel.

I hope this article sheds some light on why you shouldn’t set trades to Breakeven too quickly.

Good Trading!


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