# 3 Pillars of Profitable Forex Trading Strategies

**Forex Trading Strategies**

When it comes to successful Forex trading, it is crucial to have a strategy and turn them into profitable forex trading strategies. Whether your strategy is based on technical analysis or fundamental analysis, it is important to incorporate the 3 pillars of a profitable strategy into your trading style.

The **Funded Trader** is here to help! We want to give you some tips about different pillars that you can incorporate into your trading strategy.

**3 Pillars of a Profitable Strategy **

There are 3 Pillars to every and all profitable strategies and they are: **Frequency, Win-Rate, and Risk to Reward Ratio.**

We can define **Frequency** as the amount of instances a trade setup presents itself during a given period of time.

We can define **Win-Rate** as the percentage of instances our profit target has been hit relative to the amount of instances our stop loss has been hit.

Finally, we can define **Risk to Reward Ratio** as being the amount risked, relative to our realized gain.

What this all means is that, whenever we evaluate a strategy these are the metrics we should be paying attention to in order to ultimately calculate our **Expected Value**.

**Frequency**

To determine frequency we need to determine our **set** in order to find our **variable**. Our **frequency set** is a period of time in which trade setups will occur and our **variable** is the number of setups that occur within the set.

**A set can be an hour, day, week, month, year….etc**

So we can define our frequency as:

10 trades within a week

40 trades within a month

480 trades within a year

This is important because we will be able to use the frequency of trade setups to create realistic expectations and goals in our trading plan.

**Win-Rate (WR)**

Win-Rates are often expressed in percentages like this: “50%”. The easiest way we can calculate a win rate is through cross multiplication.

I will explain below:

Adam takes **36 trades** and of those trades only **12 hit his Take Profit**. What is his **WR**?

Well we need to start by identifying the **set** and the **variable**

The **set** is the total amount of trades taken

And

The **variable** is the amount of trades won

We can express this relationship as “variableset”

and when we **substitute** we get 1236

But that doesn’t give us our win-rate percentage, so we need to **set the denominator equal to 100** to **convert to a percentage**. This is how it can be done:

1236=x100

12 * 100 = 1,200

36 * x = 36x

36x36=x 120036=33

X = 33

**Win-Rate = 33%**

Using this method you will always be able to calculate your WR.

**Risk to Reward Ratio (RRR)**

In this section, we want to break down how a trader should use the risk-to-reward ratio. The best way to do this is by showing you some formulas and examples of a good rule to keep in mind when using the RRR.

Risk to Reward Ratios are often expressed like this: “1:2”, meaning 1 risk = 2 rewards or “1:5” meaning 1 risk = 5 rewards.

Let’s make use of some **variables** to further understand this concept.

Given an **RRR of 1:2** and a **static risk parameter of 0.5% per trade**, What is our **expected value** after **1 trade** assuming a **100% win rate**, when managing a** $100k account?**

The answer is **$101,000** I will explain algebraically:

**X is defined as the percentage risked**

**Let X = 0.5**

**Solve:** 1(x):2(x)

**Substitute your defined risk parameter into RRR expression**

1(0.5):2(0.5) = 0.5:1

***this means we are risking 0.5% to gain 1%***

Now we take our original balance of **100,000** and **add our realized gain of 1,000 to get $101,000.**

You may ask now, why does this matter?

Well it matters because as Traders we realize that we aren’t going to have a 100% win-rate, so **having a positive risk to reward ratio protects us against inevitable losses.**

If we were to change a few parameters from our previous question we can shed some light on the power of a positive RRR.

So let’s do that:

Given an **RRR of 1:2** and a **static risk parameter of 0.5% per trade**, What is our **expected value** after **10 trades** assuming a **50% win rate**, when managing a **$100k account?**

The answer is **$102,500**, I will explain algebraically

**X is defined as the percentage risked**

**Let X = 0.5**

**Solve:** 1(x):2(x)

**Substitute your defined risk parameter into RRR expression**

1(0.5):2(0.5) = 0.5:1

***we know our strategy works 50% of the time so we can assume 5 wins and 5 losses from our total of 10 trades**

So let’s multiply our **percentage gain (1%)** by the **amount of expected wins (5)**

We get a **5% gain**, but we haven’t accounted for our **expected losses** yet, so let’s do the same thing for the losses

So let’s **multiply** our** percentage risked (0.5%)** by the **amount of expected losses (5)** from our **total of 10 trades**

We get a **loss of 2.5%**

Subtract **expected loss** from **expected gain**:

5% – 2.5% = **2.5% expected percentage gain**

Now that we have our **expected percentage gain** we can simply **Multiply our starting balance (100,000)** by our **expected percentage gain (2.5%)** and get our **Expected Value.**

I’ll express this algebraically:

2.5% = 0.025

100,000 * 0.025 = 2,500 or 100,000 * 1.025 = 102,500

100,000 + 2,500 = 102,500

Now that we have an understanding of how to simply calculate **Expected Value** we can set realistic expectations and goals, as well as benchmark our performance against what is **statistically possible.**

Take note that even though we are **losing half of our trades** we are **still profitable** because of our **Risk to Reward Ratio**.

**Incorporating all 3 pillars of a profitable strategy**

When it comes to trading, every trader has a different method of how they trade. One thing that is for certain is that the most successful traders will tend to incorporate all of the 3 different techniques that we discussed above.

Even if you choose to not use the RRR, WR, or Frequency it is still important to understand these different formulas and what they mean. There are metrics that every trader should be paying attention to and without a proper trading strategy, then you risk blowing your account.

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By incorporating our tips and the 3 pillars of a profitable strategy, then it will put you ahead of many beginner traders because understanding and using RRR, WR, and Frequency are crucial components in forex trading.

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