The stop-loss should only be hit if you incorrectly predicted the direction of the market. You need to know your cents/ticks/pips at risk on each trade because this allows you to calculate your dollars at risk, which is a much more important calculation, and one which guides your future trades. The correct stop loss point is the point on the chart which makes your trading thesis untenable. The spot where you admit you are wrong. If you are CERTAIN that your trading thesis will happen, a good rule is to skip that trade. “Sure things” rare One of the trickiest concepts in forex trading is the management of stop-loss orders, which effectively close out your trading positions when losses hit predetermined levels. Stop losses are most effective at halting trades when severe markets dips make returns to profitability unlikely.