Maximize Profits with the 80-20 Rule when Day Trading

The Pareto Principle is one of the most popular management theories in the world. It was suggested by Joseph Juran, who identified a good relationship between 80% and 20%. Specifically, he noted that in most cases, the impact of a circumstance comes from 20% of action.

For example, in some companies, most of the revenue tend to come from a few customers. Today, the Pareto principle, also known as the 80/20 or 80-20 rule is applied in the stock and financial market.

In this report, we will look at the various ways in which you can use the principle to succeed as a trader.

80-20 rule in trading

The 80-20 rule is very common in the trading industry. For you as a trader, you might find that your most profits come from trading a single currency pair or stock. For trading companies, they might find that most of their profits come from 20% of their traders.

Similarly, companies may find that most of their income come from trading a specific asset class like stocks and cryptocurrencies.

The 80-20 rule can also be applied to the day or season of trading. For example, you may find that you make 80% of your income in the morning sessions or in the first half of the year.

It is worth noting that 80-20 is just the starting point. The ratio can change to 70-30 or 60-40.

How to use the 80-20 rule when trading

Come up with a trading strategy

If you are new to trading, we recommend that you take time to develop your trading strategy. You can check out our complete guide on developing a trading strategy to see how you can approach this.

As a newbie, we prefer that you use a demo account when creating and back-testing your strategy. As you do this, there are several strategies you can experiment. These are:

In 80-20 rule, you can find that most of your trading profits are coming from just one or two strategies. As such, you should focus on these strategies.

Assets you trade

Another way of using the 80-20 rule in trading is on the assets. A common mistake that many people make is to try and make money from everything.

This is wrong!

As you develop the 80/20 strategy, you can consider looking at all of your trades and identify the most profitable ones. These best-performers could be small-cap stocks, energy stocks, and even cryptocurrencies.

In this strategy, you should identify your best-performers and double down on them.

Time you trade

A good thing about the market is that you can trade it on a 24-hour basis. As such, you may find that most of your profits come during the American session followed by the European session. In the 80-20 rule, you should identify the one that makes more money and focus on it.

Final thoughts

The 80-20 rule is an important concept on virtually all fields. For example, we have seen companies sell their underperforming businesses as they try to refocus on the segments that work.

You can do this too as a trader.

You can identify the things and double down on them. By so doing, you will be at a good position to sharpen your trading skills and become a better trader without being crazy.

External Useful Resources

  • The Pareto Principle: Day Trading Applications – Speedtrader
  • The 80/20 Rule And How It Can Change Your Life – Forbes
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