Ladies and gentlemen, esteemed Global Intra-Day Traders, Global Swing Traders, and Global Position Traders, I am honored to have the opportunity to address you on the topic of a better way to set stop losses. As you are all aware, stop loss placement is a critical aspect of risk management in trading, and a well-executed strategy can make the difference between success and failure in the markets.

In today’s lecture, I will share with you a unique approach to setting stop losses, utilizing volatility exposure as the foundation for determining the appropriate stop loss levels for various timeframes and trading strategies.

Quote by Dr. Glen Brown: “Risk management is the cornerstone of successful trading. Master the art of setting appropriate stop losses, and you’ll be well on your way to a successful trading career.”

Volatility Exposure: The Foundation of Stop Loss Placement

As traders, we must understand and respect the volatility of the financial instruments we trade. Volatility refers to the rate at which the price of a financial instrument increases or decreases, and it serves as an indicator of the risk associated with that instrument.

To measure volatility, we can use the Average True Range (ATR) indicator, which accounts for gaps and large price movements, making it a more robust and reliable measure of volatility than simply calculating the standard deviation of returns.

Quote by Dr. Glen Brown: “Understanding volatility is the key to unlocking the potential of any trading strategy. Embrace the chaos, and you’ll find the opportunities that others miss.”

Volatility Exposure Periods (VEPs): A New Approach to Stop Losses

At Global Financial Engineering, we believe in setting stop losses based on the number of Volatility Exposure Periods (VEPs). This approach takes into account the varying levels of risk associated with different timeframes, allowing traders to tailor their stop losses and position sizes according to the specific trading strategy they are employing.

By assigning a different number of VEPs to each system, we can create a sliding scale of risk percentages that balances risk and potential rewards across all timeframes. This method ensures that traders do not overexpose their equity to a single trade or strategy.

Quote by Dr. Glen Brown: “Tailoring your stop losses to the unique characteristics of each trading strategy is a powerful way to optimize your risk management and enhance your overall trading performance.”

Applying VEPs to Various Timeframes and Strategies

Here’s a brief overview of how we assign VEPs to different systems and timeframes within the Global Algorithmic Trading Software (GATS):

  1. System #0 – 1-minute chart – 27 VEPs – 0.01% risk
  2. System #1 – 5-minute chart – 24 VEPs – 0.02% risk
  3. System #2 – 15-minute chart – 21 VEPs – 0.03% risk
  4. System #3 – 30-minute chart – 18 VEPs – 0.04% risk
  5. System #4 – 60-minute chart – 15 VEPs – 0.05% risk
  6. System #5 – 240-minute chart – 12 VEPs – 0.06% risk
  7. System #6 – Daily chart – 9 VEPs – 0.07% risk
  8. System #7 – Weekly chart – 6 VEPs – 0.08% risk
  9. System #8 – Monthly chart – 3 VEPs – 0.09% risk

The GATS uses these inputs to calculate the position size for each financial instrument, ensuring that the appropriate level of risk is taken on for each trade based on the timeframe and strategy being used.

Quote by Dr. Glen Brown: “Effective risk management is about finding the sweet spot between risk and reward. By assigning the right VEPs to your trading strategies, you can strike that delicate balance and maximize your profit potential.”


In conclusion, using Volatility Exposure Periods (VEPs) as the basis for setting stop losses can provide traders with a more tailored approach to risk management. By adjusting stop loss levels based on the specific timeframe and strategy being employed, traders can better manage their risk and optimize their trading performance across various strategies.

It is crucial, however, to regularly evaluate the effectiveness of this approach and make any necessary adjustments based on changing market conditions. As with any trading strategy, past performance is not always indicative of future results, and there is always room for improvement.

Quote by Dr. Glen Brown: “In the ever-changing world of financial markets, adaptability is the key to success. Never stop learning, refining your strategies, and honing your skills as a trader.”

I hope that this lecture has provided you with valuable insights and a fresh perspective on setting stop losses based on volatility exposure. I encourage you to explore this approach further and consider how it might enhance your own trading strategies and risk management techniques.

Thank you for your attention, and I wish you all continued success in your trading endeavors.