The reward-to-risk ratio (RRR) measures a trade’s potential returns against its predetermined risk of loss.
The ratio is computed by dividing the profit that a trade is expected to yield by the loss that the trade may incur.
For example, let’s say that you expect to make $100 by buying EUR/USD.
If you place your stop-loss in such a way that you stand to lose just $25, your trade’s reward-to-risk ratio is 4:1 (100 / 25).
How to Measure Reward-to-Risk (RRR)
It’s a simple 4-step process:
- Evaluate the potential price levels for your stop loss (SL) and profit target (PT)
- Measure the distance between your entry and your stop loss (SL). This is your “Potential Risk“
- Measure the distance between your entry and your profit target (PT). This is your “Potential Reward“.
- Divide the two: Potential Reward / Potential Risk