# Risk-to-Reward Ratio

Risk-to-reward ratios consider the amount exposed to loss compared to the amount of potential gain.

Risk-to-reward ratios are the magnitude of the gain or loss, not the potential or probability of the gain or loss.

When speaking of risk-to-reward ratios, I may speak of the potential of a trade or investment, or I may be speaking about its actual risk-to-reward ratio after the position is closed.

For example, at the time of entering a position, I may determine how much I will risk in the position. For example, in the diagram below, I determined I would enter at \$50 and I predetermined I would exit if it falls to \$45. That is, I am “risking” \$5 per share. However, I may expect the upside to be asymmetric: it has the potential to gain much more than \$5. If we were speaking of an actual trade history, we would defined the risk-to-reward ratio based on the actual amount risked (\$5) and the actual profit realized (\$10, \$15, \$20?). The risk-to-reward ratios would be expressed as a multiple of the risk taken to achieve it. With \$5 at risk, a \$10 gain would be a risk-to-reward ratio of 2. A \$20 profit would be a risk-to-reward ratio of 4. For information about ASYMMETRY® visit www.Shell-Capital.com

For more about asymmetric concepts, see:

Asymmetric Risk / Reward

Asymmetric Payoff

Asymmetric Investing

Asymmetric Risk

Asymmetric Return Distribution

Asymmetry Ratio