Originally Posted by

**george12345** I have calculated the expected value and standard deviation for a trading strategy for the financial markets, but think that my standard deviation is too low.

Assume the following:

A trading strategy has the folllowing possible outcome:

probability of winning trade = 50%, win will be $1,500

probability of losing trade = 50%, loss will be -$1,000

EV = 0.5 x $1,500 + 0.5 x -$1,000 = $750 + -$500 = $250

Is the standard deviation equal to $883.88? I used the =STDEVA formula in MS Excel i.e.=STDEVA( 750, -500) - is this correct?

If I then put the trade on 100 times will my EV and SD be as follows?

EV = $250 x 100 = $25,000

SD = sqrt(100) x $883.88 = $8,839