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What is A Stop Order and How to Perform It?

Since there are different types of orders in the Forex market that would permit you to be more specific on how you want your traders to carry out your trades like whether you should place a stop or a limit order, you are entitled to command your broker about your prerogative to refuse the market price and instead you want to move your stock price in a particular direction before you execute your order.

In a stop order, your trade will be carried out once the security you want to buy or sell reaches a specified price (stop price). If this happens, a stop order essentially becomes a market order and is packed. And once the order is turned on, the investor is guaranteed an execution, but execution prices do not. This order is used by investors to control the loss that they might have or to lock in a profit on a stock. They may issue this order to their stock broker to automatically sell the stock if the price of stock would fall down to a particular price.

There are also instances that these stop orders are not always executed at the stop price. If an incident happens that the stock falls down suddenly by a huge amount, the stop order may be triggered and the stock could be sold. On the other hand, since stocks are always sold at a market price, the price might be below the stop price. This type of order is usually entered into a computer trading system and is automatically carried out whenever the price is at or below the stop price.

The use of this order is more common for stocks that trade on an exchange than the over the counter (OTC) market. Moreover, your broker-dealer would not permit you to lay this order on some securities nor accept a stop order for OTC stocks. Before entering into this type or order, consult first your broker or financial advisor about how this order works.

It is advantageous to investors to use the stop order because they can monitor their stocks for a period of time or on a daily basis and brokers may even position this order for no charge. Since investors commonly use this type of order, this allows them to have a quick and automatic response to stock price movements.

Buy and hold investors are doubtful to use this type of investment strategy. One disadvantage of this order is that the stop price could be activated by a short term variation in a stock’s price. Once your stop price is attained, this order becomes a market order and the price you had may be different from the stop price primarily in a fast moving market where stock prices vary swiftly.

The price of an order could be lower than the specified price by this order. In addition, investors must be careful about where they set a stop order for it may be harsh if it is turned on by a short term fluctuation in the stock’s price.

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