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What is a Stop-Buy or a Stop-Loss order?Example for stop-buy:
Example for stop-loss:
The purpose of protective stop orders is to limit your losses. Note that a stop-buy or a stop-loss order become a "market" order when the "stop" price is reached. A market order is generally risky in stocks that are not very liquid. For example if you are long and bought in at $10 and the price falls to 9.0, your order becomes a market order. If the next offer to buy is at $8.0, your broker will sell your shares at $8.0 since there are no offers at $9.0.
To get around this problem, there is another type of order known as the "stop-buy limit" or "stop-loss limit" order (different brokerages may name these type of orders slightly differently). The idea is to trigger a sell (or buy) when the "stop" price is reached but "limit" the upper (or lower) range of the transaction.
Example for stop-buy limit:
Our advice: Shorting stock is for professional and experienced traders only. Don't short if you have not hedged your position by some other means (long in debentures or some other security from the same company).
One more thing: Use stop orders not only to limit your losses but also to maximize your profits. This means, if you buy a stock and its price keeps going up, don't exit but "trail" it with a stop-loss order at about %5 discount to the current price.
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