Published On: Wed, Feb 20th, 2013

Stop Order

A Stop Order is an automated trade that is intended to expire at a future date.

A trader will enter in a Stop Order that will automatically sell his position in a security when a set price is reached.  For example, if a trader has a long position of 10 call options contracts of Apple (AAPL – NASDAQ) he can preprogram his trading platform to close out the entire position if the calls price fall below a certain value.  In this way the Stop Order can be used by the trader to lock in the gains of a profitable trade before the gains are lost because the price falls.  At the same time the trader can use a Stop Order to limit his losses to a percentage of the trade.  In this way, the Stop Order would be entered at the time of the trade, and the Stop Order price would be set at 2% to 5% of the value of the trading account.  In this way the Stop Order is used by traders as a risk management tool.

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- Marcus Holland has been trading the financial markets since 2007 with a particular focus on soft commodities. He graduated in 2004 from the University of Plymouth with a BA (Hons) in Business and Finance.