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The art of the trade order: how to choose the right order for your strategy 📐

In our trading and business world, market orders are like an artist's tools. Each has its own function and can be used to create different effects.


That's why today we're going to tell you about the different types of trade orders and how to use them to get the most out of your strategy so that this 2024 that list of goals achieved is well filled.


Let's get started!


Types of trade orders

Two main categories: market orders and limit orders.


Market orders

These are the most basic and are executed at the current market price. This type of order is ideal when we want to buy or sell stocks quickly, without worrying too much about the price.

Advantages

  • They are executed very quickly.

  • There is no risk that the order will not be executed.

Disadvantages

  • You cannot control the execution price.

  • There is a risk that they become more expensive than limit orders.

Limit orders

Execute only at a specific price or better. This type of order is ideal when you want to control the execution price of your trades.

Advantages

  • You can control the execution price.

  • They can be cheaper than market orders.

Disadvantages

  • May not be executed if the market price does not reach the price of the order you want to place.

  • They usually take longer to execute than market orders (although this is not a general rule).


Stop orders

They enter the game when the market price reaches a certain level. As explained here, they are your ace up your sleeve to manage risk or to take profits without being glued to the screen.

Advantages

  • You manage risk and/or take profits automatically.

  • They are not executed if the market price does not reach the stop level.

Disadvantages

  • If executed earlier than expected, it can lead to unexpected losses.

  • In cases where the market price does not reach the stop level, they will not work.


OCO orders

The merger of a limit order and a stop order. This combination gives everyone the option of placing a limit order and a stop order at the same time.

Advantages

  • You manage risk and take profit simultaneously.

  • They are not executed if the market price does not reach the stop or limit price level.

Disadvantages

  • They are usually more complicated to understand than simple orders because they involve more factors.

  • If the market price does not reach the stop or limit price, the order will not be executed.

What is the best order for me?

There are no magic recipes. The answer to this question depends 100% on your trading strategy and your objectives.

If you want to buy or sell shares quickly without worrying about the price, market orders are a good option. If you want to control the execution price of your trades, limit orders are a better option.


And if you want to manage risk or take profits automatically, stop orders or OCO orders can be useful.


Want advice from an international community of traders ready to support you?

In our next article we will tell you more about the key aspects to consider in order to choose the most suitable order according to your goals.


Stay tuned for our next post!



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by Kevin David Terán and verified by Pedro Arizaleta and Erwin Sánchez

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