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Stock Order Types That Put You in Control

Automate your stock order types for greater control over your trading strategy. Choose from stop markets, stop limits, trailing stops, and conditional orders.

Buy or Sell at the Best Available Price

  • If you have a predetermined price, you can set up a stop market order to automatically buy or sell a stock when your target price is reached. Once activated, the stop market order becomes a market order.
  • Market orders seek execution at the next available price.
  • Markets can move fast, but our rapid and reliable order execution consistently seeks the best available price on every trade.

Automate Your Entry and Exit Strategies

  • Easily combine individual orders into an automated entry and exit strategy with conditional orders.
  • Consider using a One Triggers/One Cancels Another strategy to submit an order entry.
  • Include both a protective exit point with a stop order and a target exit point with a limit order.

Help Protect Your Gains and Limit Your Losses

  • Help reduce or limit your risk with trailing stops and bracket orders using a One Cancels Another (OCA) order.
    • These stock order types are designed to let your winning trades run.
    • They may also allow for strategic exits if the market moves against you.

Let the Market Make the Best Choice

  • If you’re deciding between two stocks, consider using a limit order for both and allow market conditions to make the choice for you.
  • You can use either a One Cancels Another (OCA) or One Triggers/One Cancels stock order strategy.
  • You can also use Trade Triggers to help you execute your entry and exit strategies based on the market conditions you specify.

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