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Safe Investments with Stop Loss Orders

Stop loss orders are vital to make our currency investment safe from too much loss. Forex trading is extremely unpredictable. We will have losses as well as wins. In fact, there are more losers than gainers in this trade. So, how do we protect ourselves from sudden currency fluctuations in currency trading?

A stop loss order is an instruction given to the broker by the client-trader to purchase or trade forex upon reaching a certain rate. It is intended to delimit our loss on a safety position. When we make a forex stop-loss order of 10 percent below the rate at which we purchased the currency, we put delimitation on the loss we would encounter to 10 percent.

Hence, for instance, we bought a certain currency for $1. Then, immediately after the purchase we put up a stop loss order for $0.50. This automatically sets a safety limit on our investment so that if that currency falls below $0.50, our currency will at once be traded at the current market rate. So our loss is limited to $0.50. Stop loss order saves us the trouble of having to monitor currency performance daily. We may enjoy a vacation undisturbed or do other things uninterrupted by having to watch for suddenly developments in the forex market.

However, the drawback of a stop loss order is that the stop rate or price might be set off by a short-term rise and fall in a currency's price. The remedy here is to choose a stop loss order percentage that permits the currency rate to go down or up daily while protecting it from as much negative risks as possible. Making a 5 percent stop loss order on a currency known to fluctuate 10 percent or higher within a week's time is a poor stop loss order.

Poorly strategized stop loss orders are bound to merely waste commission money derived from the application of our stop loss order. We cannot set simple rules for this, nor can we find ready-made systems for the same. A well strategized stop loss order depends on our investment preferences and outlook of the market. We may choose 5 percent for short-period active trading or 15 percent for long-term trading.

Stop loss orders can save us a lot of trouble when the currency market suddenly changes. It limits our loss percentage and allows investment protection even if we cannot monitor the market fluctuations 24 hours a day. Stop loss orders are a necessity in forex investments.