Common Order Types

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The three main types use in forex are stops, limits and market orders. Depending on whether you want to be a buyer or seller, above or below at the market price will determine which of the below orders you should be using.

Stop buy           buy order above the current market price

Limit sell          sell order above the current market price

Market order  buy or sell order at the current market price

Limit buy          buy order below the current market price

Stop sell          sell order below the current market price

Stop orders are commonly used for breakout and momentum strategies. They buy in a rise market and sell in a falling market. Traders will often place these orders above resistance or below support, trading break of these levels.

Limit orders are used by range and countertrend traders. Limit orders are sold into a rising market and buy into a falling market. Because of this, they are preferred by more experienced traders who are able to place these order types at key resistance and support levels, picking market swing points.

Market orders are orders to buy at the current ask (offer) rate or sell at the current bid rate.

Stop loss orders are orders to close a position at a predefined level, fixed by the trader. This would normally be at a loss. These are to technically stop buy and sell orders.

Take profit orders are orders to close a position at a predefined level, normally at a profit. These orders are limit orders.