Understanding Online Trading Risks
HowDoITradeStocks.com would like to inform you of the potential risks of trading online and the inherent risks of trading in an extreme market environment.
When trading online, you should be aware that during periods of high internet traffic, you might experience delays in accessing account data due to systems capacity limitations. Additionally, system response times may be adversely affected by increased market volatility conditions, quote delays, system performance; and other factors outside the control of HowDoItradeStocks.com, which may include your computer system and internet service provider. You may also experience system outages or delays as a result of, among other things, power failures, programming failures or heavy trading volume. During periods of increased volatility, you might suffer market losses in the price and share volume of a particular stock when systems problems result in an inability to place buy or sell orders. The risk of financial loss in trading online can be substantial; therefore, you should consider whether such trading is suitable for you in light of your circumstances and financial resources.
In the event system capacity problems prevent our automated routing systems from sending your order(s) to designated market centers for execution, we encourage you to contact the Trading Desk of your broker for manual handling of your orders. We ask for your patience, during those times, because the Trading Desk will be experiencing heavy call volume. Please keep in mind that HowDoITradeStocks.com takes significant measures to improve system capacity and reliability; however, you should have an alternate means of trading your securities including a back-up account at another securities brokerage firm.
During extreme market conditions, you might experience delays in order executions because market making firms will temporarily discontinue normal automatic order execution standards and switch to a manual order process, and/or reduce their size guarantees on individual stocks.
You may also experience executions at prices significantly away from the market price quoted or displayed at the time an order was entered, less shares than desired, or losses. To potentially reduce your risk of receiving an execution away from the market, it is a good idea to use limit orders rather that market orders in a fast moving market.
Choosing the right type of order:
A market order is an order an order to buy or sell a stated amount of a security at the best possible price at the time the order is received in the marketplace. Market orders will definitely be filled; however, you cannot be sure of the price. Stock prices vary based on current conditions, and these conditions are not always reflected on your computer screen. The actual price at which your order is filled may be better or worse than you expected.
A limit order is an order to buy or sell a security at a specified price or better. Your order will not be filled unless the stock trades at that level. Placing a limit order, however, is not a guarantee that your trade will be executed at your limit price. It does, however, eliminate the risk that your order will be filled at a price worse than you expected.
A stop order is an order to buy or sell a stock at the market price once the price reaches or passes through a specified price, called the “stop price.” This type of order is used by investors who own a stock and want to make sure they sell it, if the stock price starts to drop. The stop price placed on a sell stop order must be below the current bid price of the security. Stop orders in volatile issues will not guarantee you an execution at or near the stop price. Once triggered, the order competes with other incoming market orders. Stop orders can be placed for buy orders as well. The stop price specified for a buy order must be above the current asking price.
A stop limit order performs like a stop order with one major exception. Once the order is activated (by the stock trading at or “through” the stop price), it does not become a market order. Instead, it becomes a limit order with a limit price equal to the former stop price.
The advantage of this order is that you set a specified price at which your order can be filled. The disadvantage is that your order may not be filled in certain fast market conditions. In this case, your exposure to loss will continue until the position is closed.
You should pick the type of order that is best suited for your situation and which considers current market conditions. Your orders are accepted only on an unsolicited basis. You are solely responsible for any and all orders placed in your account(s) and at your own risk. HowDoITradeStocks.com does not make any recommendations whatsoever regarding any security or securities product. Additionally, your account(s) are accepted on a fully disclosed basis and solely at the discretion of HowDoITradeStocks.com
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