Continue reading...I get more questions about stop losses than about any other subject. Clearly this strategy causes traders a lot of pain and confusion. Some of it stems from the schizoid nature of our modern markets. But most of it reflects an underlying weakness in trade management skills.
What takes place at the end of a trade usually reflects decisions made at the beginning. In other words, the best entries usually lead to the most profitable exits. This is the most urgent wisdom I can give when it comes to stop-loss placement.
We can spend hours deciding whether a stock is a good buy or a good sell, but this emphasis is often misplaced. Over time, carefully chosen exits are more important than great entries. You don’t believe me? Just ask all those folks who bought tech stocks in the late 1990s.
I’ve compiled a question-and-answer session that addresses the most important elements of stop-loss strategy.
Q – Where do I place my stop loss when shorting a stock that gaps down?
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