Limit Order

Limit order is an attribute attached to a buy or sell order, which will allow you to trade at your price or a better price.

After you create your 'Trading Action Plan', based on your own technical or fundamental research, next step you are going to take is, placing your order with your broker. Before you can start buying and selling stocks, you must know the different types of orders. You must be aware as to which order is appropriate and its implications.

What is a Limit Order?

Limit Trading Order is a conditional request made to the broker (or the system) to buy or sell a stock at a particular price or at a better price.

This order sets the maximum or minimum price at which you are willing to buy or sell.

It means that, with this attribute if you place an order to buy a stock at a particular price, the shares are bought at that price or less than that. Similarly if you place an order to sell a stock at a particular price, the shares are sold at that price or higher than that.

This order may fill completely or partially, or it may not fill at all. At the end of the day the order will be removed from the trading system.

When to use Limit Order?

This is one of the regular type of stock trading order, routinely used by most of the traders.

You use this order to get the best price for your stock. That is you will buy at your price or at a lesser price and you will sell stock at your price or at a higher price.

Use limit order to enter a trade, especially if it is an illiquid stock. Here the price is assured, not the stock.

Where as in a market order the shares are assured, but not the price.  But in case your trade is running into losses, to cut the increasing loss, a market order may be preferred, where the stock is traded immediately at whatever price available.

Compare limit order with other type of orders:

  • All or None Order
  • It is a conditional request made to the broker (or the system) to buy or sell a required number of shares at particular price, only if full quantity of shares are available.
  • GTC Order
  • It is a conditional request made to the broker (or the system) to keep the order in system until it gets executed or canceled.
  • GTD Order
  • It is a conditional request made to the broker (or the system) to keep the order in system until it gets executed or till a predetermined date.
  • IOC Order
  • Immediate or Cancel is a conditional request made to the broker (or the system) to execute the transactions immediately or to cancel it.
  • Market Order
  • Order to buy or sell at market is a conditional request made to the broker (or the system) to execute the transactions with the immediate best available price.
  • Stop Loss Order
  • Order at stop is a conditional request made to the broker (or the system) to execute the transactions with the immediate best available price, once the price crosses a predetermined trigger price.
  • Stop Limit Order
  • Order at stop limit is a conditional request made to the broker (or the system) to execute the transactions with the immediate best available price, once the price crosses a predetermined trigger price but with in a predetermined limit price.
  • Minimum Fill Order
  • This is a conditional request made to the broker (or the system) to execute the transactions only when a minimum number of shares are available.
  • One Cancels Other Order
  • This is a conditional request made to the broker (or the system) to execute one of the two orders, which ever meets the required parameter first, and cancel the other.
  • Market on Close Order
  • This is a conditional request made to the broker (or the system) to buy or sell a stock at the closing price.
  • Limit on Close Order
  • This is a conditional request made to the broker (or the system) to buy or sell a stock at the closing price but with in a limit price.
  • Market on Open Order
  • This is a conditional request made to the broker (or the system) to buy or sell a stock at what ever the market opening price.
  • Limit on Open Order
  • This is a conditional request made to the broker (or the system) to buy or sell a stock at what ever the market opening price but with in a predetermined limit price.
  • Market If Touched Order
  • This is a conditional request made to the broker (or the system) to buy or sell a stock at what ever the market price only after the stock trades at particular predetermined price.
  • Iceberg Order
  • This is a conditional request made to the broker (or the system) to buy or sell a large required quantity of stock, but in smaller predetermined quantity.
  • Fill or Kill Order
  • This is a conditional request made to the broker (or the system) to execute the transactions only if the full quantity of shares are available, or else to cancel the order.
















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