What is a Stop Limit Order?

When you place a Stop Order, you are setting the price below the current trading price such that if that price is hit, an order to sell will occur at your broker.   If just set as a stop order, then the price at which it sells after the stop is triggered, will be a “market” price.  That means whatever the market might be trading at, at that time.  An alternative is to set a stop limit order.  Where the price for the stop order is...

Should you be Hedging now during China Trade War escalation?

SmartStops Comment:   We couldn’t agree more with this timely advice (mid-May 2019) , from realinvestmentadvice.com: “For now, the market is working a corrective process which is likely not complete as of yet. As we head into the summer months, it is likely the markets will experience a retracement of the rally during the first quarter of this year.As shown in a chart we use for position management (sizing, profit taking, sells) the...

Comparing Tradestops vs SmartStops

There are a number of key differences between SmartStops.net and Tradestops.com.  In fact, one of our subscribers after using Tradestops for awhile, told us –  “you get us out much sooner then Tradestops”.   Here are some of the key comparisons: 1. Recently, a lot of “marketing claims” are being made by Tradestops who joined the Agora Financial group that should be carefully examined.  It is very easy to cherry pick or fix up...

The 6 Biggest Mistakes Ordinary Investors Make

“What’s the biggest threat to achieving financial independence?  Your own brain!”   Nobel-winning prize theory and research from psychologists (Kanheman & Tversky)  led to the beginnings of what is now called behavioral finance, with Thaler bringing that into the mainstream. The basis in “rational” vs. “irrational” behavior and analysis could not be more important – “that human reason...

Aviva finds sell-side research to be flawed – October 2017

Survey of 342 analysts by Aviva Investors found sell-side research to be flawed, short term and incomplete. “Sell-side research has a significant influence on investors’ decision-making. But our study shows this research is often flawed,” wrote Euan Munro, CEO of Aviva Investors. “Analysts want to write long-term, in-depth research but in many cases, do not feel incentivised to do so or to incorporate sustainability issues into their work....