What is trailing stop loss and how to use trailing stops in MT4?

With stop loss orders, the trailing amounts are below the trigger value. With these, the trailing amounts are above the trigger value. A trailing buy stop order can be set to buy a stock should its current value rise by a fixed amount or percentage. Joe Marwood is an independent trader and investor specialising in financial market analysis and trading systems. He worked as a professional futures trader for a trading firm in London and has a passion for building mechanical trading strategies. He has been in the market since 2008 and working with Amibroker since 2011. The table above shows that a simple ATR trailing stop is too tight and leads to significant losses. A stop placed at ATR points away shows a negative return-to-risk and an average profit per trade of -0.56%.

Limit close orders are commonly paired with stop losses to ensure the risk of the market moving against you is also managed. For a short trade, the buying price is supposed to be lower than the last price. When the price drops, the trailing price moves downward with the last price and keeps a certain percentage interval. However, the trailing price will stop following if the price goes up. A limit buy order will be issued if the price moves more than the predetermined trailing delta from its lowest price and reaches the trailing price. With a Spot trailing stop order, you can place a pre-set order at a specific percentage away from the market price.

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Here we explain trailing stop orders, consider why, when, and how they might be used, and discuss their potential risks. But let’s assume the share price remains above the Trailing Stop price and rises to $14.00. The stop price is recalculated according to the value of the last trade price such that the Trailing Stop price now becomes $13.75 or $14.00 minus 25-cents. If shares in ticker AA continue to rise to $14.25, the Trailing Stop becomes $14.00. The Trailing Stop price will continue to adjust according to the last traded price until the stop is triggered and the order filled. When you are setting a trailing stop, you have to be careful not to set your trailing step too far away from the market price or too near to it. In the chart above, we see a stock in a steady uptrend, as determined by strong lines in the moving averages. Keep in mind that all stocks seem to experience resistance at a price ending in «.00m» and also at «.50,» although not as strongly. It’s as if traders are reluctant to take it to the next dollar level. When the price increases, it drags the trailing stop along with it.