A stop-loss order is a specific direction you give a broker to buy or sell a stock if it hits a specific price. A stop loss order is used to protect a profit or limit a loss on an investment.
For example: If you own a $12 stock, you might tell your broker to sell it “on stop” if it hits $10. This may limit your losses if you paid more than $10. If you paid less, it may preserve some of your profits. Some investors set up up stop-loss orders as a safety net for their investments. Note, however, that you will pay a commission for each buy or sell automatically triggered.
At times, mechanical investing aids like stops can work. But most investors who rely on them wind up losing money in the long run. That’s why we’ve long recommended that investors avoid using stop-loss orders with their stock brokerage firms, especially on any sort of habitual basis.
With speculative stocks, it might be better to use a stop-loss order than to buy the stocks and then forget about them. You can get away with the “buy-and-forget-it” approach for a time, if you buy high-quality stocks. But few speculatives ever reach that degree of investment quality.
Still, we think overall, for the best long-term gains, you should use our three-part Successful Investor philosophy:
Invest mainly in well-established companies;
Spread your money out across most if not all of the five main economic sectors (Manufacturing & Industry; Resources & Commodities; the Consumer sector; Finance; Utilities);
Downplay or avoid stocks in the broker/media limelight.
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