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1re STOP LOSS Empty re STOP LOSS Fri Sep 30, 2011 12:39 pm

damayanthi

damayanthi
Senior Equity Analytic
Senior Equity Analytic
Hi Could someone pl explain how to cut back losses in a grim portfolio...? I know there is something called 'stop loss' but dont know how to go about it. Is there anything else too?

2re STOP LOSS Empty Re: re STOP LOSS Fri Sep 30, 2011 9:47 pm

gamaya


Assistant Vice President - Equity Analytics
Assistant Vice President - Equity Analytics
Stop loss selling is selling a counter when it comes down by a certain percentage, when your buy decision was wrong.

Ex: You buy a counter at Rs 100 hoping it will go up. Unfortunately, if the counter is decreasing in price you sell it at 93. This is a stoploss sell. The percentage may vary depending on individual technics.

This is like an insuranace policy.

3re STOP LOSS Empty Re: re STOP LOSS Fri Sep 30, 2011 10:00 pm

Roboticfx

Roboticfx
Senior Vice President - Equity Analytics
Senior Vice President - Equity Analytics
But you get a small loss also. Don't go for this method if you are with a strong share.

4re STOP LOSS Empty Re: re STOP LOSS Sat Oct 01, 2011 8:52 am

Soundchips


Senior Manager - Equity Analytics
Senior Manager - Equity Analytics
@gamaya wrote:Stop loss selling is selling a counter when it comes down by a certain percentage, when your buy decision was wrong.

Ex: You buy a counter at Rs 100 hoping it will go up. Unfortunately, if the counter is decreasing in price you sell it at 93. This is a stoploss sell. The percentage may vary depending on individual technics.

This is like an insuranace policy.

Is it something like buy again at 81 and sell at 98 later ?

5re STOP LOSS Empty Re: re STOP LOSS Sat Oct 01, 2011 11:19 am

sriranga

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Please read the following quote by Jayesh Patel CFA (Author of Profit from Prices)

One important dimension of any trading system is the ability to keep losses small. This is most of the times achieved with the use of STOP-LOSS. So let us spend some time to learn what a Stop-loss is and how one can use it in trading to his advantage.
Stop-loss is a widely used term in investment circles. As the name says, it is a price level at which one should stop or limit his losses in a position. Investing or trading is like gambling when one looks at from the outcome perspective. When a person gambles or speculates, he does not know what the outcome will be. He would hope the outcome to be in his favor but it could very well go against him. The same thing goes for investing or trading. When someone buys a stock, he might be thinking, and to a great extent hoping, that the stock price would go up, but it could very well go down. So what should a person do if the prices go contrary to one's expectations?

There are two alternatives: (i) He can continue to hold it believing, and hoping, that it will ultimately go up; or (ii) He can blame the unexpected mess on his wrong selection, bad judgment, bad timing or on circumstances/development beyond his control or imagination, and… get out of the position.

INTRODUCTION TO STOP-LOSS

It is a price level or a mechanism that forces a trader to take/book losses in a losing position instead of letting them grow any bigger. Ideally a Stop-loss level should be decided as soon as a trade is executed. If a stock say ABC is bought at 25$, Stop-loss for it can be kept at a price level somewhat lower than 25$. It can be 24, 23, 20 or even 15$. Let us assume the Stop-loss is kept at 20$. This means if the price of ABC, after having bought at 25$, goes below 20$, one should close the position by selling it. 5$ is the loss the buyer is limiting to. This might be little confusing for novice traders because it involves closing a position willingly at a loss! Remember: In a long position, the Stop-loss level is usually lower than the entry price.

Likewise if a person Shorts (what is this term? It means sell first even if you don't own the stock with the hope to buy it back later at a lower price) ABC stocks at 25$, he should keep a Stop-loss at any price higher than 25$. Say if it was kept at 30$, this means if the price moves up contrary to the initial expectations of it going down, and touches 30$, one should call it a quit and square up the position. Thus, in a short sell, the Stop-loss price is higher than the price at which the stock was sold.

Source:http://www.profitfromprices.com/Stoploss.htm

http://sharemarket-srilanka.blogspot.co.uk/

6re STOP LOSS Empty Re: re STOP LOSS Sun Oct 02, 2011 8:27 pm

gamaya


Assistant Vice President - Equity Analytics
Assistant Vice President - Equity Analytics
@Soundchips wrote:
@gamaya wrote:Stop loss selling is selling a counter when it comes down by a certain percentage, when your buy decision was wrong.

Ex: You buy a counter at Rs 100 hoping it will go up. Unfortunately, if the counter is decreasing in price you sell it at 93. This is a stoploss sell. The percentage may vary depending on individual technics.

This is like an insuranace policy.

Is it something like buy again at 81 and sell at 98 later ?

That's a seperate decision with no connection to the stoploss sell.

Stoploss sell is a technique of preventing unlimited losses and basically like an insurance.

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