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What is Trailing Stop? Trading Basics

Forex Educational Video Series

Author: Andreas Thalassinos (BSc, MSc, MSTA, CFTe, MFTA), Head of Education at FXTM.

What is Trailing Stop?

Another popular tool that traders use is the Trailing Stop. Trailing Stop is placed on an open position, at a specified distance from the current price of the financial instrument in question. The distance is measured in points. The main purpose of the Trailing Stop is to lock any potential profits. If the market keeps moving in the profitable direction, so does the Trailing Stop, always maintaining the Stop Loss at pre-selected point distance from the current price. If the market stops moving in the profitable direction, the Trailing Stop keeps the Stop Loss fixed. If the market goes against the profitable direction, it may eventually reach the Stop Loss level pre-set by Trailing Stop. Once the price reaches this level, the position is closed.

Trailing Stops are executed on the platform directly, from the Chart or the Terminal window, and not on the server like the Stop Loss and Take Profit. As soon as the trader’s profit becomes equal to or larger than the indicated distance, an automatic command is generated to place a Trailing Stop at the original distance from the current price. To disable Trailing Stop, set the “None” parameter in the control menu. In order to disable Trailing Stops from all the positions, set the “Delete All” parameter from the menu of any order.

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