When we initially begin trading Forex, we frequently use a “market order” to enter the market. To participate, simply click the button to purchase or sell. The market order informs the broker that you wish to participate at the greatest available price, or the “market price.” There’s no assurance that you’ll obtain the price shown on the chart or in the order window, but because Forex is so liquid, it usually works out.
Pending orders in Forex, or any other market, are a set of instructions you provide your broker when you want to enter or leave a position. Multiple actions can be performed in the same order on more complicated systems. At its most basic level, you’re considering a situation in which you inform the market you want to enter or exit a position at a specified price. Nothing occurs if the market does not reach that price. There are many different sorts of orders, but we’ll focus on the most common ones.
Simply put, a buy stop notifies the broker that you wish to buy a currency pair at a certain price. For example, if you are short the USD/CAD pair at 1.31 but realize you are mistaken if the market reaches the 1.3180 level, you set a buy stop at that level to safeguard your account. This implies you buy back the position as soon as the market reaches 1.3180, closing the trade and living to fight another day.
Sell stops, on the other hand, are the polar opposite. You want to sell the market once a price is touched, usually to close out a trade. Let’s imagine you’re long the GBP/USD pair at 1.30 and the price has climbed all the way to the 1.33 level. You want to lock in some profits, so you set a sell stop at 1.3270, just below the current price. If the market returns to the 1.3270 level, you sell your position and flatten out your account, at least for that particular transaction.
A buy limit order expresses your willingness to purchase a currency pair at a certain price or better. For instance, suppose you wanted to purchase the USD/JPY pair at 111.05, which is now cheaper than the market. As the market falls to the level of 111.05, you are only willing to buy it at that price, or better. It is possible to be filled for a lesser price since it is regarded “better,” although this happens infrequently, and usually only when there is a lot of slippage during the news event. If your target price isn’t met, nothing happens. The position will cost you either 111.05 or less.