Success Trading for New Traders: What Does Bid and Ask Mean?Written by Chuck Cox
Do you ever wonder exactly what’s going on in trading pits after you’ve sent an order to purchase stock? You’ve no doubt seen market quotes either online or even in newspaper. Have you noticed that there are always two sets of prices given? What exactly do those mean and where will my order get filled? Let’s discuss basics of two prices you see.
Let’s say you’re trading stocks. The first price (usually one on left) is called a “bid”. This is price at which market is offering to buy stock. If you sell your stock at market, this is price that you’ll get. The second price (usually located on right) is called “ask”. This is price at which market will sell you stock. If you submit an open order to buy shares at market, you will get them for ask price. Another element that comes into play sometimes is size of bid and ask. Usually, there’s an order size that comes with bid and ask. If that size is exceeded then price will usually change – and generally, that small price change will move slightly against you since you're creating a demand for that stock.
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Successful Trading – Taking Profits - Part 1Written by Chuck Cox
So you’re started trading, you bought some positions with your online broker, you’ve set some reasonable stop-losses to protect your account and all of a sudden one of your positions move strongly in your favor – so what do you do now? This my friend, is probably hardest situation to deal with in trading market – believe it or not.
Do you take profits? Do you hold on for more profits? Do you take partial profits? There is no textbook answer to these questions as it depends on your trading objective. That’s why you need to determine your objective BEFORE you start trading. No matter what you do, there will be regrets if you trade long enough. If you decide to take profits, there will be times when market makes a huge move without you, if you decide to hold on for more profits, there will be times when you’ll lose profits you had. However, important thing is that you decide on your objective and stick to it no matter what happens.