On: January 29, 2019 In: Handy Trader, Most Common, Trading Platforms

Placing a Limit Order in Handy Trader

This tutorial will demonstrate how to place a limit order in Handy Key.

To open an order ticket, you will want to click on the More Menu button and then Order Ticket. From there you can type in the symbol under the search area. In this example, we will enter Apple, Symbol AAPL.

Once you type in the symbol and click search, you will then want to select the appropriate product and exchange you want to trade on. If you are approved to trade other products or in other countries, you may see other products and exchanges under the drop-down menu. Please make sure you select the appropriate product any exchange. In this example, we will select AAPL on the NASDAQ and select Stock.

You will notice the bid and ask price as well as detailed pricing information. You will want to tap the blue buy button.  You can then adjust the number of shares. In this example, we will enter 100 shares. Under time in force, we will keep the order good for the day. A day order means that the order is good for that trading day only or the subsequent trading day if the market is closed. By default, the order type is already Limit. We will want to enter the limit price. In this example, we will enter $190 for the limit price.

It’s important to note that with a limit order to buy you are specifying to buy that stock at the limit price you specify or better. With a sell limit order, you specify to sell that stock at that limit price or higher. Please note that limit orders guarantee your price but do not necessarily guarantee your execution. There has to be a market for the price that you specify and there could be instances where there are orders ahead of yours or there are only enough shares to fill at that price.

You can preview your order by tapping the preview button. You can then review your order and if you have a margin account, you can see the margin impact the order will have as far as margin requirements go.  When you are ready to submit your order, you can slide the Submit Buy button. You can then select whether you would like to create a trade alert.  Your order will show up in the Orders & Trades button.. If your order hasn’t filled, you can update the order by tapping the open order and then tapping the modify order button. You can then modify your price and slide again to place the modification.

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