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The NanoTrader platform allows the trader to place stop orders in other units besides the market price. Other units in which stop orders can be placed are percent and ATR.

The traditional stop order

The traditional stop order is based on the market price. Buy at 100. Put a stop at 95. If the market drops to 95 the position is sold at the market price.

The NanoTrader platform allows the trader to place stop orders in other units besides the market price. Other units in which stop orders can be placed are percent and ATR.

Percent

Instead of using a fixed value for his stop, say, 5 points, the trader can also enter a percentage. When entering a percentage the NanoTrader platform will automatically place the stop order on the entry price minus the percentage.

Assume the trader decides on 1%. When the trader buys at 4.000 the stop order will be placed 1% percent below the entry, at 3.960.

Average true range (ATR)

Every financial instrument has a volatility. The volatility is not constant. The higher the volatility the broader the normal range in which the instrument’s price will evolve. Traders need to take the current volatility of an instrument into account to avoid being stopped out unnecessarily when volatility increases.

Volatility is measured by the average true range (ATR). An increase in range means in increase in volatility and vice versa. By instructing the NanoTrader to automatically place the stop level at a fraction or a multiple of the ATR the trader automatically adapts to changes in an instrument’s volatility.

This table illustrates the evolution of volatility over a number of years on different market indices. It is clear that the trader who uses the same stop in 2015 as he did in 2006 will be stopped out much more frequently.

The average true range (ATR) for the major market indices.

This table illustrates that the average true range is also relevant to daytraders. Daytraders must adapt their stop level to the time frame in which they trade. Smaller time frames, smaller stops and vice versa.

The average true range used as a unit for stop orders in trading strategies.

The unit in which the NanoTrader must place the stop order is set in the DesignerBar.

NanoTrader units for automated stop orders: ticks, points, ATR and percentage.

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Besides the possibility to change the units of stop orders, the NanoTrader also offers many different stop order types.

This video shows some stop order types available in the NanoTrader:

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