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Whenever mountaineers hike through unfamiliar treks, especially if the situation requires them to climb through dangerous mountain walls, there are tools that they use in order to ensure their safety.

Harness are used to secure themselves from unintentional slips that would put them to mortal danger. In Forex, traders also has this kind of tools. One of which is the Stop Loss.

Stop Loss is an order that is intended to close an opened position when a certain amounts of loss is accrued. Stop loss is designed to limit and restrict an investor’s loss when something negative happened suddenly on the market. There are 3 types of Stop Loss order:

1. Fixed Stop Loss – are set while opening a position and cannot be replaced until the deal is closed.

2. Sliding Stop Loss – is a Stop Loss that can be replaced any time depending on the price movement. It is on the traders discretion and advantage if he thinks that there’s a need for a sudden change in the order. Sliding Stop Loss is also known as Trailing stop, which can be replaced either manually or automatically depending on the setting.

3. Combined Stop Loss – is the combination of the former two.

There had been recent discussions regarding the importance of Stop Loss. Some traders pointed out that Stop Loss should be compulsory to trading because of its ability to secure and prevent further endangerment of the whole deposit. A safeguard from an unprecedented disaster for traders.

But some had ranted that it works as profits as well. When a position is opened a for a long time, temporary loss are incurred and that would be turned into real loss when a Stop Loss was suddenly activated.