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Difference between Stop Loss Limit Order and Stop Loss Market Order

Stop Loss (SL) Limit Order

A SL Order is a Stop Loss Limit Order. This is an order for exiting a position, in which the price is specified by the trader. Once the price has been triggered by the market, an order will be placed at this price to exit your position. A SL Limit Order ensures that you cannot be filled at a price worse than the price specified by you.

Consequence: Does not guarantee a fill.

Example: Assume that you are long 100 shares of Reliance Equity, and you wish to exit the position if the market trades at Rs. 1975. You place a Sell Stop Loss Limit Order for Quantity 100 at Price 1975. As soon as the market is trading at Rs. 1975 or lower, your trade will be sent. Your order will only be filled at a price of Rs. 1975 or higher. Otherwise, it will remain in the order book as a sell order waiting to be filled at Rs. 1975 until a buyer matches the price with a corresponding buy order, or until you cancel it.

Stop Loss Market Order (SL-M)

A SL Market Order is a Stop Loss Market Order at which you specify the exit trigger price. This is an order for exiting a position, in which you are guaranteed to be filled at the best prevailing price after the price gets trigger. A Stop Loss Market Order ensures that you will be filled.

Consequence: In a Stop Loss Market Order you cannot specify the best price at which you want your order to be filled.

Example: Assume you are long 100 shares of Reliance Equity, and you wish to exit the position if the market trades Rs. 1975 and you want to ensure that you are completely filled on the trade. You place a Stop Loss Market Order for Quantity 100 at Price Rs. 1975. As soon as the market is trading at Rs. 1975 or lower, a Sell Market order is sent for Quantity 100. 100 shares of Reliance are guaranteed to be sold at the best prevailing market price, but you can get filled at a price worse than Rs. 1975.