stop-loss order

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Noun1.stop-loss order - an order to a broker to sell (buy) when the price of a security falls (rises) to a designated level
purchase order, order - a commercial document used to request someone to supply something in return for payment and providing specifications and quantities; "IBM received an order for a hundred computers"
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But, that can work against you in a volatile market, Setting a stoploss order at 10 or 20 percent below the purchase price will sometimes cause you to sell a stock on a momentary dip--thus, locking in a loss even though the shares may immediately head back upward.
The Army is so short of some specialties that it has imposed stop-loss on about 50,000 troops--that is, refused to let them retire or resign--while in January, the Marine Corps imposed a 12-month stoploss order on the entire service.
Stoploss orders are used regularly to limit losses and let profits run.