I can't tell you how many times I've seen the price reach my limit order and sit there, only to leave unfilled and miss out on a profitable trade. Even worse, when I see my profit target hit repeatedly, only to turn around and stop me out. Many of my big losses would have been small gains if I got filled at my profit target. Many of my missed trades would have been wins, big or small, if I my limit orders got filled. It was so bad that I decided to only enter and exit with market orders. I chose bad fills over no fills.
Market If Touched orders were not available to me on most of the platforms I have traded. I recently switched to NT and to my delight the MIT option is available.
However, I have no real experience trading with MIT orders and therefore, for the first time ever, I thought I would ask experts first before I jump in and see what happens.
That's why I joined Big Mike's!
So here is the question:
Is there a distinct advantage or disadvantage about trading with MIT vs Limit Orders? Or is it one of those "six of one, half a dozen of the other" deals where its more about the kind of pain you prefer, missing ticks or missing out altogether?
Do you personally prefer market to limit orders? I know that many traders have very strong opinions on whether to enter with market or limit orders. I have always assumed that it depends on their own personal experiences and the type of pain they prefer.
I find it interesting that you have noticed little difference between market and MIT orders. I would have thought that the execution of the MIT orders would be much faster, and may also help reduce errors caused by over or under reacting to changes in market pace near the order target. However, that may be more of a lack of skill on my part rather than a real deficiency with market orders.
Thanks for the response, Traderjohn. Greatly appreciated!
TOS for sure, but also Trade Navigator. I have not traded other platforms other than those. I had the same problems with both and I was told by my brokers that was the nature of limit orders and that is understandable. I am in the process of leaving TOS because I have noticed latency with feeds and execution of market orders, latency that I did not experience executing market orders on TN.
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Limit and Market orders can be considered our employees or tools. Knowing when to use a certain tool for the job is the key, or for that matter assigning a task to the correct employee to obtain the desired result.
Assessing the current condition of the market just before you execute is paramount in the decision of which tool to use. This takes some level of skill and other tools to acquire this information.
Helpful in this regard I feel are "foot print" type charts, time and sales, DOM... Jigsaw tools work very well for this.
One needs to discern if the limit orders are getting hit to the point that they completely run out and the price moves to the next level/price, or if the limits are being added to and replenished or pulled a lot or if the book is so super deep at this moment in time and the trade at just an average pace that fills are unlikely....
Then very closely related to this of course, because limits only pair with markets, we need to analyze how the market orders are being used as the inherently aggressive action.
Then from these observations we can have a better chance of getting filled... You have now put the odds more in your favor for your fills by this analysis but it's still < 100%.
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So now with limit orders you see many times where the limit order causes you to miss a trade, or to miss exiting at the right trick.
The funny thing is that if you go to a different type of order, you'll be frustrated at different things. You'll now see the times where your target just gets hits, and you exit, but the price kept going, and you'll think about the tick in profit you "lost." Or you'll see your entry get filled, and instead of taking off without it, market collapses with you in it.
The lesson is that in the end the exact type of order won't be a make or break proposition. What you focus and dwell on will be.
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