How To Set A Stop Loss On Bittrex

in trading •  4 months ago

Let’s face it. The market will always do what it wants to do, and move the way it wants to move. Every day is a new challenge, and almost anything from global politics, major economic events, central bank rumors and China FUD can turn currency prices one way or another faster than you can snap your fingers. stop-loss-order.png
This means that each and every one of us will eventually take a position on the wrong side of a market move. Being in a losing position is inevitable, but we can control what we do when we’re caught in this situation. If you want to protect yourself from risk, you need to set a STOP LOSS order.

Taking a 5% loss would be preferred to losing 50% of your stack.

Stop Loss orders are a great way to mitigate risk and this is why they can be so useful.
Conditional Orders are triggered only when the price reaches the value you defined. Your order is only added to the order book once the price reaches the value that you set. These types of orders cannot be detected as support/resistance by bots and other traders watching the book, therefore giving you a slight edge.

For STOP LOSS orders, use the condition "less than or equal to" and choose the minimum price you are comfortable with selling at.



Setting a STOP LOSS order is easy. Simply enter the value you want to sell it at - I recommend 5% or more below purchase value - then copy and paste that same amount into the field below.

To TAKE PROFIT, use the condition "greater than or equal to" in order to sell your coin after the price reaches a certain value.


The saying, “Live to trade another day!” should be the motto of every trader because the longer you can survive, the more you can learn, gain experience, and increase your chances of success. To me, the measure of a successful trader is not how much they gain, but how much they don't lose.

This makes the trade management technique of “stop losses” a crucial skill and tool in a trader’s toolbox.

Having a predetermined point of exiting a losing trade not only provides the benefit of cutting losses so that you may move on to new opportunities, but it also eliminates the stress and anxiety caused by being in a losing trade without a plan.

A sensible way to determine stops would be to base it on what the charts are saying. Let’s take a quick look at a way to set your stops based on support and resistance:


In this case, it makes the most sense to set your stops below the trend lines and support zones. If the market moves into these areas, that means the trend lines drew no support from buyers and now sellers are in control.

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Thanks for sharing, watched some videos on how to set the stop loss but this article made me understand it even better. Thanks bro

Thank you for sharing. Let's try it.

One thing I forgot to mention: It's better to set Stop Losses when you're already in profits. That way you can't lose

quite good
stop loss and risk management is key!


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Shouldn't the "ask" price be lower than the "sell when" price to make sure that the stop loss order is actually matched? Otherwise it's possible that the price takes a step down and your attempt to sell just sits there forever at a price higher than anyone is willing to pay.


I've had that quite a few times and lost a lot of money because of it. Stop losses are very hard to get filled under a support because it will often go right through it. I'm gonna try 1% below from now on. I've had times 0.5% wasn't enough.


What you guys refer to is called slippage. You can look it up at Investopedia. Before setting stop loss you thus shouldn't look only to under which support you want to sell. Best thing is to try and get a view on what the strength is under the support so you can adjust accordingly.

The 1% is a general good idea but can vary greatly from stock/asset to another.

Should it happen that slippage causes you to be "stuck" in a trade there should be no need to worry. I try to trade with the tokens/coins I believe have a strong project/foundation. This makes sure I never panic sell, but be in the trade a bit longer than planned.

This is super helpful for people learning to trade. Thanks for sharing.

Thanks a lot of this article ! Definitly something to share with my fellow noob-traders.

I am only new, but I am going to take your advice on board, cheers.

Stop-loss are magnificent :D
You should make a post in #introduceyourself

You know I was about to write an article about this, but with a slight different angle, that it is horrible that exchanges won't allow us to set an order that has a take profit AND stop loss in it.
Consequences are:
If you set the stop loss, you will have to monitor the market movement to be able to sell at a good price.
If you set a take profit, you will have to monitor the market movement to prevent from falling into huge losses.

Either way you have your eyes glued to the screen. This is extremely stupid.
Kraken had an order type like that but pulled it off. /facepalm.

I'll write a more detailed article on this soon.


I have a custom altcoin GUI trading bot needs testing. I created it because I wanted more options for buying and selling than what Bittrex currently offers. I wanted to be able to set both stop loss and take profit conditional orders at the same time. As of now you can only set one or the other. My bot will buy at desired price and set a stop loss and a take profit trigger at specified targets. Plus it has a trailing stop to get more profits when coins keep pumping. If anybody is interested in giving feedback and getting a copy message me.


Yes, I would love to have a copy of the code, can you share it on github?

I've been researching and haven't yet found a solution for what I want to do. What I want is: Say I buy bitcoin at 15,000. I want to sell it when 'market' price on that exchange reaches / goes below 14,500. I want that order to be in indefinitely (ie forever or 'til i cancel'). So What I would like is "If the market price on this exchange reaches under $14,500, then sell all my bitcoin at best fillable market price, partially when necessary ideally". Using the conditional is basically a workaround that could accomplish this. Unfortunately, it doesn't specify to 'sell it at market price' - is that inherently built into their rule? So that make me think if I put it at 5% below the condition, there is a chance it won't get filled because prices are moving so quickly. On the other hand, if I put it at 10% below the condition, and prices aren't moving quickly, then it will get sold for 10% less than I needed to! Bummer. Anyone have a solution to this? Maybe a different exchange?


Basically I want to put in a stop loss vs stop limit. . I don't see this available in crypto exchanges. I want to sell at market price not a limit....

Whyi dont hav in betrix the coin/ other cryptomony.

Excellent advice -- was trying to figure this out to set a stop loss for XLM. Worked great, and stop loss set!

On Coingy, there is an option for Stop-limits. Using the Stop-limits is the same as using the stop-loss/take profit you're mentioning correct?
Whether it's a stop loss or take profit just depends on the place you put the stop and limit order?

THANK YOU!! Ive been googling this for days and I finally found your instructions.

Great tutorial, Thank you!!!!