Market Orders, Stop Loss & Limit Orders

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Market Orders:
Target an Exchange Rate

The currency markets are very volatile but it is possible to secure an exchange rate above the current market levels should you not be under time pressure to make a transaction.

Some business deals may rely on a specific price and with that comes the need to achieve a certain exchange rate and this is where a Market Order can help. This option executes when the exchange rate becomes available in the market. To ensure you react at the right time, you’ll need expert guidance as markets need tracking in real-time.

A market order will instruct NewbridgeFX that you want to achieve a certain exchange rate in the future and so, we work on your behalf, monitoring and tracking the currency markets waiting for the moment to arrive, ensuring you take action at the correct time. This will ensure that the exchange rate is secure for the agreed amount. But, it is important to understand that the exchange rate is not guaranteed, and the rate can only become booked should the market reach the desired level.

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Market Order Options

Speak to a specialist at NewbridgeFX to discuss the Market Order options available to you.

Limit Order

Using a limit order allows you to set a specific rate of exchange that is above the current market levels. As soon as the exchange rate is available in the market, we will buy your currency automatically. This option is useful if you understand that you need to make a payment in a different currency in the future but you are not governed by challenging deadlines. If you find yourself in this position then a limit order will give you the best opportunity to achieve a better exchange rate.

Stop Loss Order

This works in a similar way to that of a limit order but the difference is that you choose a minimum exchange rate to trade at instead of a target rate. While it might seem unusual to work in this way, a stop-loss order will prevent you from losing out should the markets take a downturn. This is useful if your budget factors in the lowest exchange rate you need to achieve to not be negativity affected by market volatility.

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Case Studies:
Market Orders

Limit Order Case Study

An electrical supplier anticipates a large stock purchase in 6 months time and wishes to exchange $250,000. The current exchange rate from USD to GBP is low at 0.725 but in order to prevent a significant loss from the low exchange rate, the electrical company takes out a limit order with NewbridgeFX to exchange at a rate of 0.835 within 6 months. The exchange rate increases and within 4 months achieves this rate at which point their funds are automatically converted. This saved the company over $32000.

Stop Loss Order Case Study

A retired couple wishes to repatriate their saving of £500,000 from the UK to the USA within the next 6 months. They want to get the best rate for the conversion so they have taken out a Limit Order at 1.225 but also a Stop Loss Order at a rate of 1.125 in case the exchange rate declined.

Unfortunately, the exchange rate did decline however the Stop Loss order automatically exchanged their money for $562,500 before the rate lowered to a significantly lower level.

Had they exchanged their money 2 months later, their money would have exchanged for $525,000, which is $37,000 less they would have received.

Risk Management:
Market Orders

Using Market Orders to manage exchange rate risk.

Market orders are a useful tool to manage exchange rate risk. It is common for limit orders and stop loss orders to combine to form part of a currency risk management strategy, alongside spot contracts and forward contracts.

  • 40% of the USD value purchased as a forward contract at a rate of 1.30
  • 40% of the USD value set as a limit order to buy USD at a rate of 1.33. This includes a stop loss order to buy USD at 1.25 to protect the downside should the USD strengthen against the GBP
  • 20% of the USD value to buy at the spot rate in 12 months’ time when the payment is due to the supplier

While this is a basic example, it demonstrates that the company has secured 40% of the USD value they need to buy at a rate of 1.30. They have the potential to buy another 40% should the market move in their favour and reach 1.33, while protecting against a sharp downturn. Lastly, secure 20% of the value at the spot rate in 12 months’ time.

Once the market orders are set there is no obligation on the company to fulfil the orders as long as the target rate is still outstanding. This means they are able to alter the exchange rate targets as time goes by. In the above example, should the rate continue to increase to 1.35, the 40% market order would have executed, and another order for the remaining 20% value can be set to take advantage of rates continuing to strengthen.

NewbridgeFX can help you to set, and amend your risk management strategy to help you mitigate risk and maximise your returns.


Market Orders


Market orders are instructions to a specialist foreign exchange broker, such as NewbridgeFX, to buy or sell currencies at a specific exchange rate that is not yet available in the market. Market order types are either Limit Orders or Stop Loss Orders.


An instruction to buy or sell currencies at an exchange rate above the current market levels. Useful if you want to achieve a higher exchange rate in the future should the exchange rate strengthen.


An instruction to buy or sell currencies at an exchange rate below the current market levels. Useful if you want to protect yourself against a downturn in the currency markets, and to budget for the minimum exchange rate you would want to achieve.


Buy setting a Market Order it is possible to secure a target exchange rate in the future, which allows for better budgeting. By setting a Market Order, NewbridgeFX will watch the currency markets on your behalf and execute the transaction should the exchange rate be achievable. This enables you to focus on your business, without having to check the exchange rates on a daily basis.


Market Orders are not guaranteed. While NewbridgeFX will watch the markets and execute should the target exchange rate be achievable, if the market does not reach the levels set then the market order will remain outstanding. Should this be the case, and the time had come to book a transaction anyway, then you would have to book at the Spot Rate on the day. Should this be the case, and the time had come to book a transaction anyway, then you would have to book at the Spot Rate on the day.

Manage Risk

NewbridgeFX offers a specialist service in the deliverable foreign exchange market, promoting a range of products and services, available online or over the phone. Our products have been designed to meet the needs of our clients. A lot of these products are ways for businesses, and individuals, to manage and mitigate currency risk, and are used frequently during times of increased volatility. Alongside up to date market news, which works in tandem with our range of products. 

Spot Contract

Lock in an exchange rate for immediate onward settlement. Funds can be received the same day.

Forward Contract

Lock in an exchange rate today, but for settlement at a later date that suits you, up to 12 months in the future.

Market Order

We monitor the markets real time and take action to trade between currencies when your desired rate is achieved.

Rate Alerts

Set an alert for phone or email notification when a rate has been achieved to take advantage at the best time.


We strive to earn the loyalty of our clients by consistently delivering a dedicated, professional foreign exchange service, and focusing on providing a great client experience. We have a vast and varied client portfolio. Our experience and expertise in managing international payments applies across a wide range of industries, from accountants to warehouses. 

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  • Great exchange rate, helpful and knowledgeable service and fast transfer to a French bank account. Highly recommended.
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