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2018-07-16: Watch List candidate **** triggered it's buy point, and was purchased for the GSA Portfolio.
Current Stock Portfolio Positions: CH** (+6%), OP** (+6%), US** (+4%), FN** (+1%), RS** (+1%), FI** (+1%), MR** (-4%),


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Q: Greetings. A question. I was away from my trading system for a few days. One of the things I do automatically when I purchase a "top pick" is put in the stop loss based on the stop loss price that you recommend. Fortunately I was only stopped out of EZCH which I repurchased today.

BUT I had another position in AAPL that I picked up at $210 and had a nice run up to $250 and then got stopped out at $199 last week during the "crash", and now of course itís back up to $245. So the lesson learned is that you guys do a much better job of picking stop loss positions than I do. Do you have any hints in terms of how you set them?

AlsoÖas an aside, it occurs to me that the industry made a FORTUNE on commissions with people getting kicked out and then reentering positions as a result of this. Iím not typically a conspiracy theorist, but if someone fat fingered a single trade that precipitated all this, then it sure made his company a lot of $$.

A: Looking at AAPL's chart, no sensible stop-loss would have survived last Thursday's hiccup. So your $199 stop was as good as any.

Only difference is, we didn't have any live stops in place, only mental stops. Sometimes a mental stop helps, other times it hurts - no correct answer. We try not to let intra-day activity shake us out, in general. It would be ideal if our broker would let us activate stops during the last 10 minutes of the day.

We still don't know the full story of what transpired on the 1000 pt drop day - doubt if it was a fat finger. I'm sure we'll know soon.

Good day so far today.

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