When Should I Sell a Stock? Should I Use Stop-Loss Orders?

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Investors have it hard enough trying to make sense of the seemingly daily gloom-and-doom headlines coming from Europe. For new and experienced investors alike, though, The Motley Fool is here to answer your questions.

Last week, we put out a call for your investing questions via Facebook and Twitter using the #AskAFool hashtag.

In the video below, I answer a question that came from Facebook: "When should I sell a stock?" My take? This is an incredibly complex question that books have been written about. But that doesn't mean there aren't a few rules of thumb to abide by to guide your buying and selling habits. One big reason to sell is if you've lost faith in the company you've invested with. Another is if you have a better idea for that money.


To submit a question of your own, find us on Facebook or Twitter via the #AskAFool hashtag.

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At the time this article was published Managing editor Brian Richards holds no position in any company mentioned. The Fool owns shares of Apple. Motley Fool newsletter services have recommended buying shares of Apple. Motley Fool newsletter services have recommended creating a bull call spread position in Apple. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy. We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days.

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