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What is an After Market Order (AMO)?

An After-Market Order (AMO) is a type of order placed by investors to buy or sell securities after the regular trading hours of the stock market. These orders allow investors to execute trades when the market is closed and before it opens the following day at 9:15 am. AMOs are entered into the trading system of the exchange and executed once the market reopens.

What are the advantages of after-market orders?

One advantage of AMOs is that they provide flexibility to investors who may not be able to monitor the market during regular trading hours. By placing orders after the market closes, investors can react to news or events that occur outside of trading hours. Additionally, AMOs can help investors secure favourable prices by executing trades when there may be less liquidity or competition.

What are the drawbacks of after-market orders?

Since the market is closed when AMOs are placed, investors cannot immediately react to price changes or market movements. This lack of real-time monitoring may result in missed opportunities or unexpected outcomes. Additionally, AMOs are subject to price volatility and liquidity constraints when the market reopens, which can impact order execution.

How to execute an after-market order?

To execute an AMO, log in to their trading platform, like Ventura, and select the option to place an After-Market Order (AMO). Then, specify the details of the order, including the security, quantity, and order type. Once submitted, the order is queued in the exchange's system and executed when the market opens. It's essential for investors to carefully consider their investment objectives and risk tolerance before placing AMOs to mitigate potential risks associated with after-hours trading.

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