Good Til Cancelled – Definition

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Good Til Canceled (GTC) Definition

Good ‘til canceled (GTC) order is an investment order to buy or sell a security or stock at a specified set price that remains in effect or active until it is executed, or the investor cancels the order. For example, an investor can specify to sell a stock at $10 per share, then the GTC will stand until the condition is met and share price has reached to $10, unless the investor intervenes and cancels the instruction. If the stock reached $10 per share, under the GTC order, the shares will be sold. With a GTC instruction, the order doesn’t expire at the end of the trading day like day orders but held for usually not more than 90 days after which the instructions are revisited, and further instructions are requested from the investor.

A Little more on What is Good-Till-Cancelled Orders

Through GTC orders, investors do not need to constantly monitor the stock price and can just buy and sell at specific price points and keep them for several weeks. For example, a GTC can be set to buy a stock at a specific price point different from current market price by looking at the stock’s price-to-earnings ratio, price-to-book ratio and so on without constant monitoring of the stock. Usually, GTC orders are placed because investors want to buy at a lower price than the current trading level or sell a price higher than current trading level. Sometimes, GTC order are also placed if market price of a share starts to fluctuate and there is uncertainty over its future. Sell orders can be placed at a slightly lower price to prevent further losses.

Even when using GTC orders, investor must closely monitor conditions in the market since the standing order might be executed even when there is an event that sends the stock in unexpectedly one direction or the other. Several exchanges, including the NYSE and NASDAQ do not accept GTC orders because it is considered a risk to the investors where the instructions might be carried out at an inopportune time. These usually arise due to temporary volatility in the market and might cause loss to the investor. The main risk of GTC order comes when a day of extreme volatility pushes the price past the GTC order before quickly snapping back. When the price rebounds, the investor just sold low and faces the prospects of buying high to regain the position. However, many brokerage firms still offer GTC among their services and execute the instructions internally.

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Academic Research on Good Til Canceled (GTC)

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CGCX, Exchange, C. G. C. (2007). CGCX. In this research, the writer explores the role of Calfin Global Crypto Exchange (CGCX) that provides a platform for trading using cryptocurrency. The research indicates a complete mechanism based on CGCX model for buying and selling purposes and this model can be used to gain profits.

Limit Order Adjustment Mechanisms and Ex‐Dividend Day Stock Price Behavior, Jakob, K., & Ma, T. (2005). Financial Management, 34(3), 89-101. In this paper, the writer explores the working mechanism of NYSE and Toronto Stock Exchange as both of these exchanges do not adjust prices in OLO (Outstanding Limit Order) on ex-dividend days. The findings of the research suggest that TSX and NYSE stock behaviour is different from each other as the use of limit order is limited in TSX.

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AN OVERVIEW TO THE INDIAN STOCK MARKET OPERATIONS, Oberoi, J., & Rani, A.  This paper presents an overview concerning stock market operations in India in comparison to other global stock markets mechanisms. The findings suggest that India is increasing its stock market operations at a larger scale.

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The ex‐dividend day: action on and off the Danish exchange, Akhmedov, U., & Jakob, K. (2010). Financial Review, 45(1), 83-103. In this review paper, the writer investigates ex-dividend day in Danish Stock Exchange context. The Danish stock market has high price-drop rate in comparison to the US ratios. Denmark provides a unique average price mechanism that enables investors to capture dividends and they need not changing supply/demand of the regular market.

ADVISING CLIENTS AND SUBMISSION OF EXCHANGE ORDERS, Assenova-Velikova, M. G. ББК 65.34. 13 (2Рос–4Кем), 63. The research evaluates Ukrainian stock exchange business performance in comparison to the global stock exchange business. The study proposes a mechanism for exchange clients to use it to submit exchange orders.

Judgement Day: algorithmic trading around the Swiss franc cap removal, Breedon, F., Chen, L., Ranaldo, A., & Vause, N. (2018).  This research throws light on the use and response mechanism of algorithmic-based trading in Siws and French stock exchange markets’ context. The writer negates a misconception that algorithm-based trading that is performed on lending platforms jeopardizes the market quality. The writer also highlights the incident of Swiss franc cap removal that was an incident of astonishment for market participants.

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