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How to Place a Stock or ETF Order

This article will show you how to place a stock or exchange-traded fund (ETF) order in just a few clicks.

To search for a stock or ETF, click the search icon at the top of the Trading Dashboard. A search window will open.

Enter a symbol or company name. In the list of results, click the stock or ETF you would like to buy or sell.

GIF searching for a quote

A Factsheet widget will open, displaying information about the stock or ETF.

Factsheet widget displaying RBC stock.

Click the Trade icon in the top right corner. It looks like two arrows pointing in opposite directions. (You may have also noticed the Trade icon elsewhere, including your Watchlists, Portfolio and other widgets. You can click this icon to place an order directly from those places as well.)

Factsheet with an arrow pointing to the Trade icon.

An Order Entry window will open. This window shows you how much buying power you currently have.

Order entry form with the buying power highlighted.

To fill out the form, first select which account you want to use for the order.

Order entry form displaying account type

Under the Market dropdown, ensure that the correct currency is displayed.

Order entry displaying market dropdown.

Next, select the action you would like to take, the order type and the quantity or estimated value of the shares.

Order entry highlighting empty fields.

Once you've filled out all required fields, click Continue.

Continue button highlighted on order entry page.

Review your order. If everything is correct, click Verify.

Verify stock order pop-up

A trade confirmation message will appear.

Trade confirmation message.

You can close this window, or you can click Open Order Status to view details about your orders.

Order status widget

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