Are stop orders always sent on to the broker's choice of MM of that stock or to the route you may choose? What I'm getting at is if I want to setup a stop order because I currently trade at work and (amazingly enough) they expect me to actually do some work while I'm there, am I basically "telling" the MM how far he can walk down to get my shares? Or is this order held by most brokerages "in-house" until the price is met? If I switch to direct will most software hold my stops internally, therefore not tipping my hand to any MMs? I don't daytrade but swing trade and can't watch the moves every minute so using a stop is important to me sometimes. Related question: Can direct software allow me to place both limits AND stops simultaneously on a single position, thereby essentially becoming automated based on my preset risk/profit definitions? I realize blackboxes exist but I'm not looking for anything that elaborate (obviously). Excuse my ignorance. I'm here to learn.