I'm new to IB. I use stops alot. It seemed that stops were not being activated. Today I had a stop to sell short a stock and I watched as many trades went off below my stop.WTF! So I cancelled it and hit the bid for an immediate fill. The stock then reversed and went against me. Then I read that sell stops with nasdaq stocks are activated only with two or more asks at or below the stop. So I looked at time and sales and low and behold there were no asks below my stop so the stop correctly was not triggered. What I'm wondering now is this..... Is it better to let IB do it's thing with the stops or would it be better to manually punch in a limit trade as soon I see trades go at my stop. In the first case I might get saved from buying tops and selling bottoms (like today). In the second case I would get fills closer to my stop. I buy breakouts and sometimes the price moves away rapidly and I don't like waiting. So, confirmation of move, or price improvement. Which is better in the long run? What do you guys think?