4 ways to use alerts to invest

Consider using alerts to stay on top of your investing strategy.

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Key takeaways

  • Setting alerts can help you monitor news and markets.
  • Set alerts to monitor the price of a particular investment, the percentage change since the previous close, moving averages, and 52-week high/low.

Interest rate moves from the Federal Reserve, earnings reports, talk of mergers and acquisitions—news that can influence your investments and future investing decisions happens 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You can't stay on top of all of it, all the time. But, you don't want to miss an opportunity to exit a trade or buy or sell an investment when the time is right for you.

Alerts can help. They notify you about specific stock movements, index readings, economic announcements, and news—or when certain events, like a deposit or trade, occur in your account.

4 types of alerts that could help

  • Price
  • Percentage change
  • Exponential moving average
  • 52-week high/low

Alert yourself to target prices

You may have a price at which you'd like to buy or sell a stock or exchange-traded fund (ETF). You can choose to set a price alert threshold that the security may rise above, or you can pick a price that the security may fall beneath.

For instance, companies release earnings reports 4 times per year, at the end of each quarter. In January, April, July, and October, the stock prices of reporting businesses could go up or down on earnings news. That could trigger an alert set to notify you of an increase in the price of one of your stocks.

Percentage change since previous close

If you're watching a volatile stock or ETF that may move a lot in one day, this alert gives you the percentage change from the previous day's close.

That can come in handy if you're looking for patterns following certain events.

Exponential moving average

If you're a fan of technical analysis, knowing when a security crosses the 20-, 50-, or 200-day exponential moving average (EMA) is useful. An EMA is the average of a set of closing prices over a specific period, with recent data given more weight.

Setting alerts to be triggered when an investment or an index crosses above or below its moving average could give you some insight into general trends in the market—you don’t have to monitor the market all the time to get real-time updates.

Read Viewpoints on Fidelity.com: Managing the market with moving averages

52-week high/low

When the price of a security pushes through the previous high, it could keep up the momentum and push on to new highs—or it might not. It might encounter some resistance and bounce around for a while.

On the other side, slipping below the previous low of the past 52 weeks could be a bearish indicator. The price of the security could keep going down—or, again, it might not. Hitting the 52-week low could entice some investors to buy at that point.

Read Support and resistance and What you need to know about exit strategies in the Fidelity Learning Center on Fidelity.com.

Setting alerts

All of these alerts—and more—are available on the Fidelity Mobile app—and can be sent as push notifications to your phone. You can also get price trigger alerts via text message or email. Visit the Alerts pageLog In Required on the News & Research tab on Fidelity.com to add a phone number to your account in order to receive alerts as a text message.

You can also set alerts on Fidelity.com, where it may be easier to set alerts on multiple securities.

Next steps to consider

Set alerts to monitor your account or track the price of a security.

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