Look at it like this - get a piece of paper and a pencil Draw your “bet” with a little smiley face and the “bid” at a lower price and the “Ask” at a higher price.
Now put in your TP and see how the “ask” lags behind price like a sulky child not wanting to pay you out !
Now put a Stop Loss the other side of price and see how the “Ask” reaches out in front of price towards your SL when the bet is going against you ! I Think of this as a “Grasping hand” trying to grab your money.
Then try the same excercise with a “buy bet” - The Bid wrks exactly the same way ! Grasping hand trying to stop you out and sulky child not wanting to pay you!
Remember that - you’ll never be confused again.
But n a more serious note. If you use calculated stops, you need to make allowance for this distortion, in where you pplace them !
Also in R:R calculations when you pplace a 1:1 - say 10 pips SL and 10 Pips TP then you are actually placing something like a 8 pip stop and 12 pip TP even tho’ the money aspect does seem like a 1:1, cleary the reality is putting the odds way in the favour of teh “house” by say 8 pips to 12 !
Longer term bets with wider stops suffer less distortion in this way.
Ok mate - lecture over !
[Edit apologies for the “Fat Finger Flamenco” here - can’t be A**ed tooo go back and fix 'em one ata time. sorry ! ]