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  • Guaranteed Stop Losses

    When it comes to spread betting, it is always a good idea to have a risk management strategy in place that’ll help you cut your losses to acceptable levels in case the trade you have placed goes against you.  

    Much like wearing a life jacket before you go sailing, standard stop loss orders and guaranteed stop loss orders are safety nets that are designed to protect your trade and stop your losses if the market moves against you.

    What is a Stop Loss Order?

    With a stop loss order, you can determine at the outset the maximum amount that you are willing to risk on a trade. Stop loss orders are effectively an instruction to the system to automatically close your position should a trade go against you.

    For example, if you have placed a buy (long) spread bet of £1 per point on the FTSE 100 at 5600, and only want to risk £100 on the trade, you simply place a Stop Loss Order at the 5500 level. This means that if the FTSE 100 goes against you and falls, should it reach as low as 5500, your trade is automatically closed by our systems to help stop your losses. 

    Stop loss orders are not infallible, however, and there’s a chance that you could end up losing more than you had expected should slippage take place. This is because standard stop loss orders are executed at the best price available and in situations when prices gap, this may be worse than the level specified. Find out more about market gapping or slippage.

    Why is a Guaranteed Stop Loss Order a Safer Option?

    The mechanics of Guaranteed Stop Loss Orders work exactly the same as standard stop loss orders, except that they guarantee to close out your trade at the level specified regardless of market volatility or gapping, giving your 100% risk protection. With a guaranteed stop loss order, your trade will be stopped precisely at the point you had specified, even if slippage has occurred and prices have moved through the level at which you would have liked to close your trade.

    For this added protection, there is a small additional fee and guaranteed stop loss orders are not available across all of our markets.

    Additionally, we also offer Limited Risk Accounts and Spread Betting Beginners Accounts, so you can pick one that is most suited to your trading skills and individual trading strategy – no matter whether you are new to trading or an experienced spread bettor.

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