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Protect your profits and limit your losses with limited-risk accounts, risk-management tools, and our innovative guaranteed stops.
Designed to be easy to use, our risk management tools and limited-risk accounts can help you enjoy additional peace of mind. Our guaranteed stops come without charge unless your stop is hit.
Put an absolute limit on potential losses with our unique guaranteed stops
Place guaranteed stops with no upfront charge
Pay a low premium only if your guaranteed stop is triggered
Lock in potential profits with trailing stops
Set price alerts to notify you of market movements
Track your profit and loss with our desktop platform and mobile apps
A limited-risk account can protect you from taking on too much risk.
This type of account ensures that all the positions you open will not allow you to lose more than the initial deposit required to open the trade. It will ensure that all your positions either have a guaranteed stop, or are inherently limited-risk markets.
The other stop types you see listed on this page therefore aren’t available on limited-risk accounts.
There are two ways to open a limited-risk account. Either we make the decision to give you a standard or limited-risk account based on the information you give us when you open an account. Alternatively, clients who are on a standard account can change to a limited-risk account by contacting our helpdesk.
Attaching our unique guaranteed stops will put an absolute cap on your potential loss, for a small premium that’s only payable if your stop is triggered.
Even if the market gaps suddenly, your position will always be closed out at exactly the price you specified. You get watertight protection against slippage, and there’s potentially no cost for this powerful safeguard when you trade with IG.
If your stop is hit, our guaranteed stop premiums offer excellent value in the market for most major indices and FX pairs.
Free | Non-guaranteed | Protects against adverse market moves
Stop losses can be added to your trades before you open them or by editing an open position. Set the level you want your position to close at if the market turns against you.
A basic stop loss does not guarantee your position will close at the exact level you specify – if the market suddenly gaps beyond your stop level, it is possible your position will be closed at a worse level than requested. This is known as slippage.
Free | Track and protect profits | Non-guaranteed
Like a limit, a trailing stop is designed to protect your profit. Place a trailing stop when you open your trade and it will move with your profit. If the market turns, your position will close out at your trailing stop’s new level, not the level you originally placed it at.
Using a trailing stop means you lock in profits without the need to manually monitor your position and adjust your stop.
To activate trailing stops, go to My Account > Settings > Preferences, select Allow Trailing Stops, accept the T&Cs, and click Set Preferences.
Set price alerts to notify you when a market reaches a specified buy or sell price. Unlike a stop, a price alert keeps your position open, so you can decide what action to take as the market moves.
Push alert notifications are free and can be set up on our web-based platform and our apps. Different to text and email alerts, push alerts pop up on the trading platform when using a PC, and also on your mobile when using our apps.
Track your profit and loss
Our platform’s Open Positions and Working Orders windows give you a snapshot of your deals and running profit and loss.
If the market moves quickly against you, you can deal out almost instantly to protect a profit or minimise a loss.
Whether you have a stop-loss or not, if the account equity (cash balance +/- running profit/loss) doesn’t cover your margin requirement, we may partially or fully close your positions if we don't hear from you. This is to help protect you from negative equity.
However, this protection isn’t automatic – we are not obliged to apply it and you shouldn’t rely on us doing so. It’s sensible to maintain adequate funds in your trading account to avoid potentially being closed out of positions you would rather remain open.
New clients can trade at reduced minimum trade sizes for two weeks and reduced commissions on Australian shares for six weeks with our introduction programme.
This is a useful way to reduce your risk exposure while you gain experience and confidence using our platform.
Learn about the risks associated with trading on financial markets.
All client money is held in segregated trust accounts in accordance with the Singapore clients' money protection rules
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