Negative balance protection definition

Negative balance protection ensures that traders do not lose more than the balance on their account – even if the market moves quickly or gaps.*

Providers of leveraged products in the ESMA-regulated region (including the UK) are required to apply negative balance protection on a per-account basis.

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If your spread betting or CFD balance falls below zero, we’ll bring it back to zero as soon as possible at no cost to you.

Please note that this protection does not apply to professional traders who can still lose more than the balance on their account.

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* Negative balance protection does not apply to professional traders.

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Spread bets and CFDs are complex instruments and come with a high risk of losing money rapidly due to leverage. 74% of retail investor accounts lose money when trading spread bets and CFDs with this provider.
You should consider whether you understand how spread bets and CFDs work, and whether you can afford to take the high risk of losing your money. Professional clients can lose more than they deposit.
Spread bets and CFDs are complex instruments and come with a high risk of losing money rapidly due to leverage.