Managing your risk

Spread bets and CFDs come with a unique set of risks. Negative balance protection keeps your account secure against debt1 – take control of further risk using our tools, and ensure you’re well-informed with our range of educational resources.

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What are the risks?

The risk

Why it happens

Ways we help

Losing more than your deposit on the trade. Spread betting and CFDs are leveraged meaning you only need to put up a fraction of your trade’s value to open it. So you could lose – or win – much more than your initial deposit. You can mitigate risk and lock in profits by setting an automatic stop or limit, to define the level you'd like your trade closed at.

Find out more about stops and limits
Losing more than the money on your account. Sometimes your positions may close and leave you with a negative cash balance on your account – putting you in debt to us. Thanks to negative balance protection, we bring negative accounts back to zero at no cost to you.1
Having your positions closed unexpectedly, resulting in you losing money. You need a certain amount of money in your account to keep your trades open. This is called margin, and if your account balance doesn’t cover our margin requirements we may close your positions for you. Keep an eye on your always-visible running balances in our platform or app, and add more funds if they’re needed.

Find out more about balance snapshots
Sudden or larger-than-expected losses (or gains). Markets can be volatile, moving very quickly and unexpectedly in reaction to announcements, events or trader behaviour. As well as setting stops, you can also be notified of significant movement by setting a price or distance alert, giving you the choice of whether or not to react.

Find out more about alerts
Having an order (an instruction you give us, to open or close a trade for you when the market hits a certain level) filled at a different level to the one you requested. When a market moves a long way in an instant – or ‘gaps’ – any orders you have placed may be filled at a worse (or better) level than the one you requested. This is called slippage. Use guaranteed stops for watertight protection against slippage on orders to close. They're free to place, with a small premium payable only if your stop is triggered.

Find out more about guaranteed stops

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Protect yourself in our platform

Protect against adverse movements for free

Set a stop-loss to close your position automatically if the market moves against you. There’s no trigger charge, but no guarantee of protection against slippage – so your position could be closed out at a worse level if the market gaps.

Choose exactly where your trade closes

Attach a guaranteed stop to your position, and it’ll always be closed out at exactly the price you specified. What’s more, you’ll only pay for your stop if it’s triggered. If this happens, our guaranteed stop premiums still offer the best value in the market for most major indices and FX pairs.

Benefit from negative balance protection

If your account goes into a negative balance, we will bring it back to zero at no cost to you.1

Take profit automatically

Set a limit order in line with your profit target, and we’ll close your position for you when the price hits your chosen level.

Don’t miss out on profits

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. So you can lock in profits without the need to monitor your position and adjust your stop.

Like regular stop-losses, trailing stops don’t protect against slippage.

Stay on top of market movement

Set price and price change alerts, and we’ll notify you by text or email when a market reaches your specified price, percentage or points change.

Our award-winning apps mean you can react to these opportunities immediately, wherever you are.

Always know your profit and loss

Keep an eye on the always-visible balance snapshot in our platform, and react quickly if the market moves against you. You can deal out almost instantly to protect a profit or minimise a loss.

Protect against adverse movements for free

Set a stop-loss to close your position automatically if the market moves against you. There’s no trigger charge, but no guarantee of protection against slippage – so your position could be closed out at a worse level if the market gaps.

Don’t miss out on profits

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. So you can lock in profits without the need to monitor your position and adjust your stop.

Like regular stop-losses, trailing stops don’t protect against slippage.

Choose exactly where your trade closes

Attach a guaranteed stop to your position, and it’ll always be closed out at exactly the price you specified. What’s more, you’ll only pay for your stop if it’s triggered. If this happens, our guaranteed stop premiums still offer the best value in the market for most major indices and FX pairs.

Stay on top of market movement

Set price and price change alerts, and we’ll notify you by text or email when a market reaches your specified price, percentage or points change.

Benefit from negative balance protection

If your account goes into a negative balance, we will bring it back to zero at no cost to you.1

Always know your profit and loss

Keep an eye on the always-visible balance snapshot in our platform, and react quickly if the market moves against you, and deal out almost instantly to protect a profit or minimise a loss.