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Risk management

Protect your profits and limit your losses with our range of tools.

All trading involves risk. Losses can exceed deposits.
  • Place unique guaranteed stops with no upfront charge, and nothing to pay unless your stop is triggered

  • Lock in potential profits using trailing stops that move automatically, so there’s no need to manually adjust

  • Set price alerts to notify you of market movements, for a customised message delivered to you by text or email

Our unique guaranteed stops

Attach our guaranteed stops to put an absolute cap on your potential loss. Even if the market gaps suddenly, your position will 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.

You can add guaranteed stops when you place new trades, and edit them at any time. If you’re using one of our mobile apps, you can also attach guaranteed stops to trades that are in progress, or remove them from open positions.

Our other risk management tools

Stop losses

Free | Non-guaranteed | Protect against adverse market moves

Stop losses enable you to set the level you want your position to close at if the market turns against you. You can add one to your trade when you open it, or add one to an open position later.

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’s possible your position will be closed at a worse level than requested. This is known as slippage.

 

Trailing stops

Free | Track and protect profits | Non-guaranteed

Trailing stops enable you to lock in profits without the need to monitor your position and adjust your stop.

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 at which you originally placed it. Like regular stop losses, trailing stops do not protect from slippage.

In the new IG Trading platform, you can select trailing stops from the stops drop-down in the deal ticket. You can also ask us to remember your last stop type and distance in ‘settings’, so you won’t have to reselect it every time for each market. 

 

Price alerts

Free | Keeps positions open | Delivered by text or email

Set price alerts to notify you when a market reaches a specified buy or sell price. Unlike a stop, a price alert keeps any existing positions open, so you can decide what action to take as the market moves.

Running balances

Free | Always visible | Monitor your capital

Our platform helps you keep track of any open positions and working orders, and displays a constant snapshot of your 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.

Built-in risk protection

Whether you have a stop-loss or not, if your 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, we’re are not obliged to apply this protection 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.

Learn more about margin call

 

Reduced-risk trading for new accounts

New clients can deal at reduced minimum deal sizes for two weeks (CFDs and spread betting) and reduced commissions for six weeks (CFDs) with our introduction programme.

This is a useful way to reduce your risk exposure while you gain experience and confidence using our platform.

Limited-risk accounts

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 on inherently limited-risk markets such as digital 100s.

The other stop types you see listed on this page therefore aren’t available on limited-risk accounts.

We decide your account type based on the information you give us when you open an account. Clients can switch from a standard to a limited-risk account in My IG.

 

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It's free to open an account, takes less than five minutes, and there's no obligation to fund or trade.

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