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Spread bets and CFDs are complex instruments and come with a high risk of losing money rapidly due to leverage. 72% 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.

How we can help

We have a full package of tools and resources on offer to help you manage your risk. They are all easy to access and can be used at any time.

  • Introduction programme

    New clients can deal with reduced risk while learning to use the products and platforms. We also offer a range of free online tutorials.

  • Guaranteed Stops

    When you open a position, the most effective way to manage risk is to put an absolute cap on your potential loss by using a Guaranteed Stop. This means that you specify the level at which you want your bet to be closed should the market move against you. In return for a slightly wider dealing spread, we then guarantee to close your position at that exact point, even if the market moves suddenly. With a Controlled Risk bet (a bet with a Guaranteed Stop attached), your maximum possible loss is known as soon as you open the position, making it an extremely effective risk management tool.

  • Non-Guaranteed Stops

    Non-Guaranteed Stops can help manage risk without incurring the premium associated with a Guaranteed Stop. A Non-Guaranteed Stop will trigger an order to close your position once the selected level has been breached. However, you should be aware that it will sometimes not be possible for the Stop Order to be transacted at the price you have selected. This may happen overnight or when the market moves very quickly. In these cases the order will be transacted at a worse, and sometimes much worse, level than you have selected. This is known as 'slippage', and is determined on a basis which IG believes to be fair and reasonable.

  • Trailing Stops

    Trailing Stops are also non-guaranteed, but track your position while the market moves in your favour, providing protection if it starts to move in the other direction. This allows you to lock in profits without the need to frequently re-adjust the level of your Stop. There is no charge for setting a Trailing Stop.

  • Limit Orders

    Placing a Limit triggers an order to close once a specified market level has been reached. It is an instruction to take profit if prices move in your favour. This means you can realise a pre-selected level of profit, even if the price later moves against you. Stop and Limit Orders are available over the phone as well as online, meaning you can manage risk wherever you are.

  • Types of bet

    Some of the bets we offer are automatically limited risk and these can be of use when trying to minimise risk on your Spread Betting portfolio.

    Buying an option is also an inherently limited risk bet. Please note that this is not true when selling options, for which risk is, in principle, unlimited.

  • Open a Spread Betting account

Important information

Spread Betting and CFD trading carry a high level of risk to your capital; you should ensure you understand the risks involved. Please read the full risk warning.

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