With CFD trading, you can optimise your market exposure by depositing a small fraction of your trade value as margin against your total trade value.
This means that your gains could be multiplied if the market moves in your favour. Equally however, your losses could be magnified in exactly the same way if the market goes against you.
At City Index, we offer a range of tools such as stop loss orders, guaranteed stop loss orders and limit orders to help you to better manage your CFD trading portfolio without the need to be watching your open trades constantly.
We also offer a range of free seminars to help enhance your knowledge of CFD trading and manage your trading risk. See our Learn to Trade section for more information. By using risk management tools efficiently, you could limit potential losses without capping your profit potential.
A stop loss order is used to reduce risks by closing a losing trade once a market passes a trigger value set by you. This means that you can automatically close trades and cut your losses if the market moves against you, helping you to limit your downside exposure. Standard stop losses are not infallible though, because the order will close your trade at the next available price once the stop value has been triggered.
During times of market volatility, your trade could sometimes be closed out at a level that is different to your trigger value. This is known as market gapping. If the market does gap, your closing price could differ from the trigger value you have set.
At City Index, we offer standard stop loss orders freely across all markets on your trading account.
Guaranteed Stop Loss Orders are the most efficient risk management tools available. They work in the same way as Standard Stop Loss Orders, except that they guarantee to close your trades at the trigger values you have set, regardless of underlying market volatility and gapping. For this added insurance, Guaranteed Stop Loss Orders incur a small premium (debited from your cash balance), upon confirmation of the order, and minimum distances apply. Please note that guaranteed orders may not be available for some illiquid markets.
Example: Singapore Airlines
Let’s say you have bought 500 Singapore Airlines CFDs at 10.49, and have highlighted 10.30 as your maximum loss level, a $95 loss allowance (10.49 – 10.30 - x 500 CFDs). You can use a Guaranteed Stop Loss Order to ensure that should Singapore Airlines reach 10.30, our systems will automatically close out your trade at this level, to prevent you from incurring any further losses.
Unfortunately rising oil prices, which can inflate airline costs, depressed Singapore Airlines share price lower to 10.25, and our systems automatically closed your position out at 10.30. Even though Singapore Airline’s share prices continued to trade past your maximum risk allowance, the Guaranteed Stop Loss has already stopped your losses by automatically closing out your trade.
Please note that Guaranteed Stop Loss Orders are not available across all our markets and are only available during market hours. See the market information tab, located on the City Index Trading Platform, for more information.
To limit your trading risk, we recommend that you consider a Guaranteed Stop Loss when you open a new position. This will help protect you if the price moves against you.
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