What are the risks?
CFD trading is a flexible way to take position on financial markets. But without an effective risk management strategy, it could lead to losses.
Why do I need to manage risk?
Unlike most traditional financial trading services, CFDs are a leveraged product. This means that your initial margin payment gives you exposure to a comparatively larger portion of an underlying market than if you bought the instrument directly.
Leverage is a key advantage of CFD trading: it enables you to profit from a market without having to put up the full value of the position. However, this magnified exposure also means that CFDs can result in losses that exceed your initial deposit.
How do I manage risk?
Understand your marketBefore placing a trade, you should know your market and assess its probability for volatile movement. This is crucial in calculating the potential risk of the trade.
Historically, some markets have shown a tendency to jump less suddenly, however there are others, such as equities, which are more prone to making quick, pronounced moves (often caused by profit warnings or company news).
Monitor your open positionsVolatile markets can move hundreds of points in the space of minutes. A good understanding of your market is a start, but you should actively monitor your account so that you can react to any sudden market moves.
Use stop and limit ordersIt may not always be possible to micro-manage your open positions, which is why our range of stop orders are a vital part of your risk management.
The most effective way to manage risk is to use guaranteed stops, which, in return for an upfront premium, put a fixed limit on your potential loss without putting a cap on your profit.
CFDs are leveraged products. CFD trading may not be suitable for everyone and can result in losses that exceed your initial deposit, so please ensure that you fully understand the risks involved.