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Guaranteed stop-loss orders

A guaranteed stop-loss order (GSLO) is a type of risk management tool that works in the exact same way as a regular stop-loss, except for the fact that, for a premium charge, it guarantees to close you out of a trade at the price you specify, regardless of market volatility or gapping.

Guaranteed stop-losses are particularly useful when market conditions are volatile and prices can fluctuate suddenly from one level or another, without passing the level in-between. This is called price gapping or slippage​, which can occur following major economic events and news announcements. It can also occur on weekends, where prices open at a significantly different level than the previous close.

This article explains exactly what a guaranteed stop-loss order is, along with its various settings and how to set a GSLO on our online trading platform, Next Generation.

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GSLOs: a video tutorial

Guaranteed stop-losses are available for most assets but not all, so please check our instruments page before opening a trade. Watch our video below for a tutorial on how to set guaranteed stop-loss orders.

What is a guaranteed stop?

A guaranteed stop-loss order belongs alongside a traditional stop-loss order and a trailing stop-loss, all of which vary in the level of restriction. In particular, when placing a guaranteed stop-loss order, you need to follow certain rules and specifications. These include the following:

  • You can only place GSLOs during trading hours.
  • GSLOs must be placed at least a minimum distance away from the current market price. This distance is displayed within the product overview and a warning will appear if you try to place it closer.
  • If you add a GSLO to an open margin trade, the margin requirement will be the margin rate set by ESMA, or the maximum for that trade, depending on whichever amount is greater. This specific margin type is called ‘Prime Margin’.
  • GSLOs come with a premium charge, as this guarantees that you will close out your position at your specified price. This cost is based on the current market price in your account currency.
  • The original GSLO premium is refunded if it is not triggered. This can occur when it is removed from an open trade, changed to a regular or trailing stop-loss, when a take-profit order is triggered, or when an open trade is closed manually.
  • Modifications are free of charge and you can either cancel a GSLO or switch to a regular or trailing stop-loss.
  • Outside of trading hours, you can move the price of the GSLO further away from the current market price, instead of closer.
  • It is possible to set GSLOs as default when loading an order ticket through the ‘Order Settings’. If you use minimum position margin, the default value will equal the GSLO’s minimum distance.
  • If you wish to place, modify or cancel a GSLO, you must ensure that you have sufficient available funds in your account to cover any increase in position margin as a result. Failure to pay any GSLO premium due in full may result in your GSLO being rejected or removed.

CFD guaranteed stop-loss

Traders are also able to place guaranteed stop-loss orders on their CFD positions (contracts for difference). CFDs are derivative products that enable you to trade on the price movements of the underlying financial asset without taking ownership.

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Manage your trading risk with GSLOs

Additional information about GSLOs

Account positions screen

Trades with a GSLO attached are displayed in an aggregate area in the ‘Positions’ tab underneath positions placed using a standard margin requirement. You have the ability to close or reduce all standard margin positions, close all prime margin positions​ or close all positions for a particular instrument. Alternatively, you can close out each position individually.

Account close-out

There are two possible close-out levels that can be applied to a trading account, depending on how your open positions are set up:

  1. If there are standard margin positions on the account, the close-out level used will be the standard close-out. These will be closed before prime positions.
  2. If there are prime margin positions, the close-out level used will be the prime close-out. This type can close positions using both standard margin and prime margin.

For ease of use, we display the cash value of these levels, rather than just a percentage, but you can still view the relevant close-out percentage levels for your account.

Guaranteed stop-loss broker

Our award-winning trading platorm​*, Next Generation, comes with a range of execution and order types​, including GSLOs, regular and trailing stop-losses and take-profit orders. We understand how important risk management is for your trading success, which is why we offer a diverse range of stop-loss orders.

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