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Trade CFDs with Shield Mode

A little defence goes a long way when markets move. Manage risk with Shield Mode on a Next Generation CFD account.

What is Shield Mode?

Shield Mode is an extra layer of protection on your CFD account. It includes built-in risk management tools such as guaranteed stop-loss on every trade and negative balance protection to help manage risk if markets move against you.

Trade a range of FX, indices, commodities, ETFs and shares with more confidence. Shield Mode limits your leverage while you get comfortable moving in markets.

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Guaranteed stop loss order

Close out every trade at a specified price regardless of volatility.

Extra protection on popular products

Trade a range of FX, Indices, Commodities, ETFs and shares.

Negative balance protection

Never lose more than your deposit.

Limited risk and leverage

Manage risk in volatile markets with no gap risk.

Small tweaks. Big protection.

CFD account with Shield Mode Standard CFD account
FX 60 334
Indices 62 85
Commodities 74 106
ETFs 633 1154
Shares 2607 10581
Treasuries No Yes
Forex Indices No Yes
Share Baskets No Yes
Crypto No Yes
See FAQs
Mandatory Optional
GSLO Costs Refund Yes Yes
Account Netting
See FAQs
On Optional
Negative Balance Protection
See FAQs
Yes No
Reduced Leverage Yes Standard

Accurate as of 16.06.23. Product numbers are subject to change.

IMPORTANT: Shield Mode is an account setting on our platform that caps your potential losses to your deposited amount, facilitated by the use of Guaranteed Stop Loss Orders (which come with associated costs). Activating Shield Mode significantly reduces the range of products available to trade. After activation, a list of products eligible for trading under Shield Mode can be accessed directly on our platform.

Shield Mode FAQs

How do I open a CFD account with Shield Mode?

Contact us on at 0800 26 26 27 or support@cmcmarkets.co.nz to activate Shield Mode.

What is a guaranteed stop-loss order?

A guaranteed stop-loss order (GSLO) works in the same way as a stop-loss order except that it guarantees to close out a trade at the price specified, regardless of market volatility or gapping. If you wish to place a GSLO on a trade, you will be required to pay a small cost, called a 'GSLO premium'. The GSLO premium amount to be paid when placing a guaranteed stop-loss order on a trade is calculated as follows: premium rate x number of units. Learn more about Guaranteed stop-loss here.

How does a guaranteed stop-loss order work?

Guaranteed stop loss orders (GSLOs) work the same as regular stop loss orders except, for a small premium charge, they guarantee to close out a trade at the price you specify, regardless of market volatility or gapping. If the GSLO is not triggered, we'll refund 100% of the original premium. If you add a GSLO to an open trade then the margin required will be the margin rate set by ESMA, or the maximum loss for that trade – whichever amount is greater. This GSLO-specific margin type is called 'Prime Margin' and will be displayed at the foot of the order ticket. Learn more here.

What is the cost of having Shield Mode?

The cost of Shield Mode on your CFD account is the same as having a standard CFD account with CMC Markets. The only difference being a GSLO needs to be attached to each trade and it will incur a premium. The GSLO premium (100%) will be refunded to you if the GSLO is cancelled before it’s executed. An additional premium is not required to modify an existing GSLO.

What are the risks involved with Shield Mode?

Shield Mode reduces some key risk associated with a standard CFD account, but market risk and loss of trading capital still exists. Find more information on the risks of trading CFDs here.

What products can I trade on Shield Mode?

You can trade all majors with a limited range:

  • 60 FX Pairs
  • Index
  • Commodities
  • ETFs
  • Shares

How to open a  Shield mode account


Apply for a CFD account

Complete our straightforward application form and verify your account.


Request Shield Mode

Let our team know you want to activate Shield Mode.^


Fund and trade

Deposit easily via debit card, bank transfer or PayPal and start trading CFDs with Shield Mode.

^ Email support@cmcmarkets.co.nz or call 0800 26 26 27