Trailing Stop Orders Guide

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The guide to Trailing Stop orders.

Like Financial Spreads and Capital Spreads, ETX Capital has introduced trailing stop orders to its CFD and spread betting accounts.

In a move that’s estimated to be widely welcomed by the company’s clients, ETX will now let clients place trailing stop orders.

Why Use a Trailing Stop Order?

These orders help clients lock in their potential profits when they are trading erratic markets.

This means that they can help investors manage their CFD and spread betting profits, as well as the many associated risks, more effectively.

Through a Trailing Stop Loss clients can ‘trail a stop’ behind an open position.

The use of a Trailing Stop keeps a stop loss at a specific percentage/point below or above the market.

A trailing stop loss isn’t static, it will continuously change based on market fluctuations.

Trailing Stop Orders – Example

If an investor were to buy the FTSE 100 index at a 5934-5935 with a trailing stop distance, set by the client, of 25 points then the stop loss order will be placed at 5910. The trailing increment, set by ETX, would be 20 points.

If the FTSE 100 index were to then increase to 5974/5975 the stop loss would also move higher by 40 points to 5950 and it would continue to move higher for every 20 point move upwards.

If the market in question were to slump and it fell back to 5934/5935 then the trailing stop loss would have been activated and the trade would be closed at 5950.

Firms That Offer Trailing Stop Orders

The following spread betting companies let you apply a Trailing Stop to your trades:

Please note this is not an inclusive list, other companies may also offer Trailing Stop orders.

Trailing Stops are not Guaranteed

Note that a Trailing Stop typically works like a normal Stop Loss and not like a Guaranteed Stop Loss.

Therefore Trailing Stops are subject to market slippage i.e. gaps.