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CFD trading

iTrade contracts for difference (CFDs) and access thousands of products with competitive spreads. Trade CFDs on forex, indices, commodities, shares and treasuries.

New to CFD trading? Learn more with our introduction to CFDs.

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Competitive spreads

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Risk management tools

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Earn cash rebates^

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Trade over 9,500 products

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What are CFDs?

Contracts for difference (CFDs) are derivative products which enable you to trade on the price movement of underlying financial assets (such as forex, indices, cryptocurrencies, shares and commodities).

A CFD is an agreement to exchange the difference in the value of an asset from the time the contract is opened until the time at which it's closed. With a CFD you never actually own the asset or instrument you have chosen to trade, but you can still benefit if the market moves in your favour, or make a loss should the market move against you.

CFDs are a leveraged product, which means that you only need to deposit a small percentage of the full value of the trade in order to open a position. This is called ‘trading on margin’. While trading on margin allows you to magnify your returns, losses will also be magnified as they are based on the full value of the position.

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Trade CFDs on over 10,000 products

 Our award-winning CFD trading platform provides access to over 10,000 global products, at competitive spreads and margin rates. Trade CFDs on major forex pairs from 0.7 points and popular indices from 1 point. Find out more about these products with our introduction to financial markets guide.

Asset class Number of products
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Margins rates from
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Forex 338 0.7 points 3.33%
Indices 99 1.0 point 5%
Cryptocurrencies 12 3.8 points 50%
Commodities 117 0.3 points 10%
Shares 9425 1.0 point 20%
Treasuries 55 1 point 20%

1When trading share CFDs a commission is charged upon execution of any order. Comissions start from 0.09% with a AUD 7 minimun.

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Trading Smart series

Covering a range of important trading topics, our free Trading Smart series of ebooks have been created to strengthen your knowledge of the financial markets and help you build an effective trading strategy.

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Risk management

Our extensive range of risk management tools include regular, trailing and guaranteed stop-loss orders (GSLOs). These tools enable you to manage risk, helping to secure potential profits and minimise losses. Unlike other stop-loss order types, GSLOs offer 100% certainty that a trade will close at an exact price, for a premium. If the GSLO is not triggered, 100% of your premium is refunded.

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Potential CFD trading costs

Your approach to risk management and how long you hold a position for can affect your potential CFD trading costs. There's a charge to hold a position overnight and for placing a GSLO. For share CFD trading, there is also a market data fee and commission charge.


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Our platform combines innovative trading tools with an intuitive interface and native mobile apps for iPad, iPhone and Android

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*A minimum spread is the lowest spread that will be shown on the given product. Minimum spread will vary subject to after-hours trading. If the underlying market spread widens throughout the trading day, or you are trading out of hours, the platform spread may also widen. The spreads shown are for the first price available for the average market trade/bet sizes in the relevant product. The spread will widen for larger trade/bet sizes, see our platform for more information.

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