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,
commodities, shares and
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, meaning you could lose all of your capital.
How to trade CFDs
Choose the instrument you wish to trade
You can trade CFDs on thousands of instruments, including currencies, indices, commodities, shares and treasuries.
Decide whether you want to buy or sell
Go long (place a buy trade) or short (place a sell trade) based on whether you expect prices to rise or fall.
Choose your trade size
Your profit or loss depends on the number of points the market moves in your favour or against you, multiplied by the number
of CFD units you have chosen to trade.
Place your trade
Manage your risk by adding any stop-loss or guaranteed stop-loss orders and then confirm your trade
Monitor your position
Follow your CFD trade from the position screen. If you wish, you can close out or partially close a position at any time.
Our award-winning CFD trading platform provides access to thousands of global instruments, at competitive spreads and margin rates. Trade CFDs on major forex pairs from 0.7 points and popular indices
from 1 point.
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, we refund the premium charge in full.
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
also a market data fee and commission charge.
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