CFD trading

Trade 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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Award-winning platform

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Risk management tools

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Earn cash rebates^

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Trade over 10,000 products

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100% automated execution

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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 indices, 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, meaning you could lose more than any capital deposited.


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.

Asset classNumber of products
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Forex3480.7 points0.20%
Indices1161.0 points0.20%
Commodities1100.3 points0.50%
Shares97460.10%11%
Treasuries511 point0.25%

1When trading share CFDs a commission is charged upon execution of any order. Comissions start from 0.10%, or 2 cents per share for US- and Canadian-listed shares.

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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, for a premium, GSLOs offer 100% certainty that a trade will close at an exact price.

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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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Cash rebates

We offer competitive monthly cash rebates for clients who trade CFDs in high volumes. If you meet our requirements for one asset class, for example on indices, you automatically qualify for monthly rebates on FX and commodities as well. Conditions apply.

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