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With CFD trading, you can trade on the price of a product going down as well as going up, so you can try and benefit from selling opportunities (shorting) as well as buying opportunities. Many investors use CFDs as a way of hedging their existing portfolios through periods of short-term volatility.
One of the key advantages of CFD trading is that you can trade using margin, which gives you 'leverage'. This means you can trade without having to put down the full value of a position and as your money is not tied up in one transaction, you can use it for other investments.
For example, to buy the equivalent of 10,000 telecom company share CFDs with CMC Markets, you may only need to deposit 10% of the total position value that you might have to pay if you were buying physical shares from a stock broker.
If each share cost 150c then you would only need to deposit $1,500 of position margin with us (10% of $15,000 = $1,500) plus the applicable commission, which in this instance would be $10.
To complete the equivalent trade with a stockbroker you would have to pay the full value of $15,000, plus commission and taxes.
Trading using margin means you can magnify the returns on your investment but it is important to remember that losses will be magnified as well and it is possible to lose more than your initial deposit. There are many tools on our platform that help you manage your risk effectively.
The CMC trading platform is specifically designed to assist you with a risk reward approach to trading. It makes it easy to place a stop loss order at the same time you open a new position.
The advantages of using guaranteed stop loss orders (GSLOs) is that such orders are triggered automatically, meaning you don't have to be glued to the screen monitoring your positions. It also allows you to control your risk and reduce the chnce of large unexpected losses that can catch you off guard without a stop loss in place.
Learn more about our guaranteed stop loss orders, which gives you 100% certainty at a small premium, that your stop loss will be executed at the exact price you want, regardless of market volatility or gapping.