A contract for difference CFD is a popular form of derivative trading. CFD trading enables you to speculate on the rising or falling prices of fast-moving global financial markets or instruments such as shares, indices, commodities, currencies and treasuries.
Some of the benefits of CFD trading are that you can trade on margin, and you can go short sell if you think prices will go down or go long buy if you think prices will rise. You can also use CFD trades to hedge an existing physical portfolio.
You buy or sell a number of units for a particular instrument depending on whether you think prices will go up or down. For every point the price of the instrument moves in your favour, you gain multiples of the number of CFD units you have bought or sold. For every point the price moves against you, you will make a loss.
Please remember that losses can exceed your deposits. Practise trading risk-free with virtual funds on our Next Generation platform.
Open a demo account. 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. While trading on margin allows you to magnify your returns, your losses will also be magnified as they are based on the full value of the CFD position, meaning you could lose more than any capital deposited. When trading CFDs you must pay the spread , which is the difference between the buy and sell price.
You enter a buy trade using the buy price quoted and exit using the sell price. The narrower the spread, the less the price needs to move in your favour before you start to make a profit, or if the price moves against you, a loss. We offer consistently competitive spreads. The holding cost can be positive or negative depending on the direction of your position and the applicable holding rate.
View our market data fees. Commission only applicable for shares: View the examples below to see how to calculate commissions on share CFDs. CFD trades incur a commission charge when the trade is opened as well as when it is closed. The above calculation can be applied for a closing trade; the only difference is that you use the exit price rather than the entry price. Learn more about CFD trading costs and commissions. Our spreads start from 0.
You can also trade the UK and Germany 30 from 1 point and Gold from 0. See our range of markets. The spread is 2. You decide to close your buy trade by selling at pence the current sell price. The price has moved 10 pence in your favour, from pence the initial buy price or opening price to pence the current sell price or closing price.
You think the price is likely to continue dropping so, to limit your losses, you decide to sell at 93 pence the current sell price to close the trade. The price has moved 7 pence against you, from pence the initial buy price to 93 pence the current sell price. View more CFD trading examples. CFD trading enables you to sell short an instrument if you believe it will fall in value, with the aim of profiting from the predicted downward price move.
If your prediction turns out to be correct, you can buy the instrument back at a lower price to make a profit. If you are incorrect and the value rises, you will make a loss. This loss can exceed your deposits. If you have already invested in an existing portfolio of physical shares with another broker and you think they may lose some of their value over the short term, you can hedge your physical shares using CFDs. By short selling the same shares as CFDs, you can try and make a profit from the short-term downtrend to offset any loss from your existing portfolio.
You could then close out your CFD trade to secure your profit as the short-term downtrend comes to an end and the value of your physical shares starts to rise again. Using CFDs to hedge physical share portfolios is a popular strategy for many investors, especially in volatile markets. Attend one of our regular webinars or seminars and improve your CFD trading skills.
Experience our powerful online platform with pattern recognition scanner, price alerts and module linking. Start trading on a demo account. CMC Markets is an execution-only service provider. The material whether or not it states any opinions is for general information purposes only, and does not take into account your personal circumstances or objectives.
Nothing in this material is or should be considered to be financial, investment or other advice on which reliance should be placed.
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