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Trading in financial markets involves significant risk of loss which can exceed deposits and may not be suitable for all investors.
Before trading, please ensure that you fully understand the risks involved
Trading in financial markets involves significant risk of loss which can exceed deposits and may not be suitable for all investors. Before trading, please ensure that you fully understand the risks involved
CFD Trading

CFD Trading

Trade Contracts for Difference (CFDs) and access thousands of products across 125 markets worldwide

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  • Trade over 10,000
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What is a CFD?

A Contracts for Difference (CFD) is a popular form of derivative trading. CFD trading enables you to trade on the rising or falling prices of fast-moving global financial markets (or instruments) such as shares, indices, commodities, currencies and treasuries.

CFD trading explained

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. CFDs are tax efficient, meaning there is no stamp duty to pay. You can also use CFD trades to hedge an existing physical portfolio.

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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.

What’s the difference between CFDs and share trading?

The main difference between CFD trading and share trading is that you don't own the underlying share when you trade on a share CFD.

With CFDs, you never actually buy or sell the underlying asset that you’ve chosen to trade, but you can still benefit if the market moves in your favour, or make a loss if it moves against you. However, with traditional share trading you enter a contract to exchange the legal ownership of the shares for money, and you own this equity.

CFDs are a leveraged product, which means that you only need to deposit a percentage of the full value of the share CFD trade in order to open a position. But with traditional share trading, you buy the shares for the full amount.

CFD trading
Traditional share trading
Product Features
Do I own the physical shares? No Yes
Trade on leverage? Yes No
Is stamp duty payable? No Yes
Short-term trading opportunities Yes Better for longer-term investments
Account features
Demo account available? Yes Uncommon
Mobile trading available? Yes Usually
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