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What are share baskets?
Share baskets are mini portfolios of stocks built around a specific theme. Market analysts sift through data on popular themes and growing trends in the markets, and handpick stocks to give you maximum exposure to those themes with a single position.
Why trade on share baskets?
Trading on share baskets provides a cost-effective way to trade on the financial markets and diversify your investment portfolio, offering the opportunity to gain greater exposure to related shares from one trade.
Take a more balanced view and trade across multiple companies from the same sector, giving you greater exposure and cutting the risk of trading on one organisation.
Trade the trend
Follow trending markets or sectors and choose from over 15 baskets, including 5G, Automation & Robotics, Cyber - Security, Mobile payments, Streaming Media and Renewable Energy.
Through diversification, share baskets give you broad exposure to a theme, avoiding the risk of putting all of your eggs in one basket when trading on a single company.
Share baskets allow you to gain exposure to a theme without opening and maintaining multiple positions, saving you time and money.
Building Share Baskets
Building Share Baskets
Share basket themes
Why trade with Century Financial?
There are a number of benefits to trading share baskets and CFDs with us.
There’s no capital gains tax on profits and no stamp duty on CFD trades.*
Go long or short
Take a long or short position on your chosen share basket, and trade on rising or falling prices.
Trade with leverage
Deposit a percentage of the full value of your position to open a trade.**
A regulated provider
Century Financial is regulated by Securities and Commodities Authority
Trade 24 hours a day
Trade some markets, such as forex, 24 hours a day (Sunday to Friday) via desktop, mobile or tablet.
Thousands of markets
Trade on over 40,000 global instruments, including shares, indices, currencies, cryptos and commodities.
*Tax treatment depends on individual circumstances and can change or may differ in a jurisdiction
**When trading using margin any losses will reflect the full value of the position
Your questions answered
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Pricing and costs
What is the tiered weight methodology for share baskets?
How much does it cost to open an account?
There’s no cost when opening a live account. You can also view prices and use tools such as charts, reuters news or research reports free of charge. You will need to deposit funds in your account to place a trade.
How does trading CFDs on share baskets work?
When you trade CFDs on share baskets on the platform, you don’t buy or sell the underlying shares. Instead, you’re taking a position on whether you think the instrument’s price will go up or down.
With CFD trading, you buy or sell a number of units for a particular instrument. For every point or unit that the price moves in your favour, you gain multiples of your stake, and vice versa.
Do share basket trades attract dividends?
Dividends are cash payments made to shareholders out of a corporation's profits. Typically, corporations will make regular periodic dividend payments throughout the financial year (quarterly, semi-annually or annually) and will therefore be classed as ordinary cash dividends.
When a stock goes ex-dividend, the value of that stock effectively falls by the dividend amount. This means if you hold a CFD position on a company which announces a dividend; your account will be credited or debited on the day the stock goes ex-dividend.
If you were long (holding a buy position), you would have been disadvantaged by the drop in the market caused by the pay out of the dividend, so we would credit your account with the dividend amount, less any applicable dividend withholding taxes. If you were short, you would benefit from the drop in the price, so the equivalent amount would be deducted. So, overall, you don't lose or gain anything from the adjustment. There are no withholding taxes on short positions. The dividend will appear as a 'price adjustment' in your account history within the platform.
For share baskets, any ordinary cash dividend events will be treated as a price adjustment within the share basket. On ex-date the share price of the share basket component will decrease by the approximate value of the gross ordinary cash dividend. This will in turn result in an equivalent adjustment to the overall share basket price based on the weighted average of the share basket component. A cash adjustment will then be made to the holder of the share basket for the net ordinary cash dividend value.
What are the costs involved in trading share baskets?
There are a number of costs to consider when trading on share baskets, including commissions, holding costs (for trades held overnight) and guaranteed stop-loss order charges (if you use this risk-management tool).
Some trades held open past the end of the trading day (5pm, New York time) are subject to holding costs, which can be positive or negative depending on your trade direction and the applicable holding rate.
Products and accounts
Why trading in CFD’s?
CFD’s trading allows you to trade on a wide range of financial markets 24 hours a day, from sunday nights through to friday nights. Trade on your phone, tablet, PC or Mac on a wide range of instruments using leverage.
What is leveraged trading?
One of the advantages of CFD trading is that you only need to deposit a percentage of the full value of your position to open a trade, known as trading on leverage. Remember, trading on leverage can also amplify losses, so it’s important to manage your risk.
What can I trade?
Trade CFDs on wide range of share baskets, covering trending themes like cyber security, driverless cars, 5G, gaming, streaming and mobile payments. You can also trade a wide range of cash and forward instruments across the following asset classes:
300+ currency pairs – EUR/GBP, EUR/USD, AUD/USD, GBP/USD, USD/JPY and more
60+ indices – UK 100, Germany 30, US 30, US SPX 500, Australia 200
100+ commodities – Gold, Silver, Brent, WTI Crude Natural Gas and Agro products
10000+ shares – Apple, Netflix, Tesla, Alphabet, Facebook, BP, Tesco, Amazon and more
15 cryptocurrencies – Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin, Dash and Ripple
30+ treasuries – UK Gilt, Euro Bund, Euribor, US T-Bond, US T-Note 10 YR
Do you offer a demo account?
If you want to try trading on shares baskets risk-free, you can open a demo account now with just your email address and a password.
What are the risks of share basket trading?
You can lose all of your capital – Leveraged trading means that both profits and losses are based on the full value of the position
Risk of account close out – Markets volatility and rapid changes in price can cause the balance of your account to change quickly, and if you do not have sufficient funds in your account to cover these situations, there is a risk that your positions will be automatically closed by the platform
Market volatility and gapping – Financial markets may fluctuate rapidly, which can result in market gapping. This may mean that stop-loss orders are executed at unfavourable prices.
Sector risk – It is possible that the shares of many companies in one sector will fall in price at the same time because of an event that impacts the entire industry.
How to start trading on share baskets
Submit your details on Open Account
Deposit funds with a bank transfer.
Once you’ve funded your new account you’re ready to start trading.
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Losses can exceed your deposits