Understanding CFD Trading
CFDs are traded between traders and providers. Every provider has their own terms so there are no standard contract terms. However, many CFD providers share similarities in their contract terms. A CFD begins by opening a trade on a specific instrument – this establishes a position in that financial instrument and there is no expiration date. When the position is closed, the difference between the closing price and opening price is paid. This is either a profit or a loss. The CFD may charge fees including commission, big-offer spread, account management and overnight financing.
While CFDs do not expire, positions that are open overnight are rolled over. This means that any profit or loss is realized and is credited to the trader. CFDs are traded with margin and traders must keep a minimum margin level at all times. A common feature in CFD trading is that loss, profit and margin requirements are constantly calculated in real time and can be seen by traders. If the amount of funds in the trader’s account decreases to a level that is below the minimum margin level then margin calls may be made.
How to choose a CFD broker?
A CFD (Contract for Difference) is a derivative trading instrument. With CFDs, you simply speculate on the price movements of financial assets. There are multiple markets to trade including indices, equities, currency pairs, commodities and bonds.
Unregulated CFD brokers are dicey propositions. Avoid them and choose online trading brokerages that have full licensing and regulation. CySEC (Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission) is a popular regulatory authority.
CFD trading is conducted online. Traders have a preference for high quality trading platforms such as MetaTrader 4, WebTrader, mobile trading options for Android and iOS, as well as proprietary trading platforms tailored to the broker in question.
- Available account options
Ideally, you want access to multiple account options. Each trader requires a unique set of options including minimum and maximum deposits, personalised support, educational resources, and exclusive trading opportunities. Competitive spreads, leverage and range of payment processing options are important for CFD trading.
- Educational tools for CFD trading
The best CFD traders are the ones who understand market dynamics. CFD brokers can perform an invaluable service by providing their clients with access to the finest charting tools, market updates, economic calendars, expert financial insights, signal indicators, webinars and a comprehensive FAQ database.