Why Trade CFD’s

CFDs (Contracts for Difference) allow traders to speculate on the price movements of various financial assets such as currency pairs, stocks, indices, commodities, and even cryptocurrencies. CFD traders seek to benefit from changing prices without owning the underlying financial asset. As well, CFDs are traded without such intricacies as specified lot sizes and contract expiry dates. CFDs are standardised and regulated, and traders are in full control of when they open and close positions,
plus they are guaranteed faster execution and there are virtually no liquidity concerns.

The ease of trading CFDs has attracted many investors, who also enjoy the low capital requirements, margin trading,
best price execution, as well as other diverse trading opportunities. Despite the simpler process of trading, they still require
the same strategies and analysis of traditional trading.

In the UK, CFDs are regulated by the FCA (Financial Conduct Authority), while ESMA (European Securities and Markets Authority) provides
the framework within which EU members regulate the industry. The regulation ensures that only the best firms who meet the stringent requirements are able to offer brokerage services to retail and institutional traders.

CFD traders speculate on prices going up or down. For instance, if the price of an asset is expected to go up, a trader will buy a CFD and look to settle the price difference at a later time. The structure of CFDs ensures that traders can easily trade against their favourite financial assets as well as enjoy other benefits that the structure of CFDs offer.

Primarily, CFDs are highly leveraged investment products. They are mainly traded on margin, which means that traders are only required
to stake a small percentage of the total trade position.
This essentially means that even marginal price movements can yield big profits for traders.

It is for these reasons that CFDs have become a popular investment style among institutional traders and hedge funds, and for FTGmarkets traders, they represent a low capital outlay method to trade financial assets for potentially big profits. There are numerous benefits for trading CFDs, with margin trading presenting a way to magnify potential profits in volatile market conditions. But, of course, leverage is a double-edged sword; because while
you have the chance to boost potential profits,it also means that a wrong prediction will result in amplified losses. It is such risks that regulatory
bodies have been conscious about and have continually devised ways to ensure that retail traders understand the risks involved, while at the same
time compelling brokers to actively convey awarenes to their customers about the dangers of volatility and particularly leveraged trading. All in all, successful CFD trading is just a matter of managing risks and enhancing rewards.

At FTGmarkets, we have taken it upon ourselves to educate traders on how to limit their risk exposure while widening their scope of profitability.
Take advantage of our up-to-date educational materials as well as our regular market reviews and commentaries.

  • As per their name, CFDs are contracts that traders initiate between themselves and their broker, for the price difference when you open a trade position up to the time you sell or
    close it. You make money if the difference goes in your favour, but you lose money when
    the difference is against you. It does not matter whether you buy or sell an underlying asset,
    you will make money if your price prediction is right. If you go long, you make money if prices go higher; and if you go short, you make money if prices edge lower. Your profit or loss is dependent on how far the price moves from your trade entry point. The further the prices moves, the bigger your profits or losses. CFD contracts do not have expiry times, so you can keep your trade positions open for as long as you desire, however they are typically deemed as short-term investments. There are also no fixed contract sizes, like traditional options
    and futures markets, so you are free to trade as little or as much as you wish.

As per their name, CFDs are contracts that traders initiate between themselves and their broker, for the price difference when you open a trade position up to the time you sell or close it. You make money if the difference goes in your favour, but you lose money when the difference is against you.
It does not matter whether you buy or sell an underlying asset, you will make money if your price prediction is right. If you go long, you make money if prices go higher; and if you go short, you make money if prices edge lower. Your profit or loss is dependent on how far the price moves from your trade entry point. The further the prices moves, the bigger your profits or losses. CFD contracts do not have expiry times,
so you can keep your trade positions open for as long as you desire, however they are typically deemed as short-term investments.
There are also no fixed contract sizes, like traditional options and futures markets, so you are free to trade as little or as much as you wish.

You can trade CFDs of just about any financial instrument you want; whether it is forex pairs such as the EURUSD, commodities such as gold, or stocks such as Microsoft and indices such as the Dax 30. With an FTGMARKETS trading account, you effectively have access to virtually all the financial markets around the world.

CFDs are leveraged products, and on the FTGMARKETS platform, you will be able to view the leverage and margin requirements for trading your favourite asset. Just select the asset you wish to trade, and you will be able to add or reduce your trading lot sizes depending on your trading capital balance. It is important to understand how leverage works in order to use it to your benefit and limit the risks.

There are no exchanges involved when trading CFDs, and it is your broker that takes the contract to allow you to quickly open and close trade positions in the market. You do not own or have the obligation to deliver the underlying asset, you are merely speculating on the price changes. The prevailing price of any CFD reflects the live value of the underlying asset. The danger is that during volatile or falling markets, you should be able to exit your open positions with ease.

You can trade CFDs of just about any financial instrument you want; whether it is forex pairs such as the EURUSD, commodities such as gold, or stocks such as Microsoft and indices such as the Dax 30. With an FTGMARKETS trading account, you effectively have access to virtually all the financial markets around the world.

  • CFDs are leveraged products, and on the FTGmarkets platform, you will be able to view the leverage and margin requirements for trading your favourite asset. Just select the asset you wish to trade, and you will be able to add or reduce your trading lot sizes depending on your trading capital balance. It is important to understand how leverage works in order to use it to your benefit and limit the risks.

    There are no exchanges involved when trading CFDs, and it is your broker that takes the contract to allow you to quickly open and close trade positions in the market. You do not
    own or have the obligation to deliver the underlying asset, you are merely speculating on the price changes. The prevailing price of any CFD reflects the live value of the underlying asset. The danger is that during volatile or falling markets, you should be able to exit your open positions with ease.

When trading CFDs, it is all about risk management and profit enhancement. There are indeed risks involved, but the advantages outweigh the dangers.
To learn money management and effective risk management strategies,
visit the FTGmarkets ‘Trading Academy’ section on our website.