What is a CFD and what amounts can I trade with CFDs?
CFD stands for “Contract for Difference”. Rather than negotiate or physically exchange the financial asset (e.g. physically buy or sell the stock of a company), the CFD is a transaction in which two parties agree to exchange money on the basis of the change in value (price) of the underlying asset, occurred between the point at which the position is opened and the moment when it is closed.
With CFDs there are no fixed amounts. When placing your order, you determine how much value is designated to a pip. While your position is open, your profit or loss is determined by this criterion.
It is important to note that a CFD is a leveraged product, which means you only pay a margin (collateral) in order to open a trade, which corresponds to a fraction of the actual position value. Using leverage also means that you only need to deposit a small percentage of the full value of the trade in order to open a position. This is called ‘trading on margin’. While trading on margin allows you to magnify your returns, losses will also be magnified as they are based on the full value of the position.
Please ensure that you understand all risks associated with CFD trading before placing your order.