CFD Trading and Its AdvantagesBy Amit Kothiyal | 09 March 2010, 15:59 BST
CFD (Contracts For Difference) allows profit from changes in the prices of stocks and shares. It can be defined as an arrangement made in a futures contract whereby differences in settlement are usually made through cash payments, rather than the delivery of physical goods or securities. Its trading is an effective speculative tool for trading indices, shares and commodities. For example if you buy a CFD on a stock that is $10.00 and its price rise up to $10.50, then your profit will be change in price. So if you bought 1000 CFDs of that stock, then your profit will be $500, minus costs.
CFD trading helps you to gain cost effective, flexible and geared exposure to world shares. Today there are many firms that offer tight spreads and commission free trading on Index CFDs. If you buy a CFD then you don't have to pay stamp duty because you don't actually physically buy the underlying shares. In fact, today it is also termed as an agreement made to exchange the difference between the opening and closing price of the position under the contract on various financial instruments.
In financial terms we can define a contract for difference as a margin product which makes use of leverage to enable you to collect higher returns. If you are an investor then by using CFDs, you do not end up paying the entire amount of the underlying asset. The term leverage is the ratio between collateral and the deal size and is used to describe the margin requirements. The term like leverages in contracts for difference even allows you to end up making fine reasonable profits.
Following are the basic advantages that have contributed substantially into making (Contracts For Difference) a very popular product:
• CFDs are traded on margin so you can maximize your trading capital.
• Profit form falling or rising markets by trading long or short.
• No fixed minimum spread or invented price.
• No minimum deal size.
• No minimum deposit requirement.
• Separate CFD account or one account for all financial products.
• No stamp duty.
• Instant execution and improved liquidity.
• Interest paid on your free equity balance.
• Commission-free index trading.
• Automatic stop losses for CFD positions.
Looking at the present scenario, CFD is getting more and more famous in the world's trading practice. It even permits traders to get tentative profit and enclose their investment portfolios in case they are unsuccessful. Besides this, the qualified ease of the entire process of investing has helped these contracts for differences gain its popularity. Certainly, at reasonable rates these trading instruments can help you make fair profits and enjoy good returns.
About the Author
STIFX is a leading provider of online CFDS trading and online forex trading services. It offers very competitive financing and commission charges on equity CFDs. In addition to this, it even provides foreign currency exchange, money transfer, gold & silver trading, oil trading and many more services.
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