What Are Contracts for Difference?

A CFD (Contract for Difference) is a financial instrument that will enable you to take advantage of changes in the price of a commodity, index, or stock.

You can buy and sell a CFD without ever physically owning the asset. This makes it perfect for taking short-term positions and making day trades where time is of the essence.

There is a difference between a CFD and actually buying or selling an asset.

With a CFD, you never actually own the asset. Instead, you are simply taking a position on the price. Another way of explaining this is that you are betting on what the price is (and will be) as opposed to purchasing the asset and waiting for the results.

The Growing Popularity of CFD Trading

Over the last several years, CFD trading has gained a lot of popularity.
This is in part due to how convenient it is to take positions using this financial instrument.

It also has to do with the population slowly learning how to use this tool to invest and earn money with it. When you are trading on contracts for difference, it gives you a lot of flexibility and options.
What Are Contracts for Difference?
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People are joining online brokerages which allow them to trade all types of assets including stocks, indices, commodities, forex, and futures.

There is no limit to what you can trade using CFDs.

CFD Trading vs. Day Trading 

CFD trading has several advantages over day trading.

For one, the nature of CFD trading helps keep fees and commissions low. Since the brokerage does not have to go through the process of obtaining that asset when you purchase it, there is a lot less involved for them to carry out your position. In turn, this helps to keep the fees low for you.

Day trading and swing trading often require the trader to physically take ownership of the asset. This creates additional steps that the brokerage must take in order to carry out the transaction.

Since both a CFD and a day trade react to the same price fluctuations, you can carry out the same functions of a day trade using a CFD with the added benefit of lower overhead.

Advantages of CFD Trading

It is a simple process that is quickly becoming more popular as more people begin to learn about it and invest using it.
Published on Oct 14, 2016
By Lovisa Alvin

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