Contract for differences (CFDs) are contracts that are tradable between clients and a broker. When trading a CFD, there is an exchange of the difference in value (current value and value at the end of the contract) of a certain instrument.
These can be CFD shares, indices, commodities, currencies, treasuries, precious metals etc.
One of the biggest advantages of trading CFDs is that traders may speculate on price movements without the need to physically own the underlying assets. Traders will usually buy or sell a number of units depending on whether they think that the price of the financial instrument will increase or decrease.
FXWindsor LTD offers a variety of CFD instruments.
|CFD Currencies||Australian Dollar, Swiss Franc, Euro Dollar, British Pound…|
|CFD Shares||Apple, Ebay, Microsoft, Facebook…|
|CFD Indices||Dow Jones, Germany 30, Japan 225, Mini Nasdaq, Mini S&P 500, UK 100…|
|CFD Energies||UK Crude, US Crude, Natural Gas, Heating Oil…|
|CFD Commodities||Sugar, Soybean, Wheat, Coffee, Corn…|
|CFD Treasuries||German Bund Futures, 2 YR/ 5YR/ 10 YR US Treasury…|
|CFD Metals||Gold, Silver…|
Main features of trading CFDs
Market is open 24/5
More trading capacity thanks to leverage
Possibility to profit/lose whichever way the market moves (upwards or downwards)
More chances of limiting risks by the use of stop loss orders and risk management strategies
CFDs can be more predictable with the study of technical and fundamental analysis
Trading is available via several trading platforms; desktop, mobile, web.
Trades can be automated or semi-automatic (EA)
How to trade CFDs?
CFDs can be traded based on margin % and are determined by the contract size, leverage, pip value and direction.
For short positions, client opens a trade based on the ‘Bid’ price and closes the position based on the ‘Ask’ price.
For long positions, client opens a trade based on the ‘Ask’ price and closes the position based on the ‘Bid’ price.
Note: Trading of CFDs may involve may involve other fees.
Microsoft (Symbol: MSFT) contract size: 1,000 shares
Margin requirement: 5%
Account leverage: 1:20
i.e. Client trades 1 lot of MSFT = 1,000 shares
Required margin for 1 lot = 1,000 x 96.85 x 5% = $4,842.59
Client decides to go long on 1 lot of MSFT:
Opening of position based on ‘Ask’ Price: 96.85
Closing of position based on ‘Bid’ Price: 98.85
Difference in price = 98.85 – 96.85 = + 2 x 1,000 = + $2,000
Client decides to go short on 1 lot of MSFT:
Opening of position based on ‘Bid’ Price: 96.85
Closing of position based on ‘Ask’ Price: 98.85
Difference in price = 96.85 – 98.85 = – 2 x 1,000 = – $2,000