Trade CFDs

Contracts for difference allow traders to invest in a variety of asset classes without the necessity to actually purchase the product. easyMarkets offers over 200+ different financial products to choose from, so you can trade the way you want to.

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Guaranteed Execution

Unlike stock trading, there is always a buyer and a seller meaning you are never left holding an asset.

Trade Both Directions

There are opportunities to earn under any market conditions – whether they’re rising or falling.

Full Flexibility

Flexibility allows traders to take a more diverse approach to their trading so they may take advantage of whichever market is trending at any one moment.

Leverage

Leveraged trading means you may aim for higher returns with a smaller investment. However, leverage magnifies potential loss as well as returns.

200+ Markets to Trade

Currencies
Forex, or currency trading, is a massive global market with over $5.3 trillion exchanged each day. Open 24 hours a day, 5 days a week, there are 3 trading sessions around the world to take advantage of. With easyMarkets you can trade both major and exotic currencies.
Currencies Trading Hours
Indices
Indices offer a mixed portfolio of top company stocks and are a diversified product by nature. They can track the health of specific economies and are impacted by the direction of interest rates, jobs data and currency strength. You can trade from 15 different CFD indices on our platform.
Indices Trading Hours
Commodities
Commodities are split into Agricultural (soft/grown products) and Energy (hard/mined products). easyMarkets offers seven agricultural commodities from wheat to coffee and sugar. If you like the high-volatility of energy commodities, then we have five products to choose from.
Commodities Trading Hours
Cryptocurrencies
Cryptocurrencies changed the face of global finance – touted as the next evolutionary stage of currency. If you want to be on bleeding edge of technology and the currency markets, then Cryptocurrencies could be the perfect choice.
Cryptocurrencies Trading Hours
Shares
Shares are a popular investment product largely due to the amount of information available when trading them. Shares also tend to be less volatile than other CFD markets, making them a good option for more risk-averse traders.
Shares Trading Hours
Metals
Metal trading is as old as time itself. Now with CFD metal trading you can easily join this exciting market without having to hold the physical product. Gold, silver and other precious metals are considered safe havens and used as hedges in times of market uncertainty.
Metals Trading Hours

Trading Types

Day (spot) Trading

Buying or selling CFDs typically within the same day. Choose from 100+ currencies, 5 metals, 14 indices and 12 commodities.

Pending Orders

Select a future rate at which you want a CFD trade to open a Day trade – if it occurs in the market it happens automatically. No need to watch the market every minute! Cancel at no cost at any time.

Forward Deals

Buy or sell at a forward rate in a future pre-defined date. Trade with no slippage, no renewal fees and of course you can use free guaranteed stop loss and take profit.

Options

Select your market at a rate and date you set in the future. You have the power to choose to buy and hold an option until it expires, or sell it back early. Speculate on future prices or hedge exchange rate risk. easyMarkets options are cash based and unique as you set the strike and expiry. Access over 30 currencies, gold, silver, oil, and cryptocurrencies.

Benefits of trading CFDs with easyMarkets

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dealCancellation* that allows you to cancel a deal up to 60 minutes of opening

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Fixed spreads so you always know the cost of your trading

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Free Guaranteed Stop Loss so you never lose more than your margin

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No slippage on the easyMarkets platform and Apps

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No negative account balance

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Training and personal support

CFDs FAQ

A CFD is a derivative product that allows an individual to trade on the rise or fall in the price of a financial instrument without ever having to own the underlying asset. With CFDs, you can access all the global markets and trade a variety of assets like forex, commodities, metals, indices and stocks.

A trader who wishes to open a CFD position must enter into a contractual agreement with the broker. In this contract, both parties will agree to exchange the difference in the asset's price from the beginning of the contract to the end. If your forecast is correct after the conclusion of the contract, you will benefit. If it is wrong, you will make a loss.

This form of a derivative is useful for traders who wish to trade on margin, hedge against market uncertainty, or take advantage of price movements in either direction. Being able to trade both upwards and downwards trends is a key reason why traders are drawn to derivative products like CFDs.

CFD trading hours differ greatly from instrument class to instrument class – the opening, closing and times markets take breaks can greatly affect the price of your favorite instrument. This is why it is extremely important to know those times. Find out when your preferred markets are open, closed or just taking a break at our Trading Hours Page.

Example 1: A long position that achieves a profit

After careful analysis, you believe that Facebook’s shares are currently trading below their intrinsic value. Therefore, you decide to open up a long position, as you think the price will soon appreciate.

The company is currently trading at $301 a share. You decide to purchase 100 CFDs on Facebook shares, bringing the total purchase price to $30,100. A day later, Facebook has seen a 5% increase in its share price, jumping from $301 a share to $316.

This price increase means that you made $15 per share, which equates to a total profit of $1,500.

Example 2: A short position that suffers a loss

You believe that Tesla’s share price has gotten a little far ahead of itself, and is now due a pullback. You, therefore, decide to open up a short position on the company.

Tesla’s price per share is $740. You decide to sell 25 CFDs on Tesla shares, bringing the total sell price to $18,500. However, the next day, the price of Tesla shares continued to rise, jumping 5% to now trade at $777 per share.

Because of this price rise, you ended up losing $37 per share, which equates to a total loss of $925.

Note: Neither of these examples take into consideration the fees that are associated with trading CFDs. You can find out more about our charges in our Key Investor Information Documents (KIIDs).

If you begin trading CFDs without a thorough understanding of how they work, then CFD trading can be considered unsafe (as you run the risk of losing your invested capital).

To reduce the likelihood of losses, you must be aware of the associated risks and understand how to mitigate them. The main risks you should be aware of include:

  • CFDs are a leveraged product

Leverage allows you to trade with a larger amount than what you initially deposited. Essentially it means, if you wanted to open a trade, you would only put up a fraction of the total position value, and the provider will “loan” you the remaining amount.

Leverage can be a double-edged sword. Although it can help increase your profit potential if the markets move in your favor, it can also magnify your losses if the market goes against you. If you fail to manage leverage properly you can easily end up recording losses.

  • Market risk

Markets can be notoriously volatile. Therefore, any trade you enter can be subject to significant price fluctuations. Various factors can cause the market to become volatile, including economic news, government and regulatory changes and interest rate changes.

You must be fully aware of the volatile nature of markets before trading CFDs to mitigate any emotional stresses it may cause.

Leverage can be a powerful tool, if used correctly. However, in order to use it correctly, you must consider the following:

  • Avoid over-leveraging as it can put you at risk of a margin stop-out.
  • The more leverage you take on, the more risk you take. Leverage can magnify your profits-potential, but also magnify your losses.
  • Always take measures and steps to manage your risk when using leverage, risk management tools like a stop loss and dealCancellation can be particularly helpful.
  • The level of leverage you can use is dependent on where you reside. For example, traders in Europe and Australia will be limited to leverage of 30:1, whereas traders in Japan can use leverage of up to 400:1.
  • Certain economic events and indicators can cause the markets to become very volatile. It should be noted that this volatility can cause your potential profits or losses to fluctuate.

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