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How does CFD trading work

Stock-Markets / Stock Index Trading Jul 24, 2021 - 05:18 PM GMT

By: Submissions


The complete form of CFD is 'Contract for Difference'. It is a contract to exchange a difference in the value of an asset from the time of opening of the contract to the time of closing.

Introduction to CFD

Traditional investing is the best place to understand CFDs and know how to trade in them.

If you feel like investing in a company, you will buy some shares at the current share price. If you want to invest in gold or oil, you can buy a gold strip or a barrel of oil.

You will then wait for the price to rise, and you will sell the asset at a higher price and make a profit on the difference.

How does CFD work?

Contracts for difference trading works the same way - you open a trade on a property at a fixed price, wait for the price to rise or fall, and then make a profit (or loss) on the difference.

The biggest difference between CFD trading and traditional investing is that you never actually own the property.

 Instead, the CFD refers to the price of the underlying asset, and instead of buying that asset, you can guess how the price of that asset may change.

How do I start trading CFD?

 To do this, you will need to do these steps:

 1. Opening a trading account with a good CFD broker

 2. Downloading that broker's CFD software or platform

 3. Choose the property you want to do business in

 4. Then, decide what you think the value of your asset will go up or down.

Suppose the price of gold was $ 1,500 an ounce, and you thought it might increase.  In that case, you can open a 'buy' trade in your trading platform - this is known as a 'long' trade.

This means that you will open the trade at a price, hoping that the price will increase, and then you will close (or 'sell') the trade at a higher price, and the difference between the price of the sell and the buy. But you will earn profit.

So, if you opened the trade for $ 1,500 worth of gold and closed the trade for $ 1,525 of gold, you would make a profit of $ 25. (example)

If you think the price of gold is about to fall, then, on the other hand, you can open a 'sell' trade (sell trade) on your trading platform first.

This is known as a 'short' trade. This means that you open a trade expecting the price of an asset to fall and then close the trade (or buy back the asset), which will bring profit on the difference.

So if you start a short CFD trade for $ 1,500 worth of gold and then close the trade for $ 1,450, you would make a profit of $ 50.

 CFDs follow market price, so how successful (or unsuccessful) your trades depend on market performance.

Now, when you know the meaning of CFD trading and think about the trading approach, you have to consider your trading style.

Many CFD trading styles start with the time frame you want to trade - from scalping, where trades are executed within minutes, to long-term trading.

IGM FX is the main online business stage supplier that began its activity with the expectation to offer all high-level monetary administrations to its clients arranged at Limassol Cyprus.

CySEC directs it under permit number 309/16. Additionally, it is an exchanging brand of IGM forex ltd. A similar organisation screens all activities and instalments across the European monetary territory.

IGMFX is a CFD Broker. IGM FX offers the MT4, WebTrader and Mobile cfd exchanging top stage. offers CFD on more than 45 currency sets, records, stocks, products, gold, silver, different metals, bitcoin and other digital currencies for your own venture and exchanging alternatives.

It gives a wide scope of CFD exchanging instruments, including forex, wares, stocks, cryptographic forms of money, metals, files, and so on.

The account types it has are silver, gold, platinum, and VIP. Further, IGM FX offers moderately less commission and spread and permits customers to execute other free exchanges in the monetary business sectors.

 CFD Sculpting - How CFD Trading Works

 'Sculpting' is a type of trade where trades are usually opened and closed within minutes.  In most cases, scalpers receive only a few pips per trade (one pip is 0.0001 of CFD value).  Because of this, scalpers often need to use leverage to make high-volume trades and make high profits.

 It comes with its own risks quickly. Keeping this in mind, long term trades are better for most beginners.

 Day Trading - Learn CFD

Day trading in CFD occurs when a trade is opened and closed in a day, so the trade may last for several hours.

Day traders very often try to trade on changes in market directions, which can create an approach similar to scalping, as it is trading in response to market reactions, just over a longer timeframe.

 Swing Trading - CFD Trading

Swing trades typically range in length from a day to a week. The purpose of swing trading is to take advantage of the momentum of the market, whether it is bullish or bearish.

 Prolonged CFD Trading

 In CFD trading, 'long' refers to any trade that is longer than a week.  Although long-term trading may be based on technical analysis, in most cases, this style of CFD trading considers fundamental analysis and what macro data contribute to markets.

What Is Manual CFD Trading

In manual CFD trading, a trader decides to buy or sell with his own hands and physically clicks the button to make trades (or trades at a predetermined stop loss and take profit).

 The trader may rely on various types of analysis for decision making, such as fundamental, technical or wave analysis.

Some experts recommend that new traders should start with a manual trading strategy. It is simple because it comes as a better way to understand the market and its function. However, this does become a little complicated in trading as new traders do not yet have a clear strategy. It means they may struggle to maximise their market entries and exit profitability.

Automated CFD Trading Meaning

Trading can be partially or fully automated - there are programs available that can highlight trading opportunities for one trader, and others can open and close trades on behalf of the trader.

These programs use algorithms based on a trader's requirement that indicates the best time to enter or exit a trade.  The main advantage of this type of trading is that it takes the emotions out of the trade and forces you to follow your strategy.

If you are considering automated CFD trading, perform several tests with any new program or robot so that you feel comfortable with its performance.

 Fortunately, MetaTrader allows traders to understand trading strategies on historical data, which allows you to see how the CFD trading program would have performed in different scenarios.

One of the best tools for automated trading is MetaTrader Supreme Edition, a free MetaTrader plugin available exclusively for Admiral Markets traders. 

With MetaTrader Supreme Edition, CFD traders can boost their trading capabilities by accessing the latest real-time market data, insights from professional trading experts, and a range of additional features such as a range of expert advisors that allow automated trading.


As you can see, trading CFDs (or contracts for differentials) offers the opportunity to trade a wide range of markets for relatively small deposits.

Using leverage allows you to increase your profit, and with the ability to go short or long, you can benefit in both rising and falling markets.

That being said, like any form of investment, it has the potential to make money along with losing money.

This is why it is important to educate yourself about this. Make sure you have a sound knowledge of the markets, a reliable trading strategy and a fast trading platform to maximise your chances of profitability.

By Andrew Sanchik

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