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Can you short on CapTrader as of July 2023?

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Summary

Short selling is a trading strategy in which you speculate on the decline in the price of a stock or other security. If you'd like to learn about the intricacies of short selling real stocks, be sure to check out this article explaining the short selling of stocks.

Some stockbrokers only allow long position in stocks and ETFs. Others allow short positions only via CFDs on a handful of popular individual stocks. Advanced traders prefer brokers that allow the short selling of real stocks (and not just CFDs) on most stock markets their clients have access to.

Fortunately, clients of CapTrader can short real stocks.

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Short selling of real stocks at CapTrader

The number of stock markets a broker provides access to is a good indication for the number of real stocks available for short selling. Note that brokers may not allow short selling on all stock exchanges, therefore the total number of available stock markets may be lower. Financial regulators sometimes restrict short selling. For example when the Covid-19 pandemic engulfed Europe, six European countries implemented temporary bans on short-selling.

CapTrader available stock markets vs competitors
Stock markets (#)
90 50 60

Data updated on January 25, 2024

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You need to have a margin account to be able to open short positions. This type of account usually comes with different requirements than regular trading accounts. For example, in the US, you need a minimum deposit of $2,000 for margin trading. To compare the fees associated with the short selling real stocks, let's take a look at a $2,000 short sale trade.

Fees for a $2,000 short sale at CapTrader vs competitors
US stock
$2.0
$1.6
$20.0
UK stock
$10.0
$3.8
$31.3
German stock
$4.3
$3.2
$27.0

Data updated on January 25, 2024

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If none of the brokers above are a good match for you, we recommend our article listing the best brokers for short selling.

Short selling of CFDs

As clients of CapTrader can trade CFDs, they can also go short on these assets. In the table below you will find our calculation for shorting some of the most traded CFD assets. This catch-all benchmark includes commissions, spreads and financing costs for all brokers

CapTrader CFD fees for a $2,000 short position held for one week
S&P 500 index CFD fee
$6.8 $3.6 $3.7
Euro Stoxx 50 index CFD fee
$6.5 $3.7 $3.8
Apple CFD fee
$6.8 $11.6 -
Vodafone CFD fee
$13.7 $24.5 -

Data updated on January 25, 2024

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Shorting a currency

At CapTrader, you can trade forex pairs, therefore you can go long or short in any of the currency pairs they offer. In the following table you will find our calculation for shorting the most traded currency pairs. This catch-all benchmark includes commissions, spreads and financing costs for all brokers

CapTrader forex benchmark fees for a $20,000 30:1 short position held for one week
EURUSD benchmark fee
$16.8 $10.7 $25.6
GBPUSD benchmark fee
$12.3 $7.0 $12.0
AUDUSD benchmark fee
$30.8 $11.8 $12.4
EURCHF benchmark fee
$3.8 $0.0 $0.0
EURGBP benchmark fee
$16.8 $10.5 $26.3

Data updated on January 25, 2024

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Short selling futures

You can short some of the most traded markets at CapTrader using futures. The table below shows the fees for selling 10 contracts.

CapTrader futures fees vs competitors
US micro e-mini stock index futures
$35.0
$30.0
$19.9
UK stock index futures
$43.8
$37.5
-
German e-mini stock index futures
$21.6
$43.2
$10.8

Data updated on January 25, 2024

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Krisztián Gátonyi
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I have 15 years of experience in proprietary trading, mainly in the interbank currency market as a foreign exchange risk manager. I'm actively involved in reviewing the 100+ brokers listed on our site. I personally open accounts with real money, execute trades, test customer services. I hold an MSc in International Business from the University of Middlesex. My purpose is to help people find the best investment provider.
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