CFDs explained

Jun 2017

CFDs are derivatites, you can easily trade with a wide range of products, but it is leverged, so it is risky.

CFDs are derivatives: you bet on price movements

With CFDs, you can gamble on whether asset prices will go up or down without buying the stock. Let’s say you want to profit from Microsoft's stock price going up. At an online stockbroker, you would buy the Microsoft stock. At a CFD broker, you can instead bet directly on the stock price going up. However, CFDs are much like knives: could be very useful, but if no idea how to use one, you can cut yourself. 

CFDs are an easy way to reach a lot of markets with leverage

Why on earth is this good for you? Well, there are three advantages:

  • 1, You can make bets on all kinds of products. E.g. if you wanted to trade with Turkish stocks, go ahead. This might not be possible with an online stockbroker. It is easier for a broker to provide a CFD than have access to the Turkish stock exchange.
  • 2, The second advantage is leverage. The odds of your bet will be much larger than with buying the actual stock. It also comes with greater risk, therefore we recommend you to fully understand leverage before you invest.
  • 3, Lastly, with CFDs, you can easily have a short position. That is a plus indeed.

To understand these advantages better, you can learn through CFD trading tips

Not owning the underlying asset exposes you to additional risks

If you do not own the stock (or any other underlying asset), you are running a whole different risk which you need to understand before trading CFDs.

Let’s say Bob has a Siemens stock and Janet is in a long Siemens CFD position, both with broker “Bust Broker Co.”. Bust Broker Co. goes bust. Bob’s Siemens stock is in custody with his custody service provider, sooner or later he will be able to access it. Janet was in a long position, therefore she will be compensated only up to the investor protection scheme of the country. In most cases, this is up to €20,000.