A contract for difference (CFD) is a financial contract between two parties in which the seller agrees to pay the buyer the difference between an asset's current value and its value at a time stipulated in the contract.

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Is it a bet on price fluctuations and against the house?

When one trades Forex, CFDs, metals, or stock indexes with online brokerage firms, does it mean we bet on the price fluctuations without actually owning the underlying assets and is it a bet against ...
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Is CFD a viable option for long-term trading?

Something really does seem seedy that if I invest $2500, that I'll make above 50k if the stock doubles. Is it really that easy? Looking at the opposite side, yes my investment can vanish from just a ...
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Why people still look for “naked” short-sellng stocks instead of short selling CFDs

I have been doing some research about equity trading and the stock market in general, and I have a doubt. I see that a lot of people is looking for short-selling stocks, but that is not so easy ...
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Can liquidity provided by CFD be almost as good as the real market action on the actual exchange?

CFD providers mirror the market action on the actual exchange. But how good is the mirroring? Do they try to match both the bid-ask prices and the bid-ask sizes exactly? Is it possible that the ...
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Do CFD providers withhold liquidity in a market panic?

My understanding of CFD providers in UK is that they try to imitate the real market action by being market makers. However, is it a risk that they may withhold liquidity in a market panic crash to ...
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Buying a small amount (e.g. $50) of stock via eToro “Social Trading Network” using a “CFD”?

On LinkedIn I saw an ad claiming I could buy some AAPL stock for as little as $50. I clicked and came to a site called eToro that calls themselves a "Social Trading Network". It appears the buying of ...