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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CFD market makers: How is the price coupled to the underlying security?

If I understand it correctly, there are two different CFD provider modes of operation: DMA (direct market access), where the provider will immediately hedge all positions with matching trades on an ...
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Is it possible to have a debt in real money cfd account?

Is it possible to switch from a demo to a real money account in plus 500 and then try to trade with the $25 you start with? I'd like to try trading, starting only with this money, but I fear I could ...
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Anyone know if IG or Plus500 are scams or not?

I have been doing some research into online trading and came across 2 platforms that are pretty good and user friendly. http://www.IG.com and http://www.plus500.com I have read quite a lot of reviews ...
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Making money through CFD

If I don't own the stock I am investing in, like in a CFD, then how do I make money? Where does the money I am investing go to, and where does the money I make come from? And what happens to the ...
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Understanding bid and offer prices in CFD's

I am currently researching the mechanics of CFD trading and, being new to this, am a bit confused about certain terms. I understand that the "bid" is the price that the CFD is sold at and the "offer" ...
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Ex-dividend dates for Nikkei and Dow Jones on CFD and Spread Bet Markets?

I've found a few ex-dividend date sites for the Dow Jones (can't find any decent ones for the Japanese Nikkei Index). However the ex-dividend dates don't seem to match when I get dividend payouts on ...
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Why buy SPY when there is S&P500?

I don't quite understand the purpose of SPY (SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust) and other S&P500 ETF. If SPY is designed to track the performance of S&P500, why not just buy S&P500(like index ...
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How does a CFD work behind the scenes?

I'm curious as to how the Contracts For Difference (CFDs) work. I understand how they work for the consumer side - you enter into an agreement to pay/be paid the difference between the stock price at ...
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What is the difference between spot forex trading and cfd forex trading?

Some brokers offer to clients the facility to trade the foreign exchange market via the spot market or via CFDs. The thing I don't understand is that some currency pairs are offered via both methods. ...
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Is it possible to trade CFD without leverage?

I'm new to trading. Based on what I read, trading CFD involves high risk because of leverage. Is it possible to trade CFD stocks without leverage (in Etoro for example)? If this is possible, then I ...
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Overnight charges for brokers holding stocks?

I'm trying to learn about stock markets. I eventually want to invest a small amount over a long period. Yet, I notice on a lot of broker sites that they tend to charge an overnight fee for any stocks ...
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How trading in currency pair works, underlying techniques and mechanisms

I am somewhat experienced in Forex trading, but I have a question which has bothered me for quite some time. If we for instance go back in time four months, to before the beginning of value loss the ...
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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 ...