CFDs are complex instruments and come with a high risk of losing money rapidly due to leverage. 64.5% of retail investor accounts lose money when trading CFDs with this provider. You should consider whether you understand how CFDs work and whether you can afford to take the high risk of losing your money.
CFDs (Contracts for Difference) are derivative products. They’re sophisticated financial instruments that let you speculate on the price of shares and commodities, or the value of an index or currency.
Naturally they’re riskier than keeping your money in a savings account. But with some market knowledge, and using the risk management features offered by Spread Co, you can use CFDs to access an extensive range of investment opportunities.
Though there are some important tax differences: you may have a Capital Gains Tax liability on profits that you make, though this can be offset against some losses you incur elsewhere.
The basic principles are the same. You can trade on equities, indices, currencies and commodities, and your outlay is only a fraction of the full value of the trade. But the amount at risk is the full value of the asset, so you should never place a trade where the potential loss is more than you can afford.
Many share investors now use CFDs to hedge against potential losses on their share portfolios.
Let’s say you’ve bought 1,000 shares in HSBC at £5 each. If the share price rises, you make a profit when you sell, but you make a loss if the price drops. So you decide to sell 1000 HSBC CFDs. If the share price drops to £4.50 you’ll have lost money on the share transaction. But when you close your CFD trade this will offset most of your loss, after you take commission into account.
These include global indices, currencies, and commodities such as gold and crude oil.
If you’re an experienced trader you’ll already understand the advantages of trading on margin. Combining this benefit with the ease of using Spread Co’s powerful mobile, tablet and web trading platforms, creates a compelling case for switching to CFDs.