CFD trading with City Index

Trade CFDs on over 6,300 global markets including indices, shares, FX, commodities and cryptos, with tight spreads on an award-winning platform.


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Best New Tool (Performance Analytics) 2023
Best in Class (Overall) 2023
Best CFD Provider 2022
ADVFN International Financial Awards
Best Trading Platform 2022
Online Money Awards
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Trade CFDs with City Index

Learn about CFD trading
Not sure where to get started? Discover everything you need to know about the ins-and-outs of CFD trading with our series of in-depth guides.
What is CFD trading?
CFD trading is the buying and selling of contracts for difference, derivatives that track the live prices of financial markets such as indices, shares, forex pairs and commodities.
How to trade CFDs?
  1. 1. Choose a CFD market
  2. 2. Decide to buy or sell
  3. 3. Select your trade size
  4. 4. Add a stop loss
  5. 5. Monitor and close your trade
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Costs of CFD trading
You’ll pay to trade CFDs on indices, forex pairs and commodities via the spread – whereas for share CFDs, you’ll pay commission. You may also pay overnight financing on some positions.
CFD margin and leverage
When you trade CFDs, you don’t have to deposit the full size of your position, which means you can do more with your capital. However, this also increases your risk.

See our CFD trading costs

When you buy and sell share CFDs, you’ll pay commission. With every other CFD market we offer, though, there’s no commission to pay – all the costs to open and close your position are covered in the spread. You’ll pay an overnight funding charge if you keep a daily CFD open overnight.

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Frequently asked questions

How do CFDs work?

CFDs work using contracts that track the live prices of financial markets. When you trade one of these contracts, you’ll exchange the difference in the market’s price from when you open your position to when you close it. You can buy CFDs to open a long position or sell them to go short.

For example, say you buy an Australia 200 CFD when the index is at 7100, then sell it at 7200. You’ll exchange the difference between 7100 and 7200, pocketing 100 points as profit. If the ASX fell to 7000 instead, though, you’d lose 100 points.

Your total profit or loss is dictated by the number of contracts you buy or sell.

Learn more about how CFDs work.

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How do you calculate CFD profits?

To calculate CFD profits, you multiply the number of CFDs you have traded by the point value of each CFD – and multiply that figure by the number of points the underlying market has moved from when you opened your trade to when you close it.

If the underlying market has moved in your chosen direction, you earn that figure as profit. If not, you make a loss.

That might sound complicated, but it becomes much simpler in an example.

Buying a single Australia 200 CFD will earn you $1 for every point the index rises and lose you $1 for every point it falls, which means an Australia 200 CFD has a point value of $1. Buy 10 Australia 200 CFDs, and you’ll make $10 for every point the index rises – but lose $10 for each point it falls.

If the ASX moves from 7100 to 7200, then it has moved 100 points. You’ve bought CFDs, so you profit if the index moves up, meaning your 10 CFDs make you a profit of (100 points * $10 point value) $1000.

If you’d sold 10 CFDs instead, you’d make the same figure ($1000) as a loss.

Of course, you’ll need to minus any overnight financing fees to get the net outcome from your trade.

Learn more about how to trade CFDs.

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Do day traders trade CFDs?

Yes. The leverage and range of markets available with CFDs make them a popular option among day traders:

  • Leverage magnifies profits and losses, which can be useful when trading relatively small price movements
  • The range of markets helps day traders save time, accessing thousands of trading opportunities from a single login
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