Shares trading

Open a CFD trading account with City Index and trade Australian or global shares like Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA), Woolworths, Amazon and Tesla.

Why trade shares with us?


Competitive pricing on a range of shares

Our performance in numbers

0.1 m+
Active clients*
1000 +
0 s
Average execution
1 +
Years' experience

*StoneX retail trading live and demo account holders globally since Q4 2020.

Share trading platforms at City Index

Web Trader platform for share trading

Your powerful new online trading platform, Web Trader, includes advanced charts with custom indicators, fast and reliable HTML5 technology, and customisable workspaces.

Fast, reliable and customisable trading platform

  • Configure and personalise multiple workspaces
  • Switch between workspaces with a single click
  • Benefit from advanced trading charts and overlay multiple financial markets

Intelligent trading tools

  • Smart trade tickets with advanced risk management tools
  • Define stops and limits by points, P&L or price
  • Real-time margin calculator informs your trade decisions

Market news and analysis

  • Dedicated Market 360 pages to help identify trading opportunities
  • Latest market news with charts and pricing
  • Detailed market analysis from Reuters news
Web Trader

Mobile trading apps for share trading

Seize trading opportunities using our intuitive mobile trading apps with simple one-swipe trading, advanced charting, and seamless trade execution. Available on Android and iOS devices.

TradingView charting

Access the industry leading TradingView charting package, complete with over 80 custom technical indicators, drawing tools and trading through charts.

Latest market news and analysis

Receive all the latest market news and expert commentary direct from Reuters in-app.

Performance Analytics

Gain deeper insight into your trading and discover how you could improve your performance.

Mobile apps

How to trade shares with City Index

Whether you’re new to trading or an experienced trader, it’s easy to create a CFD trading account with City Index. Simply complete our short, secure online form and you could be trading shares in minutes*

If you think a share like Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA) is going to go up in value, you’d go long or ‘buy’. If you think CBA is going to go down in value, you’d short or ‘sell’ it.

Ready to trade shares now? Get started with your application.

How to trade with City Index

How to trade shares

You can trade shares through CFDs (contracts for difference), which are financial contracts that enable you to speculate on the underlying price of an asset.

What is share CFD trading?

Share CFD trading is the use of derivative products to trade rising and falling stock prices. A key feature is the ability to trade on margin and use leverage.

Share trading strategies

Learn how to take advantage of falling prices with our comprehensive share trading strategies.

Put our trading platform to the test

Try our CFD demo trading account with virtual funds to hone your share trading strategies.

Frequently asked questions

Can I buy and sell shares on the same day

Yes, there are no minimum holding periods for shares, meaning you can buy and sell them on the same day. So if you’re interested in day trading shares, all you’ll need is a trading account with a regulated provider such as City Index.

By day trading shares, you’ll avoid having to pay overnight financing, a charge incurred for holding a position overnight.

You don’t have to stick to day trading shares, either. The high volatility and liquidity offered by both indices and forex make both asset classes hugely popular among day traders. To try out both without risking any capital, open your demo trading account.

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Is share trading different to share dealing?

The terms share trading and share dealing are often used interchangeably, but they describe two different approaches to the stock markets. Share trading is short-term speculation using leveraged products, share dealing is longer-term investing.

When you trade shares, you typically use leveraged products such as CFDs to take a view on share prices without taking ownership of the underlying stocks themselves. So you don’t build a portfolio, but instead aim to profit from short-term price movements – which could be up or down.

Share dealing, on the other hand, is the traditional method of buying stocks outright and adding them to your portfolio. This gives you a much longer-term view, and is usually only used to take advantage of upward price movement.

Find out more about the difference between CFD trading and investing.

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Can you make money from shares?

Yes, you can make money from share trading. Just like any other financial market, you’ll make a profit by closing trades at a more favourable level than when you opened them. If a trade moves against you, on the other hand, you’ll make a loss.

To make consistent profits from share trading you’ll need a solid strategy and plan. We’d always recommend that beginner traders head over to the City Index Academy to learn how the markets work, then try a risk-free City Index demo to test your performance with virtual capital.

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Other markets you can trade with City Index


Indices trading

Trade a choice of 20 global indices with CFDs and take a position on markets including the Australia 200, Wall Street, UK 100 and more.

Gold and Silver
Gold and Silver

Gold and Silver trading

Speculate on the future direction of gold and silver as a CFD trade, or as a future or spot market.


Options trading

Trade options on over 20 markets, including crude oil, the US SP 500 and Germany 40, all from 4 points.