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Trading Share Contracts For Differences (CFDs) is a popular way for traders to speculate on the price movements of shares without actually owning the underlying assets. In this article, we will cover the basics of Share CFD trading, including what Share CFDs are, how they work, and some key factors to consider when trading Share CFDs.
What are Share CFDs?
A Share CFD is a financial instrument that allows traders to speculate on the price movements of a share without actually owning the share itself. In a Share CFD trade, the trader agrees to exchange the difference in price of the underlying share between the time the trade is opened and closed.
How do Share CFDs work?
When a trader opens a Share CFD trade, they will typically be required to deposit a margin, which is a small percentage of the total value of the trade. The amount of margin required will depend on the broker and the underlying share being traded. If the share price moves in the trader’s favour, they can make a profit, but if it moves against them, they will incur a loss.
The profit or loss on a Share CFD trade is calculated based on the difference between the opening and closing prices of the trade, multiplied by the number of CFDs traded. If a trader buys a Share CFD and the price of the underlying share goes up, they can sell the CFD at a higher price and make a profit. Similarly, if a trader sells a Share CFD and the price of the underlying share goes down, they can buy the CFD back at a lower price and make a profit.
Key factors to consider when trading Share CFDs:
Share CFD trading is an opportunity to speculate on price movements of companies listed on exchanges like the ASX, NYSE, Nasdaq & HKEX. With no need to own the underlying stock, you can even take advantage when shares trend in bearish territory.
Share CFDs are traded at the real market price. We take a small commission when you open the position, and then again when you close it.
Rebate requirement based on Share CFD trades of the specified country only. Market data fees are charged on 1st of every calendar month and reversed at the end of each calendar month if rebate requirement is met on a particular exchange.
To activate Share CFD data feeds, login to the Client Portal. Please note that you can only trade Share CFDs with GO Markets on the MetaTrader 5 platform.
A breakdown of the costs associated with Share CFD trading with GO Markets is provided in the table below:
|Country||Market Data Fee||Rebate Required||Commission rate||Minimum commission|
|Australia||AUD $22.00||4 Trades||0.08%||none|
|US||USD $0.00||N/A||2 cents per share||none|
|Hong Kong||HKD $120.00||4 Trades||0.18%||HK$50/AUD$10/EUR€6/GBP£6/CHF$7 USD$7/NZD$10/CAD$9/SGD$10|
See some of the most popular share cfds on the Australian Stock Exchange available through the MT5 platform.
Full list of ASX Shares
|BHP Billiton Ltd||BHP|
|Qantas Airways Ltd||QAN|
|Commonwealth Bank of Australia Ltd||CBA|
See some of the most popular Share CFDs on the NYSE and NASDAQ Exchange available through the MT5 platform.
Click here to see a full list of US Shares
|The Walt Disney Company||DIS|
|Uber Technologies Inc.||UBER|
|Alibaba Group Holding Ltd.||BABA|
|General Motors Co||GM|
See some of the most popular share cfds on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange available through the MT5 platform.
Full list of HKEX Shares
|Tencent Holdings Ltd||700.HK|
|Alibaba Group Holding Ltd||9988.HK|
|AIA Group Ltd||1299.HK|
|CLP Holdings Ltd||2.HK|