CFD Trading - Trade CFDs on thousands of global markets

  • A contract for difference (or CFD) is an agreement between two parties to exchange the difference between the opening price and closing price of a contract.


    • Best CFD Provider 2016‡
    • Free from Stamp Duty*
    • Profit from rising or falling markets
    • Ability to hedge your shares portfolio
    • 1 point spreads on the UK100 and Germany30
    • Online and mobile apps

    What is CFD Trading

    What is CFD trading

    With CFD trading, you can speculate on rising or falling prices on thousands of global markets. 


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    Market Analysis

    Develop fresh trading ideas with the help of our experts' market insights.


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    What is CFD trading

    Take a position on over 5,000 markets - including indices, forex, shares and more - with leveraged access using a CFD.



    CFD Trading Explained

    Unlike conventional forms of trading like physical shares trading, CFDs enable you to potentially profit irrespective of whether market prices are moving up or down.

    This means you can potentially profit even during falling markets. For example, if you think the S&P 500 Index will fall in the coming days because a number of major US firms are expected to report weak earnings, you can go short or ‘sell’.

    If the index moves in the way you predicted, you can profit from every point the S&P 500 falls.

    And, as a leveraged product, you can place a trade by depositing just a fraction of the full value of your position.

    Remember, however, that leveraged trading allows you to gain significant market exposure, which means your returns will be magnified. As a result, you could incur losses that exceed your deposit if the trade moves against your prediction.

    You can also use CFDs as a hedging tool to help offset any losses incurred in your physical portfolio of shares.

    At City Index, we offer low commissions, tight spreads and margins from 0.5% on over 5,000 financial markets, including indices, shares, currencies, commodities and more.

    Our range of trading platforms and Apps for iPhone™, Android and Windows Phones enable you to instantly react to market prices at any time of the day – even when you’re on the move.

    CFDs can be tax efficient, depending on your circumstances. You can use any losses you incur to offset against your Capital Gains Tax (CGT) liabilities*. For more information, we recommend you seek independent investment advice.

    Why trade CFDs with City Index?

    When you open a CFD trading account with City Index, you can benefit from:

    • Low 4% initial deposit on FTSE 100-listed shares
    • Tight spreads from 1 point on major indices† - including the UK100 and Germany30
    • 24-hour access to thousands of global markets
    • Pick from a range of trading platforms including Advantage Web
    • Trade on the go with our mobile trading apps for iPhone, Android and Windows mobile devices
    • Free training seminars and webinars full of tips from our in-house traders
    • Up-to-the-minute market news and analysis from our team of market experts
    • Educational videos, categorised into beginner, intermediate and expert so you can learn at your own pace
    • Economic calendar listing all the important upcoming events that could trigger market movement