Should You Trade Forex with CFDs?

Are you interested in trading the forex market?  In case you didn’t know, the forex (foreign exchange market) is the largest and most liquid market in the world, with volumes of over $4 trillion a day.  

Forex trading involves trading one currency against another.  Currencies are traded in pairs, like the British Pound against the US dollar.  Your trade is a gamble that one currency will rise or fall against another.

Traders use different types of analysis to determine whether to buy or sell.  

What is a CFD

CFD stands for Contract for Difference.  A CFD is a financial instrument that mirrors the movement of the underlying asset.  It is an agreement between a buyer and a seller to exchange the difference between the current price and the price when the contract is closed.

You do not own the underlying asset.  CFDs allow you to bet on rising or falling prices without taking ownership of the underlying asset.  You can use CFDs to trade a wide range of assets such as forex, shares, indices, commodities, and crypto


If you want to trade CFDs on forex, you need a broker.  Once you open a brokerage account and are ready to trade, the broker will pair your offer to buy or sell with a party on the other side.  In other words, if you want to buy, the broker will match you with someone wanting to sell, and vice versa.

Brokers make their money by taking a percentage of the spread.  This spread is the difference between the bid and the ask price of a forex pair.  Look for a broker with lower spreads.  Large differences between the bid and the ask make it difficult to profit on small price movements.

Advantages of CFDs

CFDs are traded on margin.  This means the broker allows investors to borrow money to increase leverage on the size of their position.  You can open a large trade without putting up the full amount.

There are fewer rules and regulations surrounding CFDs resulting in lower capital requirements.  You don’t need as much money to open a CFD brokerage account. This makes it ideal for smaller traders who are just starting out.

CFDs allow you to take a long or short position.  Many markets have rules about when you can take a short position.  A long position means you are buying the asset, and a short position means you are selling.

Disadvantages of CFDs

There can be extreme volatility in forex markets.  This means wild price fluctuations.  If you are holding a losing position you can get a margin call from your broker.  A margin call requires you to deposit additional funds to balance out the losing position.  

Margin can work for you to amplify your gains, but it can work against you to magnify your losses.

The CFD market is not highly regulated.  Be more cautious when selecting a broker.  Fewer safeguards and guardrails are protecting you, as an investor.  Your broker has to be reliable and have the financial resources to weather financial downturns.

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