How to trade CFDs
Find out more about Contracts for Difference (CFD) trading at City Index.
How to place a CFD
With the ability to trade on falling markets, use leverage and access thousands of instruments, some trading 24 hours a day, investors are taking advantage of the versatility of CFDs as part of their portfolio.
CFD trading steps
Choose a market
Decide which market you want to trade on. You can get trading inspiration through our fundamental and technical analysis research portal
Decide to buy or sell
Click 'buy' if you think the price will increase in value or 'sell' if you think the market will fall in value
Select your trade size
Choose how many CFDs you want to trade. 1 CFD is the equivalent of 1 physical share in equity trades
Add a stop loss
A stop loss is an order to close your position out at a certain price if it moves too far against you
- Monitor and close your trade
Once you have placed your trade, you will see your profit/loss update in real time at the top of the screen. You can exit your trade by clicking the close trade button