CFD Trading at City Index

CFD Trading with City Index gives you access to over 4,500+ global markets including Indices, Shares, FX, Commodities and Bonds.

  • Tight spreads from 0.5 points on FX
  • Choice of 4,500+ CFDs from one account
  • Commission free CFDs (except Shares)

Trade Forex with City Index

Why trade CFDs with City Index?

Tight Spreads

From 0.5 points on FX and 1 point on major Indices.

Hedging Tool

Use CFDs to hedge your existing share portfolio or investments.

4,500+ CFD markets

Trade CFDs on Indices, FX, Shares and Commodities from one account.

Easy to spot trading opportunities

View buy/sell opportunities from our research portal.

Advanced trading platforms

Trade CFDs on our advanced technology and native apps.

Commission free CFDs

Commission free CFD trading on all CFDs except Shares.
Trade Forex with City Index

Trade wherever you are, on our fast, reliable platforms

Customisable charts

16 chart types with 80+ indicators designed to help you perform technical analysis

Powerful platforms

Our powerful technology is designed to suit you, whatever your level of trading expertise

Trading strategies

Our research portal highlights useful fundamental and technical trading strategies

Trade execution

Execute trades faster than ever before with our award-winning platforms for desktop and mobile
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Benefits of trading CFDs

Access more markets

Trade Indices, FX, Shares and more from one account

Trade on falling markets

Trade on falling markets (going short) as well as rising markets

Hedge your portfolio

Use CFDs to offset losses in an existing share portfolio

Trade on margin

Use a small deposit to control a larger position in the market
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With FX spreads from 0.5 points and Indices from 1 point

What Can I Trade On?


Fixed 1 point spreads on major Indices


Trade on thousands of global Shares from 0.09% commission


Trade EUR/USD and USD/JPY from 0.5 points


Trade Gold from 0.3 points around market spread

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Discover CFD Trading

CFDs are popular with investors who want the opportunity to try to make a better return for their money.

However CFDs contain significant risks to your capital and aren’t suitable for everyone. We strongly suggest doing your research and trading on a demo account before you try it with your own money.

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Access the markets 24 hours a day
Trade CFDs on 4,500+ global markets
Trade on falling markets (going short)
Your money works harder by trading on margin
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Learn more about CFD Trading

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Find out more about Contracts for Difference (CFD) trading.

What Is CFD Trading
Trading Opportunities

How to analyse markets

How to identify trading opportunities using City Index's research tools

Research tools

How to manage risk

Learn techniques to improve your trading and manage risk effectively

Risk management

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How to trade CFDs

1. Choose a CFD market
Decide which market you want to trade on. Get bullish and bearish trading ideas in our fundamental and technical analysis research portal

2. 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

3. Select your trade size
Choose how many CFDs you want to trade

4. Add a stop loss
A stop loss is an order to close your position at a predetermined price set by you

5. Monitor and close your trade
Once you have placed your trade, you will monitor profit/loss update in real time at the top of the screen. Exit your trade by clicking the close trade button


Why City Index?

With fast, reliable execution and tight spreads, here's why our clients choose
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Over 35 years' experience in Forex and CFD Trading
Regulated by the Australian Securities and Investment Commission
Risk management tools to help protect your positions
Trade on multiple platforms and devices
Actionable buy/sell trade ideas from our research portal
Fast, easy payments and secure withdrawals
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Benefits of CFD Trading

Ability to go long and short

With CFDs you can trade on falling markets by 'going short' (selling), just as easily as you can trade on rising markets by 'going long' (buying).

If you believe a company or market will increase in value you take a long position (buy). Your profits will rise in line with any increase in that price and your losses will increase with any fall in that price.

On the other hand, if you believe that a company or market will experience a loss of value you can use CFDs to go short (sell). Your profits will rise in line with any fall in price (and your losses will rise in line with any increase in that price).

Reduce your capital outlay using margin

CFDs are a leveraged product, which means you pay a small percentage of the total trade value to open your position, known as margin, rather than paying to cover the entire cost of your position.

For example, if a market has a margin requirement of 10% then you would need to have 10% of the full value of the trade in your account, as initial margin, to open the position.

Leverage is good news if the market moves in the direction that you expect, but it carries a high degree of risk if the market moves against you. In the same way your profits are magnified, any losses will also be magnified and you could lose more than your initial investment.

Hedge your portfolio

If you believe your existing portfolio may lose some of its value, you can use CFDs to offset this loss by short selling.

Let's say you hold $5,000 worth of Woolworth shares in your portfolio. You can short sell the equivalent of $5,000 worth of Woolworth shares through a CFD trade.

Should Woolworth share prices fall by 5% in the underlying market, the loss in value of your share portfolio would be offset by a gain in your short sell CFD trade.

Access global markets & 24 hours trading

CFD trading gives you access to a wide range of markets that would not otherwise be available to retail investors, all from one trading platform. You can speculate on the price movement of thousands of individual shares, indices, currencies, bonds and interest rates from across the globe.

We know it's important for you to be able to access your account and trade whenever you want, wherever you are, particularly when market prices are moving quickly. So, we give you unrestricted access to your account 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Summary of differences between CFD trading and share trading:

Feature CFD trading Shares dealing
Commission charged checked checked
Ability to go long – buy and take advantage of rising prices checked checked
Ability to go short – sell and take advantage of falling prices checked
Ability to hedge – go short and mitigate against potential losses in your shares portfolio checked
Leveraged trading – gain a large exposure for a fraction of the value checked
Immediate dealing – instant trading both in and out of a market checked checked
Access to other asset classes – such as indices, FX, etc checked
Access to global shares – trade over 4500+ different markets from around the world checked checked
Receive dividend and interest adjustments checked checked
Physical ownership – benefits include the ability to attend AGMs checked
Pay overnight financing charge checked