Long has a particular significance in relation to IG's platform. Here, we define long in general investing and explain what it means to you when trading with IG.
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When used in trading, long refers to a position that makes profit if an asset’s market price increases. Usually used in context as ‘taking a long position’, or ‘going long’.
Taking a long position doesn’t necessarily mean buying an asset. Derivatives like CFDs and futures contracts all provide the facility for traders to take a long position on a market without actually buying the underlying asset.
When CFD trading, it means opening a derivatives trade that returns a profit if the underlying asset increases in price. On our deal tickets, this option is referred to as a ‘buy’.
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