CFDs are a leveraged product and can result in losses that exceed deposits. Trading CFDs may not be suitable for everyone, so please ensure you fully understand the risks and take care to manage your exposure.

Shares trading definition

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Shares trading is the buying and selling of company stock – or derivative products based on company stock – in the hope of making a profit.

Shares represent a portion of the ownership of a public company, and make up its worth or market cap. The trading of shares is one of the most popular and best-known markets in investing, alongside forex and commodities.

There are two main ways of making money from shares trading:

  • Price movement. When demand outstrips supply for a company’s shares, their price will increase. Shares traders try to take advantage of these price movements.
  • Dividends. As they in effect part own the company they have shares in, shareholders are entitled to a part of any profits the company decides to release back to investors in the form of a dividend.

Most shares trading takes place on stock exchanges, where public companies are listed. Only registered participants are allowed to trade directly with stock exchanges, so the majority of traders will do so via a stockbroker. IG’s execution-only stockbroking service enables you to buy and sell shares using our platform.

As well as trading on exchanges, it is possible to use derivative products like CFDs to participate in the shares market. These allow for more flexibility than traditional trades, with the opportunity to take long or short positions to trade in both bull and bear markets.

These products operate on leverage, to increase exposure on a position without the use of more capital. However, this means CFDs also carry greater risks: including the risk that your losses could exceed your deposits.

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CFDs are a leveraged product and can result in losses that exceed deposits. Trading CFDs may not be suitable for everyone, so please ensure you fully understand the risks and take care to manage your exposure.