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Choosing a market for CFD trading

Course overview


Having covered the essentials of CFD trading in our ‘How CFD trading works’ course, it’s time for you to take a closer look at the range of markets available and the mechanics of taking a position on them.

For each asset type, we’ll explain the important differences between trading CFDs and speculating on the underlying markets. You’ll learn about the special advantages CFDs offer, as well as the risks involved.

You’ll also discover how providers price their markets, plus what determines their spreads. And by the end of the course, you should feel ready to choose a market that will suit you and the way you want to trade.


45 min




Short, easy-to-digest lessons
Practical, interactive exercises
Engaging videos and graphics
Free demo account for practising your new skills
Quiz to check your understanding

Example lesson: researching markets

In this course you’ll find exercises, charts and illustrations to help you understand the different markets available to trade CFDs on. To give you a flavour of what to expect, here’s an extract explaining what to consider when you choose a market:

Do your research

When choosing a market, it’s also crucial to consider these factors:

  • Dealing times – When is the market open? Are you free to trade at those times? Will you be able to react to any big price swings?
  • Volatility – On average, how many points does this market move in an hour/day/week? Are you comfortable with that range?
  • Costs – What is the spread, minimum position size and margin requirement for this market? Can you afford to trade on it, and how much will you gain or lose for every point of movement in the price?