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How does CFD trading work?

Course overview


Contracts for difference (CFDs) are a popular alternative to traditional trading that you may have heard mentioned. But, what do they involve and how do you decide whether they’re right for you?

In this course we’ll run through all the essentials of this derivative product, explaining how CFDs work and why people use them to take a position on the financial markets.

You’ll learn about the many benefits CFD trading offers, as well as the risks involved. And by the end of the course you should feel equipped to get started as a CFD trader.


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

Lesson example: using leverage in trading

To help you understand CFD trading, our course provides videos, illustrations and interactive exercises that guide you through all the fundamentals. To give you a flavour of what to expect, here’s an extract explaining how leverage works:

Leverage gives you a relatively large exposure to a market with just a small deposit.

Imagine you wanted to trade CFDs on gold:

  • Without leverage, buying one ounce of gold might cost CHF 800
  • But your CFD provider only charges an initial deposit margin of 5%
  • This means you need to put down a deposit of just CHF 40 to open a position on an ounce of gold