Contracts for Difference

Contracts for Difference Comparison

Use the interactive Investment Superstore CFD Comparison tool to find the most cost-effective platform for your favourite markets.

We have also compiled a breakdown of key features to help you discover the platform that best suits your trading. 

 

Spread bets and CFDs are leveraged products traded on margin and can result in losses that exceed deposits. Capital at risk.

Indices CFD:

BrokerUK 100 min. spreadWall Street min. spreadDAX min. spread
Core Spreads111
CMC Markets11.41
Spreadco1.522
ETX Capital111
LCG111
Capital Index121
Plus 5000.6821.25
IG11.81
eToro161

Forex CFD:

BrokerGBP/ USD min. spreadEUR/ USD min. spreadEUR/ GBP min. spread
Core Spreads0.50.30.4
Capital Index1.20.71.1
CMC Markets0.90.70.9
Spreadco21.52
ETX Capital0.90.70.9
LCG0.80.61.2
Plus 500223
eToro434
IG0.90.60.9

UK Equity CFD:

BrokerMin. Equity CFD Commission £Equity CFD Commission %
CMC Markets9.000.10
Spreadco00.075
ETX Capital10.000.10
LCG00.08
Plus 50000.16
eToro00.1
IG10.000.10

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CFD Platforms:

LCG

  • Key Features:
  • Offers a premium service with dedicated account manager
  • Platforms:
  • LCG WebTrader, MT4
  • Rewards/Rebates:
  • None
  • All investment involves risk. You may get back less than you invested. Seek independent financial advice before undertaking any investments. Investment Superstore does not accept any liability for action taken by any user of this website. This site is general information and not an invitation to act.

eToro

  • Key Features:
  • World leader in social trading
  • Platforms:
  • Web Trader, Mobile Trader
  • Rewards/Rebates:
  • Up to $1000 bonus
  • All investment involves risk. You may get back less than you invested. Seek independent financial advice before undertaking any investments. Investment Superstore does not accept any liability for action taken by any user of this website. This site is general information and not an invitation to act.

IG

  • Key Features:
  • UK market leader, 150,000 + clients
  • Platforms:
  • Web based, Smart phone apps, MT4, L2 Dealer, API connectivty
  • Rewards/Rebates:
  • Level 2 data with L2 Dealer available
  • All investment involves risk. You may get back less than you invested. Seek independent financial advice before undertaking any investments. Investment Superstore will accept no liability for action taken by any user of this website.

CMC Markets

  • Key Features:
  • Award winning charting package, Reuters News and Morningstar Quantitative Equity Research built into platform
  • Platforms:
  • Next generation trading platform available on desktop, tablet and smartphone
  • Rewards/Rebates:
  • Cash rebates for high volume traders
  • All investment involves risk. You may get back less than you invested. Seek independent financial advice before undertaking any investments. Investment Superstore does not accept any liability for action taken by any user of this website. This site is general information and not an invitation to act.

ETX Capital

  • Key Features:
  • Online educational webinars, System supports 15 different languages
  • Platforms:
  • ETX TraderPro, MT4, ETX Binary
  • Rewards/Rebates:
  • £20 Free bonus when opening a new account on MT4
  • All investment involves risk. You may get back less than you invested. Seek independent financial advice before undertaking any investments. Investment Superstore does not accept any liability for action taken by any user of this website. This site is general information and not an invitation to act.

Core Spreads

  • Key Features:
  • Fixed spreads on a wide range of markets
  • Platforms:
  • Coretrader, MT4
  • Rewards/Rebates:
  • Uncapped Welcome bonus worth up to 50% of your first month’s spread, Upto 25% cash back as rebates
  • All investment involves risk. You may get back less than you invested. Seek independent financial advice before undertaking any investments. Investment Superstore does not accept any liability for action taken by any user of this website. This site is general information and not an invitation to act.

Capital Index

  • Key Features:
  • Low minimum trade sizes, Offers Islamic account
  • Platforms:
  • MT4
  • Rewards/Rebates:
  • Up to $10,000 deposit bonus
  • All investment involves risk. You may get back less than you invested. Seek independent financial advice before undertaking any investments. Investment Superstore does not accept any liability for action taken by any user of this website. This site is general information and not an invitation to act.

Spreadco

  • Key Features:
  • Trade FTSE 100 £25 from margin, Tight fixed spreads
  • Platforms:
  • Online, Mobile & IPad
  • Rewards/Rebates:
  • None
  • All investment involves risk. You may get back less than you invested. Seek independent financial advice before undertaking any investments. Investment Superstore does not accept any liability for action taken by any user of this website. This site is general information and not an invitation to act.

What are Contracts for Difference?

Contracts for Difference (CFDs) are a financial products that allow an investor to trade the difference in price in a wide range of markets using leverage that can magnify profits and losses.

Main Features:

Leverage

The leveraged nature of CFDs means an investor can gain exposure to shares, commodities, currencies, indices and bonds by using relatively low deposits as margin. Leverage means investors can make their money work harder but also makes CFD trading a high risk/reward investment as small movements in price can cause big swing in your account value.

The ability to ‘short’

Shorting means taking out a short sell position on a particular market to profit from any potential decline in price. This particular strategy can be useful in times of volatility but investors must beware of the risks of shorting a stock that could potentially double and lead to losses more than the initial deposit.

Wide range of markets

You will see from the comparison tool above that CFDs enable you to trade entire indices, individual shares and major currency pairs, this is only the beginning. As Contracts for Difference have become more popular, brokers have expanded their tradeable markets to include bonds, interest rates, exotic FX pairs, options and even pre-market IPOs.

Charting

Most reputable brokers and platforms will have charting packages included for free. To find the one that best suits you it may be worth opening a few different accounts and testing the functionality. A large proportion of investors will be satisfied with all of the platforms contained in this comparison so charting may not swing the decision on which platform to use.

Investors looking for specialised technical analysis indicators, which are slightly more complex than moving averages and relative strength index, will find also find great software in many of the platforms included in the review and comparison.

Stocks & Shares Guides:

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