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CFDs: Available markets to trade
CFDs are available to trade all the major shares on all the major European stockmarkets and bourses, including -

  • UK
  • Germany
  • Spain
  • Italy
  • Holland
  • France
  • Plus, all the big US shares
Can CFDs be used to trade smaller sized shares

Perhaps you're interested in a UK company that has a market capitalisation of £100million which is considered small-cap.

Most CFD brokers will offer their clients a market on any share as long as it has a decent daily volume. Phone your broker to check but note that both the financing rates and initial margins might be set at a higher level. For example -

  • Buy Vodafone shares using CFDs and the initial deposit will probably be 5% - 10% with a financing rate of LIBOR + 2%
  • Buy ABC Engineering (market capitalisation of £50million) and the CFD broker might ask for a 20% initial deposit and charge financing at LIBOR + 3% or 4%
  • More on initial margin
CFDs on non-share markets

I'd estimate that 90%, if not 95%+ of all CFD business is done on shares but some brokers will offer them on the larger stock indexes such as the FTSE 100, Dow Jones and Nasdaq.

Also, some brokers offer CFDs on currency pairs such as Euro/USD and commodity CFDs on Gold and Silver as well as Crude oil.

Personally I have never traded a non-equity CFD, preferring to use spread bets instead for index , FX and commodities, but that doesn't mean they should be automatically discounted. So ask your broker if they offer CFDs on non-share markets if only for education and research purposes.

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