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Free Guide to CFDs (Contracts for Difference)

Spread Betting and CFD trading carry a high level of risk to your capital; you should ensure you understand the risks involved. Please read the full risk warning.

Free Guide to CFDs (Contracts for Difference)

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Risk warning

CFD trading carries a high level of risk and you can lose more than your initial deposit. It is not suitable for everyone; ensure you understand the risks and if in doubt seek advice.

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What you need to know about Contracts for Difference in our straightforward, easy-to-read guide

This free guide will tell you about:

  • What CFDs are
  • How to go "long" or "short"
  • Stop losses and market orders
  • What margin (leveraged) trading is
  • How to access a wider range of financial markets
  • The risks of using more complex investments
  • The costs and tax exemptions

Risk warning

CFD trading carries a high level of risk and you can lose more than your initial deposit. It is not suitable for everyone; ensure you understand the risks and if in doubt seek personal advice.

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