Instances of CFD Trading


Going long on a contract-for-difference (CFD) position is similar to purchasing a margin share or index. But a nice advantage of CFD trading is that one may earn cash if they believe a share cost or index could plunge via settling for a short position.

Contracts for Difference Trades – Samples

The following table shows an instance of British Airways’ entering a contract for difference trade at 228p. This underlines the gap between an investing individual who buys a share position versus one who buys the identical position utilizing contracts for differences.

Trading Example 1: Resulting Yield

Opening TradePurchasing SharesPurchasing a CFD
Cost of the company228p228p
Share amount50005000
Worth of PositionsGBP 11400GBP 11400
Stamp Duty (0.5 percent)GBP 57GBP 0
FeeGBP 114 (1 percent)GBP 11.4 (0.1 percent)
Deposits NeededGBP 11400GBP 1140

Both investors cash out the company shares and get a return when five days pass.

Exiting TradeSelling SharesSelling a contract for difference
Cost of the company250p250p
Share Amount50005000
Worth of PositionGBP 12500GBP 12500
Fees for financing in overnight casesNILGBP 4.68
Bottom Line YieldGBP 804GBP 1071.42
Yield on Value Deposit7 percent93.98 percent

Trading Example 2: The Long Trade with Bottom Line Loss

The position reached a stop-loss set at 218p after five days, closing the company position at a loss in the procedure.

Closing TradeSelling SharesSelling a CFD
Cost of the company218p218p
Share Amount50005000
Position Worth£10900£10900
Fees for financing in overnight casesNIL£4.68
Bottom Line Loss£780£526.98
Yield on Value Deposit-6.84%-46.22%

A CFD trading ‘buy’ (long) position kept overnight will incur a regular (small) overnight financing charge. With long positions, the interest is debited, and the money amount is paid with short positions. The contract for difference investor has paid a regular funding fee of GBP 4.68 for keeping the position in this particular case. Interest is incurred based on every night. It is dependent on the general value of the deal [for this instance, GBP 11,400 x 3 percent (LIBOR + 2.50 percent) divided by 365 x the number of days that the position is available. 5 days = GBP 4.68.]

As a percentage of the gross valuation of a position, the commission is charged. Remember that holding long positions over lengthy stretches of time will limit profits, sometimes making the gearing collected equal to the purchase of a bond or stakes in the company overall. CFDs expose investors to share pricing modifications yet can not result in real share delivery by or to the investor or mean ownership rights over them. That is ’cause the investor doesn’t hold the underlying stock by owning a CFD and thus has no voting rights.

Bear in mind that the return percentage depends on the leverage utilized; big leverage can lead to greater yields and greater losses. Very high returns usually ask for excessive leverage, which may cause substantial loss if you’re on the bad trade side and aren’t quick to close the position.

Additional CFD Trading Instances

Example 1 of CFD Trading – Long Position in Tesco Trade Example

It’s the beginning of February, and you see that Tesco seems inexpensive. The share is priced on the exchange at 246.5/248.0p, so at 248p, the sale price, you purchase 10k shares as a CFD. The purchase fee is 0.10 percent or GBP 24.8 (10k shares x 248p x 0.10 per cent). There isn’t a need to pay for the stamps.

Although your position is still open, your account has a debit on it and is credited to display any dividends that show interest changes.

Adjusted Interest

Your position’s interest price is measured regularly by adding the interest rate equal to the position’s daily closing valuation. The daily value for closing is the share amount multiplied by the exiting prices.

In this instance, the relevant interest level could be 6.5 percent, and the exiting share prices could be 250p on a given day. The trading amount for the position will be GBP 25,000 (i.e. 10k shares x 250p).

Thus for this single day, the interest pricing for the positions will be GBP 4.45 (i.e., GBP 25k x 6.5 percent/365).

The calculation of value for every day is different. Interest updates are measured regularly and added each week to the client’s account.

Adjustment of Dividend

At the period of Tesco’s ex-dividend date, your position remains open in early March. The net dividend value is 6p for each share, which is added to your account. The adjustments are determined this way:

10k shares x 6p = 600.

Position Closing

Tesco rose to 260/262p in the marketplace by late March, and you plan to take the cut. You are offering 10k shares at 260p, the pricing of the offer. The purchase fee is 0.10 percent or GBP 26 (10k shares x 260p x 0.10 percent).

Your return on the Trade is measured this way:

Trading Return
Exiting level260p
Entering level248p
Profit on trade: 12p x 10,000 = £1200

Measuring Results

Count in the fee you’ve paid and the interest and dividend changes credited or debited to determine the deal’s net income. You could have kept the position in this case for fifty days, at a gross interest price of, for instance, GBP 222. You have earned a GBP 600 change to the return.

This is you overall return:

General Results
Trading yieldGBP 1200
Commission(GBP 50.8)
Interest change(GBP 222)
Dividend changeGBP 600
General trading yield = GBP 1527.20

Example 2 of CFD Trading – Abbey National Short Position

A big drawback for active investors is the stock marketplaces: it’s not simply going short. When trading CFDs, going short is as simple as going long. This instance illustrates how to sell a share short using a contract for difference. Going short involves selling a thing at a high cost, with the possibility of purchasing back the stock or index for a cheaper cost and gaining a return.

Here is an Abbey National example:

Position Opening

It’s June, and you believe the National stock at Abbey is going to go down. The share is quoted as 548/550p on the exchange. As a contract for difference, the 5k shares are sold by you at 548p, the bid’s cost. The sale fee is 0.1 percent, or GBP 27.4 (5k shares x 548p x 0.5 percent). There’s no requirement to pay for the stamps.

Since you took a short position, the account is credited and debited to represent dividends and interest changes.

Adjusted Interest

The position’s interest credit is determined regularly by adding the interest rate to the position’s daily exiting valuation. In this instance, the relevant interest level could be 3 percent, and the exiting cost of the shares on a given day could be 545p, rendering an exiting valuation of GBP 27,250 (in this case 5k shares x 545p).

On that day, the position’s interest credit will be GBP 2.24 (for instance, GBP 27.250 x 3 percent divided by 365).

Interest changes are measured regularly and updated each week to your account, or more if you so wish.

Adjustment of Dividend

Your account remains open during the previous dividend date for Abbey National in July. The net dividend value is 7p for each share, and that will be debited from the account. The parameters are determined this way:

5k shares x 7p = 350

Position Closing

Abbey National stock climbed to 560/562p in the marketplace by the beginning of August, and you plan to lessen your losses and exit the position. You are buying 5k shares at 562p, the pricing of the offering. The fee on the deal is 0.1 percent, or GBP 28.1 (5k shares x 562p x 0.1 percent).

A trading deficit is measured this way:

Loss on trade
Exiting rate562p
Entering rate548p
Trading loss: 14p x 5k = GBP 700

Measuring Results

You will have to measure the fee you cashed out and the interest and dividend changes to determine the deal’s net return. In this case, you kept the position for sixty-six days, receiving a cumulative interest allowance of, for example, GBP 192. A dividend change of GBP 350 was debited to you.

The general outcome in trading now is loss, shown further down:

General results
Trading loss(GBP 700)
Fee(GBP 55.5)
Interest changeGBP 192
Dividend change(GBP 350)
General trading loss = (GBP 913.5)