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CFD is a contract that binds the buyer and the seller in order to pay the difference between opening and closing value of the underlying in cash when the contract is ended. When it comes to choosing a CFD broker suitable for your trade, you need to understand that it is not only about reducing CFD trading costs. The broker will allow you to trade the way you want to trade and they even allow you to trade during after market hours. The broker must also be able to trade a sufficient number of CFDs long and short. You also need to consider trades with leverage. The many opportunities to go short are among the attractive advantages of CFD online trade. The best providers can minimize the cost of CFD trading which includes spread widening, commission, interest costs, and slippage. You should note that minimizing the expenses is a sure way to maximize your profits. Many private traders and investors are turning to this option because it is flexible as a trade instrument. This option offers the traders the capability to go long or short, leverage their trades, and even hedge existing positions at a fraction of the cost of conventional share trade. Different from the conventional share trade where you have to pay the full amount of the shares value, CFD trading allows you to make small payments of about 10% of the underlying asset value through your broker to guarantee that you meet the requirements of the contract. This is known as the margin, referred to with the traders, and which you are required to maintain at all times. You should note that if the trade goes wrong, then you will be required to pay more money to restore your margin obligations. The main benefit of CFDs is that they can be sold or bought back at any time with the value set by the stock market. In order to understand the CFD trading, you should look at it as buying shares with a short term loan from your broker. Therefore, you get a loan and pay the interest on the borrowed amount on a daily basis. However, when you terminate the contract you pay off the remaining costs and pocket the profits. With the CFD as a leveraged trading instrument, your profits are magnified and the same applies to your losses as well and you can lose more than your initial margin. CFD is also a platform to easily use with charting package, educational materials, market news and analysis. Some of the providers offer a 6 week starter training package where you get some training modules and start off with an option to trade on lower stakes if you want to. This will give you an opportunity to learn, receive and get used to the trade platform. There are several CFD providers that you can choose from and the best is a reputable broker who will give you the best services and trade platforms. You also need to consider one that constantly upgrades their services and trade platforms in order to offer their clients the best services. The internet is a useful resource that can help you come up with the best provider, and you can review their features, rate and stock CFDS and markets beforehand.