The value of your investments can go down as well as up. Losses can exceed deposits on margin products. Please ensure you understand the risks.

The value of your investments can go down as well as up. Losses can exceed deposits on margin products. Please ensure you understand the risks.

Trade flexibly with CFDs

CFDs – Contracts for Difference – are one of the most versatile financial instruments available.

CFDs allow you to trade on price movements without ownership of the underlying asset. You can profit from falling as well as rising markets, and use CFDs both defensively – to hedge your positions – or more assertively for prospecting. Trade with up to 40:1 leverage, increasing market exposure while limiting capital requirements. Remember though that as a result of using leverage any losses incurred are magnified.

CFDs are available on a broad range of underlying assets with Saxo, including individual stocks, indices, commodities and more.


What is a CFD?

CFDs, or Contracts for Difference, allow you to invest in the performance of a vast range of securities and asset classes such as shares, indices like the the UK 100 and commodities such as gold – but without having to actually purchase or own the underlying asset.

CFD trading allows you to take a position on the future value of an asset whether you think it will go up or down.  CFDs are a leveraged product meaning that you only have to put down a small deposit to gain much larger market exposure.

Leverage brings both significant benefits and risk - your money can go further but you can also lose more than your deposits.

To learn more, click on the link below. 

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What is a CFD?
Why trade CFDs with Saxo?

Tight spreads & DMA Access

Our CFD pricing is competitive, straightforward and transparent. This is combined with execution on a Direct Market Access (DMA) basis, where all orders are routed to regulated markets and other liquidity venues via smart order routing.

Global Access

Saxo offers a broad range of CFDs, global reach and exposure to the most important markets, all via a single account. Clients benefit from the liquidity of the underlying market in single stocks and ETFs.

Cross-Device technology

CFDs are a fast-moving investment instrument. To trade CFDs in the most efficient way you need a platform that is available across devices. Our HTML-based SaxoTraderGO allows you to trade when and where you need to. 

40:1 Leverage

Get the same market exposure as traditional stock trading but on less capital. Trade with up to 40:1 leverage to increase the opportunities and possibilities open to you.

Stock Indices

With index-tracking CFDs you can trade 29 indices like the UK100, US500 and Germany 30 on real-time prices. This gives you more cost-efficient market exposure than trading individual shares. Get up to 40x leverage (2,5% margin requirement), competitive Bid/Ask spreads and no additional commissions.

CFD Single Stocks

Trade APPLE, GOOGLE, BARCLAYS and 8,840 other single stocks on the world’s leading exchanges. Since CFDs are traded on margin, you’re able to capitalise from even small market movements if the market moves with you. Selected markets with low margin requirements allow you to leverage your deposits up to 10x (a 10% margin requirement).

Forex, Bonds and ETFs

You can also trade FX and bonds as CFDs: all costs are built into the spread, there are no commissions, as little as 2% margin requirement and a minimum trade size of 5,000 notional value for FX or 50x the index for Bonds. Trade 675 ETFs (Exchange Traded Funds) as CFDs on margin and gain the ability to short sell if you believe their price will fall.


Select from the most liquid commodity markets within energy, agriculture, metals, softs and emissions available, and get direct exposure to the underlying commodity with all the CFD features. And with Saxo there are no commissions on commodity CFDs and you’re not constrained by pre-defined lot sizes - so you can trade 25 barrels of oil instead of the futures minimum trade size of 1,000 barrels.


Additional CFD Features

Fixed spreads on Index Trackers

Saxo clients can experience consistently low spreads when trading CFD Indices during the main trading hours. For the most popular Indices, the Bid/Ask spread will be equal to the minimum target spread in approx. 99% of the quote updates during the opening hours of the underlying cash market.*

Intraday Margin on Indices

Saxo offers Intraday Margin on our most popular Index CFDs, lowering the margin requirements by 50%. That means you will have twice the trading capacity when trading Index CFD such as the UK 100, Germany 30 or US 500 during the index’s intraday session.

Direct Market Access

Access to Single Stock CFDs with Saxo are transparent and benefit from significant underlying liquidity, given that the hedging is always executed on a pure Direct Market Access (DMA) basis, where all orders are routed to regulated markets and other liquidity venues via smart order routing.

Algorithmic Orders

Algorithmic Orders are especially useful for larger or more advanced single stock CFD orders. They use algorithmic equations to independently execute order transactions most efficiently, according to the client’s chosen strategy. They can also break down an order into smaller parts to avoid showing the full size of the order.

Stocks as Margin Collateral

When trading CFDs you can use a percentage of your Stocks, ETFs or Bonds value as margin collateral and increase your market exposure.

*Based on the Bid/Ask spread of all CFD index trackers (with fixed spreads enabled) during trading hours. Measured on 01/09/2016. Please note that fixed spreads only apply under normal market conditions and up to a certain trade size. Visit our pricing section for more information.

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Rates and conditions

Low trade commissions on single stock CFDs.

If you execute 100 trades or more per calendar month on Single Stock CFDs, ETFs and Stocks you'll qualify for an Active Pricing Plan with our competitive rates.

*Terms & conditions apply.

As low as5 GBPper trade*

* Example of lowest pricing available in local market. Lowest price will differ by region depending on the local exchange(/s). Please check applicable pricing in your market by selecting your country website in the top navigation, and clicking the appropriate flag.

The Saxo Academy – sharpen your skills

CFDs are not just about leveraged exposure or hedging a trade.

They are a way of fine-tuning risk and return in your investments. Here you can learn the basics of CFDs, find out about their uses in a greater context, and what they can do to help you reach your goals.

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Trade Responsibly

Key Information Documents

All trading carries risk. To help you understanding the risks involved we have put together a series of Key Information Documents (KIDs) highlighting the risks and rewards related to each product. Read more

Additional Key Information Documents are available in our trading platform.


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