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Your CFD Guide

A CFD is a contract on an underlying asset (for example, a share, commodity or currency) to pay or receive the difference between the opening price and the closing price of the underlying asset.

CFDs, the main features:

  • No stamp duty on CFD positions*
  • Go long or short on your chosen market
  • Lower outlay – open a share CFD position for as little as 20% margin
  • No position expiry
  • Deal at market prices, with no added spread

CFDs allow you to trade in the financial markets without actually owning the underlying asset on which the CFD is based.

You can make money from CFDs whether the market (e.g. a share price) moves up or down. This is known as ‘going long’ (making money when the market goes up) and ‘going short’ (making money when the market declines). Of course, if the market moves against you (e.g. it goes down when you went long) you’ll make a loss, much like conventional types of trading.

If you’re ready to start trading CFDs, visit our account application page.

There are some significant reasons why people chose to use CFDs over other forms of trading. Some of these are listed below:

  • No need to deposit the entire amount of a trade: When using CFDs, you are not required to deposit the total notional value of the trade into your account prior to execution. You can trade on margins as low as 20% for UK equities. For example, if you are looking to take a position of £10,000 in an equity position with a 20% margin requirement, you are only required to deposit £2000.
  • No fixed market direction: You are able to trade on stocks going up or down (i.e. go long and short), meaning that you are able to make money if you correctly predict the decline of a certain stock. Of course, if it goes the other way, you’ll incur a loss.
  • No expiry date: CFDs do not have an expiry date, meaning you can hold the contract for as long as you want.
  • Access to Level 2 Trading Data: When using CFDs, you have access to Level 2 data. This gives you up-to-date information on market sentiment and trading volumes.
  • Live Prices: Our platforms allow you to trade CFDs, at market prices, with no added spread.
  • No Stamp Duty: CFDs are increasingly popular in the UK as they are not currently subject to stamp duty*. This contrasts with traditional share trading, where you are required to pay 0.5% per transaction (in the UK).

A CFD Example

  • After receiving our daily research updates, you believe that the shares in Vodafone will rise from 260p a share to 300p a share.
  • You call your dedicated Accendo Markets trader and inform him of what you believe will happen to Vodafone shares. You decide to enter the market when the price reaches 250p a share, so a limit order is placed at 250p – this means you’ll enter the position automatically if the price hits this level.
  • You ask to purchase 4000 shares at 250p. Once the order is filled, you want to place a stop-loss at 240p and a limit at 300p.
  • You are informed that the margin requirement for Vodafone is 20%, meaning that you are only required to have £2000 in your account in order to execute the trade. In practice, you may decide to put more into your account to provide a ‘buffer’.
  • A day later your trader calls you to inform you that the stock is at 275p a share. Your trader will never advise you to sell the stock. However, they may inform you of trade progress and allow you to decide whether you would like to continue holding the contract or close the trade and take your profit.
  • After a week of holding the contract your trader calls you to inform you that the stock has reach 300p a share. You had a limit in place at 300p, so a profit was automatically realised at this level.
  • Of course, this is an example of a profitable trade. If the stock had moved in the other direction, you would have realised the equivalent loss.

You may decide to place the trade on your CFD trading platform, rather than with your broker. Either way, we won’t charge you extra for telephone dealing.

If you’re ready to start trading CFDs, visit our account application page.

*Under current UK tax law. Tax laws may be subject to change.

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Spread bets and CFDs are complex instruments and come with a high risk of losing money rapidly due to leverage.
Spread bets and CFDs are complex instruments and come with a high risk of losing money rapidly due to leverage. 76% of retail investor accounts lose money when spread betting and/or trading CFDs with this provider. You should consider whether you understand how spread bets and CFDs work and whether you can afford to take the high risk of losing your money.

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I have found Accendo staff very helpful,,and informed. I have traded with you for some years now and have no regrets. Keep up the good work!

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Shaun D

since signing up for Accendo I have had two traders, Mark and Sam. I have found both of these to be very informative about how CFD's work and they have made it very easy for me. Since working with Sam (last four months) my trading knowledge has improved and I can make more informative decisions about which Company's to invest with. Keep up the good work Sam.

Posted 4 years ago


I am very happy with the service I get from Accendo Markets and in particular Amrit Panesar. He is very professional and pleasant to speak to and this counts for a lot.

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Shreekant P

Its a good site for dealing stocks worldwide and having good staff.

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Nick W

Krishan Appiah is one of the most dedicated / informative broker I have ever had.

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Thomas I

Since I have been trading with Accendo Markets I have experienced much greater success than has been my experience with other trading companies mainly due to the help given by, what I consider to be my terminal with the trading floor, Mark, who has been most helpful in reminding me of the progress of my positions throughout the day and keeping me in touch with those positions so that I can more easily make successful trades when appropriate instead of missing out on opportunities through lack of attention. He draws my attention to the situations and enables me to make profitable trades. I am very happy with the situation at the moment and am enjoying the experience. Thomas Irving.

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Kartik A

Accendo markets keep me connected with the market and its very well followed by Mr. Krishan Appiah ,which helps me to take certain decision on time.

Posted 4 years ago

Peter p

I have been trading with Accendo Markets and James Abbott my account manager for coming on 5 years now, James Abbott the senior trader of Accendo Markets provides me with up to minute information when I need it and find him very easy and professional to deal with. Whenever I need to trade or am not sure about anything James is always their to help with any queries I may have. The Accendo Platform I find very easy to use and navigate although it has been slightly changed over the years but definitely for the better. Personal when I do trade 90% of the time, I rather telephone call to place my trade dealings and if James is not there to take my call I find others at Accendo like Sam, Lee take my trades and are. All in all everyone at Accendo Markets are amazing to deal with and my relationship with Accendo is just as I like it. Peter Petrou

Posted 4 years ago

Mrs. J

"Our Trader, Aymen Azizi, has been nothing but attentive to our every need throughout our long relationship with him. No issue is too small, full explanations on all our questions."

Posted 5 years ago

Brian R

I have been with Accendo for a long time now, ten or twelve year's, probably more . As I told Sam (my trader) I thought that CFDs were better than sex . I stopped trading for a few years and only started back about a couple of months ago. But it is as if I had never been gone , so to speak. Sam has helped me every step of the way, at my age one forgets things. I have only praise for Accendo and as far as I am concerned the platform is the best . Now I am back trading at 71 years of age, I might even try sex again. Brian Robertson.

Posted 5 years ago

Jim W

I understand how to make a profit with CFDs. I am restricted by the range of companies I have knowledge of. Although, I am not sure that is a big problem. Tom Robertson is a very fine man.

Posted 5 years ago

Rebekah S

Well, I would not be trading without the help of my trader, Sam Alnakkash. He provided a really great overview of Accendo Markets, an insight into trading in general and how to get started in trading online. His advice, support and training has been fantastic all along the way, enabling me to start trading earlier than I would have done had I not had the support. He has also been very adept at understanding me as a client in order to help me achieve my trading goals. I still have a lot to learn and hope I will get there.

Posted 5 years ago

Nick z

I like the updates on shares I trade. Updates from Bloomberg and Reuters plus industry updates and breaking news. I've had Matt Grice and James Abbott and found both to be excellent. I would like to continue a personal service with James. He understands how and which stocks I trade.

Posted 5 years ago

Steve O

Excellent, knowledgable broker interaction and communication, coupled with very good research and analysis.

Posted 5 years ago

William P

Being new to direct trading I needed help and was given all the time and advice that I needed to feel fully able to make decisions on what I wanted to invest in. I asked for and got exactly the type of info I required provided by Tom Cook, who I would recommend to anyone looking for help.

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Mr. W

I have been dealing with accendo for the past 8 years my broker Amrit I find him very helpful when he is there lol and had many offers to change but will not do it Bill Roberts

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Zoran N

Very good all round service! Timely market information. (charts + trends coverage ) On the ball accounts managers ,quickly available and alert . Part of my success owed to my personal manager Mr Sam Springet , than you.

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Mr Brian C

Easy to deal with.....

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Muhammed S

Accendo markets are great for trading cfds and their research is second to none! Aymen manages my account is extremely helpful and always keeps me updated on market info. Thanks again

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Always available, whenever I call I get straight through to someone that can and will help. The staff are very knowledgeable, helpful and easy to talk to.

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Stephen B

Aymen Azizi keeps an eye on what is happening in the market and informs me with timely relevancy, email call, and txt.

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