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Why Barclays CFDs?

Barclays CFDs brings you:

  • A wide range of markets– A Barclays CFD trading account offers you access to over 10,000 global financial markets, allowing you to trade shares, indices, currencies, commodities, interest rates and sectors.
  • A superior trading experience – real time trading from a fully customisable online and mobile trading interface.
  • Professional level charting- lets you trade directly from charts, so you can perform in-depth analysis and place trades on the same screen.
  • 24 hour client service – dedicated live support from our CFD specialists, 24 hours a day, 5 days a week.

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What are the costs of trading CFDs?

Commission rates start from 0.15% on some UK equities, full details of commission rates on all markets can be found in our Key Service Features [PDF, 1.11MB] document.

In addition to commission if you hold a position overnight financing charges may be applied to positions that have no set expiry

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What are the risks associated with CFD dealing?

CFDs carry a high level of risk to your capital and you should only trade with money you can afford to lose. The value of investments can fall as well as rise and you may lose significantly more than your initial margin payment. If you want to trade CFDs, you will be asked to indicate your understanding by reading and completing the Risk Warning Notice as part of your account application; you may also be required to complete an appropriateness assessment.

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When trading CFDs what is meant by margin deposit?

CFDs are a leveraged trading product and as such you are required to put down a margin deposit to open a trade. Margin deposits do vary depending on the underlying asset, margin deposits on UK 100 equities are typically set around 10%.

If you wanted to open a CFDs trade valued £20,000 you would have a notional margin requirement of £2,000.

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What is meant by 'going long' buying a CFD?

CFD trading allows you to Go Long (buy) if you think price of an underlying asset will rise in value, or Go Short (sell) if you think the price of an underlying asset will fall.

So, if you believe that a company or market will increase in value in the short term, you can use CFDs to open a buy today, and you will make your profit with any rise in price in the underlying asset.

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What is meant by 'going short' selling a CFD?

CFD trading allows you to Go Short (sell) if you think price of an underlying asset will fall in value, or Go Long (buy) if you think the price of an underlying asset will rise.

So, if you believe that a company or market will experience a loss of value in the short term, you can use CFDs open a sell today, and you will make your profit with any fall in price in the underlying asset.

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What order types are available on CFDs?

Barclays CFDs offers a number of ways to manage your risk:

  • Stop orders
  • Stop loss orders
  • Guaranteed stop loss orders
  • Limit orders
  • Opening orders

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Do I need to have another Barclays Stockbrokers account in order to open a CFD account?

No. You can open a Barclays: CFD account without holding any other Barclays Stockbrokers products or accounts.

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Do I need a separate login for my CFD account?

Yes, your CFD login details will be provided once your account has been opened.

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Do my CFD trades count towards my nominee deal count?

No. CFD trades do not count towards your nominee deal count.

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What does the term LIBOR mean?

LIBOR (London Inter-Bank Offered Rate) is the bank rate at which banks offer to lend money to each other compiled by the British Bankers Association.

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What happens if I have insufficient funds in my account to maintain the 79.99% of the margin used for my CFD positions?

This may result in the closure of all positions on your account.

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What can I trade using a Barclays CFD account?

Barclays CFDs offers access to thousands of asset types including UK, US and European equities, stock indices, industrial sectors, commodities and currencies.

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Can overseas residents open a CFD account?

Yes, please call the CFD helpdesk on 0845 355 0802* or +44 20 7550 4773* to discuss in more detail.

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What are the dealing hours for Barclays CFDs?

You have access to continuous trading 24 hours a day, from Sunday night through to Friday night on the leading stock indices, commodities and currencies therefore allowing you to quickly respond to market developments even when the underlying markets are closed.

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Do I receive dividends on my CFD account?

If a dividend is paid on the underlying share, at the time of holding a CFD position then a cash adjustment is made to your account to reflect this.

For example, if you were long (holding a buy) on BP and it was paying a 5p dividend, holders of long positions would be paid 5p per nominal CFD held (less withholding tax, if applicable) and holders of short positions would be charged 5p per nominal CFD held.

This offsets the change in price which occurs when a share goes ex-dividend.

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Can I trade CFDs by telephone?

Yes, you can trade CFDs by telephone during the relevant opening hours.

Please call the trading desk on: 0845 355 0803*

International: +44 20 7550 4772*

Sunday 20.00 - Friday 21.15 GMT

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What are Contract For Difference (CFD) accounts?

CFDs (Contracts for Difference) are an agreement between you and a broker to exchange, at the closing of the contract, the difference between the opening and closing prices, multiplied by the number of shares in the contract.

When trading CFDs, you don’t own the underlying asset; you only have indirect access to the price performance.

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Can I transfer money from my existing Barclays Stockbroker accounts to my CFD account?

Yes, call our Client Service Team on 0800 279 6551* / 0141 352 3909* to transfer funds or to discuss in more detail.

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CFDs and Financial Spread Trading carry a high level or risk to your capital and you should only deal with money you can afford to lose. The value of investments can fall as well as rise and you may lose significantly more than your initial margin payment. We do not recommend that trading in these products is suitable for all types of investor. We recommend that you consult an independent financial advisor if you are uncertain whether they are right for you.

Barclays CFDs are provided by GAIN Capital UK Ltd. All dealing, administration and settlement is carried out by them.

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CFDs and Financial Spread Trading carry a high level or risk to your capital and you should only deal with money you can afford to lose. The value of investments can fall as well as rise and you may lose significantly more than your initial margin payment. We do not recommend that trading in these products is suitable for all types of investor. We recommend that you consult an independent financial advisor if you are uncertain whether they are right for you.

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