In the world of finance There are several financial terms and products that it is costly to figure out just from their name alone. In this case, we are going to talk about contracts for difference.
Characteristics of CFDs on the Stock Market
Contracts for difference or CFD (contract for differences), is a contract that is agreed between the investor and the financial institution or bróker whereby the latter buys securities or bonds on the stock market and finances them. This means that those who want to invest will only contribute something that will be part of the total operation.
The CFD acts like the shares in the bag; once we want to obtain the profitability of the product, we will have to sell it. The difference between the purchase price and the sale price will be the profit we obtain. Although it works the same as stocks, we can conclude that the management of the capital invested in it is more optimized.
In addition, since it is not necessary to deposit the total capital to acquire the CFD asset, the investment will have a level of leverage proportional to the amount of guarantee that investors leave for each operation.
Although this can generate controversy. A leverage can multiply the benefits, but also the losses. Therefore, it is very important that, when contracting a CFD, we look at the level of leverage it has, to avoid losing money with the purchase of the asset. This can be avoided if you have an exhaustive control of the market in which you operate.
The CFD contract must specify all the possibilities that may happen to it, such as bilateral trading, listing in non-regulated markets, counterparty risk, etc ... It is important that the entity in which said financial product is acquired informs us well of the positions and negotiations that we must formalize in the event that any of the above occurs.