Contracts for difference (CFDs)

Looking for a competitive CFD trading account?

We've compiled a table of the leading CFD providers. Here you can easily compare the different offers, and apply for a CFD trading account right away.

Company Commission from Leverage ratio 1: Trade min Account Min 24 Hour trading Demo account Apply

London Capital Group

No Commission 1-300 £0.10 £0
Y
yes
Y
yes
Apply

Saxo Capital Markets

0.1% 40 1 contract £6,000
Y
yes
Y
yes
Apply

Core Spreads

0% 100 0.01 £0
Y
yes
Y
yes
Apply

CMC Markets

0.10% (or 2 cents on US & Canadian shares) 200:1 0.01 units £0
Y
yes
Y
yes
Apply

Spread Co

SpreadCo
Free of commission 100 1 contract £0
Y
yes
Y
yes
Apply

InterTrader

InterTrader copmany logo
0.05% 300 1 contract £0
Y
yes
Y
yes
Apply

IG Markets

0.1% (UK shares) 30:1 UK
30:1 EU ESMA
200:1 Australia
25% of normal minimum bet £0.20 (Wall Street) £250
Y
yes
Y
yes
Apply

ETX Capital

No commission on MT4 1:200 £0.10 £100
Y
yes
Y
yes
Apply

Colmex Pro

0.5 Cent per Share 1:12 – 1:20 1 Share $250
N
no
Y
yes
Apply

City Index

0.01% n/a 25p £0
Y
yes
Y
yes
Apply

Selftrade

0.15% 200 1 contract £0
Y
yes
Y
yes

NatWest

0.2% 200 1 contract £200
Y
yes
N
no

XTB

0.10% 10 1 contract £500
Y
yes
Y
yes

GFT

0.1% 200 1 contract £120
Y
yes
Y
yes

Internaxx

0.15% 10 1 contract £0
N
no
Y
yes

RBS

0.2% 200 1 contract £200
Y
yes
N
no

TD Waterhouse

0.2% 200 1 contract £0
N
no
N
no

CSS Investments

0.08% 10 £5 £5000
Y
yes
Y
yes

Accendo Markets

0.1% 50 1 contract £0
Y
yes
Y
yes

FP Markets

0.08% 100 1 contract £1,000
Y
yes
Y
yes

Gekko

0% 200 £0.10 £0
Y
yes
Y
yes

Capital CFDs

0.05% 300 1 contract £0
Y
yes
Y
yes

Barclays

0.2% 100 £50,000 £5,000
Y
yes
N
no


Important information about this page: We've done our utmost to make this table as comprehensive as possible, including as many service providers as we can. We provide this free of charge. In order to fund this service we make it easy to apply directly from this page to providers that may give our group a referral fee should you choose to use their service. Rest assured this does not affect the cost to you for using any of these service providers. We do not recommend a particular service and you should always select the service that's right for you. We regularly check the accuracy of the information in the tables, however if you spot something that is not correct or feel there is a leading service provider missing, please contact us.


CFDs explained

CFDs are similar to spread betting in that you can bet on stock price movements without having to actually own the shares. The key difference is that spread betting is considered a form of gambling, so is free from capital gains tax and stamp duty, but CFDs are only free from stamp duty.

What is CFD trading?

For experienced, frequent traders in financial markets, contracts for difference (CFDs) are an increasingly popular alternative to spread betting. Find out what they are here.

Should you consider CFDs?

Contracts for difference (CFDs) can be an alternative to spread betting. While these methods are similar, here are some important differences.

CFDs: A useful alternative to spread bets

While spread betting is a popular and powerful tool, more experienced traders will often use contracts for difference (CFDs) instead. Here's how they work.

Are CFDs better than spread bets?

According to a recent survey, 62% of contract for difference (CFD) traders claim gains in the last twelve months, compared to just 50% of spread betters. So should you switch to CFDs?