Trade CFDs online

From commodities like gold and oil to indices and crypto, trading CFDs online with Axi lets you access the most dynamic sectors of the global economy. Learn how to trade CFDs and understand how CFD trading works

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Why trade CFDs online with Axi?

CFD trading follows the fortunes of the world's most valuable commodities – like gold and silver, plus indices and cryptocurrencies - and has long been a popular form of investment. With Axi, you can access this world of opportunities with margin as low as 1%, no brokerage fees and no commission on standard accounts.

50+ CFDs Instruments

50+ CFDs Instruments

Access to commodities, indices, cryptocurrency and more

500:1 Leverage

500:1 Leverage

Trade CFDs online with 500:1 leverage

Zero commission

Zero commission

Deposit and withdraw anytime, with $0 commission

Competitive spreads from 0.0 pips

Competitive spreads from 0.0 pips

Super competitive spreads with ultra fast execution speed

Ability to open long & short positions

Ability to open long & short positions

Take advantage when your asset price falls or rises

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What is CFD Trading?

A Contract for Difference (CFD) is a popular form of derivative trading whose value comes from the movement of an underlying asset. CFDs are a popular gateway for investors to enter the financial markets and trade a range of well-known assets.

CFD trading is simply speculating on the rising or falling prices of global financial markets – different types of CFDs include indices, commodities, metals or shares. A CFD trade is basically a contract between an investor and a broker to settle on the difference in the value of a financial asset or instrument for the duration of the contract. At the time of closing the contract (a trade), if the price is higher than the opening price, the buyer will profit. The seller has to pay the buyer, the difference, and that will be the buyer’s profit. The opposite is true if the trade price is lower than the opening price.

How do CFDs work?

There are two prices to look for in a CFD trade: buy price and sell price. Which one you choose will depend on whether you think the price will rise or fall.

  • Long position: A long position takes place when a trader places a BUY trade. Here, the trader expects the asset value will rise over time. The trader will BUY at a low price but SELL once the price rises.
  • Short position: A short position happens when the trader feels there will be a decline in the value of the asset and selects a SELL position. However, the trader intends to buy the contract back at a later stage when the value of the asset increases, thereby profiting from the entire exchange.

Consider this example: You see that GOLD.fs is currently priced at USD$1,720.15, and you speculate that its value will increase. To make a profit, you would open a ‘long’ position on the CFD at the current buy price. At the time of contract closing the price of GOLD.fs has risen to USD$1,801.32, and the CFD position has earned profit! If the price had decreased below the initial buy price, you would have suffered a loss.

What markets can I trade with CFDs?

Axi provides access to a wide range of markets, featuring 50+ instruments to trade as CFDs. Whether you’re trading for the first time or looking for new ways to diversify your investment portfolio, CFDs can open a world of opportunities. For full details, please refer to Axi’s product schedule where you will find details about each instrument, including initial margin rate, spreads, min and max trade size.

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Share CFDs

Access the world’s most popular stocks from the US, UK and Europe, when you trade share CFDs with zero commission and competitive prices.

Share CFDs


Trace the performance of benchmark indexes like the DOW and S&P500, and benefit by trading on their index CFDs as they rise and fall.



Track and trade the movements of the most important commodity CFDs in the global economy, from metals to energy to agricultural products.



Embrace the digital currency revolution with a range of popular cryptocurrency CFDs, including trading Bitcoin and Ethereum.



Follow the volatility and find opportunities by trading oil CFDs, one of the world’s most essential and widely traded commodities.


Precious Metals

Trade CFDs on some of the oldest and most trusted precious metal commodities in gold, silver, copper, platinum, and metal crosses.


Most popular CFDs to trade


For a complete overview of all CFD instruments available and what time zone they are active in, check out the product schedule.

Open a CFD trading account

  1. Open a free live trading account
  2. Add funds by depositing into your account
  3. Monitor the market and choose the CFD instrument you want to trade

Find out more about trading CFDs with Axi or discover the right trading account type for you: standard, pro or swap-free trading account.

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Benefits of CFD trading

New to CFD trading? Discover how Axi helps give you an edge.

Go long or short

Go short if you think prices will go down, or go long if you think prices will rise

Small initial capital

Get started by depositing only a small fraction of the actual trade size on each CFD transaction

Tax efficient asset

CFDs are tax-efficient in some countries, due to a lack of stamp duty because you don’t own the underlying asset

Hedge your portfolio

Many traders use CFDs as an effective way to hedge an existing physical portfolio

24/7 Accessibility

Trade anywhere, anytime using advanced web and mobile platforms to stay connected with the market

Zero fees or charges

Because you don't physically own the assets you trade, you don't have to pay exchange fees

CFD trading platforms and tools

Experience contract for difference trading online the way it was meant to be – intuitive, fast and portable. When finding the right trading platform to trade CFDs, these are the ultimate tools to consider.

MetaTrader 4

MetaTrader 4 is the smart choice for online traders everywhere who are looking for a trading edge. Simple for beginners and full of advanced functions for professionals, the MT4 platform helps you unlock unlimited trading possibilities.

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Built to utilise Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, PsyQuation is a highly advanced trading analytics platform designed to reduce your trading mistakes and provide powerful performance analytics.

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Autochartist continuously scans the market for customised trade opportunities, based on realtime pricing and your specific trade setups, then alerts you to potential trades.

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Discover more markets to trade with Axi

Choose from a variety of global markets to trade with Axi, using ultra competitive spreads and flexible leverage to trade your edge.

CFD trading FAQs

A CFD represents the price movement of an asset and the investor gets a clear picture of the value changes that happen during the duration of holding the position open.

When a trader agrees to a futures contract, they agree to buy or sell the underlying asset at a determined price and date in the future. It is a contract that will be executed in the future and the set price will stay unchanged, irrespective of the value movement of the asset. The buyer of a futures contract has to compulsorily execute the underlying asset when the contract expires. Consequently, the seller of the contract/deal has the obligation to provide the asset at the decided date.

Futures operate on prices established by the markets as they are traded on exchanges. On the other hand, CFDs work on prices established by the broker. Thus, the integrity of price is expected to be higher in the case of futures, when compared with CFDs.

Simply put, futures can be considered a less flexible and more structured alternative to CFDs.

CFDs can be traded by those who have a good understanding of how the market and product works. Traders need to have basic knowledge about terms like margin calls, leverage, long and short calls, and the understanding that you can lose more money than you put in, speed of stock market trading, and asset behaviour to a certain extent. The key calculation is understanding how a profit or loss can be made.

Traders need to be educated to gain a solid understanding of the markets and create a thoroughly researched trading strategy that is personalized to their needs. To learn more about trading CFDs, the Axi Academy has several guides, eBooks and webinars to get you up to speed.

Leverage is a loan provided to traders that makes it possible for them to buy and sell trading instruments with less initial capital needed. Depending on your region, Axi offers up to 500:1 leverage for standard trading accounts. You can choose to take lower leverage if you like.

However, when you apply leverage to a trade, the potential exists to lose more than the amount you have deposited in your trading account. In general, the greater the leverage, the higher the potential returns but the higher the potential losses may be.

The date post which the CFD contract matures is the CFD contract rollover date. A futures contract's expiration date serves as the last day you can trade that particular contract. Before contract expiration, a futures trader has three options: Offsetting or liquidating the position, Settlement, or Rollover. A rollover is when a trader moves their position from the front-month contract (close to the expiration date) to another contract date further in the future, to avoid the costs or obligations associated with the settlement of the contracts. Contract rollovers are profit neutral.

The minimum trade size for Standard and pro accounts with Axi is 0.01 lots. This number can change however depending on the instrument you are trading.

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