Understanding Trading

CFD Trading Costs

Learn about CFD costs here. Including when you’ll pay CFD commission, which markets are free of commission, how overnight financing works and more.

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  • Commission vs. the spread
  • Overnight financing
  • Rolling CFD futures
  • CFD commission vs the spread

    There are two ways to be charged when you open or close a CFD trade, either a commission or through the spread. Which method you’ll use depends on the asset class you’re trading:

    • Indices, currencies, commodities, and bonds are commission free. You only pay the spread on these markets
    • Share CFDs are subject to commission charges. This commission charge is based on the overall value of the trade

    What is CFD commission?

    CFD commission is typically charged when opening and closing a contract for difference (CFD) position on equities. The amount of commission you’ll pay depends on where you share is listed. There is also a minimum commission charge in place. For most equities, the charges are as follows:

    UK Shares 0.1% (£10 minimum)
    European Shares 0.1% (25 EUR minimum)
    US Shares 0.15% (25 USD minimum)

    You can also find commission details for any asset on the Market 360 tab in the FOREX.com platform.

    CFD commission example

    Say, for instance, that you want to buy 250 Walmart CFDs when the stock is at $135. The total value of your position is (200 * $135) €27,000, and Walmart has a commission of 0.15%, so you’d pay (0.15% of $27,000) $40.5.

    CFD Commissions Example

    If you only wanted to trade 100 CFDs, meanwhile, then you’d pay the minimum commission of $25.

    Spreads with CFDs

    FOREX.com quotes a two-way price on all our markets, a bid price and an offer price.

    • You trade at the bid to sell a market
    • You trade at the offer to buy a market

    The spread is the difference between the sell and the buy prices. On commission-free asset classes,  the spread is in effect your cost of trading the market. The tighter the spread, the quicker the trade can potentially move into profit-earning territory.

    On share CFDs, the spread simply reflects the difference between the buy and sell prices of the underlying market.

    Overnight CFD financing

    Overnight financing is a charge that you pay to hold a CFD position open for more than a single day. Essentially, it is an interest payment to cover the cost of the leverage that you use overnight. You may also see this referred to as your cost of carry.

    There is no financing charge for CFDs with expiry dates (forwards). Instead, these contracts have wider spreads as the cost of carry has been incorporated into the price.

    Overnight financing is charged at the relevant base rate of your instrument +2.5% on long positions. You will alternatively ‘receive’ the rate -2.5% on short positions. The percentage will be calculated based on the size of your trade at end of the day, and divided by 365 to get a daily rate.

    These are the rate benchmarks for markets in priced EUR, GBP, JPY, SGD and USD:

    EUR €STR

    However, when underlying interest rates are low a daily financing fee is charged rather than paid to you on short positions.

    CFD financing example

    You decide to buy three CFDs on the UK 100 at 7310. The trade is doing well and its price has increased to 7340 by the end of the day. However, it is still some way from your target price of 7380. You decide to keep the position open overnight.

    The value of your position at close is (7340 * 3) 22,020. To calculate your overnight financing, you add 2.5% to the current SONIA rate, multiply that percentage by 22,020, then divide that figure by 365.

    If SONIA is 0.25%, then:

    • 25% + 2.5% is 2.75%
    • 75% * 22,020 is 605.55
    • 55/365 is £1.65
    • Your overnight financing charge is £1.65

    CFD Overnight Financing

    Guaranteed stop loss orders

    There is no charge for placing standard orders such as stops and limits. There is, however, a charge for using a guaranteed stop loss order (GSLO).

    These are charged if your GSLO triggers and are non-refundable.

    Rolling CFD futures

    When futures contracts are near to expiry, you can, if you wish, roll your trade into the following contract. You can do this by selecting the auto–roll tick box in the order ticket. You’ll pay half the spread to carry out this transaction.

    • If you’re going long, your position will be closed at the mid-price and re-opened in the next contract at the buy price
    • If you’re going short, your position will be closed at the mid-price and opened again at the sell price in the following month

    It’s cheaper to roll over to the next contract than to close the trade yourself and then reopen it. This is because when closing and opening a trade manually, you pay the full spread, whereas by "rolling over" you only pay half.

    For example, you have decided to roll over your long March CFD position in Company XYZ into the next contract.

    Futures Contract Rollover

    At the time of the rollover the March price is 630 / 635 and the June price is 640 / 645. Your long CFD position is closed at the March mid-price of 633 and then automatically reopened at the June buy price of 645. 

    Any P&L as a result of a Futures contract trade is registered on your account automatically. 

    Had you closed the trade yourself, you would have closed at 630, before reopening at 645, therefore paying a wider spread.