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CFD Trading??

Hello all,

My background is futures trading (prop firms for 2+ years and energy futures for 2+ years) executing through CQG and TT X_Trader pro direct to the exchange. I understand trading, markets and risk but I do not understand CFDs, are they real markets? Can you trade them and make money in the long term or are they rigged in some way for the house? I have searched all over the internet but have struggled to find credible information; it all looks very much like a scam. Can someone point me in the right direction please?

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Advantages:

1. high leverage 1:50 maybe even higher

2. most of the companies offering CFD are registered on Cyprus or other offshore locations, so you don't have to pay taxes

3. it's better than Forex because prices are still taken from the exchange, so if you think they closed your position unexpectedly you can dispute this

Disadantages: 

1. CFD means that you don't own real stock share, but rather bet against the price grow or fall, which means that it's close to gambling and some small brokers without reputations can bet against you because if it's not a real market then you're playing against them, big brokers usually try to play fair

2. just like on Forex, with CFD you don't own real stock and can't get dividends, so in real market you keep the stock and get money, with CFD you keep the stock and lose money, so only intraday trading works here

3. you will pay quite high swap to transfer position overnight, about $5 every night :)

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CFD's are not available to US residents due to local regulations so many US people have never heard of CFD's. 

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Officially, not available.

Unofficially, you can find brokers that can accept your application :)

As I said, most of such brokers are in offshore zones, UK, Russia, Cyprus, Australia, Belize, so they don't require your Tax ID, and as a result you can register using any address you want. The only trick is to find payment system that avoids US banks.

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