What is the trading time of the different instruments?
The trading time of financial instruments depends on the working hours of the global trading markets, which are situated in various locations and time zones. So it can be hard to track the trading hours of different instruments.
Here you can find detailed information about the trading hours of all instruments (Stocks, Gold, Currencies, and more) available on our platform.
What are the measurement units of the instruments?
The instruments are measured as follows:
- Gold, Silver, Platinum, Palladium – USD per troy ounce
- Oil, Brent Crude Oil – USD per barrel
- Gas – USD per 1 000 cubic feet
- Stocks – USD, EUR, GBP, AUD, JPY, CHF, SEK or NOK per contract
- Indices – USD, EUR, GBP, AUD, JPY or CHF per contract
- Corn, Wheat, Soybean – USD for 100 bushels
- Cocoa – USD for 1 tonne cocoa
- Coffee, Cotton, Sugar – USD for 100 pounds
Which are the most traded instruments?
The most traded instruments are GOLD, EUR/USD and Oil.
What is an ЕTF index?
An ETF (Exchange-traded Fund) is a marketable security that tracks a basket of assets. It is a type of fund which owns and divides ownership of those assets into shares. Compared to investments in traditional mutual funds, ETFs have several prominent advantages: flexibility, low maintenance costs, and operational transparency.
Example: Let us take for instance the Hang Seng China Enterprises Index (HSCEI). It comprises shares of China’s biggest companies listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. The China Index Exchange-Traded Fund invests in the stocks that comprise the Hang Seng China Enterprises Index. In fact, the ETF buys the stocks included in the index. If you buy/sell this fund – China Index ETF, it would equal buying/selling the Hang Seng China Enterprises Index itself.
What is the difference between CFD and equity trading?
The major difference between CFD trading and equity trading regards ownership. When you trade a CFD you do not own the underlying asset.
CFD trading works a little differently compared to the traditional share dealing. When you buy a share of a company you become an actual minority owner to this company, be it a very small one. With CFDs, on the other hand, instead of receiving an ownership stake of the underlying asset, you are merely speculating on the price of the particular instrument: whether it will move up or down. If the price moves in your direction you’ll make a profit. If it moves against you, you’ll make a loss.
CFDs are a leveraged product, which allows you to open a position by depositing a small percentage of the full value of the trade. With equity trading, you purchase the shares for the full amount owing by either using individually-held electronic funds or a margin loan.
CFD market orders are immediately executed whereas when placing a market order for equities you need to wait for the settlement.
How come that I can sell an instrument that I don’t own?
This is called a Short Position. It enables you to trade on the price of an instrument if you believe its value will go down. It is important to know that you cannot short sell an equity on Trading 212. To sell an equity you have to buy it first.
Can I trade with more money than I deposit?
Yes, you can. Trading 212 allows you to trade with up to 500 times (for Professional Clients) more money than you have on deposit. This is called leverage. However, you should be aware of the risks involved: Risk Disclosure Notice.
Are the prices of the instruments real?
Yes, these are real-time prices at which you can make deals. The prices come from different sources such as Stock Exchanges, leading banks and brokers.
Do all brokers have the same prices of the instruments?
No, there might be some insignificant differences now and then because some instruments are not traded on centralized exchanges. In addition, the spread varies from broker to broker, which could be another reason for the insignificant differences in price.