What instruments do you offer for trading?
We offer currency pairs (like EUR/USD), indices (like German30), stocks (like Google), commodities (like Gold) and cryptocurrencies (like Bitcoin). We also offer share dealing services (trading with real delivery equities and ETFs). For each type of instrument we have different badges in our platform. The currency pairs are marked with “FX”, the indices, stocks and commodities are marked with “CFD”, the cryptocurrencies are marked with "DIG" and the real delivery equities with “EQ”.
What is the trading time of the different instruments?
Financial instruments trading 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 (Forex, Commodities, Indices, Stocks, Cryptocurrencies and Equities) 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 main difference between CFD trading and equity trading is when you trade a CFD you don't own the underlying share.
CFD trading works a little differently compared to the traditional share dealing. Instead of taking an ownership stake of an underlying asset, you are speculating that the price of the particular instrument will move either 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 means that you only need to deposit a small percentage of the full value of the trade in order to open a position. With equity trading you purchase the shares for the full amount owing 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. 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 200 times more money than you have on deposit. This is called leverage. However, you should be aware of the risks involved: Risk Disclosure Notice.
Do you allow scalping?
Yes, scalpers can trade with Trading 212 because our prices are fast and accurate.
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 Forex brokers.
Do all brokers have the same prices of the instruments?
No, there might be some insignificant differences from time to time because some instruments are not traded on centralized exchanges. The other reason is that the spread varies from broker to broker.
Which price is the chart showing – BUY or SELL?
The default settings on our charts show the SELL price (at which you could sell the instrument). If you would like to see the BUY price or both (BUY and SELL) prices at the same time, you can change your Chart Settings.