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Does financial jargon like "hedging", "derivative", and "leveraged buyouts" make your head spin? If so, take a listen to iMinds’ Money series of very brief introductions to these important financial concepts. In less than 10 minutes and using simple language clearly spoken by Emily Sophie Knapp, iMinds gives the listener clear answers to most basic questions.
In this instalment, "Contracts for Difference" (CFDs) are explained. Essentially, a CFD is a type of instrument used to trade derivatives based on expected price differentials over time. Unlike other derivative trading instruments, CFDs are often over-the-counter and have a wide range of margins.
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Publisher's Summary

Learn about Contracts for Difference with iMinds Money's insightful fast-knowledge series. Contracts for difference, or simply CFDs, are a type of derivative whereby two parties agree to exchange the difference between the current value of an underlying asset and its value upon expiry. The underlying assets can be very diverse, from equity to commodities, but share prices, exchange traded funds or market indices are most commonly used. The most notable distinction of a CFD is that no assets are physically traded – instead, the contract merely stipulates that the difference in price between opening and closing dates be exchanged between each party.
The main advantage therefore is that brokerage fees incurred in the purchase of an asset are abolished. CFDs are also partially collateralised, requiring only a small margin be paid at the opening of a contract, and so are highly leveraged products.CFDs are most commonly traded over-the-counter and are not standardised in the same way that similar contracts often are. This means the contracts can be very flexible and there is a wide range of options that can be personalised depending on each party’s preferences. Contrary to other OTC derivatives like futures contracts, CFDs do not have fixed expiry dates or standard contract sizes. The margins required are also variable, ranging in size from 30% to less than 1%. Values are largely dependent on the expected volatility of the asset’s value.
iMinds will hone your financial knowledge with its insightful series looking at topics related to Money, Investment and Finance.. whether an amateur or specialist in the field, iMinds targeted fast knowledge series will whet your mental appetite and broaden your mind.iMinds unique fast-learning modules as seen in the Financial Times, Wired, Vogue, Robb Report, Sky News, LA Times, Mashable and many others.. the future of general knowledge acquisition.
©2010 iMinds Pty Ltd (P)2010 iMinds Pty Ltd
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"I'm learning all sorts of stuff about stuff I didn't even know I didn't know. And it sticks. In a nutshell: wonderful." (Jonathon Margolis, Financial Times)
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