What Forex and CFD mean
Forex is the abbreviation for Foreign Exchange Market. Here, OTC international foreign exchange trade without a specific trade centre takes place; it is active around the clock and globally.
The foreign exchange market built up at the beginning of the 1970s with the introduction of freely fluctuating foreign exchange rates in numerous countries. Central and merchant banks, capital investment companies, insurance companies and pension funds take part in the transactions as well as private individuals for whom the foreign exchange represents their main or a secondary income. Today trading transactions are as a rule carried out with the help of trade terminals that operate over the internet.
Contract For Difference (CFD)
CFD is the abbreviation for Contract for Difference. This type of contract is a derivative financial instrument on the basis of futures. There are CFDs on shares, index funds and commodities. The fundamental distinction between a Contract for Difference and a futures contract is the lack of a trading centre, a stock exchange. The market for CFDs is, similarl to the foreign exchange market, OTC. The main goal is profiting from changes in the value of the capital goods, whereby the investor is not liable to physically receive the capital goods traded.
The CFD market came into existence in the 1980s in England. Trading with CFDs is alternative trading on the forex market. It is well-suited for anyone who wishes to be active on the market for the relevant underlying asset but does not have the opportunity.