A contract for difference (CFD) is essentially an ‘agreement’ or contract between the trader and their broker to exchange the difference between the opening and closing prices at the end of a trade. CFDs are instruments that allow traders to access the full value of a trade by only putting down a deposit.

In this IG sponsored masterclass on CFDs, Just One Lap founder and Businessday TV presenter Simon Brown details the specifics of how CFDs work, how to use them, the benefits of including them in your portfolio and what specific risks to look out for.

By the end of these 12 video lessons, you will confidently understand CFDs and their potential role in your trading and investment portfolio.

  • With 12 lessons and 30┬áminutes worth of video content.
  • Video lessons are short and to the point making learning easy, quick and efficient.
  • What a CFD is and what they are used for.
  • The difference between exposure and margin.
  • We explain what is meant by gearing.
  • Going long versus going short CFDs.
  • How CFDs can be used to hedge your overall investment portfolio.
  • The specific risks that relate to trading CFDs.
  • Things to look out for when choosing a reputable CFD provider.
  • How CFDs handle dividends.
  • What guaranteed stops are.
  • Understanding CFD costs.

Course Features

  • Lectures 12
  • Quizzes 3
  • Duration 0.5 hours
  • Skill level All levels
  • Language English
  • Students 277
  • Assessments Yes
Simon Brown is an educator, trader, investor and regular commentator in the media with a weekly show on BusinessDay TV and a column in FinWeek. His main focus is Just One Lap, a free website that aims to help South Africans be smarter with their money in all its aspects from personal finance to investing to trading. He also hosts and produces JSEDirect, a weekly podcast in which he comments on significant movements in the market and conducts interviews with noteworthy players in the South African landscape.


  1. Granny
    June 24, 2018

    Comment *I like to knw more about traders online?

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      June 26, 2018

      Hi Granny, please send us your telephone number and we will give you a call to discuss. You can email us at info@traderstextbook.co.za

  2. Mboyana
    September 29, 2018

    Plz email some info on this trading. I can’t go through your ‘take this course. Always my password is wrong

    • Admin bar avatar
      October 1, 2018

      Hi Mboyana, thank you for your message, we have sent you an email with how to reset your password. Please also feel free to phone us if you are still struggling. 087 150 0781

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