CFD Trading Examples

CFD Trading Examples long and short positions profit calculation

CFD Trading Examples – Simple CFD calculations

The CFD trading examples below are easy to understand enabling you to go on to the business of trading CFDs profitably. The one stand out feature you’ll find in the CFD trade examples below is the return you make compared to your capital outlay and it’s for this reason that traders love CFDs.

CFD Trade Examples here

  • Long CFD trade making a profit
  • Long CFD trade making a loss
  • Short Sell CFD trade making a profit
  • Short Sell CFD trade making a loss

Long CFD trade (profit) – CFD trade example 1

Purchase 1,000 FMG shares at $10.00

Action How to calculate Result
Total Exposure 1,000 CFDs @ $10.00 $10,000
Initial Margin $10,000 * 5% $500
Brokerage Total exposure * 0.1% or $10 $10
Total Outlay Initial margin + brokerage $510

FMG rises over a 5 day period to $10.50 and you lock in profits via a limit to sell (profit target)

Action How to calculate Result
Sell price $10.50 * 1,000 $10,500
~Brokerage $10,500 * 0.1% $10.50
^CFD Finance Total Exposure * ((RBA + 2%)/365)
10,000*(7.25%+2%)/365)
5 days
Approx $2.53 per day
Approx $12.67 for 5 days (debit)

Calculating your CFD Profit/Loss

Action How to calculate Result
CFD Profit (number of shares*(exit-entry)) – trading costs
(1,000 * ($10.50 – $10.00 (profit)) – $20.50 (brokerage) – $12.67 (CFD Finance)
CFD Nett Profit/Loss Profit $466.83
Return on Investment (Nett Profit or Loss / Margin) * 100 91.54%

Long CFD trade (loss) – CFD trade example 2

Purchase 1,000 FMG shares at $10.00

Action How to calculate Result
Total Exposure 1,000 CFDs @ $10.00 $10,000
Initial Margin $10,000 * 5% $500
Brokerage Total exposure * 0.1% or $10 $10
Total Outlay Initial margin + brokerage $510

FMG falls over a 5 day period to $9.70 and your stop loss gets hit.

Action How to calculate Result
Sell price $9.70 * 1,000 $9,700
Brokerage $9,700 * 0.1% or $10 $10
^CFD Finance Total Exposure * ((RBA + 2%)/365)
10,000*(7.25%+2%)/365)
5 days
Approx $2.53 per day
Approx $12.67 for 5 days (debit)

Calculating your CFD Profit/Loss

Action How to calculate Result
CFD Profit (number of shares*(exit-entry)) – trading costs
(1,000 * ($9.70 – $10.00 (loss)) – $20.00 (brokerage) – $12.67(CFD Finance)
CFD Nett Profit/Loss Loss $332.67
Return on Investment (Nett Profit or Loss / Margin) * 100 -65.29%

Short Sell CFD trade (profit) – CFD trade example 3

Short Sell 1,000 FMG shares at $10.00 – Looking to profit from a falling share price

Action How to calculate Result
Total Exposure 1,000 CFDs @ $10.00 $10,000
Initial Margin $10,000 * 5% $500
Brokerage Total exposure * 0.1% or $10 $10
Total Outlay Initial margin + brokerage $510

FMG falls over a 5 day period to $9.50 and you lock in profits via a limit to buy (profit target)

Action How to calculate Result
Sell price $9.50 * 1,000 $9,500
~Brokerage $9,500 * 0.1% or $10 $10.00
^CFD Finance Total Exposure * ((RBA – 2%)/365)
10,000*(7.25%-2%)/365)
5 days
Approx $1.44 per day
Approx $7.2 for 5 days (credit)

Calculating your CFD Profit/Loss

Action How to calculate Result
CFD Profit (number of shares*(entry-exit)) – trading costs
(1,000 * ($10.00 – $9.50 (profit)) – $20.50 (brokerage) + $7.2
(CFD Finance)
CFD Nett Profit/Loss Profit $486.7
Return on Investment (Nett Profit or Loss / Margin) * 100 97.34%

Short Sell CFD trade (Loss) – CFD trade example 4

Short Sell 1,000 FMG shares at $10.00 – Looking to profit from a falling share price

Action How to calculate Result
Total Exposure 1,000 CFDs @ $10.00 $10,000
Initial Margin $10,000 * 5% $500
Brokerage Total exposure * 0.1% or $10 $10
Total Outlay Initial margin + brokerage $510

FMG rises over a 5 day period to $10.30 and your stop loss gets hit.

Action How to calculate Result
Sell price $10.30 * 1,000 $10,300
~Brokerage $10.30 * 0.1% or $10 $10.30
^CFD Finance Total Exposure * ((RBA – 2%)/365)
10,000*(7.25%-2%)/365)
5 days
Approx $1.44 per day
Approx $7.2 for 5 days (credit)

Calculating your CFD Profit/Loss

Action How to calculate Result
CFD Profit (number of shares*(entry-exit)) – trading costs
(1,000 * ($10.00 – $10.30 (profit)) – $20.50 (brokerage) + $7.2
(CFD Finance)
CFD Nett Profit/Loss Loss $313.30
Return on Investment (Nett Profit or Loss / Margin) * 100 -62.66%

~ CFD brokerage is paid on the total exposure that you have. For instance in a $10,000 position you put in $500 which leaves a difference of $9,500. However, CFD Brokers require brokerage to be paid on the full amount of $10,000.

^ CFD Finance is calculated daily based on your total exposure on that day. Markets fluctuate daily and as a result your financing amount will vary depending on how much your position is worth at close of business (usually New York 5pm) that day. Check your CFD brokers product disclosure statement for further details.

RBA Rate:Please note that the RBA rate can and in fact does change regularly. The above calculations have taken into account the Australian RBA rate as of July 2008.
The RBA stands for ‘Reserve Bank of Australia’ and you can get more details here.

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