CFDs are complex instruments and come with a high risk of losing money rapidly due to leverage. You should consider whether you understand how CFDs work and whether you can afford to take the high risk of losing your money. See our full Risk Disclosure and Terms of Business for further details.

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What is Stock Trading?

Shares (also called Equities or Stocks) are a percentage of a company’s ownership. When a company is successful, their shares gain value. Otherwise, investors lose money. But ‘trading shares’ is different. It means trading CFDs for the underlying asset. Thus, you can take either a long or a short position in the market. This means you can profit even if the company shares are losing value, assuming that you took a "sell" position in the market.