Opening positions when trading CFDs

If you want to invest in certain security via CFDs, you can open a position. In this article, we will explain how you can open and manage a trading position. For this tutorial, we used Plus500‘s trading platform. Once you understand how opening a position with leverage works, you are ready to start investing with an online broker.

Long or short: buy or sell

With CFD brokers you can go long and short. When you go long (buy) you speculate on a rise in the price of, for example, a share. When you short sell, you speculate on a fall in the price of a share.

You can use the buy and sell buttons within the Plus500 platform.

buy or sell Plus500

Opening position and leverage

When investing, you must decide how much you want to buy. If you want to trade in the Dow Jones with a leverage of 1 : 4 and a capital of $1000.00, you open a CFD position worth $4000 on the Dow Jones.

When you open a position, the value indicates the total value of the investment. The required margin indicates the minimum amount of money that must be present in your account to prevent a margin call. With a margin call you lose your entire trading position.

Do you want to know more about investing with leverage? In our article about trading with leverage you read everything you need to know:

Open position Plus500

Illustrative prices. Open a position at Plus500

Take profit/stop-loss

It is always advisable to enter a take profit and stop loss. These are the values ​​at which you close the position automatically.

Within the Plus500 platform, you do this with the close at profit and close at loss buttons.

CFD stop loss

Orders: buy at a certain price

The nice thing about trading with CFDs is that you can also use orders. You only buy or sell a security when a certain value has been reached. When you combine orders with a take profit and stop loss, you can develop an automatic investment strategy yourself where you only have to update your orders a few times a week.

For this, you can use the option only to buy when the price is at Plus500 under advanced.

place CFD order

Manage open positions

With an open position, you can always see the profit or loss. You can close a position manually at any time. However, always do this because it fits your strategy. It is also possible to adjust other aspects of your trade like the take profit and stop loss.

When a position is closed, you will see the result under closed positions. Your win or loss is automatically updated when trading in CFDs. You can read how this works here.

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