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ETF CFDs offer several advantages that have increased their popularity among day traders:
- Spread out your potential risks or rewards – you can trade an entire market as though it were a single stock or commodity.
- Find additional trading opportunities – ETFs are designed to give you exposure to diverse markets/sectors within capital markets. This means you can diversify your portfolio without the need for a large amount of capital.
- Enjoy tight spreads with zero commissions for making a deposit and opening/closing a trade. In addition, gain unlimited access to real-time ETF quotes charts and quotes with the Plus500 platform.
An exchange-traded fund (ETF) is a financial instrument that tracks (and sometimes amplifies) the market price of the top companies within a specific financial sector, such as aerospace, banking, energy, technology, or commodity, such as oil, natural gas, gold or lithium.
Trading ETFs with leverage allows you to multiply the size of a trade through the use of borrowed capital. As such, you can increase the potential profit or loss to be realised from the trade. Plus500’s available leverage for ETFs CFDs is 1:5.
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Gold can be traded through a range of ETFs. Here are some of the most popular ones:
- GLD GOLD, SPDR Gold Shares ETF; tracks the daily price movement of gold, one of the world's most precious metals.
- ETFS Gold, ETFS Physical Gold; follows the spot price of physically-held gold bullions and coins in vaults.
- GDX, VanEck Vectors Gold Miners ETF; offers exposure to gold mining companies, and tracks the daily price movement of their shares.
- GDXJ, VanEck Vectors Junior Gold Miners ETF; monitors gold mining companies with smaller market capitalisations than those in the GDX.