There are many good CFD brokers in Australia, their active marketing and promotions make it difficult to chose, some have advantages over the others but more often than not it is their fancy marketing makes you confident in your choice of provider.
When you sweep away all of the fog and evaluate each of the best CFD brokers on a few key metrics you will soon discover which provider genuinely suits your trading needs.
There are as few key metrics that you should judge your CFD broker on, these are:
• DMA or Market Made
• Web based or Downloadable trading platform
• Product Range
DMA or Market Made
It is important to ensure that you understand the differences between DMA and Market Made CFDs and the pro’s and con’s of each. DMA CFDs offer a few advantages in that they allow you to trade the opening and close phase of the market in addition to allowing you to participate in the market depth. DMA CFD are popular with scalpers and day traders but are not so popular with traders needing exposure to indices or currencies and wanting to place guaranteed stop loss orders, this is where Market Made CFDs have significant advantages over their DMA cousins.
Web Based or Downloadable trading platform
It can be quite confusing when choosing a CFD brokers platform as each platform has benefits and drawbacks. It is important to consider where you will be trading from as this will decide whether you use a web based or downloadable platform. If you intend to trade from work it would be better to choose a web based trading platform for the simple reason that web based platforms do not require a download, this means that they cannot be blocked by the firewall in an office, however, web based platforms come with some downside also in that they tend to lack much of the advanced charting functionality of downloadable platforms. Downloadable platforms a more suitable for home use as they offer significantly more advanced charts and order types in addition to added features such as back testing and customisable multi screen layouts. Professional day-traders and scalpers often prefer using downloadable platforms whereas casual traders tend to choose web based platforms.
It is important that when choosing the best CFD broker for your needs you should assess the products that they offer to ensure that can provide a range of CFDs that suit your trading plan. Some CFD brokers only offer CFDs on Australian Shares however others offer CFDs over stocks, indices and forex. If your trading plan covers all of these products you should be sure to choose a provider that does not restrict you to Australian share CFDs only.
Of course when choosing the best CFD broker for your trading needs you will need to asses all of the metrics above and make your determination based on your trading strategy. It is also advisable to download a few demo trading platforms available in the market, this will help you better understand whether the platform is suitable for your needs and trading style.
To understand CFDs in more detail and to learn how to develop a trading plan you can download our free CFD Guide.