CFDs are a very popular alternative for traders keen to take a position on the fiscal markets at a lower cost than is normal.

CFD trading is a way to back your intellect whether a financial product , say a share price, is likely to appreciate or depreciate in value.  With CFDs you trade on margin, which enables you to take advantage of leverage, that is, by paying a small deposit you are able to take a bigger position than you would if you were trading the actual instrument in the market.

To trade CFDs sensibly and profitably it’s very important that you understand the financial markets. For example, professional traders will analyse the minutest details of a company’saccounts while keeping up-to-date with the macroeconomic climate of the nation the company is listed in.

One of the most important barometers of the condition of a country’s economy is GDP (Gross Domestic Product). GDP measures all economic activity, from mortgages to haircuts to new house builds .

The expenditure measure of GDP consists of consumer and government spending, the total of the country’s businesses spending on capital and the sum of net exports (total exports minus total imports).

GDP is measured in four quarters over a year, with each quarter usually containing three estimates before a final number is published .

Each quarter’s final figure is reported in relation to the previous quarter’s. If it’s up than the previous quarter then the economy is growing, if it’s down then the economy is contracting. A country is in recession when it experiences two consecutive quarters of negative growth.

To successfully negotiate the financial markets it’s important to keep on top of with what’s happening in the global economy as well as business, IG Markets, the UK’s largest CFD trading provider, offers extensive resources to help traders do just that. Plus they’re all free; from Reuters news feeds, market commentary to research papers.

Visit www.igmarkets.co.uk for more information.