How CFD Brokers Make Money in UAE?

CFD (Contract for Difference) brokers in UAE earn their income in several ways, primarily through the fees and commissions they charge their clients for providing trading services, as well as through the flow of orders they handle.

Here’s a breakdown of these CFD brokers generate revenue:

Commissions: CFD brokers in UAE often charge a commission for each trade that a client makes. This is typically a fixed fee or a percentage of the trade’s value.

Spreads: The spread is the difference between the buy (ask) and sell (bid) price of a CFD. Brokers typically quote slightly higher ask prices and slightly lower bid prices than the actual market prices, allowing them to make a profit from the spread when a client trades.

Overnight Financing Fees: If a trader holds a CFD position open overnight, the broker may charge a financing fee, or ‘swap’ rate. This fee covers the cost of the leverage that the trader is using.

Inactivity Fees: Some CFD brokers in UAE charge a fee if an account is inactive for a certain period of time.

Order Flow: Brokers may receive compensation for directing orders to different parties to be executed. This is known as payment for order flow and can be a source of revenue for brokers.

Other Fees: Additional fees can include charges for withdrawing funds, account maintenance, and accessing premium services or trading tools.

By collecting these fees and benefiting from the order flow, CFD brokers are able to make money and sustain their business operations. It’s important for traders to understand the fee structure of a broker before engaging in trading to avoid any unexpected charges.


Hi, I am Nikesh Mehta, owner and writer of this site. I’m an analytics professional and also love writing on finance and related industry. I’ve done online course in Financial Markets and Investment Strategy from Indian School of Business. I can be reached at [email protected].

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