How does Political Unrest Affect CFD Trading?

How does Political Unrest Affect CFD Trading?

News, politics, natural disasters, all have a strong and profound effect on our economies, CFD trading and the stock markets. Sort of like a chain reaction, one event or newscast can shape the entire economy, with its effects lasting for hours, days, or even months. There is very little we can do to control these events; however, their impact can take a serious toll on how much profit we can earn in many sectors of the economy. With CFD trading, politics in general can either lift the markets to record highs or plunge them down into the “Great Depression” era levels. Although that might seem extreme, and more often than not, the markets remain generally stable, anything can happen, and if you look back to the not so distant past, you will see that anything and everything DOES happen.

How can you protect yourself?

As mentioned above, there is no doubt that CFD trading, just like the stock market, is affected by day-to-day news and political situations. The very best way to stay above the game is to stay up to date with the latest news. Any news? Well not quite, but it pays to be vigilant on the current events such as elections, corporate merges, political relations and other big events. You can easily google queries such as “Upcoming elections” or “big mergers” to find out when these events will happen – then set reminders on your phone to better strategize your trading plans.


I am not just talking about financial risk; I am talking about the well-known game of the same title. Think of how successful trading works, you adopt a well thought out strategy and you base your trades on the format of the strategy. That’s great, if it wasn’t for those surprise occurrences such as, natural disasters or political uncertainty. In trading, you have the analytical accept, as well as the surprise elements that can’t be adequately calculated or anticipated with great certainty. In the political themed game Risk, you calculate and strategize just how you will take over territories on the board, but the element of surprise is there with the anticipation of the results of a throw of the dice. So no matter how prepared you might be, the element of surprise will always be an integral part of trading.

CFD trading without fear

Although they are many variables within trading, there is only so much you can do to protect yourself. You can follow the news, you can study trading methods and strategies online, the rest however, will be up to you to determine whether it is a viable trade or whether you should keep searching. If you want to play it safe, there are always options – one option being “Limited Risk Options” which comes with its own rules and regulations on buying and selling. Another option is hedging, but that would be for more experienced traders to play with. The point is, there are options and there are ways to limit risk through times of political unrest. You just have to study your options, and keep your head in the game, to win.