Why Us? Trade company stocks from around the globe including Facebook, Amazon and Microsoft.
- Access popular stocks with Sigma Primary account
- Trade on low commissions on US stocks
- Go long or short on top companies from around the world
Transparent, Low Commissions and Financing Rates
Low Commissions and Financing Rates on all share CFDs, with lower rates available for active traders. Overnight financing charges start at only benchmark +/-1.5%, also with lower spreads available for larger balances. We challenge you to find a better offering.
Trade CFDs Alongside the Underlying Shares
Our Universal account lets you view and trade multiple asset types from the same screen. View the CFD ticker on one line and the underlying share ticker on the next. Trader Workstation, our desktop trading platform, supports stocks, options, futures, forex, metals, funds, CFDs and bonds all from the same account statement and same trading window.
CFD margin requirements are generally more favorable than stock margin requirements. Non-Australian retail clients are subject to a minimum regulatory initial margin of 20%. For additional details and examples.
Efficient CFD Reference Pricing
The Sigma Primary CFD price reflects the exchange-quoted price for the underlying share. Sigma Primary uses its efficient Smart Routing technology to determine your CFD reference price. With other brokers, you run the risk of not getting the best possible price.
Our clients have the ability to add quotes to the exchange book in the same way they would trading stocks. This is possible because Sigma Primary engine will match all CFD orders immediately with a hedge-order. As a result a non-marketable CFD order will create a matching non-marketable order for the underlying share on the exchange.
Stocks and Share Facts
A stock market, equity market, or share market is the aggregation of buyers and sellers of stocks (also called shares), which represent ownership claims on businesses; these may include securities listed on a public stock exchange, as well as stock that is only traded privately, such as shares of private companies which are sold to investors through equity crowdfunding platforms. Investment in the stock market is most often done via stockbrokerages and electronic trading platforms. Investment is usually made with an investment strategy in mind.
Stocks can be categorized by the country where the company is domiciled. For example, Nestlé and Novartis are domiciled in Switzerland and traded on the SIX Swiss Exchange, so they may be considered as part of the Swiss stock market, although the stocks may also be traded on exchanges in other countries, for example, as American depositary receipts (ADRs) on U.S. stock markets.
Size of the Markets
The total market capitalization of equity backed securities worldwide rose from US$2.5 trillion in 1980 to US$68.65 trillion at the end of 2018. As of December 31, 2019, the total market capitalization of all stocks worldwide was approximately US$70.75 trillion
As of 2016, there are 60 stock exchanges in the world. Of these, there are 16 exchanges with a market capitalization of $1 trillion or more, and they account for 87% of global market capitalization. Apart from the Australian Securities Exchange, these 16 exchanges are all in either North America, Europe, or Asia.
By country, the largest stock markets as of January 2020 are in the United States of America (about 54.5%), followed by Japan (about 7.7%) and the United Kingdom (about 5.1%)