I have not yet used CDFs. But wonder if this mild use makes sense. Some of you might enjoy checking it and telling me if this is a sensible idea or if I am missing something.
I have 330 shares of TMO (Thermo Fisher Scientific) with another broker whose average purchase price is $27 per share. Today’s price is $283. I would like to realise some of those gains against my £12000 capital gains tax allowance in this UK tax year, but without actually selling the shares; one reason is that the broker where they are held charges £9.95 + 1% fx fee.
So instead, I will buy 10 shares TMO in my T212 Invest account, sell 10 TMO in CDF account. A day later I will close both positions. My CG will be the gain/loss on the CDF and the gain on the sale of shares in the invest account figured from my average base price of (340x27+10x283)/350. I calculate the cost of this, taking account of spreads and overnight interest will be about $14. But I will now have about $2000 to claim against my remaining CG tax allowance, which will save me tax at some future date of 20% of $2000.
For the hedging to work best I will want to complete trades in the Invest and CDF accounts at nearly the same time. But there is no way to have trading windows open to both simultaneously, right?
Is there any way that those more experienced think this can be done best with limit orders?