Spread bets and CFDs are complex instruments and come with a high risk of losing money rapidly due to leverage. 79% of retail investor accounts lose money when spread betting and/or trading CFDs with this provider. You should consider whether you understand how spread bets and CFDs work and whether you can afford to take the high risk of losing your money

79% of retail investor accounts lose money when spread betting and/or trading CFDs with this provider. You should consider whether you can afford to take the high risk of losing your money.

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How to Day Trade Stocks & Indices

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A beginner's guide to spread betting shares

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Why spread bet?

Tax-free profits*

You won't pay capital gains tax on your spread betting profits.

Borrow capital

Trade using leverage. While a loss is based on the full value of a trade, your outlay is a small % of the full position.

No commissions

Avoid stockbroker fees. You won't pay commission when spread betting shares.

Go long or short

Speculate on the price of shares both if you think it will increase, or if you think it'll fall over time.

Fractional buying

Buying stocks can be expensive. Speculate on high-value stocks like Apple, for a fraction of the price.

Lower costs*

Spread betters don't pay stamp duty on the shares they trade.

9000+ instruments

Take a position on over 9000 shares, as well as ETFs, FX and Cryptos.

Learn the benefits

Learn the advantages of spread betting over owning stock market shares

Manage your risk

Learn how to minimise your losses and protect your capital

Strategies to follow

Learn several trading styles and understand which suits your risk profile and daily routine

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Learn how to place your first spread bet; from managing risk, to the trading strategy that's right for you

£20,000

20:1 leverage on indices. Open a £20,000 trade with just £1,000

1:3

Risk-reward ratio. How you could be wrong 70% of the time, and still make a profit

6%

Of your account per week. Limit your losses with our risk-management tips

A tax-efficient, flexible way to trade the price movements of thousands of global financial markets

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