Spread betting enables you to take a position on the rising or falling price movements of a financial market, without needing to acquire the underlying asset.
Spread betting is a leveraged product, which means you only need to deposit a percentage of the full value of a position. This has the effect of magnifying profits and losses, so you could lose all of your capital.
|Asset Class||Number of instruments||Spreads from||Margins from|
|Shares & ETFs||9,000+||0.1%1||20%|
1This is our additional spread, built into the prices displayed on our platform, applicable upon execution of any order on a share spread bet. For US- and Canada-listed share spread bets there is a charge of 1-4 cents per share.
Spread betting is only available in the UK and Republic of Ireland and is exempt from stamp duty and capital gains tax. Tax treatment depends on individual circumstances and can change or may differ in a jurisdiction other than the UK.
Contracts for difference (CFDs) is a derivative product which enables you to trade on the price movement of underlying financial assets (such as indices, shares and commodities).
|Asset class||Number of instruments||Spreads from||Margins from|
|Shares & ETFs||9,500+||0.10%1||20%|
1For share CFDs there is a commission charge on entry and exit of a trade.
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