Spread betting

Spread betting is a tax-free* way to trade on the price movement of thousands of financial instruments, including forex, indices, commodities, shares and treasuries.

Watch our quick video overview or read our introduction guide to learn more about spread betting.

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Spread bet on over 9,000 instruments

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Competitive spreads

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Award-winning trading platform

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Speculate on rising or falling market prices

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Losses can exceed your deposits

What is spread betting?

Financial spread betting is a flexible way of trading the markets and enables you to take a view on whether the price of an instrument will rise or fall. If the market moves in your favour, you make a profit, and if the market moves against you, you make a loss.

Spread betting is a leveraged (or margined) product, meaning you only need to deposit a percentage of the full value of your bet to open a position. This means that your losses will be amplified and you could lose more than your deposit. Remember, both profits and losses are relative to the full value of your position.

How to spread bet

1. Choose the instrument you wish to trade
​You can trade on thousands of instruments, including currencies, indices, commodities, shares and treasuries. 

2. Choose whether you want to buy or sell
​Go long (place a buy bet) or short (place a sell bet) based on whether you expect prices to rise or fall. 

3. Choose your stake size 
​Your profit or loss depends on the number of points the trade moves for or against you, multiplied by your stake size. 

4. Place your trade
​Choose 'buy market order' or 'sell market order' and manage your risk by placing a stop-loss or guaranteed stop-loss order.

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Losses can exceed deposits

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Competitive spreads on thousands of instruments

Our award-winning spread betting platform provides access to thousands of instruments, with competitive spreads from 0.7 points on EUR/USD and USD/JPY and 1 point on the UK 100 and Germany 30. The spread is the difference between the buy and sell price for an instrument. The prices of our instruments are generated electronically by our platform and are based on, but may differ from, the market prices of the relevant underlying assets. 

Asset classNumber of instruments
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Forex330+0.7 points0.20%
Indices90+0.3 points0.20%
Commodities110+0.3 points0.75%
Treasuries50+1 point0.25%

**We build an additional spread into the share prices we display on our spread betting platform. ​This may vary depending on the country of the stock you are spread betting on.


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Losses can exceed deposits

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Risk management

Our extensive range of risk management tools include regular, trailing and guaranteed stop-loss orders (GSLOs). These tools enable you to manage risk, helping to secure potential profits and minimise losses. Unlike other stop-loss order types, GSLOs offer 100% certainty that a trade will close at an exact price, for a premium. If the GSLO is not triggered, your premium is refunded in full.

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Potential spread betting costs

Depending on which products you're trading, your risk-management approach and how long you hold a position for, there's an additional charge for holding a position overnight, and/or for adding a guaranteed stop-loss order.

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Cash rebates

We offer monthly cash rebates if you spread bet in high volumes. If you meet our requirements for one asset class, such as indices, you automatically qualify for monthly rebates on FX and commodities as well. Conditions apply.

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  • An award-winning trading platform and native apps
  • Professional charting, powerful tools and innovative platform navigation
  • 100% automated execution without dealer intervention
  • Robust risk management functions including guaranteed stop-loss orders
  • Cash rebates for high-volume traders^

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Award-winning platform

Our spread betting platform combines innovative trading tools with an intuitive interface, and native mobile apps for iPad, iPhone and Android™ giving you access to your account wherever you are.

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*Tax treatment depends on individual circumstances and can change or may differ in a jurisdiction other than the UK​

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Losses can exceed deposits


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Spread betting and CFD trading can result in losses that exceed your deposits. Ensure you understand the risks.