Spread betting enables you to trade tax-free^ on the price movements of thousands of financial instruments, including indices, currencies, cryptocurrencies, commodities, shares and treasuries.
Spread betting is a tax-efficient, flexible way of trading on the price movements of thousands of global financial instruments. You take a position based on whether you think the price of an instrument will rise or fall, and your profit or loss depends on if the market moves in your chosen direction or not.
Spread betting is a leveraged product, meaning you only need to deposit a percentage of the full value of your trade to open a position. Your profits and losses are amplified as they are based on the full value of your trade. Therefore, any losses can exceed your initial deposit on a trade. Read our 'What is spread betting?' article.
^Tax treatment depends on individual circumstances and can change or may differ in a jurisdiction other than the UK.
Choose an instrument to trade
Pick the instrument you want to trade, such as the UK 100 or EUR/USD.
Browse our news & analysis for trade ideas
Decide if you want to buy or sell
Go long (buy) if you think the price of your instrument will rise,
or go short (sell) if you think it will fall
Enter a stake size and place your trade
Input your trade size, noting the full value of the position.
Consider adding stop-loss and take-profit orders before placing your trade
Monitor your trade
Keep track of your open trade on a desktop computer or mobile device, and close the position whenever you want
Use the tools available on our platform to manage some of the risks associated with spread betting. For example, you can specify and limit the amount you are willing to risk on a trade using a variety of stop-loss orders. Add a stop-loss to every trade via the order ticket before you open your position.
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