Spread betting

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.

New to spread betting? Watch our short introduction

What is spread betting?

​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, you could lose all of your capital. ​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​.

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How do I start spread betting?


Open your demo or live account

Create a live or demo account via our website or mobile app. Deposit funds if you’ve chosen a live account


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

How can I manage risk?

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.

Risk management tools

  • Regular stop-loss orders
  • Trailing stop-loss orders
  • Guaranteed stop-loss orders
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Award-winning platform & apps

Open a spread betting account on your iPhone, iPad, Android device or desktop computer to start trading on our award-winning platform and apps now*.

*Awarded Best Platform Features, Best Mobile Phone/Tablet App, ranked highest for Charting and Spreads, based on highest user satisfaction among spread betters, CFD and FX traders, Investment Trends 2019 UK Leverage Trading Report.