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Spread betting account

  • Spread bet on over 9500 forex, indices, commodities, shares and treasuries markets
  • Profits from spread betting are tax-free in the UK*
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Losses can exceed your deposits.

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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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CFD account

  • Trade over 10,000 shares, FX pairs, commodities, indices & treasuries
  • No stamp duty to pay on CFDs*
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Losses can exceed your deposits.

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 9500 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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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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Competitive spreads on over 9500 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 class Number of instruments
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Forex 330+ 0.7 points 0.20%
Indices 90+ 0.3 points 0.20%
Commodities 110+ 0.3 points 0.75%
Shares 9000+ 0.10%** 3%
Treasuries 50+ 1 point 0.25%

**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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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, for a premium, GSLOs offer 100% certainty that a trade will close at an exact price.

 More on risk management

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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 with 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​

Awarded 'Best Trading Platform Features', Investment Trends 2014 & 2015 UK Leveraged Trading Report, based on highest user satisfaction among spread bettors and FX traders; 'Best Mobile Platform', Investment Trends 2015 UK Leveraged Trading Report, based on highest user satisfaction among spread bettors, CFD traders and FX traders; 'Best Online Trading Platform', Shares Awards 2013 & 2014; 'Best Mobile/Tablet Trading Application', Shares Awards 2015; 'Best Mobile/Tablet Application', Online Personal Wealth Awards 2015

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