Spread betting

Access the financial markets tax-free* with our spread betting platform.  You can spread bet on forex, indices, commodities, shares and treasuries.

New to spread betting? Learn more with our introduction to spread betting.

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Spread bet on over 9,500 instruments

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Competitive spreads

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Award-winning 
​platform

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Robust risk management tools

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Earn cash rebates^

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100% automated execution 

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Losses can exceed your deposits

What is spread betting?

Spread betting enables you to take a position on the price movements of a financial market, whether it's rising or falling, without owning the underlying asset.

Spread betting is a leveraged product, which means that you will need to deposit an amount of money known as margin. The margin you will be required to deposit reflects a percentage of the full value of the position. On our platform this is referred to as the position margin.


Spread bet on over 9,500 instruments

Our award-winning spread betting platform provides access to more than 9,500 instruments. Spread bet on FX, indices, commodities, shares and treasuries – with competitive spreads from 0.7 points on EUR/USD and USD/JPY and 1-point on the UK 100 and Germany 30.

Asset class Number of instruments
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Margins from
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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 9,000+ 0.10% 3%
Treasuries 50+ 1 point 0.25%

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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.

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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 a 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​

Awarded Best Platform Features and Best Mobile Phone/Tablet Platform; ranked highest for Platform Reliability and Charting, based on highest user satisfaction among spread betters, CFD and FX traders, Investment Trends 2017 UK Leverage Trading Report; Best Online Trading Platform, Shares Awards 2016; Best Forex Trading Platform, UK Forex Awards 2016.

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