There are a number of spread betting companies that offer spreads on a wide variety of financial assets and it is important to consider which firms are able to provide the level of service, customer protection and markets that you expect.
This is not an inclusive review and spread betting may be available from other providers.
These comparison tables highlight some of the markets, account offers and services that are available through a selection of spread betting companies.
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The above spread betting services / markets may also be available with other companies. Also see Comparison Table Notes.
Each company lets you benefit from the major advantages of spread betting such as:
Tax free trading* – There is no capital gains tax, no stamp duty and no income tax on spread betting. You are not actually buying and selling any stocks and shares or assets. You are simply speculating on the future price of the underlying financial market.
Low cost - There are no brokers' fees or commissions
Speed of trading – When spread betting you don't have to worry about finding another party wanting the opposing trade. The result is that trades are often accepted automatically or, at least, in the order of a few seconds. A very important benefit in fast moving, volatile markets.
Easy access to world markets – With the large range of financial markets on offer, spread betting gives you access to a wider range of options including stock market indices, currencies, gold, oil and even interest rates. Most spread betting firms also offer a range of international shares.
Shorting – Unlike traditional share trading, you can buy or sell a market. This means an investor can trade a market in the direction they feel the market will move; you are not restricted to only speculating on markets to go up. If your research leads you to think that a stock market index, like the FTSE 100 or Nikkei 225, will go down you can speculate on it to go down. If you think that the price of a particular share will go up, you can spread bet on it to go up.
24 hour trading – The London Stock Exchange may close at 16.30 local time but with companies like FinancialSpreads you can spread bet on the FTSE 100 throughout the night. You can also trade a good number of other markets outside normal market hours.
Leveraged trading - this allows you to increase your potential profits for a smaller initial investment. This helps free up your capital. Note though that any losses are also multiplied and that you can lose more than your initial investment
* Tax law is subject to change or may differ if you pay tax in a jurisdiction other than the UK.
Risk Warning: Financial spread betting carries a high level of risk. You can lose more than your initial investment or stake. Financial spread betting may not be suitable for all investors. Only trade with money that you can afford to lose. Make sure you fully understand the risk involved. If necessary, seek independent financial advice.
Also, unlike traditional share trading, you are able to sell a market. Financial spread betting offers you the option of trading in either direction. This means that:
If your research leads you to think that the price of Gold is going to increase then you can financial spread bet on it to move higher
Should you believe that the price of a barrel of oil is going to fall, you can ‘short' the market, ie speculate on the crude oil market to drop.
Furthermore, be aware that financial spread bets are not subject to tax*. You don't buy or sell any actual resources, shares or assets. Instead you are only betting on the future value of a given market.
In addition to tax free trading, note that, in contrast with traditional share trading, your trades don't incur commissions or brokers' fees. Although if you keep your trade open and roll it over to the next day then there is often a small charge, see Rolling Daily Spread Bets.
About Spread Betting
Spread betting is a financial service that can be offered as an alternative to traditional stock market trading and does not require the physical or electronic transfer of assets between the two concerned parties.
Instead, an investor decides whether to ‘go long’ or ‘short’ of the asset, betting on it to move up or down respectively, based upon their estimation of the current market conditions and the assets present value.
This can lead to either a profit, if the spread bettor predicted accurately, or losses, if the direction moved by the asset’s value was counter to the trader’s expectations.
As a brief example, if an investor risked £2 per point on a spread bet and the assets value was to move by 14 points then there would be either a profit of £28 made, if the trader was correct, or a loss of £28 if they were not.
One of the simplest markets, and certainly the most popular spread betting market, is the FTSE 100, ie spread betting on whether the FTSE 100 Index will go up or down. For more details and worked examples see FTSE 100 spread betting guide.
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