With your City Index account, you can spread bet on the price movement of thousands of global shares without actually owning the underlying asset. We offer tight spreads on thousands of shares worldwide including those listed in the UK, US, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and Asia. Our spreads for major shares start from just 0.08% around the underlying market spread. We are also the only spread betting company in the industry to offer Day Trade bets which feature 50% lower margins and 20% lower spreads, enabling you to maximise your profit potential if you are a day trader. Our margins start from as low as 2.5% on popular equities such as BHP Billiton, BP, Vodafone and Tesco and from 3.75% on Anglo American, Royal Bank of Scotland and Aviva. Please remember that lower deposit rates may allow you to increase your risk.
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For this example, say Marks & Spencer is trading at 450p a share in the underlying market. We are quoting a Daily Funded Trade spread price of 449p/451p (sell price/buy price).
Going Long on Shares
You think M&S shares are undervalued at these levels and decide to buy (go long) £10 per point at 451p (buy price).
You were right: Over the coming days, the shares are in high demand helping to rally the price of M&S shares. When the share prices reach 500p, you decide to take your profits. We are now quoting a Daily Funded Trade of 500p/502p. To close your trade, you now sell £10 per point at 500p.
Result: You bought at 451p and sold at 500p, which represents a 49-point movement in your favour, which at your stake size of £10 a point, nets you a tax-free profit* of £490 (500 – 451 x £10).
Alternative scenario: If however, you were wrong and M&S shares had declined to 402p, you would net a £490 loss (451 - 402 x £10).
Going Short on Shares
You think M&S shares are overvalued at these levels and decide to sell (go short) £10 per point at 449p (sell price).
You were right: Over the coming days, some bad UK retail sales data hurts the price of M&S shares, causing them to fall. When the share prices reach 400p, you decide to cash in your profits. We are now quoting a Daily Funded Trade of 398p/400p. To close your trade, you now buy back £10 per point at 400p.
Result: You sold at 449p and bought back at 400p, which represents a 49-point movement in your favour, which at your stake size of £10 a point, nets you a tax-free profit of £490 (449 – 400 x £10).
Alternative scenario: If however, you were wrong and M&S shares had rallied to 498p, you would net a £490 loss (498 - 449 x £10).
Our trading platform is packed with resources to help you make better-informed spread betting decisions. Our resources include live news feeds from Dow Jones Newswires and a charting package that is available free of cost to all City Index trading account holders.
Our specialised webinars, held by our team of spread betting experts, enable you to learn spread betting at your own pace and from your own computer, no matter where you are. Find out more about our webinars and seminars.
New City Index clients are also entitled to special reduced minimum stake sizes starting from just 25 pence per point for a period of four weeks, so you can place your first spread bet with confidence. At the end of the four-week period, our normal minimum stake sizes will automatically be applied to your account. Find out more
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* Unlike direct investment in the underlying assets, spread betting is exempt from both UK stamp duty and UK Capital Gains Tax. However, tax laws are subject to change and depend on individual circumstances.
Spread betting is a leveraged product and can result in losses that could quickly exceed your initial outlay, so please make sure you fully understand the risks involved.
*Spread betting and CFD trading are exempt from UK stamp duty. Spread betting is also exempt from UK Capital Gains Tax. However, tax laws are subject to change and depend on individual circumstances. Please seek independent advice if necessary.
+Margin Factor is shown here as a guide only. For the current margin factor applicable to your position please refer to the Market Information on our Trading Platform.
†1 point spreads available on the FTSE 100, Wall Street, Germany 30, France 40 and Australia 200 during market hours on daily funded trades & daily future spread bets and CFDs (excluding futures).
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