You can use spread betting to speculate on the future direction of market prices, enabling you to profit irrespective of whether underlying market prices are rising or falling.
If you believe a market will rise, you buy (go long) and your profits will rise in line with any increase in that price. Similarly, if you expect a market to fall, you can sell (go short) and your profits will rise in line with any fall with that price. Equally, your losses will rise if the market moves against you.
Note: The video above shows 'rolling spread' on the trading platform. This has now changed to 'DFT' (daily funded trade). However, this does not affect how you use the trading platform when spread betting. To find out how a DFT works, please view our page.
Our UK 100 index price is currently trading at 6500/6501 (sell price/buy price). You believe the UK 100 index will rise over the next two weeks and decide to buy at our current price of 6501. You buy with a stake size of £10 per point.
Over the next two weeks, the UK 100 price rises to 6550/6551.
Deciding to cash in your profits, you now close your trade by selling your stake back at our new sell price of 6550. This represents a 49-point gain in your trade which, when multiplied by your £10 stake nets you a £490 tax-free profit*.
Let's look at what would have happened if the UK 100 had fallen.
Over the next two weeks, the UK 100 falls to 6450/6451, putting your spread bet into an open loss.
Deciding to take your loss, you now close your trade by selling your stake back at our new sell price of 6450. This represents a 51-point loss in your trade which, when multiplied by your £10 stake, leaves you with a £510 loss.
See detailed examples of how to spread bet indices, shares or currencies with City Index or see our Spread Betting Video Tutorial above. You can also view our example graphic below.
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*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.
†1 point spreads available on the UK 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).
**Fixed spreads are available on major FX pairs during London trading hours between 8.00am GMT and 6.30pm GMT.
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