Spread betting vs standard trading

  • Spread betting is an alternative to regular trading and offers multiple features such as leverage, the ability to go short (trade on falling markets) and  instant access to over 12,000 markets. Spread betting also enables you to enjoy tax-free profits. 

    See how spread betting measures up to traditional shares dealing and find out which form of trading is most suitable for you.  

    Spread betting vs other forms of financial trading: 

    Feature   Spread Betting   Other Forms 
    of Trading
    Free from Stamp Duty*
    Free from Capital Gains Tax*
     Free from Commission   Yes

    Dividend and Interest Adjustments Payable to your Account   Yes¹ Yes 
    Leveraged Trades   Yes    
    Access to Global Markets   Yes  Yes 
    Ability to go Long and Short   Yes    
    Immediate Dealing
    Yes  Yes
    Physical Ownership of the Financial Instrument    Yes 



    ¹Positions are adjusted to reflect dividends.

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