Spread Betting

Spread Betting with City Index provides a tax-free* way to trade over 8000+ global markets.

  • Tight spreads from 0.5 points on FX
  • Best Spread Betting Platform 2017 by ADVFN
  • Best Spread Betting Service 2017 by Shares Magazine
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Why Spread Bet with City Index?

Tight, fixed 1pt spreads.

On major Indices in market hours including the UK 100 & Germany 30

Choice of 8000+ markets

Spread Bet on global Forex, Indices, Shares and Commodities markets

Short the markets

Trade on falling markets (going short) as well as rising markets

Award-winning platform

Winner Best Spread Betting Platform 2017 ADVFN Awards

Tax-efficient trading

Pay no UK capital Gains Tax or Stamp Duty when Spread Betting*

Futures and options prices

Choose from a range of cash, futures and options contracts
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Trade wherever you are, on our fast, reliable platforms

Customisable charts

16 chart types with 80+ indicators designed to help you perform technical analysis

Award-winning platform

Our powerful technology is designed to suit you, whatever your level of trading expertise

Actionable trade ideas

Our research portal highlights trade ideas using fundamental and technical analysis

Trade anytime, anywhere

Follow the markets on native apps built specifically for your smartphone and tablet
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The benefits of Spread Betting

Tax-efficient trading*

No UK Stamp Duty or Capital Gains Tax on any profits

Commission free trading

Spread Betting is free from commission charges

Trade on margin

Use a small deposit to control a larger position in the market

Short the markets

Trade on falling markets (going short) as well as rising markets

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Fixed 1 point spreads on major Indices


Trade on thousands of global Shares from 0.1% commission


Trade EUR/USD and USD/JPY from 0.5 points


Trade Gold from 0.3 points around market spread

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Spread Betting at City Index offers a number of benefits which could suit your trading style. With easy access to a wide range of global markets across Indices, FX, Commodities and Shares you’ll have plenty of trading opportunities.

We have the tools, analysis and platforms to help ensure you can trade more successfully. Try a demo account today and discover Spread Betting with City Index.

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What is Spread Betting?

Learn how to trade Indices using this Spread Betting tutorial

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How to analyse markets

How to identify trading opportunities using City Index's research tools

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Managing risk

Learn techniques to improve your trading and manage risk effectively

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And pay no UK Stamp Duty or UK Capital Gains Tax*

How to Spread Bet

Choose a market
Decide which market you want to trade on. Why not use our trading tools to find trading opportunities.

Place the trade
Choose how many pounds per point you wish to stake on your trade. Click 'buy' if you think the price will increase in value or 'sell' if you think the market will fall in value.

Add a stop-loss
A stop-loss is an order to close your position out if the market moves too far against you.

Monitor and close your trade
Once you have placed your trade, you see your profit/loss update in real time. Exit your trade by clicking the 'close trade'.


Why City Index?

With fast, reliable execution and tight spreads here's why our clients choose
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Over 30 years' experience in Spread Betting, FX and CFD Trading
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Actionable buy/sell trade ideas from our research portal
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Benefits of Spread Betting

Tax-free profits & no commission

All profits made from Spread Betting are exempt from UK Capital Gains Tax and UK Stamp Duty*. Spread Bets do not incur any commission.

Trade on margin

A Spread Bet is a leveraged product, this means that you only need to deposit a small fraction of the overall value of any trade, known as margin. For example, if the margin requirement for a trade is 10% then you would need 10% of the full value of the trade in your account to open the position.

If you were Share dealing, you would have to put forward the full amount of the value of the trade.

Ability to go long or short

Spread Betting is one of the few forms of financial trading that enables you to profit from falling market prices. So you can potentially make a profit regardless of the direction in which the markets are moving.

If you think the markets are going to rise, you go long on the price (buy). Your profits will rise in line with any increase in that price (and your losses will increase in line with any fall in price).

If, on the other hand, you think the markets will fall you go short on the price (sell). Your profits will rise in line with any fall on that price (and your losses will increase with any rise in price).

Short term trading opportunities

Where traditional investors might buy and hold physical stocks over months or even years, with Spread Betting you can benefit from shorter-term market volatility.

Typically, traders look to hold positions over minutes, days and weeks rather than over the longer term as Spread Betting presents more short term trading opportunities and the low costs also facilitate a short-term trading style.

Trade on a wide range of markets

When you Spread Bet you will have access to a much wider range of markets than with traditional forms of investing, including commodities, currencies, indices and bonds.

We’ve summarised these key differences between Spread Betting and shares dealing in the table below so you can discover which form of trading is most suitable for you.

Feature Spread Betting Shares Dealing
Free from UK Capital Gains Tax* – no CGT to pay on your trading profits checked
Free from Stamp Duty* checked
No commission – Spread Bets are free from commission checked
Ability to go long – buy and take advantage of rising prices checked checked
Ability to go short – sell and take advantage of falling prices checked
Ability to hedge – go short and mitigate against potential losses in your shares portfolio checked
Leveraged trading – gain a large exposure for a fraction of the value checked
Immediate dealing – instant trading both in and out of a market checked checked
Access to other asset classes – such as indices, FX, etc checked
Access to global shares – trade over 4000 different markets from around the world checked checked
Receive dividend and interest adjustments checked checked
Physical ownership – benefits include the ability to attend AGMs checked
Pay overnight financing charge checked