|Market name||Spread from||Margin from|
|UK 100||1 point||0.5%|
|Germany 30||1 point||0.5%|
|Gold||0.3 points (around market spread)||0.5%|
|US Crude||0.4 points (around market spread)||1%|
Why Spread Bet with City Index?
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The benefits of Spread Betting
Commission free trading
Trade on margin
Short the markets
Start Spread Betting
Discover Spread Betting
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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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'.
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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|
|Free from Stamp Duty*|
|No commission – Spread Bets are free from commission|
|Ability to go long – buy and take advantage of rising prices|
|Ability to go short – sell and take advantage of falling prices|
|Ability to hedge – go short and mitigate against potential losses in your shares portfolio|
|Leveraged trading – gain a large exposure for a fraction of the value|
|Immediate dealing – instant trading both in and out of a market|
|Access to other asset classes – such as indices, FX, etc|
|Access to global shares – trade over 4000 different markets from around the world|
|Receive dividend and interest adjustments|
|Physical ownership – benefits include the ability to attend AGMs|
|Pay overnight financing charge|