Spread betting explained

Spread betting simply allows you to speculate on whether the price of an asset will rise or fall. You can gamble on everything from shares and commodities to stock market indices and house prices. Here, Tim Bennett introduces the basics of spread betting.

What spread betting jargon means

Jargon can make spread betting sound complicated and off-putting. So if leverage and margin calls aren't part of your current vocabulary, here's an introduction to help you get acquainted with spread betting lingo.

Spread betting: Four common mistakes

Novice spread betters can expect to make a few slip ups. Here are a few tips to help you avoid some of the most common ones.

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    Compare 20 spread betting accounts

    Company Deposit margin Spread from Trade min Binary betting Account min 24 Hour trading Apply

    CMC Markets

    CMC-Markets
    From 0.20% 0.4 points From 50p per point on indices
    Y
    yes
    £0
    Y
    yes
    Apply

    London Capital Group Limited

    103x43-logo
    0.3% 0.6 pip £0.10
    N
    no
    £0
    Y
    yes
    Apply

    InterTrader

    intertrader-black
    1 - 20% 0.8 pips £1
    N
    no
    £0
    Y
    yes
    Apply

    Finspreads

    finspreads
    0.5 - 10% 1 pip £0.10
    N
    no
    £0
    Y
    yes
    Apply

    DF Markets

    df-markets-logo-small
    from 0.25% 0.6 on EUR/USD pip £1
    N
    no
    £1
    Y
    yes
    Apply

    ADS Securities London

    103_43_ads-securities-london-logo
    0.2% 0.5 on UK100 £0.10
    N
    no
    £0
    Y
    yes
    Apply

    Spread Co

    1Spread-Co-10-Year-Moneyweek1
    £25 or 0.5% 0.8 on UK100 & US30 £1/point
    N
    no
    £200
    Y
    yes
    Apply

    IG

    IG-Brand_103x43v2
    0.5% 0.6 pip £1
    Y
    yes
    £100
    Y
    yes
    Apply

    Core Spreads

    coresreads-logo
    From 0.5% 0.7 on EUR/USD £1
    N
    no
    £0
    Y
    yes
    Apply

    City Index

    CityIndex
    £0 1 point 25p
    N
    no
    £0
    Y
    yes
    Apply

    ETX Capital

    ETXCAPITAL_LOGO_
    0.5% 0.7pip £0.10
    Y
    yes
    £100 £/$/EUR
    Y
    yes
    Apply

    Spreadex

    spreadex-2014
    5 - 40% 1-3 pips £0.10
    Y
    yes
    £0
    Y
    yes
    Apply

    FXCM

    FXCM_103x43
    3 - 15% 0.5 pip £1
    N
    no
    £100
    Y
    yes

    Cantor Index

    CantorIndex_103_43
    1 - 10% 1 pip £1
    N
    no
    £0
    Y
    yes

    TD Waterhouse

    TD-Waterhouse-logo
    30 - 60% 1 pip £1
    N
    no
    £0
    N
    no

    NatWest

    NatWest
    1 - 20% 1 pip £1
    N
    no
    £200
    Y
    yes

    RBS

    RBS
    1 - 20% 1 pip £1
    N
    no
    £200
    Y
    yes

    ProSpreads

    Prospreads
    3 - 15% 0.5 pips £3
    N
    no
    £1000
    N
    no

    Barclays

    Barclays
    10 - 100% 1 pip £3
    N
    no
    £0
    Y
    yes

    Tradefair

    tradefair-v2
    3 - 15% 1 pip £1
    N
    no
    £0
    Y
    yes

    GFT

    GFT_new_103x43
    0.5 - 25% 0.8 pips £0.10
    Y
    yes
    £150
    Y
    yes

    ETX

    ETX-Capital
    0.75 - 30% 1 pip £0.50
    N
    no
    £0
    Y
    yes

    Gekko

    Gekko
    0.5 - 100% 1 pip £0.10
    N
    no
    £0
    Y
    yes

    Investors Intelligence

    iisblogo
    1-20% 0.8 pips £1
    N
    no
    £1,000
    Y
    yes

    FP Markets

    FPMarkets_Logo
    1 - 100% 0.3 pip £1
    N
    no
    £1000
    Y
    yes

    Accendo Markets

    Accendo-Markets
    0.5 - 25% 1 pip £1
    N
    no
    £1000
    Y
    yes

    Short Spreads

    SSplainLOGOMW
    0.5 - 25% 0.5 pip £0.20
    N
    no
    £0
    Y
    yes