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.

More kisses – this time from the Dow

Dow Jones spread betting chart

Tramline kisses are a crucial clue that can tell you where the market is heading to next, says John C Burford.

My split-bet strategy works

Gold price spread betting chart

John C Burford explains how using his split-bet strategy can take some of the stress and anxiety out of trading.

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Compare 20 spread betting accounts

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

Finspreads

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

ETX Capital

103x43_W
0.5% 0.7pip £0.10
Y
yes
£100 £/$/EUR
Y
yes
Apply

London Capital Group Limited

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

IG

IG-Brand_103x43v2
0.5% 0.8 pip £1
Y
yes
£100
Y
yes
Apply

InterTrader

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

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

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

City Index

CityIndex
£0 1 point 25p
N
no
£0
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

DF Markets

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

Core Spreads

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

Spreadex

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

Barclays

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

Gekko

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

TD Waterhouse

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

Short Spreads

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

FP Markets

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

ETX

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

Tradefair

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

Investors Intelligence

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

NatWest

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

ProSpreads

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

Cantor Index

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

RBS

RBS
1 - 20% 1 pip £1
N
no
£200
Y
yes

Accendo Markets

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

FXCM

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

GFT

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