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.

Spread betting video tutorials

In these short, easy to understand video tutorials, MoneyWeek's spread betting expert John C Burford outlines some of the essential concepts you need to know to become a successful trader.

The essentials of tramline trading

In his first spread betting video tutorial, expert trader John C Burford explains some very simple chart-based ideas that can point you towards some nice entry and exit positions on trades.

An introduction to Elliott wave theory

John C Burford explains the basics of Elliott wave theory, and how to use it to your advantage in your trades.

Trading with Fibonacci levels

In his latest spread betting video tutorial John C Burford deals with the basics of Fibonacci theory and how it can help you decide where to enter and exit trades.

Advanced tramline trading

Tramline trading can give spread betters excellent points to enter a trade and excellent targets to exit a trade. In this video, John C Burford explains how to identify profitable exit points for your trades.

Trading with 'momentum'

In his latest spread betting video tutorial, John C Burford explains how you can use ‘momentum’ measures for spotting changes in the direction of a market.

Advanced trading with Elliott waves

In his second video tutorial on Elliott wave theory, John C Burford uses a textbook example from the gold market to explain in further detail some of the theory’s main principles, and how to use them in your trades.

Spread betting: putting it all together

In his latest video tutorial, John C Burford brings together his three different trading strategies – tramline trading, Elliott waves and Fibonacci – to show how to make money by spread betting the financial markets.

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Compare 20 spread betting accounts

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

Spread Co

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£25 or 0.5% 0.8 on UK100 & US30 £1/point
N
no
£200
Y
yes
Apply

GKFX

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From 0.2% 0.5 pip £0.10
N
no
£0
Y
yes
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City Index

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

IG

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0.5% 0.6 pip £1
Y
yes
£100
Y
yes
Apply

InterTrader

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

Finspreads

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

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From 0.3% 1 point (fixed) £0.10
Y
yes
£0
Y
yes
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ADS Securities London

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0.2% 0.5 on UK100 £0.10
N
no
£0
Y
yes
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ETX Capital

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

CMC Markets

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

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From 0.5% 0.7 on EUR/USD £1
N
no
£0
Y
yes
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GFT

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

Accendo Markets

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

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

RBS

RBS
1 - 20% 1 pip £1
N
no
£200
Y
yes

FXCM

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

Tradefair

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

Cantor Index

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

Investors Intelligence

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1-20% 0.8 pips £1
N
no
£1,000
Y
yes

ETX

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

London Capital Group Limited

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0.3% 0.6 pip £0.10
N
no
£0
Y
yes

FP Markets

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

Short Spreads

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


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