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.

Cut through the trading jargon with MoneyWeek's easy to understand guide to spread betting terms.

Compare 20 spread betting accounts

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

CMC Markets

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

ETX Capital

0.5% 0.6 pip £0.10
Y
yes
£100
Y
yes
Apply

ADS Securities London

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

InterTrader

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

GKFX

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

City Index

£0 1 point 25p
N
no
£0
Y
yes
Apply

Finspreads

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

Spreadex

From 0.3% 1 point (fixed) £0.10
Y
yes
£0
Y
yes
Apply

Core Spreads

from 0.5% 0.7 pip £0.5
N
no
£0
Y
yes
Apply

SpreadCo

SpreadCo
From 0.5% From 0.8 £1
N
no
£100
Y
yes
Apply

ETX

0.75 - 30% 1 pip £0.50
N
no
£0
Y
yes

Tradefair

3 - 15% 1 pip £1
N
no
£0
Y
yes

TD Waterhouse

30 - 60% 1 pip £1
N
no
£0
N
no

Cantor Index

1 - 10% 1 pip £1
N
no
£0
Y
yes

NatWest

1 - 20% 1 pip £1
N
no
£200
Y
yes

Accendo Markets

0.5 - 25% 1 pip £1
N
no
£1000
Y
yes

FP Markets

1 - 100% 0.3 pip £1
N
no
£1000
Y
yes

RBS

1 - 20% 1 pip £1
N
no
£200
Y
yes

Gekko

0.5 - 100% 1 pip £0.10
N
no
£0
Y
yes

London Capital Group Limited

0.3% 0.6 pip £0.10
N
no
£0
Y
yes

GFT

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

ProSpreads

3 - 15% 0.5 pips £3
N
no
£1000
N
no

Barclays

10 - 100% 1 pip £3
N
no
£0
Y
yes

Short Spreads

0.5 - 25% 0.5 pip £0.20
N
no
£0
Y
yes

FXCM

3 - 15% 0.5 pip £1
N
no
£100
Y
yes

Investors Intelligence

1-20% 0.8 pips £1
N
no
£1,000
Y
yes