Spread betting on indices

Spread bet on major global indices at City Index including the UK 100, Wall Street and Germany 40. Trade on the Best Professional Trading Platform 2021 and benefit from tax-efficient trading.

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  • Tight spreads

    Fixed spreads from 0.4 points

  • Range of markets

    Choice of 20+ major indices

  • Trading support

    24-hour trading and support

Why spread bet on indices?

Spread betting is a popular way to trade indices. City Index offers a choice of 20+ global indices and 20+ sectors and themed indices.

  • Pricing

    Ultra-competitive pricing

    Trade with margins from 5% and fixed spreads from 0.4pts.
  • Zero Percent

    Commission free trading

    Pay no commission and no UK Capital Gains Tax on any profits*.
  • Clock

    Round the clock trading

    24-hour trading, with breaks, and the choice of daily rolling markets, futures and options.

*Spread Betting is exempt from UK stamp duty and UK Capital Gains Tax. However, tax laws are subject to change and depend on individual circumstances. Please seek independent advice if necessary.

*Spread Betting is exempt from UK stamp duty and UK Capital Gains Tax. However, tax laws are subject to change and depend on individual circumstances. Please seek independent advice if necessary.

Live spread betting prices

Our performance in numbers

0.1 m+
account holders*
1 .5k+
markets
0.55 s
average execution speed
50 %
of trades successfully executed

*StoneX retail trading live and demo account holders globally since Q4 2020.

Indices DFTs vs futures

City Index offers two popular ways to spread bet indices: Daily Funded Trades (DFTs) and futures.

Indices DFTs
Indices futures
Ideal for
Shorter-term trading
Longer-term trading
Spreads
Tightest spreads of all indices markets
Wider spreads than DFT indices
Expiry dates
None
Fixed monthly/quarterly expiry date
Financing charge
Incurs a finance charge for positions held overnight
No overnight financing charge applied as contained within price
Adjustments
A dividend adjustment may be applicable to some indices
Positions may be rolled over to next month/quarter
Profit and loss
P&L realised only when positions are closed or partially closed
P&L realised when trade closed or expiry date

Mobile trading app

Seize trading opportunities with our most easy-to-use mobile app to date, with simple one-swipe dealing, advanced charting, and seamless execution. Available on Android and iOS.

TradingView charts

Complete with one-swipe trading, custom indicators, alerts and drawing tools.


Trading Central

Harness the power of technical analysis and access real-time trade ideas on our most popular markets.


Performance Analytics

Gain deeper insight into your trading and discover how you could improve your performance.

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Why choose City Index?

Over one million account holders* use us to trade the financial markets. Here's why.

*StoneX retail trading live and demo account holders globally since Q4 2020.

Experience
Reliability

With 24/5 dedicated customer support, we’re always on hand to help – and 99.99% of all trades are executed by our market-leading trading technology.

Speed
Speed

Over 99% of trades are executed in less than a second. If the price moves in your favour while the order is being processed, we'll execute your order at the better price.

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Experience

We’re backed by Nasdaq-listed StoneX, a Fortune 100 company with over a century in the financial markets. Combined with our four decades of heritage, you’re in good hands.

Tools
Tools and insight

From personalised Performance Analytics to AI-powered SMART Signals, you have a wealth of exclusive tools at your disposal to maximise your trading potential.

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Indices spread betting FAQ

Do indices have a spread?

Yes, just like all markets, indices have a spread – meaning you’ll buy an index at slightly above the market price and sell slightly below it. With City Index, you can trade 40+ global indices with fixed spreads from just 1 point. Open your trading account to get started.

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What is a spread bet on an index?

A spread bet on an index is a bet on whether it is going to head up or down in price from its current position. It’s a way of trading the market without paying tax or opening an account with a futures broker.*

You could, for example, bet £5 per point that the FTSE 100 (called the UK 100 on the City Index platform) is going to go up. Then, for every point that the index rises, you’ll make £5 – and for every point it falls, you’ll lose £5.

To get started, open your City Index account. Or, try out indices spread betting with our free trading simulator, complete with £10,000 virtual funds.

*Spread Betting is exempt from UK stamp duty and UK Capital Gains Tax. However, tax laws are subject to change and depend on individual circumstances. Please seek independent advice if necessary.

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