Spread betting

Spread betting with City Index provides a tax-free* way to trade on thousands of financial markets.

  • Tight spreads, zero commissions
  • No tax on profits or stamp duty*
  • Awarded Best Spread Betting Provider 2021 - Shares Awards
  • Tight spreads, zero commissions
  • No tax on profits or stamp duty*
  • Awarded Best Spread Betting Provider 2021 - Shares Awards

Our key figures

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

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

Why spread bet with City Index?

  • Competitive

    Competitive, fixed spreads

    Stay in control with transparent pricing and fast execution.
  • Zero Percent

    Tax-efficient trading

    Pay no UK capital gains tax or stamp duty*.
  • Award-winning platforms

    Award-winning platform

    Best Platform for the Active Trader 2021 – ADVFN.
  • Markets

    8,500+ markets

    Trade on global FX, indices, shares and more.

*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.

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What is spread betting?

Spread betting is a type of derivative that allows you to trade on price movements on a wide range of financial markets including FX, indices, shares and commodities. When you spread bet, you can trade on both rising and falling prices, enabling you to take advantage of shorter-term trading opportunities as market prices fluctuate.

As you’re trading on price movements rather than owning actual assets you also do not have to pay UK Capital Gains Tax or Stamp Duty on any profits you earn*.

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Spread betting FAQ

How does spread betting work?

Spread betting works by enabling you to bet on the future direction of a market. As the market moves in your chosen direction, your bet will earn a profit. If the market moves against you, your bet will earn a loss.

Say, for example, that you bet £5 per point that the FTSE 100 will rise. For every point that the FTSE goes up, your trade will make £5. For every point it falls, you’ll lose £5.

You only realise any profit or loss when you close the position. If the FTSE has moved up 100 points when you close, your profit will make you (£5 * 100 points) £500. If it has moved down 100 points, you’ll lose £500 instead.

Learn more about the ins and outs of spread betting.

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Is spread betting good for beginners?

If you’re entirely new to the markets, then we wouldn’t recommend leaping straight into spread betting with a live account. We have lots of resources to make sure you’re fully equipped before risking any real capital: including the City Index Academy and a free trading demo.

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What does the spread mean in trading?

In trading, the spread is the difference between the buy and sell prices quoted on a market. For instance, if the DAX has a buy price of 15,904 and a sell price of 15,900, then it has a four-point spread.

On spread betting markets, the spread also contains the cost to open and close positions. Instead of paying commission when you trade, your costs are covered by the spread.

Find out more about the spread.

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