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Spread bettingSPREAD BETTING

What is Spread Betting?

Spread betting allows you to bet on the price fluctuations of various financial markets. Spread Betting accounts operate similar to the standard FXCM LTD accounts, but enjoy special tax-free 1 status in the UK and Ireland. The minimum to open a live account is ?2,000.

1 Only available to residents of the UK and the Republic of Ireland. The UK tax treatment of your financial betting activities depends on your individual circumstances and may be subject to change in the future, or may differ in other jurisdictions.

Spread betting is not being offered in any country outside the UK or Ireland, or to any non-UK or non-Ireland residents. It is not intended for distribution to, or use by any person in any country or jurisdiction where such distribution or use would be contrary to local law or regulation.

How can I practice Spread Betting?

FXCM offers Spread Bet practice accounts on both the Trading Station and MetaTrader4 platforms:

Do I need a different platform to Spread Bet?

You can Spread Bet on the Trading Station and MetaTrader4 platforms, however, there are separate download links:

How do I Spread Bet with FXCM?

Spread Betting at FXCM is done in standardised bet sizes called lots. A lot is the smallest available bet size that you can place on your account. With FXCM the default forex lot is 1,000 units of currency, meaning the smallest bet you can place is 1,000 units. You can place larger bets, but the bet size must be in increments of 1,000.

Video How to Spread Bet with FXCM (3:01)

To open a Spread Betting account, check the box to make your account a Spread Betting account on the FXCM application page. Note that spread betting is not offered in any country outside the UK or Ireland, or to any non-UK or non-Ireland residents. It is not intended for distribution to, or use by any person in any country or jurisdiction where such distribution or use would be contrary to local law or regulation.

If you are currently an FXCM account holder and would like to request an FXCM Spread Betting account, please complete the Spread Betting transfer form .

Spread Betting

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Spread Betting with AvaTrade - for Residents in the UK and Ireland only

Enjoy tax-free trading on our full range of markets with an AvaTrade Spread Betting Account.

As an AvaTrade client you can place long or short spread bets on more than 200 different financial instruments with leverage of up to 400:1.

Spread betting is available exclusively to traders in the UK and Ireland.

Trade 200+ instruments

Go long or short to take advantage of rising falling markets

Get leverage of up to 400:1

Spread bet on the popular MetaTrader 4 platform

Access live 24/5 customer support

Profits exempt from Capital Gains Tax Stamp Duty*

Open a spread betting account today get a new client bonus of up to $10,000 . You can also try spread betting with 21-day demo account.

What is Spread Betting?

Financial spread betting works in a similar way to traditional Forex CFD trading, but instead of buying and selling ‘lots the trader places a bet per point movement in the underlying market.

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What is financial spread betting?

Spread betting provides the ordinary investor a tax efficient opportunity to speculate on fluctuations in the prices of thousands of global market instruments. These include individual shares, equity indices, foreign exchange, commodities, interest rates and bullion.

Spread betting offers four key advantages over other more traditional investment methods;

Tax free profits

Spread betting is exempt from tax (no capital gains or income taxes and no stamp duty) so any profits you make from trading are yours in full.

Greater Profit Opportunities – Going long and short

You can choose which way you think the market will go so you aren’t restricted to just buying and waiting for the price to rise. You can buy or sell (go long or short) giving you more flexibility in your decision making and ultimately giving you greater opportunities to profit from a price movement within the market.

The power of margin

Margin trading gives you the opportunity to leverage your trade, meaning a significantly reduced initial deposit than would be traditionally required to obtain a similar exposure to the markets.

International market exposure with no currency risk

Spread betting allows you to trade on international markets without having to worry about converting any profits back in to your home currency. Each transaction produces a profit or loss in a single currency nominated, in advance, by you.

How does it work?

Financial Spread Betting uses the same fundamental trading techniques that are used when trading most traditional assets.

The major difference with Spread Betting is that you do not physically take ownership of the underlying asset, you simply ‘bet’ on the direction of the price movement instead.

The direction they believe the market will move

The stake, i. e. the amount they would like to make for every point that the market moves in that direction

Choosing the instrument

We offer real-time prices in thousands of markets, which of those you trade is solely your decision. For example, you may wish to take a short term view on an index or have a longer-term view on a share or commodity, you can even do both at the same time. Our platform has real-time charts with built-in indicators and analysis to help you decide.

The only other thing you need to consider when choosing an instrument is the type of bet that you wish to place on that market. WorldSpreads offer a range of bet options that are available to suit the desired duration of your trade. These range from only a few minutes, to a single day, to 3 months in length, and even one where there is no defined end date.

Daily Cash Bets - designed for the short term trader and are settled at the end of the day.

Daily Rolling Cash Bets - these bets do not expire at the end of the day and are automatically ‘rolled over’ to the next trading day (subject to overnight financing charges)

Daily Rolling Future Bets - these bets do not expire at the end of the day and are automatically ‘rolled over’ to the next trading day (subject to overnight financing rolling charges)

Quarterly Bets - expire on a set date three months in the future and do not incur financing (or rolling) costs – it is all built into the price, up front.

It is important to note that a bet can be closed at any time before the bet’s initial expiration date.

Choosing the Bet Direction

If the investor believes the value of an asset is set to rise in the future they would place a ‘buy’ (or ‘up’) bet, this is known, in market terminology, as ‘going long’. Conversely if they feel that the asset price is likely to fall in value, they would enter a ‘Sell’ (or ‘down’) bet, otherwise known as ‘going short’.

Going Short (or “shorting”) is a major advantage of spread betting and describes the practice of selling a borrowed asset with the intention of buying it back later at a cheaper rate than at which they initially sold. The short seller is looking for the price of the asset to fall before buying it back at a cheaper price. This concept opens up the possibility of making profit when the price of an asset is falling in value.

Choosing the Stake

When placing your bet you will be asked the stake/amount you would like for the bet. For every point that the asset moves in the correct direction the investor will profit by the stake amount. So as an example, if you had placed a buy bet at ?1 per point and the asset value rose by 10 points the bet would be worth ?10. It really is that simple. Obviously, if the market moves in the other direction, then those profits turn into losses.

The stake amount is an indication of the level of risk you are prepared to take on that trade. The larger the value of the stake amount, the greater the potential reward, however, there is clearly also the potential for larger losses.