Financial spread betting, including index spread betting, is currently tax-free in the UK. Note however, that tax treatment depends on the individual circumstances of each client and may change in the future.
FinancialSpreads offer a free Demo Account where you can practice spread betting, try out trading theories, check live charts etc.
Demo Account has a wide selection of index markets like the UK 100, Wall Street 30 and Germany 30 as well as individual equities, commodities and
When trading with Financial Spreads clients can access real-time candlestick charts for the UK 100 and over a thousand other markets.
Along with the various chart types, the package has a wide range of benefits that includes:
The following spread betting example looks at the most popular stock market index, the UK 100. For more worked trading examples also see:
Looking at the UK stock market, let's assume you go to the FinancialSpreads website and see:
Key Information Document - Stock Index Spread Bet
: An Index Spread Bet is a leveraged financial derivative based on a basket of shares, otherwise known as an Index, such as the UK 100.
: Allows investor to speculate on the price movement of an Index without ever taking delivery of any shares.
Intended Retail Investor
: Small to large scale investors who want to speculate on movements in the foreign exchange market.
The following is put together by Finsa Europe Ltd, trading as Financial Spreads, and provides you with key information about this investment product.
It is required by law to help you understand the nature, risks, costs and potential losses in investing with these products and to help you compare against other products before you make a decision to invest.
Nature of Product
A Spread Bet is a financial product under which the parties agree to exchange the difference, in cash, between the opening price and the closing price of a trade.
Spread Bets are leveraged financial products, meaning that you only have to outlay a small percentage of the notional value of a transaction.
We offer a two-way price on a number of Index Spread Bets. For instance, we may offer the UK 100 100 at 7500.2-7501.
If you expected the UK 100 to rise you would buy at 7501, if you expected it to fall you would sell at 7500.2.
You would nominate the stake per tradeable unit, in this case it would be the amount you wished to stake for each index point movement in price.
Let's say you chose to buy a stake of £10 per unit at 7501. This would equate to a notional value of £75,010 (7501 multiplied by £10).
In order to place the trade we would require margin on your account of 0.5% of the notional value of the trade, which equates to £375.05 in this case.
In the above example, the value of your open position would increase by £10 for every 1 point increase in the UK 100 and decrease by £10 for every 1 point fall in the UK 100.
You can close your position at any time during our trading hours. Positions can be automatically closed if the available funds on your account fall below 20% of the required margin to have positions open.
There are a number of different order types that you can place in connection to a trade to manage your risk such as stop loss, trailing stop loss and guaranteed stop loss orders.
Please make sure you fully understand the nature of spread betting and the below risks associated with trading such products before making a decision to trade as there is a chance you can lose significantly more than your initial deposit.
Risks of Product
Although Spread Bets allow you to speculate on the rise and fall of global financial markets at a relatively low cost, without ever owning the underlying asset, they are considered to be risky products:
- Spread Bets are "over the counter" (OTC) products, which means that they are not traded on a licensed financial market, such as a Stock Exchange. They are a contract between you and us, which means you are exposed to the risk of us as the counterparty not fulfilling our obligations to you.
- The leverage nature of Spread Bets means that a relatively small move in the price can cause an immediate and substantial loss to you, including a loss far greater than the amount of your initial investment.
- Financial markets can be very volatile. Gapping refers to an occurrence whereby the quoted price moves sharply from one level to the next, through an order level meaning your order may be executed at a worse price than you had hoped for which may incur losses beyond expectation.
Costs of Product
The principle cost or commission of trading Spread Bets is incorporated in what is known as the Spread, which is the difference between the sell and buy price. The Spread is fixed and can be viewed, along with other specific product information, here in the Market Information Sheets
There is a cost of holding Index Spread Bets overnight, known as the Overnight Financing Charge.
The effect of these adjustments is to mirror the effect of us financing the asset in the underlying market on your behalf.
When holding long positions your account will typically be debited with the charge and, when holding short positions, it may lead to you being credited with the charge but it will depend on the relative interest rates of the country of the underlying market.
How to Complain
If you have a complaint about this product, you should contact us immediately at firstname.lastname@example.org
We must give you a response within 8 weeks, but we will normally respond to complaints within 3 days or less.
Please see Customer Terms and Conditions
If you are not happy with our response, you may take the complaint to the Financial Ombudsman Service