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Spreads from 0.3 points on popular commodity markets

Energies

We offer all the headline-grabbing energy markets, including US and Brent Crude oil, plus Natural Gas, No Lead Gasoline, Heating Oil and Carbon Emissions. 

Energies information table

Market name

One point means

Bet size equivalent to one contract

Minimum bet

Standard spread[1]

Limited risk
premium[8]

Margin factor[4]

Oil - Brent Crude cents/barrel $10 £1 2.8 2 1.5%
Oil - US Crude cents/barrel $10 £2 2.8 2 1.5%
Heating Oil 0.01 cents/gallon $4.20 £1 20 20 3%
Carbon Emissions €0.01/metric tonne $10 £4 3 30 10%
London Gas Oil $/tonne $100 £30 0.6 0.6 3.5%
Natural Gas $0.001/mmBtu $10 £1 3 20 3.5%
No Lead Gasoline 0.01 cents/gallon $4.20 £1 30 20 3%

 

Metals

Spread bet on the world's most popular spot metals, Gold and Silver, and a range of metals with no fixed expiries, either through our trading platform or over the phone.

Metals information table

Market name

One point means

Bet size equivalent to one contract

Minimum bet

Standard spread[1]

Limited risk
premium[8]

Margin factor[4]

Spot Gold $/troy ounce $100 £5 0.3 0.3 0.7%
Spot Silver cents/troy ounce $50 £3 2 2 2%
Spot Palladium $/troy ounce $100 £10 1.2 2 3.5%
Spot Platinum $/troy ounce $50 £5 1.8 1.5 2%
High Grade Copper 0.01 cents/pound $2.50 £0.50 20 30 1.5%
Iron Ore CNY/metric tonne CNH100 £5 4.5 3 5%

 

Softs

We offer a wide range of soft commodities such as cocoa, coffee, wheat, corn, livestock and sugar.

Softs information table

Market name

One point means

Bet size equivalent to one contract

Minimum bet

Standard spread[1]

Limited risk premium[8]

Margin factor[4]

London Cocoa £/tonne £10 £2 3 4 4%
New York Cocoa $/tonne $10 £2 4 5 3%
Coffee Robusta (London) $/tonne $10 £2 3 6 3%
Coffee Arabica (New York) cents/pound $3.75 £1 20 20 3%
Orange Juice cents/pound $1.50 £0.50 24 20 4%
Feeder Cattle cents/pound $5 £1 14 30 2.5%
Live Cattle cents/pound $4 £1 12 30 2%
Lean Hogs cents/pound $4 £1 10 30 2.5%
Cotton (New York) cents/pound $5 £1 15 15 4%
Rapeseed €/tonne €50 £5 0.7 2 4%
Lumber cents/1000 board feet $1.10 £0.50 60 80 3.5%
London Sugar No. 5 $/tonne $50 £15 0.6 0.8 4%
New York Sugar No. 11 cents/pound $11.20 £3 3 4 3%
London Wheat £/tonne £100 £50 0.4 0.3 4%
Paris Milling Wheat €/tonne €50 £30 0.6 1 6%
Chicago Wheat cents/bushel $50 £15 0.6 1.5 2.5%
Corn cents/bushel $50 £15 0.6 1.5 3%
Oats cents/bushel $50 £15 0.6 1.5 5%
Rough Rice 0.1$/cwt $2 £0.50 20 30 3%
Soyabeans cents/bushel $50 £15 1.2 2 2.5%
Soyabean Meal cents/tonne $1 £0.25 40 50 3.5%
Soyabean Oil cents/pound $6 £2.00 6 8 4%

 

Table notes

Table notes

Where you see a number or letter in brackets in the tables, the corresponding note can be found below.

1. Spreads are subject to variation, especially in volatile market conditions. If the underlying market spread increases significantly, our spread may increase.

2. Commodity funding is based on the market cost of carry including an admin fee of 2.5% per annum.

3. For Spot Gold and Spot Silver the overnight funding adjustment is based on the tom-next spread including an admin fee of 0.8% per annum. As spot gold and spot silver are DFBs they have an expiry far out in the future.

4. Please note that tiered margins apply; this means that higher deposits may be required for large positions. See our margins page for further details. You can find the tiered margins for each market from the Get Info section in our dealing platform.

5. Live Cattle, Feeder Cattle and Lean Hogs open at 15.05 (London time) on the Monday of a normal business week, and close on Fridays at 19.55 (London time).

6. The market will close early on a Friday at 19.55 (London time). Note that there is a break each day between 22.00 and 23.00 (London time).

7. Iron ore is quoted during the following times: 09:00 – 11:30, 13:30 – 15:00 and 21:00 – 02:30 China Standard Time (GMT +8).

8. For limited-risk bets a limited-risk premium is charged if your guaranteed stop is triggered. The potential premium is displayed on the deal ticket, and can form part of your margin when you attach the stop. Please note that premiums are subject to change, especially going into weekends and during volatile market conditions.

 

Spreads from 0.5 points on popular commodity futures markets

Energies

We offer all the headline-grabbing energy markets, including plus Natural Gas, No Lead Gasoline, Heating Oil and Carbon Emissions.

Notes in [square brackets] are detailed in the 'Notes' tab.

Energies futures information table

Market name and
dealing hours

One point means

Bet size
equivalent
to one
contract

Minimum bet

Spread [2]

Limited risk
premium[8]

Margin factor

Oil - Brent Crude
01.00-23.00
cents/barrel $10 £1 6* 4 1.5%
Oil- US Crude
24 hours (except 22.00-23.00)
cents/barrel $10 £2 6 4 1.5%
Heating Oil
24 hours (except 22.00-23.00
0.01 cents/gallon $4.20 £1 30 20 3%
Carbon Emissions
07.00-17.00
€0.01/metric tonne €10 £4 6* n/a 10%
London Gas Oil
01.00-23.00
$/tonne $100 £30 1* 0.6 3.5%
Natural Gas
24 hours (except 22.00-23.00)
$0.001/mmBtu $10 £1 20 20 3.5%
No Lead Gasoline
24 hours (except 22.00-23.00
0.01 cents/gallon $4.20 £1 30 20 3%

 

Metals

Spread bet on the world's most popular spot metals, Gold and Silver, as well as a wide range of futures, either through our trading platform or over the phone.

Notes in [square brackets] are detailed in the 'Notes' tab.

Metals futures information table

Market name &
dealing hours

One point means

Bet size
equivalent
to one
contract

Minimum bet

Spread [2]

Limited risk
premium[8]

Margin factor

Gold
24 hours (except 22.00-23.00)
$/troy ounce $100 £5 0.6 0.3 0.7%
Silver
24 hours (except 22.00-23.00)
cents/troy ounce $50 £3 3 2 2%
High Grade Copper
24 hours (except 22.00-23.00)
0.01 cents/pound $2.50 £0.50 40 30 1.5%
Palladium
24 hours (except 22.00-23.00)
$/troy ounce $100 £10 2 2 3.5%
Platinum
24 hours (except 22.00-23.00)
$/troy ounce $50 £5 2 1.5 2%

Base metals futures daily funded bets

Our quotes for this Base metals daily funded bets are based on the three month forward prices for the underlying instrument. Separate daily funding adjustments are made for base metals.

Market name &
dealing hours

One point means

Bet size
equivalent
to one
contract

Minimum bet

Spread [2]

Limited risk
premium[8]

Margin factor

Aluminium
01.00-18.00
$/tonne $25 £2 8 8 5%
Copper
01.00-18.00
$/tonne $25 £2 10 10 5.5%
Lead
01.00-18.00
$/tonne $25 £2 8 8 5%
Nickel
01.00-18.00
$/tonne $6 £0.50 40 40 8%
Zinc
01.00-18.00
$/tonne $25 £2 8 8 4%

Softs

We offer a wide range of soft commodities such as cocoa, coffee, wheat, corn, livestock and sugar.

Softs futures information table

Market name & dealing hours

One point means

Bet size equivalent to one contract

Minimum bet

Spread [2]

Limited risk premium[8]

Margin factor

London Cocoa
09.30-16.50
£/tonne £10 £2 4* 4 4%
New York Cocoa
09.45-18.30
$/tonne $10 £2 8* 5 3%
Coffee Robusta (London)
09.00-17.30
$/tonne $10 £2 4* 6 3%
Coffee Arabica (New York)
09.15-18.30
cents/pound $3.75 £1 40* 20 3%
Orange Juice
13.00-19.00
cents/pound $1.50 £0.50 40* 20 4%
Feeder Cattle
14.30-19.05
cents/pound $5 £1 20 30 2.5%
Live Cattle
14.30-19.05
cents/pound $4 £1 20 30 2%
Lean Hogs
14.30-19.05
cents/pound $4 £1 15 30 2.5%
Cotton (New York)
02.00-19.20
cents/pound $5 £1 25* 15 4%
Rapeseed
09.45-17.30
€/tonne €50 £5 1* 2 4%
Lumber
15.00-22.00
cents/1000 board feet $1.10 £0.50 100 80 3.5%
London Sugar No. 5
08.45-17.55
$/tonne $50 £15 0.8* 0.8 4%
New York Sugar No. 11
08.30-18.00
cents/pound $11.20 £3 5* 4 3%
London Wheat
09.30-17.28
£/tonne £100 £50 0.5* 0.3 4%
Paris Milling Wheat
09.45-17.30
€/tonne €50 £30 1* 1 6%
Chicago Wheat
01.00-13.45
14.30-19.20
cents/bushel $50 £15 1 1.5 2.5%
Corn
01.00-13.45
14.30-19.20
cents/bushel $50 £15 1 1.5 3%
Oats
01.00-13.45
14.30-19.20
cents/bushel $50 £15 1 1.5 5%
Rough Rice
01.00-13.45
14.30-19.20
0.1$/cwt $2 £0.50 40 30 3%
Soyabeans
01.00-13.45
14.30-19.20
cents/bushel $50 £15 2 2 2.5%
Soyabean Meal
01.00-13.45
14.30-19.20
cents/tonne $1 £0.25 80 50 3.5%
Soyabean Oil
01.00-13.45
14.30-19.20
cents/pound $6 £2.00 10 8 4%

 

Expiry details

Find the expiry details for our commodities markets, including the settlement details for spot bets and the contract months and last dealing days for futures. We offer front two months for US Light Crude and Brent Crude and front month for all other markets.

Notes in [square brackets] are detailed in the 'Notes' tab.

Expiry details information table

Market name

Contract months [3]

Last dealing day [1][4]

Oil - Brent Crude Any month Trading shall cease at the end of the designated settlement period on the day before the last Business Day of the second month preceding the relevant contract month [1a]
US Crude Any month Fourth business day before the 25th of the prior month [1e]
Brent-US Light Crude Differential Any month Second business day prior to the 15th day before 1st of the month [1m]
Heating Oil Any month Penultimate business day of the prior month [1f]
Carbon Emissions Mar, Jun, Sep, Dec Trading day preceding 3rd Friday of contract month [1h]
London Gas Oil Any month up to nine months forward Third business day prior to 14th day of the delivery month [1h]
Natural Gas Any month Four NY business days prior to the first calendar day of the delivery month [1f]
No Lead Gasoline Any month Penultimate business day of the prior month [1f]
Spot Gold n/a Daily Funded Bet [8a]
Gold Feb, Apr, Jun, Aug, Dec See notes [1d][1i]
Spot Silver n/a Daily Funded Bet [8a]
Silver Mar, May, Jul, Sep, Dec Penultimate business day of prior month [1e]
High Grade Copper Jan, Mar, May, Jul, Sep, Dec Two business days before the first day of the contract month [1e]
Palladium Mar, Jun, Sep, Dec Penultimate business day of prior month [1e]
Platinum Jan, Apr, Jul, Oct Fourth Friday of prior month [1e]
London Cocoa Mar, May, Jul, Sep, Dec 5th business day of contract month [1b]
New York Cocoa Mar, May, Jul, Sep, Dec Second Friday or previous business day of previous month [1d]
Coffee Robusta (London) Jan, Mar, May, Jul, Sep, Nov Four business days prior to the first calendar day of the delivery month [1b]
Coffee Arabica (New York) Mar, May, Jul, Sep, Dec Second Friday or previous business day of previous month [1d]
Orange Juice Jan, Mar, May, Jul, Sep, Nov Four business days prior to the first calendar day of the delivery month [1d]
Feeder Cattle Jan, Mar, Apr, May, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov Last business day of prior month [1j]
Live Cattle Feb, Apr, Jun, Aug, Oct, Dec Last business day of prior month [1j]
Lean Hogs Feb, Apr, Jun, Jul, Aug, Oct, Dec Last business day of prior month [1j]
Cotton (New York) Mar, May, Jul, Oct, Dec Third Friday of prior month [1d]
Rapeseed Feb, May, Aug, Nov

Four business days prior to the first calendar day of the delivery month

[1l]
Lumber Jan, Mar, May, Jul, Sep, Nov Last business day of prior month [1j]
London Sugar No.5 Mar, May, Aug, Oct, Dec

First Friday of the prior contract month [1b]

NY Sugar No. 11 Mar, May, Jul, Oct Penultimate business day of the prior month [1d]
London Wheat May, Nov Third Friday of prior month
Paris Milling Wheat Jan, Mar, May, Sep, Nov Last business day of previous month [1l]
Chicago Wheat Mar, May, Jul, Sep, Dec Penultimate business day of prior month [1g]
Corn Mar, May, Jul, Sep, Dec Penultimate business day of prior month [1g]
Oats Mar, May, Jul, Sep, Dec Penultimate business day of prior month [1g]
Rough Rice Jan, Mar, May, Jul, Sep, Nov Penultimate business day of prior month [1g]
Soyabeans Jan, Mar, May, Jul, Aug, Sep, Nov Penultimate business day of prior month [1g]
Soyabean Meal Jan, Mar, May, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Dec Penultimate business day of prior month [1g]
Soyabean Oil Jan, Mar, May, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Dec Penultimate business day of prior month [1g]

 

Table notes

Table notes

Where you see a number or letter in brackets in the tables, the corresponding note can be found below.

1. All other bets expire plus or minus half our spread as follows:

a) Brent Crude Oil based on the ICE Brent settlement price on our last dealing day.
b) Cocoa (London), Coffee Robusta, White Sugar No.5 and London Wheat based on the settlement price of the relevant contract on LIFFE on our last dealing day.
c) Cocoa (US), Coffee Arabica, Orange Juice, Sugar No.11, Cotton, and US Dollar Basket based on the settlement price of the relevant futures contract on NYBOT on our last dealing day.
d) Gold, Silver and High Grade Copper futures based on the settlement price of the relevant futures contract on COMEX on our last dealing day.
e) US Light Crude Oil, Heating Oil, Natural Gas, No Lead Gasoline, Platinum and Palladium futures based on the settlement price of the relevant futures contract on NYMEX our last dealing day.
f) Corn, Oats, Soyabeans, Soyabean Meal, Soyabean Oil, Wheat and Rough Rice based on the settlement price of the relevant futures contract on CBOT on our last dealing day.
g) Gas Oil and Carbon Emissions based on the settlement price of the relevant futures contract on ICE on our last dealing day.
h) Live and Feeder Cattle, Lean Hogs, and Lumber based on the settlement price of the relevant futures contract on CME on our last dealing day.
i) Gold futures expire on the fourth business day prior to the first day of the contract month.
j) Milling Wheat and Rapeseed based on the settlement price of the relevant futures contract on Euronext on our last dealing day.

2.a) Spread bets on commodity futures are quoted with reference to the equivalent expiry contract on the underlying futures market. We do not apply any weighting or biases to our pricing sources.

b) Spreads are subject to variation, especially in volatile market conditions. Our dealing spreads may change to reflect the available liquidity during different times of day. Our normal spread is shown in the table.

c) Dealing spreads may be offered as a fixed or variable amount. If variable spreads are in use, then the spread shown in this table is the amount of IG spread added to the underlying futures market spread. Any variable dealing spreads are marked with an asterisk (*).

3. We generally only offer front month for most futures markets, and front 2 months for US Light Crude Oil and Brent Crude Oil futures.

4. The last dealing day shown here will not always coincide with the last dealing day of any relevant analogous exchange-traded futures contract. This is because contracts can become illiquid as they approach expiry and market spreads can widen considerably.

5. Rollovers: 

a) For Spot Gold and Spot Silver the overnight funding adjustment is based on the tom-next spread including an admin fee of 0.8% per annum. As spot gold and spot silver are DFBs they have an expiry far out in the future.
b) For Aluminium, Copper, Lead, Nickel and Zinc daily funded bets the overnight funding adjustment is based on the market cost of carry including an admin fee of 2.5% per annum.

c) Futures: when Commodity Futures are rolled, normal bets are closed at the middle of our price, plus or minus half our normal spread, and are reopened at the middle of our price, plus or minus half our spread with a 40% concession applied. Limited risk bets on Commodity Futures are closed at the middle of our price, plus or minus half the normal IG Index spread, and are reopened at the middle of our price, plus or minus half IG Index spread with a 40% concession applied, and plus or minus the limited risk premium. (N.B. For most commodity future rolls, the middle of our closing and re-opening prices will be based upon the prior day’s market settlement price for the relevant contracts).
d) Stops and limits: If you have a stop or a limit order on a spot position when it is rolled over, we will, unless instructed otherwise, place the stop or limit on the new bet at the same level as the stop or limit on the expiring bet. If the new bet is based on a different contract month we will adjust the stop or limit for fair value. If you have Stops or Limits on a Futures bet when it is rolled over, we will, unless otherwise instructed, place the stop or limit on the new bet at the same level, but adjusted for fair value. For example, if the price of the new contract is 20 points higher than the expiring contract, your stop or limit would be rolled forward at your existing level plus 20 points. This applies to both guaranteed and non-guaranteed stops and limits.

 

6. Please note that tiered margins apply; this means that higher deposits may be required for large positions. See our margins page for further details. You can find the tiered margins for each market from the Get Info section in our dealing platform.

7. The market will close early on a Friday at 19.55 (London time). Note that there is a break each day between 16.00 and 17.00 (London time).

8. For limited-risk bets a limited-risk premium is charged if your guaranteed stop is triggered. The potential premium is displayed on the deal ticket, and can form part of your margin when you attach the stop. Please note that premiums are subject to change, especially going into weekends and during volatile market conditions.

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Types of Bets

Types of Spread Bets

Spot and Daily bets

In addition to our futures commodity spread bets, we also offer Spot bets on Gold and Silver, and Daily bets on our energies. Spot bets have no expiry and are subject to daily funding adjustments.

Futures

Futures expire at a specified time in the future. You can deal out of an open position before the expiry date, but you can’t roll a position over beyond it. The spread on futures bets is generally slightly wider than Spot bets because overnight funding charges are built in.

Limited risk premium

Limited risk premium

Positions using a guaranteed stop have a strictly limited maximum loss. A small premium is incurred when placing this type of position.

Margin factor

Margin factor

Margin factor is used to calculate the required margin for a position.

For a commodity spread bet with no stop, the equation would be as follows:

  • Margin requirement = bet size x margin factor

If you were to attach a non-guaranteed stop to the position, you would use this calculation:

  • Margin requirement = (bet size x stop distance) + (margin requirement for non-stop position x slippage factor)

Please note, the slippage factor for most non-equity markets is 20%. Use Get Info in our dealing platform to see the slippage factor for each market. 

Minimum bet

Minimum bet

Minimum bet is the smallest amount that can be bet per point.

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