Similarities between spread betting, CFDs and forex trading
While there are some key differences between forex CFDs, forex trading and forex spread betting, there are also lots of similarities. Whichever option you choose, you’ll probably pay to open your position via the spread, instead of commission. And you’ll always speculate on the price movements of forex pairs instead of on currencies in isolation.
All retail forex trades will take advantage of leverage. Leverage allows retail forex traders to get exposure to large amounts of currency without having to pay the full value of their trade upfront. Instead, you only put down a deposit known as margin.
Your profit or loss will still be calculated based on the full size of your position, though. So your profits and losses can be far greater than the amount you put down to open the trade, and your losses can sometimes even exceed your initial deposit.
Find out more about how a forex trade works.
Why do CFD and spread betting forex prices look different?
You trade forex via CFD in contracts or lots. We therefore display CFD forex prices in the same way you would expect to see them on an FX exchange: eg. 1.31425
Because you spread bet on forex in currency per point, we display prices differently eg. 13142.5. This makes it easier to see per point movements.
This makes no difference to the price you deal at or your potential profit or loss: it simply makes it easier to track per point movements.