Access a world of markets through online trading
Here are the five steps you’ll need to follow to start trading online:
Learn more about online trading
Online trading is a way for traders from a variety of backgrounds, and with diverse levels of experience, to access a wide range of the world’s most popular financial markets. When trading online, you’ll use derivative products to speculate on the price movements of underlying assets – without ever owning the asset itself.
This is because derivatives like spread bets and CFDs track the price of the asset on which they are based. Traders using derivatives never take delivery of the underlying, whether it be a physical commodity like gold or oil, foreign currency, or a security like company shares.
In comparison, if you invest, you’ll buy, own and sell an asset. For example, you can use our share dealing platform to buy and sell shares from over 14,900 leading companies and ETFs.
Get a risk-free online trading account
One of the best ways to learn more about online trading is to open a risk-free demo account with us.
Our demo accounts simulate the live market environment found in our award-winning trading platform,1 giving you access to over 17,000 markets, including:
Trading in a virtual market will allow you to explore, experiment and learn with confidence. Our demo accounts come with a pre-set balance of £10,000 in virtual funds. By recreating the dynamics of ‘real’ trading, you get the opportunity to see how our products and financial markets work – all without putting any capital at risk.
You’ll be able to easily toggle between your practice spread bet and CFD accounts to see which instrument is better suited to your preferences. Even experienced traders can use demo accounts to test new strategies, tools or ideas, safe in the knowledge that your experiments won’t result in any real-world losses.
We don’t offer a practice account for share dealing, but a live account can be opened for no minimum deposit.
Explore the markets you can trade online
Our online trading platform offers low spreads, exclusive opportunities to trade 24/7, out-of-hours trading on 70+ leading US shares, and gives you access to over 17,000 popular local and international markets.2
Below, you can see what markets you can trade – and whether you’ll be able to go long or short – using our spread bets and CFDs. You’ll also be able to view the same info for our share dealing offerings.
Our markets include:
- Analyse and learn
- Managing your risk
- Maximising trading success
- How to trade online
- Trade analytics tool
- News and trade ideas
- Strategy and planning
- Financial events
- Seminars and webinars
- Subscriptions and downloads
- Special reports
- Trading podcasts
- Economic calendar
- Trading diary
- Glossary of trading terms
1 As awarded at the ADVFN International Financial Awards 2020 and Professional Trader Awards 2019
2 24/7 excludes the hours from 10pm Friday to 8am Saturday (UK time), and 20 minutes just before the weekday market opens on Sunday night
3 Tax laws are subject to change and depend on individual circumstances. Tax law may differ in a jurisdiction other than the UK. When trading CFDs, you don’t have to pay stamp duty, but you will be liable for capital gains tax (CGT). When you spread bet, you don’t incur stamp duty and any profits are exempt from capital gains tax.
4 We offer 81 indices markets for CFD trading, and 69 indices markets for spread betting