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Compare the benefits and costs of spread betting and trading CFDs on indices with IG
Spread betting is a tax-free,1 leveraged way to trade on indices. You also pay no commission or stamp duty, and you can go both long or short on a range of global stock indices.
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|Markets||Over 10,000, including indices, shares, forex and commodities||Over 10,000, including indices, shares, forex and commodities||Over 6000 international shares|
|Free (charge is in the spread)||Shares only, from 0.1% on UK shares (see more details)||From £5 per deal|
|Tax free* profits||Yes||No||Yes, within an IG ISA1|
|Traded in||£ per point||Contracts||Units|
|Minimum trade size||50% of normal for first two weeks4||£1 per trade for first two weeks4||No minimum|
|Margin/leverage||From 0.5% for forex, 5% for shares and 0.1% for indices||From 0.5% for forex, 5% for shares and 0.1% for indices||No|
|Platforms available||All platforms except L2||All platforms||Web platform, L2, mobile and tablet apps|
|Risk management||Full range of tools available||Full range of tools available||No|
1 Tax laws are subject to change and depend on individual circumstances. Tax law may differ in a jurisdiction other than the UK.
2 Euro includes: Belgium, Eire, Finland, France, Germany, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain
3 For UK shares we adjust our commission in line with your trading activity.
4 Introductory offer. See more details.