Spread betting

Spread betting is the tax-free way to take advantage of rising or falling markets.1 With seamless execution and the ability to go long or short on more than 16,000 markets, spread betting with IG brings you all the expertise of the world’s No.1 provider.2

Call 0800 195 3100 or email newaccounts.uk@ig.com to talk about opening a trading account. We’re here 24 hours a day, from 8am Saturday to 10pm Friday.

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Why start spread betting with IG?

No capital gains tax or stamp duty1

Negative balance protection on your account3

Full exposure with a small initial deposit

Advanced technology, with our best-ever web platform

No commission to pay – just the dealing spreads

Available on forex, indices, shares, commodities and more

What is spread betting?

Spread betting is a form of derivatives trading that allows you to take a position on whether you think a market will rise or fall, without having to buy the underlying asset. Spread betting is flexible as it's possible to take short positions and deal on over 16,000 markets.

What are the benefits?

  • Thousands of markets
  • Tax-free profits
  • Go long or short
  • Trade on margin

How do I spread bet?

  1. Open a trading account
  2. Find an opportunity
  3. Take a position
  4. Monitor your trade

Open a spread betting account

Fill in our simple online form

We’ll ask a few questions about your trading experience.

Get swift verification

We can usually verify your ID in just a few seconds.

Fund your account and trade

Or practise on a risk-free demo if you’d prefer.

What markets can I trade with spread betting?

Get spreads from just 0.6 points on pairs like EUR/USD with the UK’s No.1 FX provider.4

Deal on the world’s major stock indices, with more 24-hour markets than any other provider.

Discover opportunity in rising and falling prices across over 12,000 international share markets.

Trade on a wide range of metals, energies and soft commodities, with Spot Gold spreads starting at 0.3 points.

Take advantage of movement on bitcoin, ethereum, litecoin and ripple pairs, with no wallet needed.

Spread bet on interest rates, bonds, sectors and more.

How much will I have to pay?


Spread betting and CFD trading are forms of leveraged trading, meaning you can win, or lose, a significant amount more than you deposit initially. Though not actually a cost to you, the margin you pay makes a big difference to the affordability of your trade.


Your key payment for trading is the spread – the difference between the buy and the sell price – which is essentially our commission for executing your trade. We work to keep our spreads among the lowest in the business.

Retail margin Leverage equivalent Professional margin
What is this?
Leverage equivalent
Forex 3.33% 1:30 0.45% 1:222
Indices 5% 1:20 0.45% 1:222
Shares 20% 1:5 4.5% 1:22
Commodities 5% 1:20 0.45% 1:222
Cryptocurrencies 50% 1:2 4.5% 1:22

Minimum spreads from
Forex 0.6
Indices 0.1
Shares 0.1
Commodities 0.3
Cryptocurrencies 0.1

Depending on your position, you may need to pay overnight funding.

It’s free, quick and simple to create a financial spread betting account with us. Open one today, and you’ll get access to over 16,000 financial markets.

When you’re ready, you choose your deal size. What’s more, new spread betting clients get lower minimums for one month.

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1 Tax laws are subject to change and depend on individual circumstances. Tax law may differ in a jurisdiction other than the UK.
2 Based on revenue excluding FX (published financial statements, February 2018).
3 Negative balance protection applies to trading-related debt only and is not available to professional traders.
4 By number of primary relationships with FX traders (Investment Trends UK Leveraged Trading Report released August 2018).

Spread bets and CFDs are complex instruments and come with a high risk of losing money rapidly due to leverage. 76% of retail investor accounts lose money when trading spread bets and CFDs with this provider. You should consider whether you understand how spread bets and CFDs work, and whether you can afford to take the high risk of losing your money. Spread bets and CFDs are complex instruments and come with a high risk of losing money rapidly due to leverage.