All trading involves risk. Losses can exceed deposits.

Is spread betting for me?

If you already actively trade the financial markets, spread betting is an alternative way to take advantage of price movements, without having to buy the underlying asset.

All trading involves risk. Losses can exceed deposits.

I'm a forex trader

If you’re an active forex trader you’ll already benefit from leverage on your forex trades, but by spread betting on forex you'll gain a range of other advantages.

  • Tight spreads – starting from just 0.8 points
  • Attach guaranteed stops and place an absolute limit on your risk for a small fee
  • No requotes on your forex deals when using our technology*
  • ProRealTime – automate and backtest your strategies
  • Access to digital 100s – daily opportunities for short-term forex dealing
  • Stay on top of the forex markets with our range of mobile dealing apps

As with any leveraged product, you should be aware that spread betting is not appropriate for everyone and it can result in losses that exceed your initial deposit.

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I'm a shares trader

Using your existing knowledge and approach to researching the stock market, spread betting can be the next step in diversifying your portfolio with stock indices, forex, commodities and more.

As a leveraged product you can use spread betting to make your investment capital go further, but you must make sure you are aware of the risks presented. 

  • No capital gains tax or stamp duty**
  • No commission to pay – just the dealing spread
  • Potentially profit from falling and rising stock prices
  • Take a position on UK and international shares from the same account
  • Benefit from better prices, which we source from primary exchanges and dark pools of liquidity
  • You can use spread betting to fit your strategy and lifestyle, with varied levels of risk
  • Spread betting doesn’t mean sacrificing your dividends – we make dividend adjustments for long and short positions

Be aware that spread betting is not appropriate for everyone and it can result in losses which exceed your initial deposit.

If you would like to learn more, read our guide to spread betting, or try our dealing platform with no login required.

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I'm an indices trader

If you already trade stock index futures, spread betting can give you 24-hour access and the potential for tax-free profits.** Use our mobile and tablet trading apps to deal and track your positions on the go.

  • Spread bet on more than 30 global indices
  • Spreads from 1 point on majors, including the FTSE 100
  • 24-hour dealing
  • Take a position on entire sectors, including banking, retail and mining
  • Make greater use of your investment capital with leverage
  • No capital gains tax or stamp duty**
  • Round-the-clock support

Please be aware that spread betting is a leveraged product and losses can exceed your initial deposit.

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I trade other markets


  • Go long or short on energies, metals and agriculturals
  • Choose from a range of spot and forward bets
  • Good for speculative traders, hedgers and producers

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  • Go short and long on bitcoin, bitcoin cash, bitcoin gold, ether, litecoin and ripple, all denominated in USD
  • No need for a wallet or exchange account
  • Improved liquidity, so that your deal is more likely to be accepted

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  • One of the most comprehensive options markets in the industry
  • Use our own custom bets and options

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  • Bet on exchange-traded funds and exchange-traded commodities
  • Track a basket of shares or goods with a single transaction
  • Continuous pricing means you can trade at any time during market hours

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Open an account now

It's free to open an account, takes less than five minutes, and there's no obligation to fund or trade.

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* Excludes MT4, a third-party platform licensed to IG
** Tax laws are subject to change and depend on individual circumstances. Tax law may differ in a jurisdiction other than the UK.

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