Helpful hints to help you get started with Spread Betting

03 September 2013 - Which Way To Pay


Getting started with Spread Betting - Do you want to become a spread trader?

So what actually is spread betting? Financial spread betting is one form of investing your money and betting on the global financial markets, regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. From one single account and platform you obtain access to an array of stocks, indices, currencies, commodities and bonds. Via this platform you are able to bet on whether any of the markets will rise or fall in value if you are correct and the market moves in your favour, you will make a profit. If however, you are wrong, you will make this same loss.

What are the benefits of spread betting?

The great thing about spread trading is that any profit you make is completely free of Capital Gains and income tax. You do not have to pay any stamp duty and an obvious advantage of spread betting is you are able to benefit from rising or falling markets.

Are there any risks?

It is important to remember that spread betting carries a high level of risk to your capital and can result in losses that exceed your initial deposit. This form of investment might not be suitable for everyone so ensure that you are fully aware of the risks involved before you start trading. Most spread betting providers allow you to 'demo' their platforms with virtual funds before you commit and start trading real money. You should also ensure that you do your research on the specific products that you wish to trade.


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