Spread Betting Accounts


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Spread Betting Accounts

A comparison of the accounts available with some of the leading spread betting companies.

Spread Betting Financial Spreads - Bonds and Interest Rates IG - Bonds and Interest Rates City Index - Bonds and Interest Rates ETX Capital - Bonds and Interest Rates
Candlestick Charts Candlestick Charts available with Financial Spreads? Candlestick Charts available with IG? Candlestick Charts available with City Index? Candlestick Charts available with ETX Capital?
24 Hour Trading 24 Hour Trading available with Financial Spreads? 24 Hour Trading available with IG? 24 Hour Trading available with City Index? 24 Hour Trading available with ETX Capital?
Typical Minimum Stake £1 £1 £0.50 £1
Min Account Opening Deposit £0 £0 £100 £0
Web Platform Web-based Platform available with Financial Spreads? Web-based Platform available with IG? Web-based Platform available with City Index? Web-based Platform available with ETX Capital?
iPhone App iPhone Platform available with Financial Spreads? iPhone Platform available with IG? iPhone Platform available with City Index? iPhone Platform available with ETX Capital?
iPad App iPad Platform available with Financial Spreads? iPad Platform available with IG? iPad Platform available with City Index? iPad Platform available with ETX Capital?
Android Apps Android Apps available with Financial Spreads? Android Apps available with IG? Android Apps available with City Index? Android Apps available with ETX Capital?
Stop Loss Stop Loss available with Financial Spreads? Stop Loss available with IG? Stop Loss available with City Index? Stop Loss available with ETX Capital?
Guaranteed Stops Guaranteed Stops available with Financial Spreads? Guaranteed Stops available with IG? Guaranteed Stops available with City Index? Guaranteed Stops available with ETX Capital?
Demo Account Demo Account available with Financial Spreads? Demo Account available with IG? Demo Account available with City Index? Demo Account available with ETX Capital?
Credit Account Credit Account available with Financial Spreads? Credit Account available with IG? Credit Account available with City Index? Credit Account available with ETX Capital?
FCA – Authorised and Regulated Financial Spreads Authorised and Regulated by the FCA? IG Authorised and Regulated by the FCA? City Index Authorised and Regulated by the FCA? ETX Capital Authorised and Regulated by the FCA?



Spread Betting Companies – Index Comparison

A review of some of the typical in-hours spreads and minimum stakes for the most popular index spread betting markets.

Stock Market Index Financial Spreads - Bonds and Interest Rates IG - Bonds and Interest Rates City Index - Bonds and Interest Rates ETX Capital - Bonds and Interest Rates
FTSE 100 daily (spread size) 0.7 1 1 1
Dow Jones daily (spread size) 1 2 1 2
DAX 30 daily (spread size) 1 1 1 2
Indices (min stake) £1 £1 £0.50 £1
Indices (more available) More Index markets available with Financial Spreads? More Index markets available with IG? More Index markets available with City Index? More Index markets available with ETX Capital?



Spread Betting Companies – Forex Comparison

A look at in-hours spreads and minimum stakes for some of the most popular forex markets.

Forex Financial Spreads - Bonds and Interest Rates IG - Bonds and Interest Rates City Index - Bonds and Interest Rates ETX Capital - Bonds and Interest Rates
EUR/USD (spread size) 0.7 1 1 2
GBP/USD (spread size) 1 2 2 3
Forex (min stake) £1 £0.50 £0.50 £0.50
Forex (more available) More forex markets available with Financial Spreads? More forex markets available with IG? More forex markets available with City Index? More forex markets available with ETX Capital?




Spread Betting Accounts – Shares Comparison

A look at financial spread betting on shares listed in the FTSE 100. The percentages listed below are the typical percentages that a spread betting company adds to the underlying market in order to make its price.

Shares Financial Spreads - Bonds and Interest Rates IG - Bonds and Interest Rates City Index - Bonds and Interest Rates ETX Capital - Bonds and Interest Rates
FTSE 100 shares (spread size) 0.10% 0.10% 0.16% 0.10%
FTSE 100 shares (min stake) £1 £1 £0.50 £0.50
Shares (more available) More shares markets available with Financial Spreads? More shares markets available with IG? More shares markets available with City Index? More shares markets available with ETX Capital?



Spread Betting Accounts – Commodities Comparison

A look at some of the most popular commodities spread betting markets with a review of the in-hours spreads and minimum stakes on offer.

Commodities Financial Spreads - Bonds and Interest Rates IG - Bonds and Interest Rates City Index - Bonds and Interest Rates ETX Capital - Bonds and Interest Rates
Gold (spread size) 4 5 4 4
UK Crude Oil (spread size) 4 4 6 4
Commodities (min stake) £1 £1 £0.50 £0.50
Commodities (more available) More commodities markets available with Financial Spreads? More commodities markets available with IG? More commodities markets available with City Index? More commodities markets available with ETX Capital?




Spread Betting Accounts – Bonds and Interest Rates

A look at whether bonds and interests rates markets are offered by the various firms.

Bonds and Interest Rates Financial Spreads - Bonds and Interest Rates IG - Bonds and Interest Rates City Index - Bonds and Interest Rates ETX Capital - Bonds and Interest Rates
Bonds Markets Bonds markets available with Financial Spreads? Bonds markets available with IG? Bonds markets available with City Index? Bonds markets available with ETX Capital?
Interest Rate Markets Interest Rate markets available with Financial Spreads? Interest Rate markets available with IG? Interest Rate markets available with City Index? Interest Rate markets available with ETX Capital?



Spread Betting Companies

At the last count there were more than 20 spread betting companies. How does one choose from such a large group? What makes a suitable spread betting company and how do you know which spread betting company is right for you?

Rather than give you a list of spread betting companies, here are a few ideas on what to look for when choosing a company to trade with.


Regulated Spread Betting Companies / Accounts

No investor wants to deposit their hard-earned money with a spread betting company only to find out too late that it was a fly-by-night operator that went bankrupt, giving you little hope of recovering your funds.

Instead choosing a company which has a good name in the industry, and is regulated by the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), can provide an extra layer of security.

Our spread betting companies comparison shows whether a firm is regulated by the FCA or not.


Spread Betting Companies with Tight Spreads

Whilst you do not pay direct commissions when spread betting, many traders tend to forget there is a commission built into the spread: the difference between the buying and selling price of every trading instrument.

The smaller the difference between these two prices, the lower commission you are paying. While this might not matter much if you plan to trade once or twice a year, it can make a big difference if you are day trading with a large number of trades every day.

Competition is fierce and many spread betting companies, like FinancialSpreads.com, now offer spreads as low as 1 point on the FTSE 100 index. Also see:


Spread Betting Companies with a Wide Range of Markets

Make sure the company you choose allows you to trade a wide range of financial instruments. Not all of them offer forex, stock market indices, individual shares, commodities and bonds.


Spread Betting Companies with a Free Demo Account

For novice traders a free demo account can be a good opportunity to learn about the world of spread betting as you only speculate with virtual funds.

With a demo account you can often make risk free spread bets on currencies, shares, commodities and indices, and even make use of candlestick charts with technical indicators, without risking a penny.

Spread Betting Financial Spreads - Bonds and Interest Rates IG - Bonds and Interest Rates City Index - Bonds and Interest Rates ETX Capital - Bonds and Interest Rates
Demo Account Demo Account available with Financial Spreads? Demo Account available with IG? Demo Account available with City Index? Demo Account available with ETX Capital?



Spread Betting Companies – Customer Support

As with any other product or service, customer support is of the utmost importance when deciding which spread betting company is right for you.

Call or email their trading desk and see how long they take to respond. Are their support staff knowledgeable about the products and services they offer? Do they promptly answer emails? Ask them how often they experience technical problems and how long it usually takes to solve such a problem; reliability is key with any spread betting platform.


Spread Betting Account Reviews

It is also advisable to read any spread betting reviews about the company before signing up. Here at spreadbetmagazine we have a range of spread betting company reviews and comparison tables to help you choose.

Click on the company logos below to read the latest spread betting company review:

City Index Review City Index Review

City Index have won a number of awards, mostly for their mobile spread betting and CFD apps. However, City Index also offer 24 hour trading, live chart and thousands of markets. Read full City Index review.




CMC Markets Review CMC Markets Review

The CMC Markets platform has thousands of spread betting and CFD markets (some for 24hr trading). Investors can also use the CMC Markets iPhone and iPad trading apps which offer much of the same functionality as the web platform. Read full CMC Markets Review.




ETX Capital Review ETX Capital Review

Using the ETX Capital platform, investors can spread bet on thousands of markets from £0.50 per point. ETX also have mobile trading apps, CFDs and 24 hour markets. Read full ETX Capital review.




Financial Spreads Review Financial Spreads Review

Financial Spreads offer tax free* trading on 2,500+ markets. Financial Spreads clients can also trade 24hrs, use CFDs and access broker opinions. Read full Financial Spreads review.




IG Review IG Review

Using IG Index, investors can spread bet tax free* on 8,000+ markets. The multi-award winning IG platform also offers 24 hour trading as well as mobile trading, ‘deal-thru’ charts and live spread betting charts. Read full IG review.




InterTrader Review InterTrader Review

The main InterTrader account offers spread betting and CFDs on thousands of global markets. InterTrader also offer mobile trading apps, 24hr trading, live charts and there are no stockbroker fees. Read full InterTrader review.




Spreadex Review Spreadex Review

Spreadex let investors trade commission free on numerous global markets. Spreadex also have an awarding winning platform, mobile trading apps, live charts and small(ish) stakes. Read full Spreadex review.




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AuthorAlex Turner

Senior Editor, SpreadBetMagazine