Spread betting

Financial spread betting is the tax-free* way to take advantage of rising or falling markets.

Why spread bet with IG?

No capital gains tax or stamp duty*

No commission to pay – just the dealing spreads

Gain full exposure by putting down a small initial deposit

Advanced technology, with our best ever web platform

Manage your risk with a range of stops

Deal on forex, indices, shares, commodities and more

Start spread betting in three quick steps:
1.Open your account
Create an account in minutes. Once we’ve verified your identity, add funds using your debit card or via bank transfer.

2.Find an opportunity
Browse over 10,000 markets and make use of our extensive range of tools and resources to find your first trade.

3.Trade on every device
Including PC, Android, Apple Watch and more. Utilise our powerful charts to spot trades and stay ahead of the curve.

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.

Importantly, spread betting is a leveraged product. This means you only have to put down a small deposit for a much larger market exposure
Betting using leverage means there are significant benefits and risks: your investment capital can go further, but you can also lose more than your initial deposit
Spread betting is flexible as it’s possible to take short positions and deal on over 10,000 markets. However, it is important to understand the risks involved and have suitable risk management strategies in place.

Is spread betting for me?

Spread betting is suitable for:

Active traders looking for tax-free profits*
Shares traders looking to diversify their portfolios
People who are interested in the markets and what affects them
Those looking to add flexibility to their investment capital, through leverage

How does spread betting work?

When you open a spread betting position on a market, you are given a ‘buy’ and ‘sell’ price either side of the underlying market price – this is known as the spread. If you think the market will rise, you open your spread bet at the ‘buy’ price. If you think it will fall, you open at the ‘sell’ price.

The more the market moves in your favour, the greater your profit. The more the market moves against you, the greater your loss.

Our dealing technology

The new web-based IG Trading platform has been built using the latest in HTML5 technology, giving you an altogether clearer, smarter and faster spread betting experience. Try our new platform for yourself.

Plus, you can spread bet on the move via the IG Trading app, available from your device’s app store.

Benefit from better pricing
Improved prices and no requotes

Deal directly from charts
Take a position in a couple of clicks

Spread bet with confidence
Less than 0.05% platform downtime2

Integrate your technology
Use your own front-ends via APIs and terminals

Discover our range of platforms
More reasons to try our spread betting technology

What are the costs?

We are committed to being transparent about our costs and charges.

You pay a dealing spread on all markets
Small charge to fund positions overnight
Small premium for guaranteed stops if triggered
A borrowing charge if you are shorting shares
See our costs and charges

Forex EUR/USD from 0.6 points

Indices 1 point on FTSE® 100

Shares Individual UK and US shares from 0.1% per side

Commodities Spot gold from 0.3 points

Spread bet with the UK’s most popular provider

We’re proud to offer the UK’s leading spread betting service: 41% of all spread bettors in the UK are betting with us.3

With 40 years’ experience and over 152,000 clients around the world, we are a trusted, global provider of spread bets and CFDs. Advanced dealers benefit from our premium services, specialised charting packages and more. We’re regulated by the FCA and segregate individual client funds from our own accounts.


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