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Hargreaves Lansdown

Spread bets and CFDs are complex instruments and come with a high risk of losing money rapidly due to leverage. 72% 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.

Demo account

Explore our market-leading trading platform with our free demo account*

Open a demo account

Spread Bets and CFDs are leveraged transactions, meaning you deposit a fraction of the full value of the deal, so profits or losses can quickly exceed your initial deposit. This means you could end up owing more than you originally put in. An HL Markets account should only be considered by experienced investors who understand the risks.

Benefits of our demo account


  • Practice trading with £100,000 virtual funds
  • Trade on the move with our free mobile and tablet apps
  • View charts, live prices and more
  • Navigate quickly between charts, news and deal tickets
  • Tailor the interface to suit your dealing style
  • Trade with confidence, 24 hours a day

Open a demo account

* Important information

The demo account is a tool designed to enable you to practice using the HL Markets platform in a risk-free environment. While much of the functionality of the live platform features in the demo account, there are key differences to be aware of, including (but not limited to):

  • Trades made through the demo account will not be subject to slippage, interest and dividend payments, or out of hours price movements
  • Trades will not be rejected, which may happen on a live account
  • You will not be charged for chart packages
  • Demo account is virtual cash. No profits or losses will be realised

This is by no means an exhaustive list, and therefore before opening a live account we recommend you read the information available on our website as well as the Client Agreement to ensure that you are aware of the features of a live account.

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Contact us

For queries about CFD and Spread Betting before an account is opened:

Phone 0117 988 9915

Alternatively you can email us