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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.

Spread Betting

Deal globally in any market condition

Spread Bet on shares, sectors, indices, FX and commodities

Open a Spread Betting account

Financial Spread Betting is a commission-free, tax-free* way to deal on falling and rising financial markets, whilst only initially paying a fraction of the total cost.

Watch our short introduction to financial Spread Betting to find out more:

Please note that trading takes place through the award winning IG Platform.

What are the benefits?

More and more experienced private investors are already using Spread Betting as part of a balanced portfolio, and here's why:

  • There is no dealing commission - any charges are built into the spread.
  • Profits are currently exempt from UK Capital Gains Tax.
  • Spread Bets are currently exempt from UK Stamp Duty*.
  • The potential to profit from a falling or rising market.
  • You don't have to pay the full cost of the deal upfront.

You can access a wide range of financial instruments through the service, including:

  • Stock Indices - 24-hour dealing on all leading stock indices.
  • Shares - trade on over 6,000 shares, with spreads as low as 0.1%.
  • Currencies - trade on over 80 currency pairs. Spreads start from 0.8 pips.
  • Commodities - trade on commodities such as Gold, Silver and Brent Crude Oil.
  • Options - trade options across a wide range of financial markets.
  • Interest rates - contracts include: Short Sterling, Gilt, Bond and Eurodollar.
  • Sectors - trade the whole sector rather than just an individual share.

Before you continue, a word of caution

Spread Betting typically requires the deposit of a small percentage of the total trade value upfront, and therefore profits and losses can quickly exceed the initial deposit, requiring you to make further payments. Ensure you understand the risks, and do not risk more than you can afford to lose. These products are not suitable for everyone; if you are in doubt please seek personal advice. This website does not constitute investment advice. Read more about the risks of Spread Betting.

*Please note that Financial Spread Betting is only tax-free if you are a UK resident. Tax laws may change and are subject to individual circumstances. In addition, any capital losses cannot be netted off against capital gains from other investments.

Open a Spread Betting account

Important information

Spread Betting and CFD trading carry a high level of risk to your capital; you should ensure you understand the risks involved. Please read the full risk warning.

Why HL Markets?

  • Award-winning platform
  • Access thousands of markets
  • Free education
  • Tight spreads

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