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Spread Betting Guide to Trading on Indices for Beginners

LONDON April 24, 2012

Spread betting with City Index

Spread Betting with City Index

Investors choosing to spread bet with City Index can benefit from:

  • No Capital Gains Tax or Stamp Duty*
  • Ability to go long and short on a market
  • Access to over 12,000 financial markets
  • Easy access through its high leverage feature
  • Leveraged trading

Tax-Free Trading

At present in the UK, investors can benefit from paying no Capital Gains Tax (CGT) or Stamp Duty on profits made through their spread betting account. However, this is subject to change and investors should seek independent advice if necessary.

Spread Bet Markets

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As mentioned above, the initial deposit for accessing these markets is only small; with City Index, investors are required to pay typically between 1% and 10% of the underlying market’s total value, allowing easy access into the world of trading for many new and part-time traders.

Commission free trading

There is no commission charged for each of your spread bets. However as the name suggests, there is a widened spread, which is one of the chief costs of placing the spread bet.

Spread Betting on Indices

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For example, the following markets are available to spread from just 1 point:

  • UK 100
  • Wall Street
  • France
  • Germany

How to Spread Bet on Indices

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As an example, the Wall Street Daily Funded Trade (DFT) is available to trade at 12791/12792 (sell price/buy price). 

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Subsequently, you decide to go long and open a buy position of £10 per point at 12792. 

Over the coming days, the release of some positive US economic data causes the the Wall Street Index to rally, resulting in City Index’s latest price for the Wall Street DFT to be 12808/12809 (sell price/buy price).

At this point you decide to cash in your gains. You do this by selling £10 per point at 12808 (the City Index sell price show above). 

Therefore, you net a tax-free profit* of £160. This is because you bought at 12792 and sold at 12808 with a stake size of £10 per-point. The market moved in your favour 16-points, which multiplied by your stake size of £10 per point, nets you a profit of £160, i.e. (12808-12792) x £10 = £160. 

Alternatively, had the market moved against your buy position and the Wall Street Index has in fact fallen 16-points to 10776; you would have incurred a loss of £160, i.e. (12792-12776)x£10=£160.

Spread Betting Risk

As a leveraged product, the potential for profits and losses from an initial capital outlay are significantly higher than in more conventional forms of trading when spread betting on the financial markets.

Financial spread betting

*Spread betting is currently exempt from UK stamp duty and Capital Gains Tax. Tax laws are subject to change and depend on individual circumstances. Please seek independent advice if necessary.

About City Index:

Today more and more individual traders are discovering the benefits of derivatives, and many of them are discovering them through a City Index trading platform.

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