Spread Betting are leveraged products and can result in losses that exceed your deposits. They may not be suitable for everyone. Please ensure you fully understand the risks and seek independent advice. Our tables are suitable for experienced investors only.

How to find the right account

When you compare spread betting accounts online you should check:

  • What the spread is: The smaller the spread the quicker you could make a profit

  • What the margin is: This is how much you need in your account to make a bet

  • Can you use a guaranteed stop loss: This closes your bet if the loss reaches a set amount

  • What platform you can use: Most offer a desktop platform but some also offer a mobile app

You could also practice spread betting by opening a demo account. Our comparison shows which companies offer a demo account and what spreads they offer on the FTSE 100.

Spread betting on the FTSE 100 FAQs

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What is LIBOR?

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The London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR) is the average interest rate that leading banks charge to lend money to each other.

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Where can I see the prices of the FTSE 100 companies?

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The London Stock Exchange website updates with the share price changes of FTSE 100 companies.

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Do financial spread betting companies charge fees?

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Some may charge for cash withdrawals or for leaving your account inactive for over a year. Check each company's terms before opening an account.

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Do I pay tax when financial spread betting?

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No, any profits you make are not liable for Income Tax, Capital Gains Tax or Stamp Duty.

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How much do I need to open a spread betting account?

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Most accounts are free to open, but you need to deposit a minimum amount to begin spread betting, such as 100. Check the terms before you apply.

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Is financial spread betting regulated?

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Yes, all UK based spread betting companies are regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

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Is spread betting gambling?

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No, the FCA does not consider spread betting to be a form of gambling, instead it is seen as a type of investment trading.

About our FTSE 100 spread betting comparison

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Who do we include in this comparison?

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We include spread betting accounts from our panel that let you trade the FTSE 100. They are either authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), or a European regulator and listed on the FCA register as EEA authorised.

Here is more information about how our website works.

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How do we make money from our comparison?

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We have commercial agreements with some of the companies in this comparison and get paid commission if we help you take out one of their products or services. Find out more here.

You do not pay any extra and the deal you get is not affected.

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How do we select our top financial spread betting providers?

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We display a range of providers that have completed due diligence and passed our compliance checks.