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How to Spread Bet?

Read more about what spread betting is, how to trade and discover a range of tips and strategies.

Spread betting lets you speculate on the future price direction of a security, such as Apple shares. If you think these will rise, you would be buying and would be said to ‘go long’, If you think they will fall in value, you would sell, or ‘go short’.

Buy and Sell

Step OneBuy and Sell

Decide on a market or asset to trade on and whether you think the price will rise or fall. If you think it will rise, you will be ‘long’ and want to buy the security. If you think it will fall, you will be ‘short’ and sell it. You also need to choose your stake size.


Stops and Limits

Step TwoStops and Limits

Once you know what trade you want to make and the stake size, you will want to set a stop and/or a limit. A stop helps protect your downside, limiting losses. You can also choose whether to make this a trailing stop or even a guaranteed stop. A limit order will, on the other hand, close out your trade at a pre-determined level of profit.



Step ThreePlace Order

Once you have everything in place you can click order to execute the trade.


Indicative prices. All prices shown are for informational purposes only.

Why Spread Bet with ETX?

Why Spread Bet with ETX?

More for less

Leverage means you can control a much larger position than if you had to purchase the underlying instrument. Leverage carries risk – it magnifies loss and gains. Losses can exceed deposits.

No commission

Unlike other forms of trading, such as purchasing company stock, you don’t have to pay commission.


Take a position in the market whether it’s rising or falling.

Tax Free

No capital gains tax or stamp duty for spread betting in the UK*


ETX Capital offers spread betting on thousands of global markets. Spread betting markets cover forex, indices, equities, commodities, bonds & interest rates.

Customer Service

Customer service hours are 8am – 10pm Monday – Friday

Instant Execution

Most spread bets are executed nearly instantly. We even offer one-click trading to make it even faster.

Tight Spreads

Spreads from 0.6 pips on EURUSD and 1 point on Wall Street and the Germany 30 ensure traders enjoy competitive pricing.

Charting Tools

Advanced charts and technical analysis tools are available to help traders make sense of what’s happening in the market.

Risk Management

Spread betting carries risk but you can limit your exposure by using tools like market stop-losses, trailing stops, guaranteed stops and limit orders.

*Tax laws are subject to change and depend on individual circumstances.
Tax law may differ in a jurisdiction other than the UK.



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