Spread betting and CFD trading carry a high level of risk to your capital and you may lose more than your initial investment. Spread betting and CFD trading may not be suitable for all investors. Only speculate with money that you can afford to lose. Please ensure you fully understand the risks involved and seek independent financial advice where necessary
Financial Spreads Review
With FinancialSpreads.com you get all the normal advantages of spread betting:
Tax Free Investments*
No Stamp Duty
No Capital Gains Tax
No Income Tax
You can buy or sell indices, shares, forex, commodities, interest rates and bonds
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Financial Spreads - Advanced Charts
The charts offer a variety of user friendly features and tools such as:
A variety of time periods e.g. 1 minute, 2 minute, 5 minute, 30 minute, 1 day, 1 week etc.
Different displays e.g. they default to candlesticks but you can choose bar and line chats
Drawing tools e.g. pitchfork, Fibonacci time zones, arcs and fans
However, they also offer more advanced features such as:
Key chart overlays e.g. Ichimoku Clouds, Moving Averages, Bollinger Bands, Linear Regression etc.
A wide selection of secondary charts e.g. MACD, RSI, Historical Volatility, Chaikin Money Flow, Price Volume Trend etc.
The chart histories are varied but for EUR/USD it goes back to 1999, GBP/USD and USD/JPY go as far back as 1990.
For rolling index markets like UK 100, Wall St and the Germany 30 the data goes as far back as 2012 but that should be enough for most spread bettors.
Sample Financial Spreads Chart
Lower Cost CFD Trading with Financial Spreads
As well as a comprehensive spread betting service, Financial Spreads also lets clients trade CFDs on stock market indices, forex, shares and commodities (more than 1,000 CFD markets).
Like spread betting, CFD trading offers an alternative to traditional share trading. With CFDs you do not own the underlying market and you don't put up the full value of the shares that you are buying or selling.
With normal CFD trading the main costs are the commission and the spread (the difference between the sell and buy price). The higher the commission and wider the spread, the more it costs you to trade.
If you trade CFDs with Financial Spreads note that they do not charge any commissions and they have some of the tightest spreads available. For example, the spread applied to FTSE 100 shares is just 0.05% either side of the underlying market.
With Financial Spreads CFDs you can also benefit from:
Trading an exact quantity of shares or lot sizes
Low minimum margin rates
No stamp duty*
Financial Spreads Account
Why open a spread betting account with Financial Spreads? Here's what they say:
"We aim to keep our spreads tight to give traders more room for profit (with tighter spreads, a market does not have to move as far before a trade is profitable).
"Investors can trade a wide variety of markets including shares, stock market indices, commodities and forex markets.
"Whether you're an experienced FX or commodities trader, or new to spread betting and want to trade on shares or whole stock markets, we aim to provide competitive pricing on simple user-friendly web and app platforms together with a friendly and efficient service."
Below, here you will find a sample of the markets offered by FinancialSpreads along with their typical in-hours spread size and the minimum stake for that market. See FinancialSpreads.com for full details.
Typical In-Hours Index Spread Sizes with Financial Spreads
FTSE 100 (UK 100) Daily
Dow Jones (Wall St) Daily
DAX 30 (Germany 30) Daily
S&P 500 (SPX 500) Daily
NASDAQ 100 (US Tech 100) Daily
CAC 40 (France 40) Daily
ASX 200 (Australia 200) Daily
Japan 225 Daily
Hong Kong Daily
Stock market indices minimum stake
They also offer:
Other index markets e.g. Euro Stoxx 50
Futures markets e.g. UK 100 Future, Wall St. Future, DAX Future, US Tech 100 (NASDAQ) Future etc.
Index Differentials e.g. "Wall St 30/UK 100", "Germany 30/UK 100" etc.
Typical In-Hours Forex Spread Sizes with Financial Spreads
EUR / USD Daily
GBP / USD Daily
EUR / GBP Daily
USD / JPY Daily
Forex minimum stake
And other forex markets including: AUD/USD, GBP/ZAR, USD/HUF etc.
Typical In-Hours Commodities Spread Sizes with Financial Spreads
Brent Crude Oil Daily
Brent Crude Oil Futures
US Crude Oil Daily
US Crude Oil Futures
Commodities minimum stake
Other commodities markets include silver and the Brent/US crude differential.
Financial Spreads is a trading name of Clear Investor Ltd. which is an appointed representative of FINSA Europe Ltd (Finsa).
Finsa is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and complies with the FCA’s strict rules on client money.
This means clients can rest assured that their funds are fully segregated and ring fenced.
The result is that it is not only the funds that are deposited with Financial Spreads but the total net available funds that are held completely separately, i.e. the net position on any open trades calculated on a mark-to-market basis plus account balance are ring fenced.
This also means that your funds, up to £50,00, are cover by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme, For more details see FSCS.org.uk.
Financial Spreads is a trading name of Clear Investor Ltd. which is an appointed representative of FINSA Europe Ltd., company no: 07073413. FINSA Europe Ltd. is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority, registered number 525164.
Registered Address: Office 701, Tower Bridge Business Centre, 46-48 East Smithfield, London E1W 1AW, United Kingdom.
Spread betting, CFDs and margined forex trading are leveraged products which carry a high level of risk to your capital. You can lose more than your initial deposit so you should ensure spread betting, CFDs and margined forex meet your investment objectives and, if necessary, seek independent advice.
'Financial Spreads' edited by Jacob Wood, updated 03-Jan-17