Why Spread Bet with ATFX?
No capital gains tax or UK stamp duty*
Competitive spreads from 0.6 pips
No commissions to pay
Speculate on falling or rising markets and trade on margin
Trade on the award winning platform MT4
Limit risk with negative balance protection4 and stop loss limit orders
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|Spreads from||0.6 Pips|
|Commission per side per lot||0|
|Maximum Leverage (Retail Clients)1||1:30|
|Expert Advisors (EAs)2||Allowed|
|Negative Balance Protection (Retail Clients)4||Yes|
- Leverage for Retail clients. Different Leverage is available for Professional Clients.
- Price arbitrage not allowed.
- Positive or Negative may occur.
- In the unlikely event that your account encounters negative equity, ATFX will adjust your account balance back to zero. No penalties apply. This is for retail clients only.
What is Spread Betting?
Spread betting is a tax-free* way to trade on the price movements of instruments including FX and Metals for UK clients.
More importantly, spread betting is a leveraged product. In order to gain a comparatively large market exposure, you only have to put down a small deposit. This means that any profit or losses will be magnified.
It also makes spread betting a form of derivative trading, affording you the opportunity to take a position in the market without requiring a large investment in the underlying asset.
Is Spread Betting for me?
- Active traders looking for tax-free profits*
- Traders looking to diversify their portfolios with currencies and metals
- No commission to pay
- Trading with small investment using leverage
- Trade on falling markets (going short) as well as rising markets (going long)
What is the Spread?
The spread betting market has two prices, the first price is the ‘SELL price’ and the second price is the ‘BUY price’, the spread is the difference between the BUY and the SELL price. In spread betting, the bid price is the value at which you can opt to go short if you anticipate a fall in the underlying market, whilst the offer price is the value at which you can go long if you predict the market price to rise.
As a result of the spread forming the difference between the bid and offer prices, the values at which you buy and sell will always be slightly higher and lower than the market price.
*UK Tax laws are subject to change and depend on individual circumstances. Please seek independent financial advice as tax law may differ in a jurisdiction other than the UK. Spread betting is only available in the UK.