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There are many similarities between CFD trading and financial spread betting, with unique advantages to both the products.
Both CFDs and spread bets are leveraged products, allowing you to maximise profits with a smaller initial investment (although don’t forget that losses can be increased too).
As you don’t own the underlying assets when either CFD trading or spread betting, both products are currently exempt from stamp duty* in the UK.
Unlike traditional shares trading, you’re capable of trading both rising and falling markets in both CFD trading and spread betting.
Both CFD and spread bet markets are available around the clock during the trading week, allowing you to capitalise on market movements at any time of the day.
With spread betting, the contract size is an amount of money per point, determining whether the market rises or falls. On the other hand, with CFD trading you buy or sell contracts which represent an amount per point in the underlying market.
Spread betting is currently exempt from capital gains tax* in the UK, while CFDs are liable to tax deductions. You can offset CFD losses against future profits gained, which can make CFD trading an efficient way to hedge your funds with a physical shares portfolio.
Risk warning for retail traders: Derivative products are subject to price fluctuations and can put your money at risk. Please ensure you fully understand the risks and take care to manage your exposure. Tax laws depend on individual circumstances. During the last 12 months 25.3% of retail accounts were profitable.
Risk warning for qualified professional traders: Derivative products are leveraged products and can result in losses that exceed initial deposits. Please ensure you fully understand the risks associated with a professional trading account. Tax laws depend on individual circumstances and may differ in a jurisdiction other than the UK.
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