Spread Betting vs CFD Trading

Spread Bets and CFDs are leveraged financial products that enable investors to open positions on the market, without having to put up the full capital. Spread Betting and CFD trading are forms of derivatives trading, meaning that you aren’t taking ownership of the underlying asset, but opening a position based on whether you expect the value of an instrument to rise or fall.

The differences between Spread Betting and CFD trading, and the advantages of each when trading with FxPro, are covered in more detail in the table below:

  Spread Betting Contracts for Difference (CFDs)
Tax-Free 1
No Stamp Duty
Commission-Free No commission on FxPro MT4 and FxPro MT5. $45 per $1million traded (upon opening and closing a position) on FxPro cTrader
Trade Rising and Falling Markets
Instruments Available Forex, Shares, Futures, Spot Indices, Spot Metals and Spot Energies Forex, Shares, Futures, Spot Indices, Spot Metals and Spot Energies
24/5 Trading
Order Execution Market Instant or Market
Demo Account
Trading Mechanics Trade a certain amount per point of market movement Trade lot sizes on Forex and Commodities
Trade a certain number of Shares
Platforms Web Desktop, web and mobile
Profit and Loss Calculated by multiplying your stake by the number of points the market moves Calculated by multiplying your position size by the number of pips gained or lost
NBP/Limited Risk Account 2
Stop Loss / Take Profit
Spreads Floating spreads Fixed and floating spreads
Account Currencies GBP USD, EUR, GBP, CHF, PLN, AUD, JPY, ZAR 3
  • 1 Tax laws are subject to change and depend on individual circumstances.
  • 2 Subject to the FxPro Order Execution Policy.
  • 3 ZAR is only available to clients of FxPro Financial Services Limited.
Trading CFDs and Spread Bets involves significant risk of loss.