Crear una cuenta

Abrir demo

Las pérdidas pueden superar sus depósitos

¿Tiene alguna pregunta?

Spread Betting Examples

Spread betting lets you back your judgement in the financial markets. You BUY or SELL a market for a certain stake per point. The more right you are, the more you make, and vice versa. Let’s see how spread betting works in practice.

How to spread bet

If the FTSE 100 currently stands at 6641.6, we may quote 6641.1-6642.1 for our UK 100 (Rolling Daily) bet. This is a fixed spread of 1 point.

If you believe the price will rise you should BUY (or make an Up Bet) at 6642.1. If you believe the price will fall you should SELL (or make a Down Bet) at 6641.1.

Say you decide to sell at 6641.1 with a stake of £5 per point:

Watch our video for an introduction to spread betting with InterTrader, the market-neutral spread betting provider.

Scenario 1: price falls

The FTSE 100 falls to 6518.6 and our UK 100 quote now stands at 6518.1-6519.1. To close your original sell bet you need to buy at 6519.1. Here’s how this works out:

SELL Price 6641.1
BUY Price 6519.1
Difference 122 points
Stake £5 per point
Tax-free* profit £610

Scenario 2: price rises

The FTSE rises to 6731.0 and our UK 100 quote is now 6730.5-6731.5. To close your original sell bet you need to buy at 6731.5. Here’s the calculation:

SELL Price 6641.1
BUY Price 6731.5
Difference 90.4 points
Stake £5 per point
Loss £452

While your position is open you can see your running profit or loss on the trading platform. Your final profit or loss is only realised when you close your position.

How does margin work?

To open a spread betting position you put down a deposit, known as ‘margin’. This is calculated as a percentage of the full value of your position. Trading on margin (also known as taking a ‘leveraged’ position) greatly enhances the potential return on your capital, but also creates an equal possibility for losses, if the price moves in an unfavourable direction.

Your initial margin requirement is determined by the margin percentage for the market concerned. You multiply your stake by your opening level to give your position value, and then multiply this amount by the margin percentage. Please note, however, that you may lose more than your initial margin.

With our web-based platform you can reduce your margin requirement by placing a stop-loss on your position, which helps to limit your risk. When you have a stop-loss attached to your position your margin is calculated as 50% of the normal margin requirement, plus your risk per point multiplied by your stop distance (so long as this total is less than the normal margin requirement).

To see the margin percentages for all our markets please refer to the ‘i’ button on the platform or our Market Info tables. You should note that stop-losses are not guaranteed and may be subject to slippage and market gaps in volatile market conditions.

Example 1: UK 100 (Rolling Daily) – no stop

You want to open a £2 per point position on our UK 100 market. The margin percentage for UK 100 (Rolling Daily) is 0.5%, so the initial margin you need to open this position, supposing your opening level is 6000, would be:

Margin percentage 0.5%
Stake per point £2
Value of position £2 x 6000 = £12,200
Margin required £12,000 x 0.5% = £60

Example 2: Wall Street (Rolling Daily) – with stop

You decide to open a £1 per point position on Wall Street with a stop 20 points from your opening level. The margin percentage for Wall Street (Rolling Daily) is 0.5%, and suppose your opening level is 16000. You would need the following margin to open this position:

In this example you have reduced your initial margin requirement from £80 to £60 by attaching a stop-loss to your position.

You can also open your position without a stop-loss and attach a stop to it later. This would also have the effect of reducing your margin requirement on the open position.

Note that, if you choose a large stop distance, so that this calculation exceeds the normal margin requirement, your margin is capped at the normal level, in this case £80.

Maximum percentage 0.5%
Stake per point £1
Value of position £1 x 16000 = £16,000
Stop distance 20 points
Margin required ((£16,000 x 0.5%) x50%) + (£1 x 20) = £60

Next steps

For more detail on margin calculations, and further examples, please see our FAQs. There are several ways to find out more about spread betting:

*UK taxpayers only. Tax treatment depends on the individual circumstances of each client and may change in the future.

Conviértase en InterTrader hoy... La elección más inteligente para un trader

Las pérdidas pueden superar sus depósitos Crear una cuenta Abrir demo

Las apuestas financieras y los CFD son productos con apalancamiento, por lo que operar con ellos conlleva un nivel de riesgo elevado para su capital, que puede tener como consecuencia el que sufra pérdidas mayores a su depósito inicial. Estos productos pueden no ser adecuados para todos los inversores. Los CFD no son adecuados para quien quiera conseguir ingresos para su pensión. Asegúrese de que comprende completamente todos los riesgos que conlleva y busque asesoramiento independiente en caso de ser necesario.

InterTrader es un nombre comercial de InterTrader Limited, cuya titularidad y control corresponde a digital entertainment plc. InterTrader Limited se encuentra autorizada y regulada por la Comisión de Servicios Financieros de Gibraltar y está registrada por parte de la Autoridad de Conducta Financiera del Reino Unido con la referencia 597312. Domicilio social: Suite 6, Atlantic Suites, Europort Avenue, Gibraltar.