If you are looking for a competitive spread betting account you will need to shop around as each company has a different risk profile and each manage their clients and risks in different ways. Many spread betting companies divide their clients into A book and B book clients, with the first being the professional group who trade in both volume and size, whilst the later grouping designates the smaller retail traders. Each company will then hedge its risk in the market, with some preferring to only hedge the A book clients, and others choosing to hedge all trades. As a result the accounts offered will reflect the company’s approach to the market, and as such the account offers and margin requirements will vary accordingly. So what are the current spread betting companies offering in general for a new account. Below I have listed the lasted offers, deposit margins, account minimums and any special deals or offers at present. I have also listed those companies that offer a demo account ( not all do, so check beforehand).

City Index

  • Deposit margin : 10% to 100%
  • Minimum spread: 1
  • Minimum trade : £1
  • Binary betting : no
  • Account minimum : No
  • 24 hour trading : Yes
  • Demo account : Yes
  • Special offers : None at present

IG Index

  • Deposit margin : 10% to 75%
  • Minimum spread: 1
  • Minimum trade : £0.10
  • Binary betting : yes
  • Account minimum : No
  • 24 hour trading : Yes
  • Demo account : Yes
  • Special offers : None at present

Capital Spreads

  • Deposit margin : 3% to 15%
  • Minimum spread: 1
  • Minimum trade : £1
  • Binary betting : no
  • Account minimum : No
  • 24 hour trading : Yes
  • Demo account : Yes
  • Special offers : None at present

CMC Markets

  • Deposit margin : 1% to 20%
  • Minimum spread: 1
  • Minimum trade : £1
  • Binary betting : no
  • Account minimum : £200
  • 24 hour trading : Yes
  • Demo account : No
  • Special offers : Spread bet for a day risk free ( conditions apply)

Prospreads

  • Deposit margin : 3% to 15%
  • Minimum spread: 0.5
  • Minimum trade : £3
  • Binary betting : no
  • Account minimum : £1,000
  • 24 hour trading : No
  • Demo account : Yes
  • Special offers : None at present

Worldspreads

  • Deposit margin : 2% to 20%
  • Minimum spread: 1
  • Minimum trade : £1
  • Binary betting : no
  • Account minimum : £500
  • 24 hour trading : Yes
  • Demo account : Yes
  • Special offers : None at present

Finspreads

  • Deposit margin : 5% to 100%
  • Minimum spread: 1
  • Minimum trade : £0.10
  • Binary betting : yes
  • Account minimum : No
  • 24 hour trading : Yes
  • Demo account : Yes
  • Special offers : Currently offering a £100 new account offer

Spreadex

  • Deposit margin : 3% to 50%
  • Minimum spread: 1
  • Minimum trade : £1
  • Binary betting : no
  • Account minimum : £200
  • 24 hour trading : No
  • Demo account : No
  • Special offers : Currently offering a £400 new account offer

GFT

  • Deposit margin : 0.5% to 25%
  • Minimum spread: 1
  • Minimum trade : £1
  • Binary betting : no
  • Account minimum : £120
  • 24 hour trading : Yes
  • Demo account : Yes
  • Special offers : None at present

MF Global

  • Deposit margin : 15% to 100%
  • Minimum spread: 2
  • Minimum trade : £1
  • Binary betting : yes
  • Account minimum : No
  • 24 hour trading : Yes
  • Demo account : Yes
  • Special offers : None at present

Cantor Index

  • Deposit margin : 10% to 50%
  • Minimum spread: 3
  • Minimum trade : £1
  • Binary betting : no
  • Account minimum : No
  • 24 hour trading : Yes
  • Demo account : No
  • Special offers : None at present

ShortsandLongs

  • Deposit margin : 2% to 20%
  • Minimum spread: 1
  • Minimum trade : £1
  • Binary betting : no
  • Account minimum : £500
  • 24 hour trading : Yes
  • Demo account : Yes
  • Special offers : None at present

ETX Capital

  • Deposit margin : 10% to 30%
  • Minimum spread: 1
  • Minimum trade : £1
  • Binary betting : no
  • Account minimum : £100
  • 24 hour trading : Yes
  • Demo account : No
  • Special offers : None at present