Got a question about Financial Spread Trading? Take a look at our most frequently asked questions.

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Why Barclays Financial Spread Trading?

A wide range of markets – A Barclays Financial Spread Trading account offers you access to over 10,000 global financial markets, allowing you to trade shares, indices, currencies, commodities, interest rates and sectors.

A superior trading experience – real time trading from a fully customisable online and a suite of mobile and tablet trading platforms.

Professional level charting - lets you trade directly from charts, so you can perform in-depth analysis and place trades on the same screen.

24 hour dealing support – dedicated live support from our Financial Spread Trading specialists, 24 hours a day, 5 days a week.

Educational support – Barclays Stockbrokers are here to provide you with the guidance and support you need to get started through a range of educational videos and guides.

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What is Financial Spread Trading?

Financial Spread Trading works in a similar way to ordinary share dealing, but with a number of additional features. Financial Spread Trading allows you to speculate pound per point movement on whether the price of a financial instrument is likely to go up in value or to go down in value.

Your Profit and Loss is calculated by your initial stake multiplied by each point that the market moves in your favour. If you are wrong you will make a loss which is calculated by your stake multiplied by each point that the market moves against you.

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What is meant by 'going long' when Spread Trading

Barclays Financial Spread Trading allows you to Go Long (buy) if you think price of an underlying asset will rise in value, or Go Short (sell) if you think the price of an underlying asset will fall.

So, if you believe that a company or market will increase in value in the short term, you can use Financial Spread Trading to open a buy today, and you will make your profit with any rise in price in the underlying asset.

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What is meant by 'going short' when Spread Trading?

Barclays Financial Spread Trading allows you to Go Short (sell) if you think price of an underlying asset will fall in value, or Go Long (buy) if you think the price of an underlying asset will rise.

So, if you believe that a company or market will experience a loss of value in the short term, you can use Financial Spread Trading to open a sell today, and you will make your profit with any fall in price in the underlying asset.

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What order types are available when Spread Trading?

Barclays Financial Spread Trading offers a number of ways to manage your risk:

  • Stop orders
  • Stop loss orders
  • Guaranteed stop loss orders
  • Limit orders
  • Opening orders

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What are the commission rates on a Barclays Spread Trading account?

There is no commission to pay when you open or close a trade on your Barclays Spread Trading account. The charges are built into the bid/offer spread.

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How would I open a Barclays Financial Spread Trading account?

The quickest way to open an account is to apply online. There is also a paper based application which you can download via the website or you can request the form by calling the Client Management team on 0845 355 0802*

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Can I trade on my Spread Trading account by telephone?

Yes, you can trade by telephone during the relevant opening hours.

Opening hours: Sunday 20.00 - Friday 21.15 GMT

Please call the trading desk on: 0845 355 0803*

If you are calling from outside of the U.K: +44 20 7550 4772*

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What are the risks associated with Financial Spread Trading?

Financial Spread Trading (FSTs) carries a high level of risk to your capital and you should only trade with money you can afford to lose. The value of investments can fall as well as rise and you may lose significantly more than your initial margin payment. If you want to deal in FSTs, you will be asked to indicate your understanding by reading and completing the Risk Warning Notice as part of your account application; you may also be required to complete an appropriateness assessment.

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What happens if I have insufficient funds in my account to maintain the 79.99% of the margin required for my trades?

This may result in the closure of all positions on your account.

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Can I have a Financial Spread Trading demo account to practise in a risk-free environment?

Yes, you can open a Spread Trading demo account and practise trading in a risk-free environment.

You can register for a free 14-day demo account

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Who do I contact if I have a questions on my Barclays Spread Trading account?

Please contact the Client Management Team on 0845 355 0802*

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Barclays Financial Spread Trading is provided by GAIN Capital UK Ltd. All dealing, administration and settlement is carried out by them.