Over 3,000 Margin Rates Cut. One-point spread on the FTSE 100 and Wall Street. 3 account types. 10p spread betting. Now, there’s one more essential reason to open a spread betting account with Finspreads. We’ve slashed our margin rates on thousands of markets by an average of 48%. Take a quick look at the table below, and see how the cuts will affect margin rates on some of our most popular markets! Along with our typically tight spreads and choice of accounts to suit you, these cuts make ours one of the most competitive platforms on the market. Start spread betting and start saving with Finspreads - open an account today. Lower margin rates may increase the amount of risk you are exposed to. What is Margin? Margin trading allows you to maximise your profit potential by requiring you to deposit only a fraction of the full value of your trade as a spread bet. For example, if the FTSE 100 is trading at 6600 and you wish to go long or buy at £1 per point. With a margin factor of 30 times your stake size, you are required to initially deposit just £30. Find out more Margin trading magnifies both your gains and losses with the possibility of losing more than the initial funds you hold in your account. As such, we recommend that you consider using guaranteed stop losses to help minimise your risk when spread betting. What is Step Margin? As part of initial margin cuts on 5th August 2013, we are introducing Step Margin. Step Margin is the process by which the amount of initial margin charged per trade may increase depending on the size of your trade. As the size of your total position in a particular market increases, so may the amount of initial margin charged for any additional trades [within the same market]. How have we cut margin rates? We have cut initial margin rates by lowering the first step initial margin rate across thousands of markets by an average of 48% - including our most popular markets. Find out more. Spread betting carries a high level of risk to your capital with the possibility of losing more than your initial investment and may not be suitable for all investors. Ensure you fully understand the risks involved and seek independent advice if necessary. Lower margin rates may increase the amount of risk you are exposed to.