Stock & Share Trading

Join City Index and go long or short on company Shares like Barclays, Amazon and Apple.

Speculate on price movements of thousands of global Shares with a Spread Betting or CFD Trading account.

  • Spreads from 0.1% on UK Shares
  • Trade on 4500+ global Shares
  • Awarded Best Spread Betting Provider 2019 by OPWA

Join City Index to trade Shares with tight spreads

Trade on 4500+ global Shares

Award-winning platform

Best CFD Provider 2020

Tight spreads

From 0.1% each side of market spread on Spread Bets

Market insight

Our research portal identifies over and under-valued shares

Futures and options prices

Choose from a range of cash, futures and options contracts

Trade wherever you are, on our fast, reliable platforms

Customisable charts

16 chart types with 80+ indicators designed to help you perform technical analysis

Award-winning platform

Our powerful technology is designed to suit you, whatever your level of trading expertise

Actionable trade ideas

Our research portal highlights trade ideas using fundamental and technical analysis

Trade anytime, anywhere

Follow the markets on native apps built specifically for your smartphone and tablet
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21 global Indices


4500+ global Shares


84 FX pairs


25+ global Commodities

Spread Betting and CFD Trading

City Index offers Spread Betting and CFD trading on Shares. Whilst similar, typically UK investors choose Spread Betting because any profits are free from UK Capital Gains Tax (CGT)*.

Spread Betting

Best for
Tax-free trading in UK*

Trade type
£ per point

No UK Capital Gains Tax (CGT)
or Stamp Duty*

Trade on
Global Indices, FX, Shares,
Commodities & more

Commission free

Web, mobile and advanced platforms

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CFD Trading

Best for

Trade type
Buy/sell CFDs

No UK Stamp Duty. You do pay UK CGT but losses can be offset against tax*

Trade on
Global Indices, FX, Shares,
Commodities & more

Share CFDs only

Web, mobile and advanced platforms

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Test drive a trading account
Trade Shares risk-free with a demo account

Why City Index?

With fast, reliable execution and tight spreads here's why our clients choose
City Index
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Over 38 years' experience in Spread Betting, FX and CFD Trading
Authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA)
Risk management tools to help protect your positions
Trade on multiple platforms and devices
Actionable buy/sell trade ideas from our research portal
Fast, easy payments and secure withdrawals
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Why trade Shares?

Tax-efficient trading

Pay no UK Capital Gains Tax or Stamp Duty when Spread Betting*

Hedge your portfolio

Use Spread Bets and CFDs to hedge your current investment portfolio

Short the markets

Trade on falling markets (going short) as well as rising markets

Short-term opportunities

Trading opportunities over shorter time periods; minutes, days or weeks
Global Opportunities

Choice of 4500+ Shares

Shares available from UK, Europe, US, Asia and Australia

Trade anytime, anywhere

Trade on desktop, close on mobile, our accounts work on multiple devices
Spread Betting with City Index

How to trade Shares

If you believe that a share such as Vodafone will rise in price, you can place a buy trade. If the prices rises, you will make a profit for every point that Vodafone moves up. If the market falls, then you will make a loss for every point the share price moves against you. Our trading platform tells you in real-time how much profit or loss you are making.

You can also trade on a falling share price. If you think Vodafone will fall in price, you sell to open the trade. Your position will stay open as long as you want it to, providing you have enough money in your account to cover the margin required to keep your trade open.

With City Index you can trade global shares as a Spread Bet or CFD.

How to trade shares

Trading Support Service

We provide detailed information about every aspect of our service with ongoing account support for every client.

Welcome Pack

We will post you a welcome letter with key account information

Platform Walkthroughs

We will call you to introduce our award-winning platform and features

Ongoing Support

We will email and call you about changes impacting your account, pricing and services

Market Intelligence

We will email you monthly market news and trends from our expert analysts

Why trade Shares with City Index?

What is Spread Betting?

Learn how to trade Shares using this Spread Betting tutorial

Spread Betting
Trading Opportunities

How to analyse markets

How to identify trading opportunities using City Index's research tools

Research tools

Managing risk

Learn techniques to improve your trading and manage risk effectively

Risk management
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Trade Shares risk-free with a demo account

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Join City Index to trade Shares with tight spreads

What are Shares?

Owning Shares mean that you own a piece of that company and as such, you are entitled to your share of the company's earnings as well as any voting rights attached to the stock. 

Companies sell Shares because they want to raise money, possibly to expand their business further. They can do this by taking out a loan or issuing bonds, or by selling part of the company -  this is known as “issuing stock”.

Shareholders hope that after buying stock in that company, the company’s performance will improve and the Shares will be worth more in the future. Because Shares provide their owners with a share in a company, they are also referred to as equities, or the equity market. This is to differentiate them from bonds, which are also issued by companies, but do not provide equity.

At City Index you can speculate on Shares price movement with a Spread Bet or CFD Trading account, you will not own any of the underlying assets.

Trading Shares

An Initial Public Offering (IPO) is when a company’s stock is first issued. Markets often get excited by initial public offerings, or IPOs. This represents the first time a stock is listed on the market. Shares are sold initially via subscription, where investors can apply for Shares. After that, they can be bought and sold on the stock market as usual on a stock exchange.  

Shares can be bought or sold on a stock exchange, via a broker. Well known stock exchanges include the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), London Stock Exchange (LSE) and NASDAQ.


Shares pay out dividends to their owners. This is usually done on a regular basis – e.g. quarterly. It represents a share of the company’s profits being paid back to its ultimate owners, the shareholders. Companies are not obliged to pay dividends, but many do so on a regular basis, which means their stock is also prized because of its income characteristics.

Corporate actions

The life of a big company is not a smooth one, and there are a number of important events that affect the price of their Shares, which traders/investors need to be aware of:

  • Mergers between companies or the acquisition of one company by another
  • Directors’ dealings – when directors buy or sell their own Shares in the company
  • Rights issues – issuing more Shares to the market to raise more money
  • Share buy-backs – when a company starts buying back its own Shares, it will reduce the number of Shares available on the market
  • Special dividend – a dividend paid out by companies when they are feeling particularly cash-rich, not a regular dividend
  • Share split – a company splits Shares into smaller ones, frequently because they are becoming too expensive which can limit trading

Who trades Shares?

Shares can be bought and sold openly by retail investors through a stock exchange using a broker. However many Shares in companies are bought by financial institutions such as banks, pension funds and institutional investors.

What affects the price of a share?

The price of a share can be affected by many things including:

  • Earnings
    Earnings are the profits a company makes and has to report on a regular basis. Investors look at a company’s earnings to see whether they are better or worse than expectations.
  • News about a company
    News about new products, changes in management, change in strategy can all affect the share price.
  • News on external factors
    News regarding the company’s industry, peers and trading conditions can all affect the supply and demand and therefore price of that stock.

Trading on share prices with City Index

  • City Index allows its customers to trade on the price of over 4500 Shares through spread bets and CFDs
  • Spread bets and CFDs allow trading without the costs of owning the actual Shares
  • Trading Shares as a spread bet means that you do not pay UK stamp duty or UK Capital Gains Tax*