Andy Richardson asked:
Spreadex is a spread betting company that was founded just over ten years ago, in 1999. Sports betting is featured as much as financial spread betting, and the guiding principle for the operation is that spread betting should be user-friendly. Over 10% of the UK’s spread betters apparently agree that this has been achieved and use Spreadex by choice.
In 2006 the company provided online sports betting, and a year later followed up with online financial trading. It still provides excellent telephone trading. It is registered with and regulated by the Financial Service Authority (FSA). The quoted spreads are not the most competitive, but the margin requirements are good.
Spreadex is based out of St Albans, unlike the majority of UK companies which operate in the financial hub, London. This doesn’t affect their service, however, and most traders speak well of the company. Spreadex offers a sign on bonus at the moment which is worth up to £200. It simply covers any losses incurred during the first two weeks of trading, up to the value of £200, and this is automatically applied after fourteen days. This applies to open positions too, unlike some other bonuses which only cover completed trades and realized losses. The only requirement is that you place a minimum of five trades during that period.
Spreadex allows accounts to be Euro or US dollar based too, which avoids the uncertainty of currency manipulations. In this case, the bonus offer covers 200 units of the chosen currency. Incidentally, there is a parallel offer for sports betters, who get two £100 football bets as a bonus.
One minor grouse is that you cannot open a position and set a stop loss at the same time. You must first have the position open and then set your limit order or stop. There is no limit on buying the same contract repeatedly, but if you want to simultaneously go short, you must choose a differently dated contract, otherwise your order will be interpreted as closing the initial position. Incidentally, when your stop order closes the position it can take a few minutes to be cleared from the screen, making you wonder if the order has gone through.Conclusion and Overall Summary of Spreadex’s Offering
In summary, it looks as if Spreadex is set to continue to grow and attract more of the spread betting market. The platform is available from any internet connected computer, and is user-friendly. There is a good range of financial products, including indices, shares, commodities, bonds, interest rates and Forex, and the spreads are acceptable. We rank Spreadex as good value and worth a look.Eddie