In the line of Duty

Will the UK Government turn to CFDs to build up its tax reserves?

Investors with UK equities in their portfolio will often wince in pain as their eyes reach the bottom of their contract note and the entry for Stamp Duty Reserve Tax (SDRT).

This tax inflates the cost of buying a security by 0.5% of the contract's value, an imposition which often doubles dealing costs.

The lack of SDRT for contracts for difference (CFD) on the price of UK equities has been a key advantage of the booming CFD market, once the domain of institutional dealers and City of London

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Stemming the tide of rising FX settlement risk

As the trading of emerging markets currencies gathers pace and broader uncertainty sweeps across financial markets, CLS is exploring alternative services designed to mitigate settlement risk for the FX market

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