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The Intelligent Way to Trade Shares 

Margin trading facilities are currently available for the top 350 UK shares, over 500 leading US shares and several hundred major European shares. Margin trading has substantial advantages over normal share dealing:

Gearing
You can take a position in a stock without having to put up the full contract value. Instead, you put up a margin deposit as collateral. The margin is normally around 10% of the contract value.

The ability to go short
You can go long or short of any share that we quote. Other methods of shorting stock are usually inconvenient and expensive.

Low transaction costs
There is no commission or stamp duty to pay. The only charge is our dealing spread.

Small minimum deal sizes
The minimum contract value for a margin trade is only £10,000.

Immediate dealing
We quote you a price and you can deal immediately; there is no irritating wait for an execution.

Risk Warning: 
Margin Trades carry a high level of risk to your capital. Only speculate with money you can afford to lose. Margin Trading may not be suitable for all investors, so ensure that you fully understand the risks involved, and seek independent advice if necessary.

Recommended further reading:
Introduction to Marginal Account
Margin: Borrowing money to pay for stocks
Debit Balance and Margin Interest Rates
Margin Requirements
Margin account - diversified portfolio