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The Benefits of Spread Betting

Spread betting is a way for you to trade the global financial markets, but one that takes only a fraction of the collateral it would normally cost you to buy actual shares in a company, index, commodity or currency. What is spread betting? For the uninitiated, this is how spread betting works. A spread betting company, for example Spreadex, would offer a two-way spread with a bid and an offer price based around the live market price. You can then place a spread bet to go ‘long’ (‘buy’) if you think your chosen instrument is going to go up over a certain time...

Surfing the Markets: What to Make of FSB

Financial Spread Betting is a difficult animal to pin down. It is a kind of living, breathing oxymoron. It is recreationally professional, playfully serious and seriously playful all at the same time. Just what are we to make of FSB? FSB, as offered by an increasing number of dedicated online providers, typically allows users to stake a position against any given stock, currency or index anywhere in the world. For example, the betfair organisation promises its account holders access to more than 3,800 markets worldwide. The binary nature of trades may not be particularly complex, but breadth of choice is undeniably...

Spread Betting Provider Emphasises Importance of ‘Trading Edge’

Find your 'trading edge' for maximum long-term profit Trading the financial markets is all about profit, whilst understanding the risks involved with trading – and one independent spread betting provider is encouraging all traders to have a coherent, tried and tested 'trading edge', or risk losing out on profits. Core Spreads is a spread betting provider cutting straight to the core of trading, and their team of specialists are urging all users to find and optimise their trading edge – or risk losing out on all-important profits. A trading edge can be described as a set of specific conditions or rules that...

City Index Product Comparisons

Over the past few months we've kicked the tyres and prodded around under of the hood of Spread Betting and CFD provider, City Index. We've taken a look at some of their recent promo campaigns - including their efforts to turn celebrities into traders (and to make a little wonga for their charity of choice into the bargain) - as well as having taken a bit of a squiz at what sets City Index apart from other financial spread betting and CFD platforms. In the third part (of this three part series), we're getting down to the nuts and bolts of things,...

City Index Review

Having more than one spread betting or CFD account at your disposal makes good investment sense. It's not just individual spreads that differ between providers, often market coverage (for AIM shares in particular) and margin requirements, vary dramatically for a share from provider to provider, so it's well worth doing a little homework before hitting the buy or sell button with a particular provider. Today I'll be taking a little look at the City Index platform. I won't delve too deeply into the fundamentals of their platform, rather I'll look at some of the aspects that may differentiate it from other top...

Ways to Boost your Spreadbetting Trading Results

Improve your Spreadbetting Strategy and Enjoy Increased Returns in the UK Markets Financial Spreadbetting strategies abound on the Internet, but finding the ideal investment strategy can be a challenge. Spread bettors are a discerning group of investors. The overriding factor that separates successful spread bettors from mediocre ones is the choice of strategy that is adopted. Trading activity encompassing workable strategies has been shown to yield positive results in the long-term. It is true that the glut of financial indicators, charting tools, video guides, webinars and the like can prove highly complicated. But, with a little guidance, UK-based traders can enjoy...

A Golden Update

It's been a bit of a rocky road for our gold play over the past few weeks since we got on board in late April at just a notch above $1,500 an ounce. The one month chart (below - courtesy of SharePrice.co.uk) shows the spot price for gold rocketed to over $1,560 an ounce in late April before returning those gains (and then some) sharpish in the first fortnight of May. The 12 month chart (below) makes for a little more optimistic viewing in the mid- to long-term but after taking a closer look at the three more substantial short-term downtrends...

Buying Gold

So I'm up and running with my first financial spread bet for a while. The ghosts of financial spread betting failures past have been laid to rest with a renewed bout of reading and I'm ready to make my fortune (sic) trading commodities. I popped 100 quid in my trading account (big spender) and I've bought gold at 10 pounds a point at $1,502 with a stop at $1,492. The stop is a little closer than I'd like it but being an optimist (albeit one with only 100 quid in their account) I've opted for a larger bet and a closer stop...

A Return to Financial Spread Betting

It's been a while since I've had any financial spread bets in play. To be honest in the past I've had mixed fortunes with my forays into the world of financial spread betting. It's a situation I usually attempt to remedy by furthering my financial education before trading again; you just can't have enough financial knowledge. So when I inevitably get the urge to dip a toe into financial spread betting waters - usually around about the time a financial blogger or two I follow have had ridiculous five-figure gains - I read, I follow online those in the know, then...