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Spread Bet Markets: An overview
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Page Summary:
This page looks at all the different Spread Bet markets that are available to trade including currencies, commodities, stocks and stock indexes such as the FTSE 100.

Use the links on the right for details on the individual markets and sectors.

Versatility is the name of the game with Spread Betting and so the brokers offer an incredibly large range of global markets to speculate on. As pointed out before all of these can be traded via the one account.

With most of the larger and more liquid markets such as Stock Indexes, big name shares (UK and foreign) and of course Foreign Exchange there are normally 2 different markets offered -

  • Daily cash bets, and
  • Quarterly bets

Both of these are discussed in more detail on this page - an introduction to spread betting.

But for other markets, perhaps a smaller UK share or a commodity such as Sugar or Coffee, then quarterly bets will be offered.

Which markets to trade - Some advice

Many traders tend to specialise in certain markets, ones of which they have some experience. So if starting with Spread Bets I'd advise you to consider trading the stock indexes such as FTSE or Wall Street as well as some of the individual shares, as most people have an understanding of the stockmarkets.

Also leave out some of the more complex markets, or at least those of which you have little or no experience. The chances are you want your spread betting career to last as long as possible and obviously be as profitable as possible, so take your time. Get comfortable with what you know before branching out to some of the other markets.

WARNING! - Spread Bet Broker Advice

There are good spread bet brokers and there are bad ones.

Having a good broker won't guarantee you profits but a bad broker will probably lead to losses as a combination of their gamesmanship and suspect software takes its financial toll.

So who do I recommend?

Simple, the 2 brokers I personally use for my own spread betting (and I've used them for years) -

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