Spread Trading Introduction

Playing the stock market, investing in futures, equities, gold, oil or foreign currencies or some other financial activity can be high risk. Every investor wants to make a profit and one of the new and exciting ways to do just that is to discover what can be achieved through spread betting and CFD trading.

A CFD is a Contract for Difference and operates in a simple way. There is a buyer and a seller. The deal is that the buyer pays the seller the difference between an agreed asset from the current value of that asset and its worth at the time stipulated on the contract. If the value is lower, the seller pays the difference. If the value is higher, then the buyer pays the difference. A CFD broker is someone who negotiates these types of transactions. The assets in question can involve shares changing price on the short and/or long position. In many other aspects of speculation, there are plenty of options when dealing with CFDs. And probably most relevant is the fact that CFDs can be operated by small and large investors alike. You don’t need to be a millionaire to get started.

Most traders and investors today manage their accounts via the internet. This is the cheapest and most convenient option and allows them to take advantage of all the powerful features of their broker’s online platform

With 24/7 access you can check out how your positions are doing or research new opportunities whenever you want. Valuable facilities such as automated orders and alerts mean you do not even need to be sat in front of your screen to get the benefit. The same is also true if your broker has developed a version of their platform that runs on your smartphone.


What is a spread in betting? Whether you are familiar with sports betting or financial spread betting, a spread in betting is a high and low value provided by the bookmaker or the spread betting company and the gambler needs to place a bet on whether the value will go up or down below the value of the spread.

To make this clearer, I will use an example from sports betting and then an example from financial spread betting.
In sports spread betting the spread can be Milan winning Chelsea in a soccer match between 2:0 to 4:0 – the spread is 2-4:0 . If you place a bet on 1:0 for Milan and that was the final score – you won. If you placed a bet on Milan to win for more than 4:0 and the final score was 8:0 to Milan you won 4 x the amount you bet on as this is the difference from the spread times your bet amount.

In financial spread betting I will use the most popular commodity traded which is oil. The spread betting company set the spread on oil at the day of the trade to be $50 – $55 per barrel. If you placed a bet that the price at the end of the bet will be above $55 and the price at the end of the bet was $60 (the price at the end of the bet refers to the actual market value of oil at the end time of the bet), you won $5 x your bet amount. It can go the other way around of course. The value of oil will end at $45 and then you will lose $5 times your bet amount.

That’s the basics of a spread in betting.

Spreads were first introduced in sports betting and then expanded to financial market betting. Financial spread betting is gaining popularity every day, especially since it’s available online and legal and licensed in the United Kingdom.

The spread bet is one of the popular forms of bets, whether in sports betting and in financial market betting. This fact is well known to bookmakers who make sure to provide difficult spreads to make it hard on the gamblers.

If you are to spread bet, you should start low. Don’t risk too much as you can never know where the bet go.

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