Your Quick Guide to the Mechanics of Spread Betting Modest Money4 Comments

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The following is a guest post about spread betting. If interested in submitting a guest post please read my guest post policy and then contact me.

Spread betting is an interesting investment alternative available to novices and experienced professionals alike. During the actual spread bet, shares or futures contracts are not purchased. What traders do in a spread bet is simply place a wager on the direction of market movement for a chosen asset. The bet is made per point movement or per penny in the underlying market. The stake is the nominal amount that a trader wishes to bet. This figure can be as low as $1/£1/€1 per point. Information is key to spread betting success.

Options Available to Spread Bettors

Traders have two ‘investment’ options available to them including the following: a bet that the market will fall or a bet that the market will rise. Correct financial predictions yield a profit in the form of the betting stake x every point of market movement. Alternatively, losses can also be incurred if the market movement works against you. Losses are calculated by the betting stake multiplied by every point of movement against the trader.

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