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Spread Betting UK Explained

By Tom King

Spread betting is very much UK dominated when it comes to finance. It has been around since the 1970s but has had a bad name because of the word betting. In fact it is just another way of trading in the same markets that have been around for many years.

In what types of markets can you bet? You have spread betting UK shares. There are many different shares to choose from and in fact most companies will offer some kind of bet on almost any share upon request. Be careful of the spreads though, especially on illiquid stocks as they then to be quite large.

A further option you have is spread betting UK indices. The most popular of all is the FTSE 100 and this is by far the most liquid of the indices in the UK. You are not limited to that though, you have the other FTSE indices as well as indices from other countries. In fact nearly every country in the world. As with individual stocks, the spread are tightest in the more liquid markets so look our for that.

Commodity trading sometimes gets a bad name. People are often scared to invest or trade in commodities because the markets are very volatile. That is a great thing for us traders, we love volatility. You will be able to trade in almost any commodity. Be careful though because sometimes because of their high prices you will have to put a higher deposit down. Not in relative terms but in absolute terms.

Have you ever traded in the foreign exchange market before? Well this could be your chance. You have the ability of spread betting UK pound versus the Euro, the dollar against almost any other currency you prefer. The mechanism works in the same way for all the markets so there is a lot of choice for you.

There are lots of spread betting UK companies out there that offer dummy or practice accounts for you. Why not give it a try and see what you think?

Tom has been spending long hours researching for his blog Spread Betting UK. If you would like more information about spread betting uk then visit his site. Feel free to ask Tom questions.

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