Below, indicative stock market index, forex and commodities prices:
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Firms that Provide Live Spread Betting Prices:The following spread betting companies provide account holders‡ with live prices:
- City Index (read review)
- ETX Capital (read review)
- Financial Spreads (read review)
- IG (read review)
- Spreadex (read review)
Live Financial Spread Betting and CFD PricesAs mentioned above, most firms offer +1,000 markets.
There are a few prices above and these give a good guide to where the markets are currently trading.
To access more prices you probably need a spread betting account – note you can open an account and just not trade.
Prices for Obscure and Unpopular MarketsIf you’re looking for a more obscure market then IG might be the best place to try, they normally have the most markets.
At the moment they have more than 10,000 markets, although a lot of those are individual equity markets.
Watch out when you do trade this minor markets though, they tend to have prohibitively wide spreads.
How to Use Spread Betting PricesFTSE 100 Example
At the moment, the price of the FTSE 100 Rolling Daily market is 6010.0 – 6011.0 with spread trading companies such as Tradefair.
Like many major stock market indices, an investor can bet on the FTSE 100 either increasing or decreasing. With this FTSE 100 Rolling Daily market, investors can speculate on:
a) The FTSE 100 to increase higher than 6011.0, or
b) The FTSE 100 to decrease lower than 6010.0.
It should be noted that with the FTSE 100 market you trade in £X per point, where a point is 1 point of FTSE 100 movement. As a brief example, if you had a stake of £6 per point and the FTSE 100 index moves 5 points then you would see a change to your P&L of £30.
FTSE 100 Stock Market Index Trading Example
For example, let’s assume you see the live price on a spread betting website and it shows a spread of 6010.0 – 6011.0. So, having done your market research, you might feel that the FTSE 100 is going to go above 6011.0. As a result:
- You believe that the FTSE 100 should rise
- As a result, you choose to go long of, or buy, the market at 6011.0 and you risk £3 per point
- The index rises and so the spread changes to 6050.1 – 6051.1
- With the new price you could choose to take your profit and settle your position. In order to do this you would sell at 6050.1
- You bought the spread bet at 6011.0
- Profit = (Closing Price – Opening Price) x stake
- Profit = (6050.1 – 6011.0) x £3 per point stake
- Profit = 39.1 x £3 per point stake
- Profit = £117.30 profit
- You bought the market at 6011.0
- Loss = (Closing Price – Opening Price) x stake
- Loss = (5977.9 – 6011.0) x £3 per point stake
- Loss = -33.1 x £3 per point stake
- Loss = -£99.30 loss
(Spread trading prices accurate as of 10-Feb-11)
Spread betting carries a high level of risk. You can lose more than your initial investment or stake. Spread betting may not be suitable for all investors. Only trade with money that you can afford to lose. Make sure you fully understand the risk involved. If necessary, seek independent financial advice.