Nikkei 225 Spread Betting





Also see Live Nikkei 225 chart below.



Where Can I Spread Bet on the Nikkei 225?

Investors can put spread bets on the Nikkei 225 by using an account with these spread betting firms.

If you want to spread bet on Japanese stocks then there aren’t many providers that offer them.

IG Index used to offer markets on individual Japanese shares but I can’t see them on the site at the moment.

CMC Markets do have 580+ Japanese shares on their site though including the usual suspects like Mitsubishi (various), Nippon Steel, Sony, Toshiba, Toyota etc.

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Live Nikkei 225 Chart




Live Nikkei 225 Chart




The Ugly Duckling of Stock Markets?

I can see why the FTSE, Dow, DAX and S&P 500 are very popular with investors but it is interesting to see that the NASDAQ 100 gets far fewer trades.

The ugly duckling is probably the Nikkei 225. I’d expect it to be more popular if you could get it as a 24 hour market like the FTSE 100, Dow Jones etc. sadly you can’t.

It really doesn’t get that many trades. That’s not a surprise when the stock market opening hours are a bit strange.


Wide Spreads on the Japan 225?

The wide spreads for Japanese stock market don’t help.

An 8pt spread is pretty common place.

When you take into account the fact that the index is trading at +20,000pts, an 8pts spread isn’t a nightmare but it’s easy to dismiss it.


Where Can I Get Live Spread Betting Prices and Charts for the Nikkei 225?

The quick chart above offers you a handy view of the current market trends.

But, for those investors that are spread betting on the Nikkei 225, the above firms give users access to real-time pricing as well as charts with more analysis options.

Example spread betting chart:

Nikkei 225 Spread Betting - Example Chart



Nikkei 225 Spread Betting Example

Nikkei 225 Spread Betting
Should you want to spread bet on an index such as the Nikkei 225 then, looking at a firm like Financial Spreads, you might see a price of 15519 – 15529.

As a result, you could bet on the Nikkei 225 to go above 15529 or go below 15519.

When spread trading, investors speculate on every unit the market goes up or down. Specifically, for the Nikkei 225 market a unit is 1 point of the stock market’s price movement.

As an example, let’s say you choose to trade £1 for every point the Nikkei 225 rises or falls.


Spread Betting on the Market to Rise

If you went long of the Nikkei 225 at 15529 and the stock market increased then the quote could become 15661 – 15671. Assuming this was the case, you could close your position for a profit at 15661.

Profit or Loss = (closing price of the market – opening price of the market) x stake per point
Profit or Loss = (15661 – 15529) x £1 per point stake
Profit or Loss = 132 points x £1 per point
Profit or Loss = £132 profit

Markets can also fall, if the stock market were to fall down to 15413 – 15423, you could choose to close your position to restrict your losses. If that happened, you’d sell the market at 15413.

You would close your bet with the same £1 per point stake:

Profit or Loss = (closing price of the market – opening price of the market) x stake per point
Profit or Loss = (15413 – 15529) x £1 per point stake
Profit or Loss = -116 points x £1 per point
Profit or Loss = -£116 loss


Spread Betting on the Market to Fall

A benefit of placing a spread bet is that investors can short sell the markets, i.e. bet that the markets will drop.

When we began this example, the market was priced at 15519 – 15529.

If you were to sell the Nikkei 225 at 15519 and the stock market fell then you might see the price move to 15364 – 15374. If this were the case, you might decide to close your position for a profit by buying at 15374.

Profit or Loss = (opening price of the market – closing price of the market) x stake per point
Profit or Loss = (15519 – 15374) x £1 per point stake
Profit or Loss = 145 points x £1 per point
Profit or Loss = £145 profit

However, if the stock market had moved up to 15637 – 15647, you could choose to close your bet to limit your losses. If that were to happen, you would buy at 15647.

Therefore, with the same £1 per point stake:

Profit or Loss = (opening price of the market – closing price of the market) x stake per point
Profit or Loss = (15519 – 15647) x £1 per point stake
Profit or Loss = -128 points x £1 per point
Profit or Loss = -£128 loss


Nikkei 225 Rolling Daily spread betting prices correct as of 11-Jul-16.

Be aware that this is a Rolling Daily trade. This sort of market does not have a preset closing date and automatically rolls over to the next trading day. If it does roll, then you may receive a small credit or incur a small financing cost. For more details see guide to rolling daily charges.



Nikkei 225 Demo Accounts

What if you want to try things out? The following companies also have demo accounts. You can use these to see how spread betting works on the Nikkei 225 without putting your funds at risk.



User Questions and Answers on the Nikkei 225

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