FTSE 250 Spread Betting





Also see Live FTSE 250 chart below.



Where Can I Spread Bet on the FTSE 250?

Investors can trade on the FTSE 250 and a wide range of other financial markets by using an account with any of the following spread trading platforms:

One thing to note is that this market may also be offered by firms that are not listed here.



Live FTSE 250 Chart




Live FTSE 250 Chart




Where Can I Get Live Spread Betting Prices and Charts for the FTSE 250?

The simple chart above offers a helpful look at how the market is performing.

However, if you are financial spread betting on the FTSE 250, the above firms include real-time prices and charts with more features and indicators.

Example trading chart:

FTSE 250 Spread Betting - Example Chart



Spread Bet on FTSE 250 Shares

Financial spread betting allows investors to speculate on a wide range of markets, including FTSE 250 shares, tax free* and with no brokers’ fees, or commissions.

Here are some of detailed spread betting guides to help answer the most common questions about spread betting on individual FTSE 250 shares:

Company Spread Betting Review Page Index
  Betfair   Betfair Spread BetsFTSE 250
  Easyjet   Easyjet Spread BetsFTSE 250
  Ladbrokes   Ladbrokes Spread BetsFTSE 250
  TSB   TSB Spread BetsFTSE 250



Where Can I Spread Bet on FTSE 250 Shares?



Spread Betting on UK Small Cap Shares

Most firms offer markets on the constituent companies of the FTSE 100 and FTSE 250. However, a few also offer markets on UK firms outside the FTSE 350.

Spreadex are one option, they normally have a wide selection of AIM listed stocks. IG Index also offers a reasonable selection of small caps.

Note that sometimes you need to ‘subscribe’ to access the prices for smaller UK firms.

E.g. InterTrader also offer a selection of small caps but so that they can keep the cost of their pricing feeds to a minimum they make users subscribe (free for account holders).


FTSE 250 Spread Betting Example

FTSE 250 Spread Betting
If you’re thinking about spread betting on an index like the FTSE 250 then, looking at a website like InterTrader.com, you would currently find a price of 15776 – 15806.

This means you can bet on the FTSE 250 to go above 15806 or go below 15776.

When you spread bet, you speculate on every unit the market rises or falls. In this case, with the FTSE 250 market a unit is 1 point of the stock index’s price movement.

So for this example, let’s say you decide to stake £2 for every point the FTSE 250 goes up or down.


Buying – Spread Betting on the Market to Go Up

If you were to buy the FTSE 250 at 15806 and the stock index increased then the quote could become 15893 – 15923. Therefore, you could close your trade for a profit at 15893.

Profits (or Losses) = (closing value of the market – opening value of the market) x stake per point
Profits (or Losses) = (15893 – 15806) x £2 per point stake
Profits (or Losses) = 87 points x £2 per point
Profits (or Losses) = £174 profit

The markets can of course fall, if the stock index had fallen to, for example, 15725 – 15755, you may decide to close your trade to restrict your losses. If that happened, you’d sell at 15725.

You would do this with the same £2 per point stake:

Profits (or Losses) = (closing value of the market – opening value of the market) x stake per point
Profits (or Losses) = (15725 – 15806) x £2 per point stake
Profits (or Losses) = -81 points x £2 per point
Profits (or Losses) = -£162 loss


Selling – Spread Betting on the Market to Go Down

One advantage of spread betting is that you can short the markets.

When we started this example, the market was priced at 15776 – 15806.

If you went short of the FTSE 250 at 15776 and the stock index went down then you might see the price drop to 15668 – 15698. If this were the case, you might decide to close your position for a profit at 15698.

Profits (or Losses) = (opening value of the market – closing value of the market) x stake per point
Profits (or Losses) = (15776 – 15698) x £2 per point stake
Profits (or Losses) = 78 points x £2 per point
Profits (or Losses) = £156 profit

Of course, if the stock index had risen to, for example, 15818 – 15848, you may want to close your position to prevent further losses. In that case, you’d buy at 15848.

Therefore, with the same £2 per point stake:

Profits (or Losses) = (opening value of the market – closing value of the market) x stake per point
Profits (or Losses) = (15776 – 15848) x £2 per point stake
Profits (or Losses) = -72 points x £2 per point
Profits (or Losses) = -£144 loss


FTSE 250 Rolling Daily spread betting market accurate as of 25-Jul-14.

This is a Rolling Daily market. This type of market doesn’t have a predetermined expiry date and will rollover to the next session. If it does roll, then you might receive a small credit or incur a small financing cost. For more information, please see rolling daily spread betting.



FTSE 250 Demo Accounts

So what if you want to practice? The firms listed below offer free test accounts. You can use these accounts to see how spread trading works on the FTSE 250 without risking any money.

  • ETX Capital (read review)


  • User Questions and Answers on the FTSE 250

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