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The Financial Spread Betting Handbook: The definitive guide to making money trading spread bets by Malcolm Pryor

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6. Timescales For Spread Bets

This chapter explores the timescales used for spread betting. Spread bettors usually have one timescale that they feel most at home in. If you know your own mind on this issue, you might prefer to speed read the chapter.

The categorisation of timescales here is subjective but I have divided it into the following:

  1. extremely short timescale
  2. short timescale
  3. medium timescale
  4. long timescale
  5. very long timescale
  6. We shall now look at these in more detail below.

1. Extremely short timescale

This is defined as less than a day – we make a bet and close it the same day. For this timescale the daily bet product is an obvious choice, as is the binary bet. The most popular underlying instruments here tend to ...

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