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The FT Guide to Financial Spread Betting by Stuart Fieldhouse

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How to spread bet

When opening a spread betting account for the first time, you will be faced with a bewildering array of new markets and products to trade. Some spread betting companies offer their customers literally thousands of different prices to choose from, including indexes, currencies, shares, commodities, bonds, interest rates, even volatility. Seeing it all glinting in greens and reds on your screen may make you want to run away, or it may have the opposite effect, letting you feel suddenly connected to the multi-trillion dollar world of global financial markets. Read this book through, however, and it will all start to make more sense.

First, let’s look a bit more closely at how a spread bet works. To begin with, once you have ...

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