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The FT Guide to Financial Spread Betting by Stuart Fieldhouse

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Spread betting on shares and indexes

Spread betting with equity indexes

Stock market indexes are one of the first financial markets that novice spread bettors are encouraged to learn with. This is because they are more familiar to the average investor, being regularly quoted in the media and in the business press. Many major share markets have at least one benchmark index to represent the fortunes of that country’s stock market. They are fairly easy to understand: their performance, up or down, is intended to reflect the average performance of the shares of the companies that make up that index.

Spread betting companies offer their clients a broad range of stock market indexes to trade with, including all the major markets. However, you ...

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