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The FT Guide to Financial Spread Betting by Stuart Fieldhouse

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Spread betting on debt and interest rates

One of the markets most neglected by spread bettors is the bond markets. Bonds are not everyone’s cup of tea, and as with other spread betting markets, it is important to understand that with a spread betting account you are only trading the price of bonds, not actually holding bonds yourself.

Most spread betting companies quote prices on the major global bond markets. As with currencies, these have historically been very liquid and very efficient markets, making them ideal for spread betting. However, the range of markets remains fairly limited, largely because this is what spread betting consumers want: they like to trade the main benchmark government bond markets, and are not interested in anything ...

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