Quick Guides from the DF Markets Team

Basics
  • What is Forex?
  • What is Financial Spread Betting?
  • What is Margin (or Leverage)?
  • Long and short positions
FAQs
  • What are the Spread Betting costs
  • What can I spread bet on with DF Markets?
  • What is Hedging in Spread Betting?
  • What is Margin call?
DF Trader SB Mobile
  • Quotes Window
  • Placing Orders
  • Positions: Stop and Limit to a Position
  • Reviewing Orders
  • Charts
  • Trading Resources

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What is Financial Spread Betting?

Financial Spread Betting is an alternative to CFD trading that gives clients from the UK and Ireland the ability to place bets on the price movements of over 1,000 financial markets, including currencies, precious metals, shares, stock indices, commodities and more.

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How does Spread Betting work?

With financial Spread Betting, you are actually betting on the performance of a certain asset and speculating on the upward or downward movements in the price of that asset. And because Spread Betting is a leveraged product, which means that you can enter the market with only a fraction of the actual capital needed, you can use spread bets to speculate on the future movement of market prices, regardless of whether they are rising or falling.

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Long and short positions

Financial Spread Betting allows you to profit from both rising and falling markets. You buy (open a long position) if you think prices will rise, or sell (open a short position) if you think prices will fall.

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What is Margin (or Leverage)?

One of the advantages of Spread Betting is that you can trade sums much larger than your account equity.

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What is Hedging in Spread Betting?

Hedging can be described as insuring your investment against a possible negative event in the future. It doesn’t prevent the event from occurring, but rather aims to reduce its negative impact by reducing your exposure to risk.

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Spread Betting costs

A major advantage of financial Spread Betting is the lower costs, as opposed to traditional share trading. Not only are spread bets traded on margin, thus requiring a fraction of the full cost to open a position, but also the minimum amount to place a bet is £1.

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Rollover and Interest in Spread Betting

Placing financial spread bets on margin involves another typical cost: paying interest when you leave your position open at the end of the trading day (also known as a rollover fee).

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Dividends in Spread Betting

Although you are not actually purchasing the actual shares, indices or ETFs, when the issuer company (or the ETF in which a company is included) announces payment of dividends, this will be reflected in your account as a dividend-equivalent payment.

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What is Forex?

The foreign exchange market, also known as the Forex, or FX market, is by far the largest financial market in the world.

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What is traded on the Forex market?

The answer is money. It is exchanged among large central banks and organisations, investment companies and individual traders.

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How is Forex traded ?

Forex exchange traders would typically look at the currencies available and buy the strongest one while selling the weakest.

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What is a Pip in Forex trading ?

Stock indices have "points", however Forex currency pairs have pips, and are usually quoted to the fourth digit after the decimal point.

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A brief history of currency trading

The introduction of the gold standard monetary system in 1875 is probably the most significant event in the history of the currency markets.

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What can I spread bet on with DF Markets?

DF Markets offers trading in over 1,000 markets: 68 currency pairs, Gold and Silver, Shares, Indices, ETFs; Energy, Commodity and Financial Futures.

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What platform does DF Markets offer for Spread Betting?

DFTrader is a state-of- the-art spread betting platform available in desktop, web and mobile versions. It allows you to place bets on Forex, Precious Metals, Shares, Indices, Futures and ETFs.

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What order types can I place on the DFTrader platform?

You can place Market, Limit, Stop (incl. Trailing Stop) and OCO (One Cancels the Other) orders, which are sent for execution at price levels

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What is the minimum stake at DF Markets?

The minimum stake for all our markets is £1. For details on how our stake sizes are calculated, please see the Range of Markets page.

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Margin call; or why your positions may beclosed due to insufficient margin?

Failure to maintain the minimum margin requirements for your open positions will lead to the automatic closing of some or all of them.

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Fundamental analysis

Fundamental analysis of the market involves analysing economic, social, political and other factors that affect the value of financial assets such as currencies, company shares, stock indices etc.

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Technical analysis

Technical analysis looks at historical price charts of currency pairs or financial assets and the trends that occur within these charts.

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Line charts

A line chart simply plots the closing points at selected intervals with a line drawn to connect the points.

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Candlestick charts ?

A candlestick chart is made up of separate blocks, or candles. Each block (the body of the candle) represents a time interval, e.g. 5 minutes, 1 hour, 1 day, 1 year, etc.

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