Spread betting involves substantial risk of financial loss, can be very volatile and prices may move rapidly against you. Please keep in mind that spread bets are geared (leveraged) transactions, which means that you deposit a fraction of the full value of the deal, allowing the possibility of gains or losses to quickly exceed your initial deposit. Only speculate with money you can afford to lose (!) as you may lose more than your original deposit and be required to make further payments.
Spread betting should only be considered by experienced investors who understand the risks and nature of the product. Spread betting on the live account may not be suitable for everyone, so make sure that you fully understand the risks involved. Please seek independent advice if you are unsure whether spread betting is suitable for you.
During my years in this business, I have witnessed dozens, perhaps hundreds of men (most men, I'm afraid - women have more sense!) lose big money which they could not afford. I'm talking about six months' rent money, this week's food money, the mortgage, the car payments..etc I have also seen several men (one or two were good friends) lose everything they owned - house, car, wife and kids - due to gambling. Like all bad gamblers, they were betting unscientifically on 'hunches', 'feelings' and so on. They 'just knew' that this time their number would come up. They even borrowed money to gamble - the NUMBER ONE sin in spread betting or gambling. They are still gambling with bits and pieces of borrowed money, and their social security cheque; hoping to 'make it all back and more'. This is a disease and if you think you have an addictive personality, be careful about getting into spread betting. It can be very addictive, particularly if you win a few times. I'm not saying anything more than 'watch out'. Better people than you have succumbed to the evil additive and compulsive gambling - it can cost you everything.
The best guard against this is a realistic view of life - not a belief that there is a magical or mystical force at work, brining you money. This is science, linked with randomness (called 'luck'). There are no mysterious forced at work here, and praying will not help your spread betting one tiny bit! The second home truth is this. If you speculate for long enough you will eventually have a losing streak - a time when nothing seems to work and all your bets go against you. A professionals knows this and even expects it. He will sail straight through a losing streak because he has budgeted for it with careful money management knowing it would come along. He is playing a statistics game. Long-term if he has a winning system he will end up ahead. This is the only way you can make money through spread betting.
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The rule is: Never, ever speculate with money which you cannot afford to comfortably lose. You've heard it a thousand times, now I'm asking you to BELIEVE IT. This is the golden rule of speculation and gambling for that matter!