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Looking for another market eg FTSE 100? Click on ‘Instruments’, then ‘World Indices’ then ‘UK Index’
Forex data is live. All other data is subject to a 15 minute delay
Data is based on the underlying market
All BetOnMarkets account holders can access the above via the BetOnMarkets website where you can also add a range of indictors, from Simple Moving Averages to a Relative Strength Indicator (RSI) and from Bollinger Bands to Fibonacci Fans.
Example fixed odds chart
Video Guide to Financial Fixed-Odds Markets
A video looking at the main trades used in financial fixed-odds, i.e. Rise/Fall, Higher/Lower, Touch/No Touch and In/Out.
The video explains what these trades are and how you can select them.
What are the Main Fixed-Odds Trades / How do they work?
There is a wide variety of bets available eg:
Flash Trades (short-term)
These are made available for short periods of time, eg a few minutes. They will pay out if the market rises (up bet) or falls (down bet) over that period of time.
Letting traders take advantage of very short-term trends
Bets on US markets such as the Dow Jones, S&P500 and NASDAQ, especially around market moving news events such as the FOMC interest rate announcements
Intra-day Doubles / Trend Multipliers
Traders who can spot stronger and more persistent trends can capitalize by using these bets to back a rise or fall in successive 15-minute to one-hour periods.
Bet duration: 30 seconds to 4 minutes
Bull / Bear
These fixed-odds trades pay out if the market is either above or below a certain specified level at the end of the bet.
Bet duration: hours, days, months.
Good for: Taking a directional view of the market or hedging.
Expiry Range / Expiry Miss
Chartists use these to make money when the market either finishes between a high (resistance) and a low (support) barrier or outside this range respectively.
One Touch / No Touch
A One Touch trade pays out if the market hits the specified level within the chosen time frame.
A No Touch trade is the exact opposite.
These can be used in a number of ways, including backing a breakout from support or resistance.
Barrier Range Trade / No Touch Range
These can be used to make money from range-bound markets by stipulating that the price will not hit either the specified higher or lower level during the life of the trade.
The Up or Down Trade
This is a pure volatility trade. It pays out if the market touches either the higher or the lower level within the lifetime of the trade. Some traders use it with wide boundaries ahead of an important economic announcement in anticipation of an extreme move in either direction.
What Financial Fixed-Odds Markets can I Trade?
These days the financial fixed-odds operators offer a good range of bets and you should expect to see:
What is the Difference Between Fixed-Odds and Spread Betting?
Spread betting lets you profit from a market going up or down. In the most simplistic terms, the more right you are, the more you win, the more wrong you are, the more you lose.
With spread betting, your liabilities are bigger than your stake.
With fixed-odds, your maximum liability is your stake.
Many Spread Betting Companies offer a Stop Loss so if the market moves a certain amount of points against you, your would bet would be closed. This helps protect your downside. However sometimes spread bets are closed due to a short term contra movement.
Let’s say you think Sterling will strengthen against the Euro and you make a spread bet with a stop loss 100 points away. The trade starts off going in your favour but due to an unfavourable economic release Sterling crosses your stop loss before rebounding. That would close your bet.
The main advantage of a fixed-odds trade over a spread bet with a stop loss is that the position cannot be stopped out early (apart from a One Touch bet). This means a bet could go wrong but then rebound and finish in profit.
A Big Win for Minimal Market Movement
Another difference between fixed-odds and spread betting is that you can still make a big gain with just a small market movement. Take the example of a “one-day Double Up” trade on gold.
The objective in each trade is to make a £100 profit.
The fixed-odds position would pay out if the price finishes higher than the entry point plus the spread. With the market at $850 and a spread of $1, this means that a bet costing £100 would give £100 in profit as long as gold ended the day anywhere above $851. A double bet pays a 100% return less a small factor which is the financial bookmakers margin.
An equivalent one-day spread bet with a stake of £3 per point would require a stop at 33 points below the current price to limit the potential loss to £100. This runs the risk of being stopped out early and would only make £100 profit if the price finishes 33 points up.
Having said that, your spread bet remains open if the market moves 40 points up, 50 points up etc so you still have the possibility of a larger upside.
In this case, if you are not expecting a big market movement then the fixed-odds trade might be the better option.
The point of fixed-odds trading in my view is not to say that fixed-odds is better than spread betting or CFDs or buying shares etc. Fixed-odds should be viewed as another string in your bow. Some days the markets suit a spread bet, other days a CFD, others a fixed-odds trade etc.
There is also the added benefit of reducing your risks by using different trading formats to hedge eg opening a spread bet but using a fixed-odds bet to cover extreme movements.
Where can I find a Free Financial Fixed-Odds Trading Platform / Software?
Some of the trading firms offer software / trading platforms you have to download but most offer free web based platforms that allow easier access from home, the office and most other places with Internet Access.
The following also offer free live prices and candlestick charts:
If you are looking for a free Practice Account / Test Account where you can trial financial fixed-odds, including Indices markets like FTSE 100, UK and US Shares, Gold etc then you can you can always try:
Please Note: Financial fixed-odds can become addictive. It may not be suitable for all investors. Only speculate with money that you can afford to lose. Please ensure you fully understand the risks involved and seek independent financial advice where necessary.
'Financial Fixed Odds' by DB, updated 15-May-13
For related pages also see:
Financial Fixed Odds, updated 15-May-13
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Fixed Odds Trading w/c 11 May, updated 11-May-09
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Fixed Odds Trading w/c 30 March, updated 30-Mar-09
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