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Indicative GBP/USD prices:

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GBP/USD Comparison

A price comparison table covering GBP/USD and other popular forex markets:

EUR / USD Daily - Spread Size 1 1 1 2 0.8 1 1 1
EUR / USD Daily - Min Stake £1 £0.50 £0.50 £0.5 £1 £1 £1 £1
GBP / USD Daily - Spread Size 2 2 2 3 0.8 2 2 2
GBP / USD Daily - Min Stake £1 £0.50 £0.50 £0.5 £1 £1 £1 £1
EUR / GBP Daily - Spread Size 1 2 2 1 1 1 1 2
EUR / GBP Daily - Min Stake £1 £0.50 £0.50 £0.5 £1 £1 £1 £1
USD / JPY Daily - Spread Size 0.8 2 1 2 0.8 0.8 0.8 2
USD / JPY Daily - Min Stake £1 £0.50 £0.50 £0.5 £1 £1 £1 £1
Comparison Notes.

Where Can I Spread Bet on GBP/USD?

Investors can trade GBP/USD through an account with any of the following spread betting companies:

GBP/USD Market Analysis and Trading News

Date Trading Update
19-Sep-14 [11:23am]

The Scottish Vote No and Sterling Gets Sold!

What’s more, at no point during the counting process did the “yes” campaign ever look likely to win, so the volatility that we could have seen in the markets wasn’t really there.

As the regions announced the results and it became apparent that Scotland would not get independence, investors did respond but not as strongly as some may have expected.

The pound, which appeared to anticipate the result in the 24 hours before the result was confirmed, rallied as the results were announced.

However...it has now has reversed all of its gains since and now trades lower on the day.

This is about as clear an example of ‘buying the rumour and selling the news’ as you can hope to see.

With the uncertainty of the referendum now behind us, it will be interesting to see whether the pound can make up the lost ground of the last couple of months or if the dollar can continue to run the show and drive the cable pair back towards $1.60.

Update by Craig Erlam, Market Analyst, Alpari
19-Sep-14 [10:32am]

Quick Market Update on the Reaction to ‘Noooo’ Vote

(Sorry, we’ll stop using that joke, and shocking stereotype, soon).

Update by ETX Capital
19-Sep-14 [9:48am]

GBP/USD and the Referendum

Asian markets were always going to have first shot at assessing the implications of the referendum on the pound, and overnight trading saw GBP/USD add another 100 points to yesterday’s move.

Although worries that the Bank of England’s timeline for interest rate rises have now lifted, the likelihood of major changes to the constitutional structure of the United Kingdom remain an iceberg on sterling’s radar.

Update by Alastair McCaig, Market Analyst, IG Index
19-Sep-14 [8:29am]

GBP/USD Daily News

  • GBP/USD is currently trading at $1.64578.
  • In the last session, the market closed $0.01585 (0.97%) higher at $1.64239.
30 Minute Chart Analysis

Neutral Forex Pair The currency pair is trading below the 20 period MA of $1.64684 and above the 50 period MA of $1.63985.

1 Day Chart Analysis

Neutral Forex Pair The FX pair is trading above the 20 DMA of $1.63473 and below the 50 DMA of $1.65980.

Update by Gordon Childs, Editor, CleanFinancial
19-Sep-14 [7:31am] GBP/USD Technical Analysis (30 mins chart)
  • GBP/USD pivot point: $1.636
  • Our preference: Long positions above $1.636 with targets @ $1.6545 & $1.66 in extension.
  • Alternative scenario: Below $1.636 look for further downside with $1.6245 & $1.6185 as targets.
Comment: The pair has broken above its previous top and remains on the upside.

Update by InterTrader
19-Sep-14 [6:45am] Scotland Says Nooooooo

European shares look like ending a hectic week a lot higher.

It looks like massive pop in the FTSE 100 at the open as traders follow through on predictions made yesterday that Scotland would vote “No” to independence.

After fairly inactive week, both the FTSE 100 and the British pound kicked into gear on Thursday as confidence grew with each new poll favouring the “No” campaign.

The bookies also started to price in shorter odds for Scotland remaining part of the UK.

Scotland Results: Alex Salmond, leader of the SNP and the “Yes” campaign have conceded defeat with an official result expected at 7am to confirm a victory for the “No” campaign.

The British pound moved through $1.65 handle overnight but in a buy the rumour, sell the fact move has sold off slightly on the news, trading around 75 points lower on the highs around $1.6450.

Despite the pullback in the last hour or so, cable can likely be expected to see further gains in the days ahead especially given the perhaps less hawkish US Federal reserve, taking some of the strength out of the Us dollar.

The rest of the day doesn’t hold too much in economic announcements with the European producer price index and current account expected later this morning...and some Alibaba trading of course.

Update by Jasper Lawler, Market Analyst, CMC Markets
19-Sep-14 [4:58am] GBP/USD closed higher on Thursday but remains below the 20 day moving average. The high-range close sets the stage for a steady-to-higher opening when Friday's session begins trading. Stochastics and the RSI are neutral-to-bullish signalling that sideways-to-higher prices are possible near-term. Closes above the 20 day moving average crossing are needed to confirm that a short-term low has been posted. If it resumes the decline off July's high, the 50% retracement level of the 2013-2014 rally crossing is the next downside target.

Update by PipTrade

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Where Can I Find Live Spread Betting Prices and Charts for GBP/USD?

Please see above for indicative GBP/USD spread betting prices for the daily market.

The real-time CFD trading chart and prices below will also give you a handy view of the GBP/USD market.

The Plus500 chart that we use above is normally based on the underlying GBP/USD futures contract (not the spot market).

Should you want to look at live spread betting prices and charts for GBP/USD, you will probably need a financial spread betting account.

A spreads account will also give you access to the shorter-term daily prices. Please note that opening an account is subject to status.

If your application is accepted then, once logged in, you will be able to look at the up-to-the-minute trading prices and charts. These are usually provided as part of the service. The catch? You'll probably receive the odd boring sales call and/or dull email from your spread betting provider.

Of course, if you decide to trade then, before starting, you should be aware that contracts for difference and financial spread trading do carry a significant level of risk to your capital and losses can exceed your initial deposit.

Professional Charting Packages for GBP/USD

Whilst the charts can differ from platform to platform, to aid your GBP/USD analysis, they generally come with handy tools such as:
  • A large range of time intervals - 1 minute, 15 minutes, 2 hours and so on
  • Different display options - candlestick, bar and line charts
  • Drawing tools - trendlines, Fibonacci arcs, fans and time zones
  • Technical indicators - Exponential Moving Average, Relative Strength Index (RSI), Standard Deviation and so on
The FinancialSpreads charts also come with more advanced aspects:
  • BackTesting functions
  • Automatic alerts for when a market reaches a certain price

Sample forex chart from Financial Spreads

GBP/USD Trading Guide - Example Chart

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Where Can I Spread Bet on GBP/USD for Free?

By its very nature, forex trading is risky. Nevertheless, if you want to try an entirely free Demo Account, where you can practice your financial spread betting and look at charts, then see below for further details.

Also, don't forget that in the UK, spread betting is tax free*, i.e. there is no stamp duty, income tax or capital gains tax.

If you're trying to find a free forex platform, keep in mind that investors can spread bet on GBP/USD with no brokers' fees and no commissions on platforms like:

Free Demo Account

If you're looking for a free Demo Account that lets users practice financial spread betting, and speculating on markets like the FTSE 100, USD/JPY, crude oil and GBP/USD, then take a look at: The above firms currently provide a free Practice Account that investors can use to test trading ideas, apply a range of trading orders and review professional level charts.

How to Spread Bet on GBP/USD

How to Spread Bet on GBP/USD?

As with a wide range of markets, an investor can speculate on foreign exchange pairs, like GBP/USD, to rise or fall.

If you look at Financial Spreads, you can see they are currently valuing the GBP/USD Rolling Daily market at $1.60680 - $1.60700. This means that you can put a spread bet on the GBP/USD:

  GBP/USD Trading Example Going above $1.60700, or
  GBP/USD Spread Trading Example Going below $1.60680

When spread trading on GBP/USD you trade in £x per point where a point is $0.00010 of the pairs movement. Therefore, should you decide to risk £4 per point and GBP/USD moves 34.0 points then that would be a difference to your P&L of £136. £4 per point x $0.00340 = £4 per point x 34.0 points = £136.

Rolling Daily Foreign Exchange Markets

You should note that this is a Rolling Daily Market which means that unlike a futures market, there is no closing date. If your trade is open at the end of the day, it will roll over to the next trading day.

If a forex spread bet is rolled over then you are normally charged a small financing fee. For a more detailed guide to Rolling Daily Markets, including look at charges and a fully worked example, please read our feature Rolling Daily Spread Betting.

GBP/USD Trading Example 1

So, if we consider the above spread of $1.60680 - $1.60700 and make the assumptions:
  • You have completed your market research, and
  • You feel that the GBP/USD market will push higher than $1.60700
Then you might choose to buy at $1.60700 for a stake of £3 per point.

This means that you win £3 for every point ($0.00010) that the GBP/USD FX rate increases above $1.60700. Of course, you will lose £3 for every point that the GBP/USD market decreases lower than $1.60700.

Put another way, should you ‘Buy’ a spread bet then your profits (or losses) are found by taking the difference between the settlement price of the market and the initial price you bought the market at. You then multiply that price difference by the stake.

Therefore, if after a few sessions the rate started to increase then you might think about closing your trade in order to lock in your profit. So if the market rose then the spread, set by the spread trading firm, might move up to $1.61222 - $1.61242. You would settle your position by selling at $1.61222. As a result, with the same £3 stake your profit would come to:

P&L = (Final Level - Initial Level) x stake
P&L = ($1.61222 - $1.60700) x £3 per point stake
P&L = $0.00522 x £3 per point stake
P&L = 52.2 points x £3 per point stake
P&L = £156.60 profit

Foreign exchange trading, by spread betting or otherwise, is not easy. In the above example, you had bet that the forex pair would rise. Naturally, the rate can also decrease.

If the GBP/USD rate had started to fall then you might choose to close your spread bet to limit your losses.

Should the market pull back to $1.60242 - $1.60262 then you would close your position by selling at $1.60242. As a result, your loss would be:

P&L = (Final Level - Initial Level) x stake
P&L = ($1.60242 - $1.60700) x £3 per point stake
P&L = -$0.00458 x £3 per point stake
P&L = -45.8 points x £3 per point stake
P&L = -£137.40 loss

Note - GBP/USD Rolling Daily forex market quoted as of 11-Sep-12.

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How to Spread Bet on Sterling-Dollar

How to Spread Bet on Sterling-Dollar - Example 2

Looking at a platform like Financial Spreads, we can see they are currently offering the Sterling-Dollar Rolling Daily market at $1.62545 - $1.62565. Therefore, an investor could put a spread bet on the Sterling-Dollar currency rate:

  Sterling-Dollar Trading Example Moving higher than $1.62565, or
  Sterling-Dollar Spread Trading Example Moving lower than $1.62545

When spread betting on Sterling-Dollar you trade in £x per point where a point is $0.00010 of the pairs movement. Therefore, if your stake was £6 per point and Sterling-Dollar moves 21.0 points then that would be a difference to your profit/loss of £126. £6 per point x $0.00210 = £6 per point x 21.0 points = £126.

If we take the above spread of $1.62545 - $1.62565 and assume:
  • You have analysed the markets, and
  • You feel that the Sterling-Dollar rate will move higher than $1.62565
Then you may decide to buy at $1.62565 and trade, for the sake of argument, £4 per point.

With this trade you make a profit of £4 for every point ($0.00010) that the Sterling-Dollar rate rises above $1.62565. However, it also means that you will lose £4 for every point that the Sterling-Dollar market drops below $1.62565.

Looked at another way, should you buy a spread bet then your P&L is found by taking the difference between the closing price of the market and the price you bought the spread at. You then multiply that price difference by the stake.

Therefore, if after a few hours the currency rate rose then you might consider closing your position in order to secure your profit.

If the underlying market moved up then the spread might change to $1.62947 - $1.62967. You would close your trade by selling at $1.62947. So, with the same £4 stake your profit would be calculated as:

P&L = (Closing Price - Initial Price) x stake
P&L = ($1.62947 - $1.62565) x £4 per point stake
P&L = $0.00382 x £4 per point stake
P&L = 38.2 points x £4 per point stake
P&L = £152.80 profit

The Pound Sterling - US Dollar market is volatile and trading it is never easy. In this example, you wanted the currency pair to rise. Of course, the FX rate might decrease.

If the Pound Sterling - US Dollar market dropped then you might decide to close your trade to cap your losses.

So if the market fell to $1.62227 - $1.62247 you would close your position by selling at $1.62227. This would result in a loss of:

P&L = (Closing Price - Initial Price) x stake
P&L = ($1.62227 - $1.62565) x £4 per point stake
P&L = -$0.00338 x £4 per point stake
P&L = -33.8 points x £4 per point stake
P&L = -£135.20 loss

Note - Sterling-Dollar Rolling Daily forex market accurate as of 18-Sep-12.

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Sterling Commitments of Traders Report - 9 Sep 2014 (i)

Futures Only Positions, CME , Code 96742, (Contracts of £62,500) (i)

Reporting Firms (i) Non-Reportable Positions (i)
Non-Commercial (i)
Commercial (i) Total Reportable (i)
Commitments (i) Open (i) Interest Commitments
Long (i) Short (i) Spreads (i) Long Short Long Short Long Short
81,330 54,603 10,734 141,636 159,314 233,700 224,651 256,591 22,891 31,940
Changes from 2 Sep 2014 (i) Change in (i) Open Interest Changes from
Long Short Spreads Long Short Long Short Long Short
13,792 -3,487 6,918 1,017 11,145 21,727 14,576 17,618 -4,109 3,042
Percent of Open Interest for Each Category of Trader
Long Short Spreads Long Short Long Short   Long Short
31.7% 21.3% 4.2% 55.2% 62.1% 91.1% 87.6%   8.9% 12.4%
Number of Traders in Each Category (i) Total (i) Traders  
Long Short Spreads Long Short Long Short    
30 37 17 25 32 64 79 113    
Long/Short Commitments Ratios (i)   Long/Short Ratio
Ratio   Ratio Ratio   Ratio
1.5:1   1:1.1 1:1   1:1.4
Net Commitment Change (i)  

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Applying Technical Analysis to GBP/USD

Below, an older but still useful case study on the sterling/dollar market by Shai Heffetz, InterTrader, 12-Dec-2011.

The chart below shows the medium term GBP/USD market (daily chart).

Here we can see that for the six months between 1 March 2011 and 1 September 2011 the price moved in a wide band before ending up back where it started at the beginning of March, between $1.62 and $1.63.

From the start of September we saw a fairly sharp decline; on 22 September the exchange rate briefly touched a low of $1.53264. Since then, however, we have seen it recover to $1.61649 on 31st October.

What is significant is that this high was lower than the previous high of $1.67450, which we saw on 28 April 2011. Since then we have, in fact, seen the lows getting progressively lower, an indication that we might be entering a medium term bear market.

This is in line with fundamental expectations on the economic front, with the expectation of another recession in the United Kingdom looming and continuing the turmoil in the Eurozone, both of which are bound to have an effect on Sterling.

Gold Daily Candlestick Chart

If we turn to the short term four-hourly gold chart below, we notice that after dropping to $1.54314 on 25 November, the price recovered somewhat and then started moving sideways.

Right now the technical analysis suggests that the forex pair is trading inside the Ichimoku Kinko Hyo cloud. This is the area where traders are recommended to stay on the sideline, waiting for a clear trading signal.

The green Chinkou Span line is just about equal to the price 26 period ago, which confirms that we have entered a non-trending phase. This is further confirmed by the fact that the blue Kijun Sen has turned flat.

A cautious trader would wait for the price to emerge from the cloud, in either an upward or downward direction, before entering a trade.

Given the current conditions on the forex markets, waiting for a confirmation signal, such as a new high or low might also be wise.

Gold Four-Hourly Candlestick Chart

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'GBP/USD Spread Betting' edited by Jacob Wood, updated 19-Sep-14

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