Silver Spread Betting Guide

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The CleanFinancial guide to Silver spread betting.

Live Silver Chart & Prices

The CFD trading chart and prices below will give readers a helpful guide to the silver market.

(The chart above normally shows the near-term silver futures market.)

Where Can I Spread Bet on Silver?

You are able to trade Silver through an account with a number of spread betting firms:

Silver Trading News

5 May 2018, 12:56pm, Updated Silver COT Report

The latest Commitments of Traders Report (COT) for Silver has been released by the CFTC, see our Silver COT report below.

We have also updated our Commodities COT Summary Report.

Update by Gordon Childs, Editor, CleanFinancial
5 May 2018, 8:17pm, Updated Silver COT Report

The latest Commitments of Traders Report (COT) for Silver has been released by the CFTC, see our Silver COT report below.

We have also updated our Commodities COT Summary Report.

Update by Gordon Childs, Editor, CleanFinancial

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You can spread bet on Silver with Financial Spreads.

Sample Financial Spreads silver chart

The following spread betting firms give account holders live trading prices and charts:

Where Can I Trade Silver for Free?

Investing in the markets involves a degree of risk. Having said that, if you’d like to open a Demo Account, where you can try out spread betting and use charts, then please see below.

When deciding which futures trading option might work for you, also remember that financial spread betting in the UK is exempt from capital gains tax, income tax and stamp duty*.

If you want a free financial spread betting website, keep in mind that investors can financial spread bet on Silver with no brokers’ fees or commissions at:

Free Demo Account

If you want to have a look at a Practice Account / Demo Account where users can try out online spread betting on markets like Silver, then have a look at:

The above spread trading firms provide a free Test Account that lets investors practice with trading orders, try out new theories and analyse professional level charts.

Commodities Futures Trading

How to Spread Bet on Silver?

As with a range of financial markets, investors can place a spread bet on commodity markets, such as Silver, to either increase or decrease.

If we log on to a spread trading platform like InterTrader, we can see they are valuing the Silver December Futures market at $34.88 – $34.91. This means an investor could spread trade on Silver:

  Silver Spread Trading Example Settling above $34.91, or
  Silver Trading Example Settling below $34.88

On the closing date for this ‘December’ market, 27-Nov-12.

When placing a spread bet on Silver you trade in £x per $0.01. Therefore, if you invest £4 per $0.01 and Silver moves $0.35 then that would alter your profits (or losses) by £140. £4 per $0.01 x $0.35 = £140.

Silver Futures Trading Example

Now, if you think about the spread of $34.88 – $34.91 and make the assumptions that:

then you might choose to go long of the market at $34.91 for a stake of £2 per $0.01.

With such a spread bet you make a profit of £2 for every $0.01 that Silver moves higher than $34.91. Conversely, however, it also means that you will lose £2 for every $0.01 that the Silver market moves lower than $34.91.

Looked at another way, if you ‘Buy’ a spread bet then your profit/loss is 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 difference in price by your stake.

Therefore, if, on the closing date, Silver finished at $35.59, then:

P&L = (Settlement Level – Initial Level) x stake
P&L = ($35.59 – $34.91) x £2 per $0.01
P&L = $0.68 x £2 per $0.01
P&L = £136 profit

Speculating on commodity markets doesn’t always go to plan. In the above example, you wanted the futures market to rise. Nevertheless, the futures market could go down.

If Silver decreased, settling lower at $34.30, you would end up making a loss and losing money on this market.

P&L = (Settlement Level – Initial Level) x stake
P&L = ($34.30 – $34.91) x £2 per $0.01
P&L = -$0.61 x £2 per $0.01
P&L = -£122 loss

Note – Silver December Futures market quoted as of 18-Sep-12.

Silver Futures Trading Example 2

To help users new to trading the Silver Futures markets we have added a second trading example.

On 29-Nov-07 were quoting the Silver (March) spread at $14.51 – $14.54.

Therefore you could spread bet on Silver settling:

  Silver Spread Trading Example Above $14.54, or
  Silver Trading Example Below $14.51

By the expiry date of 26-Feb-08 (the expiry date for this ‘March’ futures market).

Again, for the Silver market, you trade in £X per cent, where a cent is 1¢ of Silver price movement. For example if your stake was £10 per ¢ and the price of Silver moves 7¢ then that would be a £70 difference to your profit / loss.

Taking the above spread of $14.51 – $14.54, let’s say you think the price of Silver will finish above $14.54 by 26-Feb-08.

Therefore you buy at $14.54 for a stake of, let’s say, £5 per 1¢.

If the Silver market closes at $14.73 on the expiry date, then your profit/loss is worked out by taking the difference between the price at expiry, $14.73, and the buy price of $14.54 and then multiplying that by the stake per ¢.

Profits = ($14.73 – $14.54) x £5 per ¢ stake
Profits = $0.19 x £5 per ¢
Profits = 19¢ x £5 per ¢
Profits = £95 profit

Nevertheless if the market did not move as expected and had the price of Silver fallen and finished lower at $14.38, then you would have lost.

Loss = ($14.38 – $14.54) x £5 per ¢ stake
Loss = -$0.16 x £5 per ¢
Loss = -16¢ x £5 per ¢
Loss = -£80 loss

Note: Spread betting example price quoted: 29-Nov-07.

Silver Commitments of Traders Report – 15 May 2018 (i)

Futures Only Positions, CMX , Code 84691, (Contracts of 5,000 troy ounces) (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
72,663 72,005 16,450 78,406 96,472 167,519 184,927 198,065 30,546 13,138
Changes from 8 May 2018 (i) Change in (i) Open Interest Changes from
Long Short Spreads Long Short Long Short Long Short
-50 -829 1,217 1,279 2,268 2,446 2,656 2,200 -246 -456
Percent of Open Interest for Each Category of Trader (i)
Long Short Spreads Long Short Long Short   Long Short
36.7% 36.4% 8.3% 39.6% 48.7% 84.6% 93.4%   15.4% 6.6%
Number of Traders in Each Category (i) Total (i) Traders  
Long Short Spreads Long Short Long Short    
103 67 42 38 37 160 134 235    
Long/Short Commitments Ratios (i)   Long/Short Ratio
Ratio   Ratio Ratio   Ratio
1:1   1:1.2 1:1.1   2.3:1
Net Commitment Change (i)  

Also see:

Silver Technical Analysis – Case Study 1

Below, an older but nevertheless useful Silver futures case study by Shai Heffetz, InterTrader, 23-Feb-2012.

A closer look at the chart below shows that silver is currently well off the maximum levels it reached towards the end of April 2011.

On 25 April last year the commodity briefly touched $49.805 before starting to fall back. Since then we have not seen anything approaching that level again. The nearest it came to that record price was $44.155 on 23 August 2011.

The current price of $34.115 is significantly lower than the average price for last year. It is also still marginally lower than the recent maximum of $35.655 we saw on 28 October last year.

Since the end of December, however, we have seen something of a bull run in the silver market. The current price is significantly higher than the minimum of $26.125 we saw on 29 December last year.

Silver Spread Betting Market Daily Candlestick Chart

Analysis of the above chart clearly shows that the price is currently positioned above the Ichimoku cloud. The green Chinkou Span line is also situated above the price of 26 periods ago, emphasising the bull run.

Both the blue Kijun Sen and red Tenkan Sen lines are also above the cloud, which further supports the view that a bull run is under way.

Exactly how long this will last depends on whether the price can break through the previous maximum of $35.655.

A clear break above this could mean that it is heading for the next psychological barrier, the $44.155 level we saw in August last year.

If it fails to breach $35.655, expect a return to the cloud, however avoid short trades before we have seen at least two convincing closes below the cloud.

Also see our guide to Ichimoku Clouds.

Silver Technical Analysis – Case Study 2

Below, another Silver futures case study by Shai Heffetz, InterTrader, 26-Jan-2012.

The first chart below is a silver candlestick chart for the past 20 months.

If we study this chart it becomes immediately clear that the commodity went through a strong bull phase between June 2010 and the end of April 2011.

On 28 April last year it briefly touched $49.525, after starting off at below $19.000 at the end of June 2010.

This rapid growth was not sustainable and despite desperate attempts by the bulls to revive the upward surge we have experienced a steady decline in the price of silver since then.

Long Term - Daily Silver Candlestick Chart

Turning to the shorter-term daily chart below, we can see that 22 and 23 September 2011 were particularly bad days for silver. During those two days the price dropped from a high of $39.825 to a low of $29.845.

The price of silver subsequently recovered somewhat, but it has never really risen significantly above the Ichimoku Kinko Hyo cloud, which would have been an indication that the bull run was about to resume.

The current price is just above the cloud, which means that, purely from a technical analysis point of view, we are experiencing something of a bull run. The green Chinkou Span line is also above the price of 26 periods ago, highlighting that there is some upward pressure in the market.

This view is further strengthened by the fact that the price is above the red Tenkan Sen line, as well as the blue Kijun Sen.

The Tenkan Sen has also recently broke through the Kijun Sen in an upwards direction, which further confirms a bull market, at least in the short term.

Short Term - Daily Silver Candlestick Chart

Whether this trend is sustainable remains to be seen. The price has not yet reached the recent high of $35.305 it briefly touched on 31 October 2011.

At least two consecutive closes above this level could be an indication that the previous bull run is about to resume.

Fundamental factors will, in the long run, support a continuation of the bull market in silver.

As with gold, silver is seen as a store of value and, while the current uncertainty in the European and American markets continue, it seems likely that the metal will eventually resume its strong growth.

Short-term Analysis

The chart below is a four-hour chart of the silver futures market. Here we can clearly see that, over the short term, we are indeed experiencing a mini bull run; the price is well above the cloud and the green Chinkou Span line sits well above the price of 26 periods ago.

With the price above the level of $32.745 it briefly touched on 23 January, a short-term long trade might well turn out to be profitable.

This could turn into a longer-term trade if the price should continue to the level of $35.305 discussed above.

Alternatively, should the price drop below the cloud in the chart below, we should accept that January’s bull run is over.

Four-Hourly Silver Candlestick Chart