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Where Can I Spread Bet on Silver?


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

Silver Market Analysis and Trading News


Date Trading Update
22-May-17 [9:14am] 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
22-May-17 [8:29am]

Silver Futures Trading Analysis

  • Silver is currently trading at $16.929 ($/oz).
  • Overnight, the market closed $0.098 (0.58%) higher at $16.940.
30 Minute Analysis

Rising Commodity Market The metal market is trading higher than the 20-period moving average of $16.891 and higher than the 50-period moving average of $16.820.

1 Day Analysis

Neutral Commodity Market The metal is trading higher than the 20-day moving average of $16.586 and lower than the 50-day moving average of $17.449.

Update by Gordon Childs, Editor, CleanFinancial
17-May-17 [11:28am] 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
08-May-17 [2:16pm] 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
02-May-17 [11:29am] 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

Readers please note:


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Where Can I Find Live Spread Betting Prices and Charts for Silver?


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.

To check spread betting charts and live prices for Silver, you will generally need a spread betting account. Note that such accounts are normally dependent on credit, status and suitability checks.

Should your account application be approved then you will be able to log on and view the charts and the current pricing. Usually, these are provided as part of the service, however, you could receive the odd call or letter from your financial spread betting company.

If you decide to trade then you should remember that financial spread trading and CFDs involve a high level of risk and it is possible to incur losses that exceed your initial deposit.

Technical Charting Packages for Silver


Whilst charts can differ from platform to platform, in order to aid your technical analysis, the majority of charts have useful features such as:
  • An array of intervals - 2 minutes, 1 hour, 2 hours etc.
  • Various displays - line charts and candle charts
  • Tools for adding features - Fibonacci Fans, Time Zones and Arcs
  • Technical indicators and overlays - Bollinger Bands, Relative Strength Index (RSI) etc.
Charts with Tradefair also come with advanced features such as:
  • Back Testing and Optimisation tools
  • Customised email alerts for when your chosen market reaches a pre-determined price

Sample Financial Spreads silver chart

Silver Trading Guide - Example Chart


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

Where Can I Spread Bet on 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.


How to Spread Bet on Silver

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 FinancialSpreads.com 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 - 16 May 2017 (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
100,142 57,138 30,333 55,612 112,949 186,087 200,420 215,127 29,040 14,707
 
Changes from 9 May 2017 (i) Change in (i) Open Interest Changes from
Long Short Spreads Long Short Long Short Long Short
5,160 15,811 7,378 7,212 -4,720 19,750 18,469 19,044 -706 575
 
Percent of Open Interest for Each Category of Trader (i)
Long Short Spreads Long Short Long Short   Long Short
46.6% 26.6% 14.1% 25.9% 52.5% 86.5% 93.2%   13.5% 6.8%
 
Number of Traders in Each Category (i) Total (i) Traders  
Long Short Spreads Long Short Long Short    
110 56 52 37 34 167 127 222    
 
Long/Short Commitments Ratios (i)   Long/Short Ratio
Ratio   Ratio Ratio   Ratio
1.8:1   1:2 1:1.1   2:1
 
Net Commitment Change (i)  
-10,651  

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

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'Silver Spread Betting' edited by Jacob Wood, updated 22-May-17

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