Treasuries Spread Betting
Treasuries spread betting markets can be used to take a view on where a country's interest rate is headed next, or to measure the market's confidence in a government's ability to service its own debts. As a result, and as the global economic crisis rolls on, treasuries are attracting unprecedented levels of interest from spread bettors.
- IG Index has cut the spreads on a number of its treasury products
- The dominance of macroeconomic news has created new interest in treasury products
Tim Hughes, Managing Director of IG Index, commented, "With macroeconomic news now making the headlines on a daily basis, a number of IG clients are seeing treasuries as an increasingly useful way of getting exposure to markets that historically may not have seen the same degree of volatility as currencies or indices.
“Significant themes like the future of the euro and managing the US deficit are going to linger for some time yet. We see these spreads cuts as a way to introduce even more investors to this important asset class."
Spread betting offers investors a number of benefits when trading treasuries, including a transparent pricing structure and the ability to make tax-free* profits.
Also, because spread betting is a leveraged product, only a percentage of the total exposure is required initially as a deposit.
Treasuries Spread Betting
In bonds spread betting, spreads on the US 2-year and US 5-year Treasury Notes have been cut from 4pts to 2pts.
The UK Short-term Gilt has been given a similar cut, while Euroswiss, Euribor, Sterling Deposit and the German Schatz have all seen their spreads cut from 2pts to 1pt.
Other bond and interest rate spread betting products are also available from IG Index, including Canadian, Japanese and Italian bonds.
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Clients can spread bet on 7,000+ shares listed on markets worldwide, as well as forex, stock indices, commodities, treasuries and house prices.
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