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AUD/USD Spread Betting

AUD/USD Spread Betting



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Where Can I Spread Bet on AUD/USD?


Currently, investors are able to take a position on AUD/USD with a number of spread betting companies:

AUD/USD Market Analysis and Trading News


Date Trading Update
08-Jan-18 [12:09pm] Updated Australian Dollar COT Report

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

Readers should note that we have also updated our Forex COT Summary Report.

Update by Gordon Childs, Editor, CleanFinancial
02-Jan-18 [11:51am] Updated Australian Dollar COT Report

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

Readers should note that we have also updated our Forex COT Summary Report.

Update by Gordon Childs, Editor, CleanFinancial
28-Dec-17 [10:18am] Updated Australian Dollar COT Report

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

Readers should note that we have also updated our Forex COT Summary Report.

Update by Gordon Childs, Editor, CleanFinancial
21-Dec-17 [4:18pm] Updated Australian Dollar COT Report

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

Readers should note that we have also updated our Forex COT Summary Report.

Update by Gordon Childs, Editor, CleanFinancial
12-Dec-17 [12:37pm] Updated Australian Dollar COT Report

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

Readers should note that we have also updated our Forex COT Summary Report.

Update by Gordon Childs, Editor, CleanFinancial

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


We feature some pretty accurate daily spread betting AUD/USD prices - see above.

The CFD trading chart below also provides you with a nice look at the AUD/USD FX pair.


The Plus 500 chart above is normally based on the AUD/USD futures market (not the daily market).

If you want to look at financial spread betting charts and prices for AUD/USD, you will normally need a spread trading account.

A spreads account also lets you access the shorter term spot markets. Users should note that opening such an account is normally dependent on credit and status checks.

Should your new account be accepted then you can log on and look at the live charts and the current pricing. These are normally provided for free. So what's the catch? You could receive an occasional call and/or letter from your online spread betting firm.

If you decide to trade then, before starting, remember that contracts for difference and spread trading do involve a high level of risk to your funds and losses could exceed your initial investment.

Professional Level Charts for AUD/USD


Despite the fact that the specific charting packages normally vary from platform to platform, to help you with your trading decisions, the charts generally have useful features that include:
  • A wide range of time periods such as 2 minutes, 1 hour, 1 day and so on
  • Various display options such as line charts and candle charts
  • Drawing options and features such as Fibonacci time zones, fans and arcs
  • Technical indicators and overlays such as Bollinger Bands, Momentum, True Strength Index and so on
Charts on Tradefair also have more advanced aspects, including:
  • BackTesting, Analysis and Optimisation functions
  • Automated email alerts for when your chosen market hits a pre-determined level

Sample FinancialSpreads.com forex candle chart

AUD/USD Trading Guide - Example Chart


The firms listed below provide their account holders with access to live trading prices and charts for a range of major and minor forex markets:
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Where Can I Spread Bet on AUD/USD for Free?


Investing in the forex markets always involves risk, however, if you'd like to try a Demo Account (free), that allows you to make use of professional level charts and try spread betting, please see below for further details.

When thinking about which forex option is right for you, don't forget that spread betting in the UK is tax free*, i.e. it is exempt from stamp duty, capital gains tax and income tax.

If you want a free spread betting site, keep in mind that you can trade AUD/USD without paying any commissions or brokers' fees via companies like:

Free Demo Account


If you're interested in a (free) Demo Account / Practice Account that allows you to get a feel for forex spread betting, and trading markets like AUD/USD, then have a closer look at: Each of the firms listed above provide a free Practice Account which lets users try out new theories, access charts and practice with trading orders, like guaranteed stop losses and trailing stop losses.


How to Spread Bet on AUD/USD

How to Spread Bet on AUD/USD?


As with a wide range of markets, it is possible to spread bet on currency pairs, such as AUD/USD, to either rise or fall.

If we log in to Financial Spreads, we can see they are currently offering the AUD/USD Rolling Daily market at $1.04389 - $1.04399. Therefore, an investor can spread bet on the AUD/USD rate:

  AUD/USD Spread Trading Example Moving higher than $1.04399, or
  AUD/USD Spread Betting Example Moving lower than $1.04389

When spread betting on AUD/USD you trade in x per point where a point is $0.00010 of the pairs movement. Therefore, if you decide to risk 7 per point and AUD/USD moves 32.0 points then that would make a difference to your bottom line of 224. 7 per point x $0.00320 = 7 per point x 32.0 points = 224.

Rolling Daily FX Markets

It is important to note that this is a Rolling Daily Market and so there is no set settlement date for this market. You do not have to close your trade, should it still be open at the end of the trading day, it just rolls over into the next day.

If you do roll over an FX trade then you usually pay a small overnight financing fee. For more information see Rolling Daily Spread Betting.


AUD/USD Trading Example 1


If you think about the spread of $1.04389 - $1.04399 and make the assumptions that:
  • you have done your market analysis, and
  • it leads you to think that the AUD/USD market will rise above $1.04399
then you may choose to buy a spread bet at $1.04399 and invest 3 per point.

With such a bet you make a profit of 3 for every point ($0.00010) that the AUD/USD forex pair rises higher than $1.04399. Nevertheless, it also means that you will lose 3 for every point that the AUD/USD market moves lower than $1.04399.

Looking at this from another angle, if you buy a spread bet then your profit/loss is found by taking the difference between the final price of the market and the initial price you bought the market at. You then multiply that price difference by your stake.

As a result, if after a few trading sessions the FX pair rose then you might consider closing your trade so that you can lock in your profit. If that happened then the spread, set by the spread trading firm, might move up to $1.04764 - $1.04774. In order to close your spread bet you would sell at $1.04764. So, with the same 3 stake this trade would result in a profit of:

Profits (or losses) = (Closing Price - Initial Price) x stake
Profits (or losses) = ($1.04764 - $1.04399) x 3 per point stake
Profits (or losses) = $0.00365 x 3 per point stake
Profits (or losses) = 36.5 points x 3 per point stake
Profits (or losses) = 109.50 profit

Trading forex, whether by spread betting or not, can go against you. In the above example, you wanted the FX pair to rise. Naturally, the FX rate could go down.

If the AUD/USD rate dropped then you could close your spread bet to stop any further losses.

If the spread fell to $1.03981 - $1.03991 you would sell back your position at $1.03981. As a result, your loss would be:

Profits (or losses) = (Closing Price - Initial Price) x stake
Profits (or losses) = ($1.03981 - $1.04399) x 3 per point stake
Profits (or losses) = -$0.00418 x 3 per point stake
Profits (or losses) = -41.8 points x 3 per point stake
Profits (or losses) = -125.40 loss

Note: AUD/USD Rolling Daily market taken as of 11-Sep-12.


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How to Spread Bet on Australian Dollar - US Dollar

How to Spread Bet on Australian Dollar - US Dollar - Example 2


Looking at a spread betting website like capital spreads, you can see they are pricing the Australian Dollar - US Dollar Rolling Daily market at $1.04531 - $1.04541. This means that you can put a spread bet on the Australian Dollar - US Dollar pair:

  Australian Dollar - US Dollar Spread Betting Example Moving higher than $1.04541, or
  Australian Dollar - US Dollar Trading Example Moving lower than $1.04531

When spread betting on Australian Dollar - US Dollar you trade in x per point where a point is $0.00010 of the pairs movement. As a result, if you chose to risk 2 per point and Australian Dollar - US Dollar moves 39.0 points then that would alter your profits (or losses) by 78. 2 per point x $0.00390 = 2 per point x 39.0 points = 78.

Now, if we consider the above spread of $1.04531 - $1.04541 and make the assumptions that:
  • You have completed your analysis of the markets, and
  • It leads you to feel that the Australian Dollar - US Dollar market will rise above $1.04541
Then you might choose to buy at $1.04541 for a stake of, for example, 2 per point.

So, you make a profit of 2 for every point ($0.00010) that the Australian Dollar - US Dollar currency rate increases higher than $1.04541. Having said that, it also means that you will lose 2 for every point that the Australian Dollar - US Dollar market decreases lower than $1.04541.

Considering this from another angle, if you were to buy a spread bet then your profit/loss is calculated by taking the difference between the closing price of the market and the initial price you bought the market at. You then multiply that price difference by the stake.

If after a few sessions the FX rate started to increase then you might want to close your trade to lock in your profit.

As an example, should the market rise, the spread, determined by the spread betting company, might change to $1.05027 - $1.05037. To close your trade you would sell at $1.05027. Accordingly, with the same 2 stake this trade would result in a profit of:

Profits (or losses) = (Final Value - Initial Value) x stake
Profits (or losses) = ($1.05027 - $1.04541) x 2 per point stake
Profits (or losses) = $0.00486 x 2 per point stake
Profits (or losses) = 48.6 points x 2 per point stake
Profits (or losses) = 97.20 profit

Speculating on commodity currencies like the Aussie Dollar, by spread trading or otherwise, is never straightforward. In this example, you wanted the FX pair to go up. Nevertheless, it could decrease.

If the Australian Dollar - US Dollar rate had fallen then you could close your trade in order to limit your losses.

If the market dropped to $1.04123 - $1.04133 then you would sell back your position at $1.04123. If so, this would result in a loss of:

Profits (or losses) = (Final Value - Initial Value) x stake
Profits (or losses) = ($1.04123 - $1.04541) x 2 per point stake
Profits (or losses) = -$0.00418 x 2 per point stake
Profits (or losses) = -41.8 points x 2 per point stake
Profits (or losses) = -83.60 loss

Note: Australian Dollar - US Dollar Rolling Daily currency market accurate as of 18-Sep-12.


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Australian Dollar Commitments of Traders Report - 2 Jan 2018 (i)


Futures Only Positions, CME , Code 232741, (Contracts of A$100,000) (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
45,175 65,201 3,231 46,978 31,445 95,384 99,877 123,176 27,792 23,299
 
Changes from 26 Dec 2017 (i) Change in (i) Open Interest Changes from
Long Short Spreads Long Short Long Short Long Short
6,965 13,352 408 578 51 7,951 13,811 12,651 4,700 -1,160
 
Percent of Open Interest for Each Category of Trader (i)
Long Short Spreads Long Short Long Short   Long Short
36.7% 52.9% 2.6% 38.1% 25.5% 77.4% 81.1%   22.6% 18.9%
 
Number of Traders in Each Category (i) Total (i) Traders  
Long Short Spreads Long Short Long Short    
28 26 14 23 22 56 57 90    
 
Long/Short Commitments Ratios (i)   Long/Short Ratio
Ratio   Ratio Ratio   Ratio
1:1.4   1.5:1 1:1   1.2:1
 
Net Commitment Change (i)  
-6,387  

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Applying Ichimoku Clouds to AUD/USD


Below, a useful case study on Australian dollar/American dollar market by Shai Heffetz, InterTrader, 28-Jul-2011.

If we look at the chart below, we see that AUD/USD entered a strong bull run on 21 March when it broke upwards out of the Ichimoku Kinko Hyo cloud to close at $1.00559.

After that, it went virtually straight up until it reached a maximum of $1.09592 on 29 April 2011. The next day was a down day and after that, the price started drifting downward until it entered the Ichimoku cloud on 8 June 2011.

For the next 40 days, it drifted mainly sideways until it broke out of the cloud again on 19 July. Since then we have seen a mini bull run developing.


AUD/USD Spread Betting Chart

Right now, the price is very close to the recent maximum it reached on 2 May. If it can successfully break through this psychological resistance level, we may soon see new highs.

If not, the price will most likely start drifting down towards the Ichimoku cloud again and it might even drop below the cloud, which is rather thin at the moment and will thus not provide much resistance.

The looming US debt crisis could of course have a dramatic effect on the AUD/USD rate. If the American Congress is not able to reach a consensus about raising the debt ceiling, this could seriously harm confidence in the US currency. As a result, the AUD/USD price might well soon reach new highs.

According to the Ichimoku Kinko Hyo forex analysis, we are clearly seeing a bull run. The price is above the cloud and the green Chinkou Span line is above the price 26 periods ago. In addition, both the Kijun Sen and the Tenkan Sen have also moved out of the cloud in an upwards direction.



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'AUD/USD Spread Betting' edited by Jacob Wood, updated 08-Jan-18

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