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Wall Street Spread Betting

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A Guide to Spread Trading on the Wall Street 30

As an example, let's say you go on the FinancialSpreads website and see:

  Wall Street 30 Rolling Cash Sell

18012.0
Buy

18013.0


Here is an example of how it works.

MarketWall Street 30 Rolling Cash
The Spread Trading Price18012 - 18013
What This MeansNow you can trade on the Wall Street 30 Rolling Cash market to push:

  Spread Betting Above 18013, or
  Spread Betting Below 18012

This is a 'Rolling' market which means that there is no closing date for this trade. If you decide not to close your trade and the trading session ends then your trade will automatically roll over to the next session.

Note: if a trade rolls over then you will normally either pay or receive interest for overnight financing based upon whether you are speculating on the market to fall or rise. For more details see Rolling Spread Betting.
Trading UnitsSpread betting trades on the Wall Street 30 market are made in £x per point.

Where a point is 1 point of the stock market index's price movement.

E.g. if the Wall Street 30 changes by 30 points then you would win or lose 30 multiples of your stake.
StakeYou decide your stake per point, e.g. £3 per point, £5 per point, £15 per point etc.
Simplified Trading ExampleWith that in mind, if you chose a stake of £4 per point and the Wall Street 30 moves by 20 points, you would lose / win £4 per point x 20 points = £80.


Spread Trading Example - Taking a Bullish View of the Wall Street 30

Financial spread betting on the index to move up

You Now Choose to Buy or Sell The Wall Street 30 to move:

  Spread Betting Above 18013? or
  Spread Betting Below 18012?

Let's Assume You Buy   Spread Betting Above 18013
You Decide How Much to Risk, Selecting £2 per point
Now What?
  • You make a profit of £2 for every point the Wall Street 30 increases above 18013
  • Your spread bet loses £2 for each point the Wall Street 30 goes lower than 18013
If You Are Going Long of a Market Your P&L = (Settlement Price - Initial Price) x stake
 
Trading Situation 1
The Wall Street 30 pushes higher and the spread trading market changes to 18098.6 - 18099.6, i.e. Financial Spreads would show:   18098.6   18099.6
Time to Lock in Your Profit? You can decide to keep your position open or close it and lock in your profit. In this example you opt to settle your position by selling at 18098.6.
Your P&L = (Settlement Price - Initial Price) x stake
(18098.6 - 18013) x £2 per point
85.6 points x £2 per point
Your P&L = £171.20 profit
 
Trading Situation 2
The Wall Street 30 pushes lower and the spread betting market moves to 17936.4 - 17937.4, therefore you'd see:   17936.4   17937.4
Limit the Loss? You can opt to let your position run or close it and limit your loss. In this example you opt to close your trade and sell at 17936.4.
Your P&L = (Settlement Price - Initial Price) x stake
(17936.4 - 18013) x £2 per point
-76.6 points x £2 per point
Your P&L = -£153.20 loss


Worked Spread Trading Example - Selling the Wall Street 30

Spread trading on the index to decrease

You Choose Whether to Buy or Sell The Wall Street 30 to go:

  Spread Betting Above 18013? or
  Spread Betting Below 18012?

You Might Decide to Sell   Spread Betting Below 18012
You Choose Your Stake Size, Let's Say You Opt For £1 per point
So Now What Happens?
  • Your spread bet loses £1 for each point the Wall Street 30 rises above 18012
  • You make a profit of £1 for each point the Wall Street 30 pushes below 18012
When Speculating on a Market to Fall Your P&L = (Initial Price - Settlement Price) x stake
 
Trading Situation 3
The Wall Street 30 falls and the market is moved to 17874.1 - 17875.1. So you would see this on Financial Spreads:   17874.1   17875.1
Close and Take Your Profit? At this point, you may decide to let your spread bet run or close it in order to take your profit. For this example, you decide to close your bet by buying at 17875.1.
Your P&L = (Initial Price - Settlement Price) x stake
(18012 - 17875.1) x £1 per point
136.9 points x £1 per point
Your P&L = £136.90 profit
 
Trading Situation 4
The Wall Street 30 climbs and the financial spread betting market is revised and changes to 18133.5 - 18134.5, therefore you would see this on Financial Spreads:   18133.5   18134.5
Close and Restrict the Loss?At this point, you could decide to keep your position open or close it, i.e. close your spread bet to limit your losses. In this case you choose to close your trade and buy at 18134.5.
Your P&L = (Initial Price - Settlement Price) x stake
(18012 - 18134.5) x £1 per point
-122.5 points x £1 per point
Your P&L = -£122.50 loss


Spread Betting on Wall Street Futures

As well as the rolling market above, we also offer a Wall St. 'Futures' markets.

As an example, let's imagine our current quote is:

  Wall Street 30 March Futures Sell

17981.0
Buy

17986.0


This is an example of how the market works.

Spread Trading MarketWall Street 30 March Futures
Spread Betting Quote17981.0 - 17986.0
This Means ThatNow you can trade on the Wall Street 30 futures market to close:

  Spread Betting Above 17986.0, or
  Spread Betting Below 17981.0

On the closing date for the March market, 20 March 2015. This market is a Futures market, therefore your trade will be closed automatically on the expiry date, although you can normally also close your trade, during market hours, before the futures market expires.

Also consider that you do not pay any overnight fees on this futures contract.
Trading UnitsTrades on the Wall Street 30 futures market are priced in £x per point.

Where a point is 1 point of the stock index's price movement.

E.g. if the Wall Street 30 changes by 55 points then you would lose or win 55 times your stake.
Stake Size per UnitYou decide how much you want to stake per point, e.g. £2 per point, £8 per point, £20 per point etc.
Short Staking ExerciseIf, as an example, your stake is £4 per point and the Wall Street 30 moves by 27 points, you would lose / win £4 per point x 27 points = £108.


Worked Spread Betting Example - Buying Wall Street 30 Futures

Financial spread betting on the stock index to go up

You Now Decide Whether to Go Long or Short The Wall Street 30 futures market to settle:

  Spread Betting Above 17986.0? or
  Spread Betting Below 17981.0?

On the expiry date, 20 March 2015.

Let's Say You Want to Go Long   Spread Betting Above 17986.0
You Decide Your Stake, Let's Say You Choose £3 per point
So What Next?
  • You will make £3 for every point the Wall Street 30 moves higher than 17986.0
  • You will make a loss of £3 for each point the Wall Street 30 goes lower than 17986.0
When Buying a Market Your P&L = (Closing Price - Opening Price) x stake
 
Trading Example 1
The Wall Street 30 moves higher and the spread trading market is revised and moved to 18049.0 - 18054.0, so you'd see:   18049.0   18054.0
Take a Profit? You can decide to leave your trade open, letting it run to the expiry date, or close it in order to lock in a profit. For this example, you opt to settle your position by selling at 18049.0.
Your P&L = (Closing Price - Opening Price) x stake
(18049.0 - 17986.0) x £3 per point
63.0 points x £3 per point
Your P&L = £189.00 profit
 
Trading Example 2
The Wall Street 30 decreases.
Limit Your Loss? You may opt to leave your position open, and maybe let it run to the expiry date, or close it and restrict your losses. In this instance, you choose to let the trade run until the market expires. Ultimately, the contract closes at 17928.4.
Your P&L = (Closing Price - Opening Price) x stake
(17928.4 - 17986.0) x £3 per point
-57.6 points x £3 per point
Your P&L = -£172.80 loss


Worked Spread Betting Example - Selling Wall Street 30 Futures

Financial spread trading on the stock index to move down in value

You Now Decide Whether to Buy or Sell The Wall Street 30 settling:

  Spread Betting Above 17986.0? or
  Spread Betting Below 17981.0?

When the market closes, 20 March 2015.

Let's Assume You Decide to Go Short   Spread Betting Below 17981.0
You Choose Your Stake, Let's Assume You Select £2 per point
What Happens Next?
  • You will make a loss of £2 for each point the Wall Street 30 goes higher than 17981.0
  • You will make £2 for each point the Wall Street 30 moves lower than 17981.0
If You Are Spread Betting on a Market to Decrease Your P&L = (Opening Price - Closing Price) x stake
 
Trading Example 3
The Wall Street 30 futures market goes lower
Time to Lock in Your Profit? At this point, you could decide to keep your position open and let it run to the settlement date or close it to take your profit. In this case you opt to run it until expiry. The market then reaches the end of the contract and closes at 17905.5.
Your P&L = (Opening Price - Closing Price) x stake
(17981.0 - 17905.5) x £2 per point
75.5 points x £2 per point
Your P&L = £151.00 profit
 
Trading Example 4
The Wall Street 30 rises and the spread betting market is adjusted and moved to 18045.0 - 18050.0. So you would see this on Financial Spreads:   18045.0   18050.0
Close and Restrict Your Loss?At this point, you could choose to leave your trade open, letting it run to the settlement date, or close it, i.e. close your spread bet to limit your loss. In this instance you opt to close your trade and buy the market at 18050.0.
Your P&L = (Opening Price - Closing Price) x stake
(17981.0 - 18050.0) x £2 per point
-69.0 points x £2 per point
Your P&L = -£138.00 loss


Where Can I Practice Financial Spread Betting on the Wall Street Index?

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Dow Jones Index Commitments of Traders Report - 15 Aug 2017


Futures Only Positions, CBT , Code 124603, (DJIA Index x $5)

Reporting Firms Non-Reportable Positions
Non-Commercial
Commercial Total Reportable
 
Commitments Open Interest Commitments
Long Short Spreads Long Short Long Short Long Short
100,850 13,545 3,114 28,680 114,594 132,644 131,253 151,974 19,330 20,721
 
Changes from 8 Aug 2017 Change in Open Interest Changes from
Long Short Spreads Long Short Long Short Long Short
10,347 -4,825 -1,529 -470 16,047 8,348 9,693 9,076 728 -617
 
Percent of Open Interest for Each Category of Trader
Long Short Spreads Long Short Long Short   Long Short
66.4% 8.9% 2.0% 18.9% 75.4% 87.3% 86.4%   12.7% 13.6%
 
Number of Traders in Each Category Total Traders  
Long Short Spreads Long Short Long Short    
44 20 7 25 33 71 58 117    
 
Long/Short Commitments Ratios   Long/Short Ratio
Ratio   Ratio Ratio   Ratio
7.4:1   1:4 1:1   1:1.1
 
Net Commitment Change  
15,172  


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