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A flutter on the markets

Spread betting can be fun but needs careful handling

By Ruth Jackson  

If you are looking for bigger returns in this long era of low interest rates then spread betting offers them. But it is a high risk form of investment gambling that isn’t for the faint-hearted.

Spread betting enables participants to speculate on whether the price of an asset will rise or fall. You can bet on anything from shares to stock market indices to house prices to commodities. You don’t actually buy the asset, you…

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