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I’m better off under Brown

By Tom Nuttall  

I’ve started the week £50 better off thanks to a canny spread bet I had placed on Labour’s likely performance at the next general election. A few months ago, anticipating a “Brown bounce” once the chancellor moved into Number 10, I placed a bet “buying” Labour seats at 283, which meant that for every seat over that number that Labour gained at the next election, I would win my stake of £7 (Mike Smithson over at has a rather more eloquent explanation).

The good thing about spread markets is that you don’t need to wait for the outcome of…

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