Sector betting enables you to take a broader position on the direction of entire sectors such as oil, banks or miners, without having to take a position on the performance of an individual company within the sector. At City Index, we offer competitive futures spreads on more than 30 sectors including banks, miners, real estate, pharmaceuticals and more. Our sector markets are open to trade from 8.15am and our spreads start from just 0.4%.
Concerns over the UK economic recovery, has lead to volatility in the UK banks sector. Our Banks Dec 10 Spread is trading at 5062/5082.
You believe the banking sector will rise and decide to buy £5 a point at 5982 (our buy price).
In order to open the position you need to put down a margin of 12.5% of the notional value, which is 5982 x £5 per point x 12.5% = £3738.75.
Over the next few days, worries over the state of the UK economy have quietened. This leads to a rise in the banking sector. Our spread for banks has risen to 6002/6022.
You decide to close your position by selling £5 per point at 6002 (our sell price).
Result: This is a winning trade, resulting in you selling the trade 20 points higher giving you a £100 profit.
Alternative scenario: If the price had fallen to 5962, you would of lose £100 (5982 – 5962 x £5 per point).
You believe the banking sector will fall, and decide to sell £5 per point at 5962 (our sell price).
In order to open the position you need to put down a margin of 12.5% of the notional value, which is 5962 x £5 per point x 12.5% = £3163.75.
Over the next few days, the state of the UK economy has deteriorated due to growing fears of the length it will take to recover. This leads to a rise in the banking sector. Our spread for the sector has fallen to 5922/5942. You decide to close your position by buying £5 per point at 5942 (our buy price).
Result: This is a winning trade resulting in you buying out the trade at 20 points lower giving you a £100 profit.
Alternative scenario: If the price had risen to 5982, you would of lose £50 (5982 – 5962 x £5 per point).
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