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If you're not in bear gang, it's not too late to join, and I suggest you do so promptly because shits about to hit the fan frens. That being said, I plan on riding the "V" down and up on this one, and lastly, if you're a perma bull you're in luck I've got some companies at the bottom that I think will go up over the next few months.
What's about to happen:
Let's stick to the facts and correlate this puppy to a similar outbreak; H1N1: "From April 12, 2009 to April 10, 2010, CDC estimated there were 60.8 million cases (range: 43.3-89.3 million), 274,304 hospitalizations (range: 195,086-402,719), and 12,469 deaths (range: 8868-18,306) in the United States due to the (H1N1)pdm09 virus... Additionally, CDC estimated that 151,700-575,400 people worldwide died from (H1N1)pdm09 virus infection during the first year the virus circulated " [1]
Since H1N1 got memory holed and everybody forgot about it, the virus became a modern flu, we have flu shots for this thing and chances are you've probably had it at one point or another -- it's just one of the flues that floats around each season. But the Corona is different...
First off, this thing already has a reproduction rate higher than any of the previous outbreaks in the last 150 years [3]. AND it's one of the most deadly -- however only to certain age groups which is a big difference [4]. Now I do want to make it clear that the Spanish Flu was a lot deadlier to healthy adults, also the age demographics have changed. StatsCanada actually has a good tool that shows the population pyramid and you can compare Spanish Flu in 1918 to 2020 and it'll have some similar-ish results to the USA [5]. There's also population pyramid tool here for the USA but it only goes back to 1950 [6].
Buddy of mine with access to a Bloomberg terminal sent this to me the other day which tracks the spread of the Corona virus [7]. Think the code is 'Map Virus' or something. What matters is that we can see a very obvious trend of exponential growth, in fact that's how you model these things... This thing will spread like wildfire once it starts to hit the cities in America, and... already has. All it takes is one 'chad spreader' to jump on the subway and it'll be a matter of weeks and the entire city is infected. In fact it's already happened in Toronto so buy puts on $CANADA [8].
What matters is that we can see that something like ~60.8 million people who got H1N1 in the USA from 2009 to 2010 and this thing had an r0 of only like ~1.5ish. The bat soup virus currently has an estimated r0 at ~2.4 right now, mind you this is a number that varies through time and can decrease by human intervention (such as quarantines of cities), which will inevitably transpire...
If we assume that this thing spreads with even some level of similarity to H1N1 in 2009, this is going to be a bloodbath for the boomers. First and foremost, this will spread at a much higher rate among boomers and those in old folks homes, we've got evidence of that already [9].
But that's not all. Italy is fucked. They just announced a quarantine of 1/4 of their fucking population [10]. Take wild guess how that's going to fare for their economy. The FTSE MIB is down shy of 20% from it's highs as it stands right now and its only going to get worse [11]. Given that the Italy is basically a leading indicator of what's going to happen in the USA... I fucking DARE YOU to buy spy calls.
So let's get to the nuts and bolts of this. Some autist named Dr. James Lawler stated that worst case scenario this thing could infect 96m in the USA and kill 480,000 people [12]. However, funny enough his estimates are based on a mortality rate of 0.5%. The current mortality rate is ~3.5% so, rather, we could be looking at up to 3,360,000 dying in the USA if the mortality rate is what it currently is.
However, we can math this based on the population pyramids I posted above. In the USA if we take the known mortality rates and population pyramid and transpose that on the worst case scenario, we're looking at shy 1.9m dead (mostly older people) given that 30% get the virus in the next year [13]. If this spreads at the same rate as H1N1, then we're looking at a total of ~60.8 million infected in a year's time. This corresponds to ~18.6% of the population getting it and would result in ~1.16m people dead [14].
Now, I'm willing to bet that my boy Donnie isn't interested in losing a massive chunk of his voting block so I'm betting that we see quarantines very soon in the USA, entire cities shut down just like we've seen in China and just like we've seen in Italy and Iran. It's going to happen and when it does, the lemmings will be shocked. I mean, this shouldn't come as a surprise, there's already runs on toilet paper in Australia over this thing [15].
Anyways, I think we'll get a cure eventually and that everybody reading this will be fine, in fact I'm not a doomer whatsoever. Society will continue on and SPY will eventually recover and I'll join bull gang again, but I'm sure Monday will be a bloodbath after Italy quarantined like 16 million people.
But back to my point, just think about what'll happen to SPY when a US city announces a quarantine. They're already preparing for it by declaring states of emergency now [16]. The fear will be real and it already is...
EDIT: Figured I'd add a bit more on Canada as I don't think it's priced in up there quite yet. Again, I took some numbers from StatsCanada [17] and plugged them in against current known mortality rates and we ended up with this [18]. Estimated 234k dead which... is bad, but that's a flood of dead people in a short amount of time. Also I assume a 30% infection rate but I think this things going to have a much high infection rate because of the fact that we corral all our old into old folks homes... it just takes one sick caretaker and they've all got it and the worst part is that you can have it and spread it without even knowing [19]. So this basically becomes a catch-22. If elderly care takers don't show up to work because they're sick, elderly people die, if they do show up, there's a chance they're giving them COVID-19, it just takes one and they'll all catch it... real morbid stuff. Basically each old folks home is a tranche in a CDO for the few of you retards that know what I'm talking about...
So how do we profiteer from this? And what will inevitably transpire?
EDIT 2: SPX e-minis currently trading at shy of -5%... we're hitting the circuit breakers tomorrow. Fed will drop rates again by end of week.
I know half of you retards skipped to here but kudos to the champions that read everything I wrote.
  1. General stock market decline, puts on $SPY or high beta stocks if IV isn't too high
  2. for my perma-bull frens, calls on funeral home and burial companies: $SCI, $CSV, $MATW, $PLC:CA, $DTY:UK, etc. EDIT: (as u/dollarsandcents101 pointed out be careful on funeral homes... could ban funerals if this thing really get's going)
  3. Puts on old folks care homes because those are probably going to be vacant here very shortly and thus less cash flows to investors... stocks like: $WELL, $VTR $OHI, EDIT: $CSH.UN:CA (Canadian, option chain is a lot less liquid than USA so... be careful), SIA:CA (another one, already crashing, has options, less liquid though)
  4. I'm still bearish airlines and travel... I mean go look at the chart of $AAL. After 9/11 that stock went from $40 a share to literally $2 a share... in 2003. The same thing happened during the GFC, stock again went from over $40 a share to a fucking penny stock -- traded at like $0.30 per share. Get ready for round 3... I look forward to buying calls on airlines after this is all over.
  5. bearish any developing country/emerging market ETF's. They're going to get hit hard.
  6. I don't know anything about medical or medical research stocks but calls and puts on companies researching corona virus cure. Again... correct me if I'm wrong but to my understanding it's zero-sum, the company that gets a solid cure makes bank and the rest are fucked but again idk this isn't my area whatsoever. Also looks like a lot of these stocks are rocketing and IV is massive so I'm sitting on the sidelines on this one
If you're from all wanting to get in on the tendies, I saved a special one just for you! Go all in on $LVS 80C 3/13 calls, trust me. Cannot go tits up.
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SPY vs SPX vs /ES vs Options: A Comparison of S&P 500 Derivatives

The market offers a host of different financial instruments, each of which have their advantages and disadvantages. The following is a comparison of different S&P 500 derivatives, so that you can make informed choices which ones to use. TL;DR version provided at bottom.

SPY SPY** Options SPX* Options /ES & /SP Futures /ES & /SP Options SPXU SPXU Options
Option Style N/A American European N/A European (except quarterlies) N/A American
Option Settlement N/A SPY Stock Cash N/A 1x /ES or /SP contract N/A SPXU Stock
Annual Dividend Yield 1.85% None None None None 1.85% None
Net Expense Ratio 0.0945% None None None None 0.91% None
Leverage ratio vs SPY 1:1 100:1 1,000:1 500:1 (/ES), 2,500:1 (/SP) 500:1 (/ES), 2,500:1 (/SP) -30:1 -3,000:1
Risk Management Stop order (non guaranteed) Guaranteed with defined-risk trades Guaranteed with defined-risk trades Stop order (non guaranteed) Guaranteed with defined-risk trades Stop order (non guaranteed) Guaranteed with defined-risk trades
U.S. Taxation Traditional capital gains Traditional capital gains Section 1256 Section 1256 Section 1256 Traditional capital gains Traditional capital gains
Relative Liquidity High High Med High Variable High High
Contract Expirations Traded N/A M/W/F weeklies, monthlies, quarterlies, leaps M/W/F weeklies, monthlies, quarterlies, leaps M/W/F weeklies, monthlies, quarterlies M/W/F weeklies, monthlies, quarterlies N/A Monthlies
Exchanges Where traded Most exchanges Most exchanges CBOE GLOBEX GLOBEX Most exchanges Most exchanges
Hours traded 9:30-4 Eastern 9:30-4:15 Eastern 9:30-4:15 Eastern See here See here 9:30-4 Eastern 9:30-4:15 Eastern
Commissions Depends on exchange & broker High Med Med Med Depends on exchange & broker Med-Low
*Note that SPX cannot be traded, as it is not an ETF like SPY. However, it is possible to trade *options* on SPX. Also, 1 SPY = 1/10 of SPX.
**Note 2: Northstat helpfully points out that XSP is a mini-SPX contract (european style, cash settled, and section 1256 tax treatment), but is sized 1/10 of SPX just like SPY. However, at a glance it seems to be pretty thinly traded, so use DD here if you decide to brave the bid/ask spreads.

Option Style

There are two option styles: American and European. American options can be exercised at any time the option is ITM. European options can only be exercised upon expiration.
European options are simpler and more predictable since no one can exercise on you early and potentially screw up your trades, so I prefer them for day-trading for that reason.

Option Settlement

Options can settle to the underlying equity or can settle to cash.
If you sell a cash-secured SPY put that expires ITM, you will be obligated to buy the SPY shares at the strike price, and will receive those SPY shares in your account.
If you sell a cash-secured SPX put that expires ITM, your account will pay the difference between SPX index price and SPX contract strike price in cash. There are no SPX stock/ETF/shares, so it settles with cash instead.

Annual Dividend and Expense Ratios

S&P 500 ETFs will pay dividends to the stock holder. Holding options on those ETFs won't get you squat - you will only get dividends on shares that you actually in possess of in your account.
You'll notice that inverse ETFs like SPXU pay dividends just like the SPY ETF. That's because when you're shorting shares (which is effectively what ETFs like SPXU are doing), you get the dividends on the borrowed shares if you happen to be holding them on the ex-dividend date.
Most ETFs will also have an expense ratio, which cover the costs of managing the ETF. These fees have a compounding effect against you for ETFs held over the long-term. The SPY ETF expense ratio is fairly low, although it's worth noting that there are some mutual funds like FNILX which offer a 0% expense ratio.
SPXU has a higher expense ratio in relation to SPY, but both the dividend payment (as well as the expense ratio) are effectively a non-factor, because you should not be holding inverse ETFs for more than a few days. In fact, the promised returns for leveraged inverse ETFs are only on a daily basis, which is the holding period they're designed for. See here to understand the problem with longer-term holding periods for leveraged ETFs.
Also keep in mind that some brokers offer a "share lending" program, which will pay you interest on shares loaned to other people who want to short those shares. When loaning your shares, you don't get the dividend payments (the borrower does). But one issue with these programs is that interest paid to you for share loans is taxed at your ordinary income rate, whereas dividends are taxed at the more favorable long-term capital gains rates (more on this further below).

Leverage Ratio Vs SPY

1 SPY = 1/10 SPX
1 /ES = 50 SPX
1 SPXU = 3 SPX
100 units per contract of SPY, SPX, and SPXU. 1 unit per contract of /ES and /SP.
/SP futures and options on 3x-leveraged ETFs have the highest total leverage. Use extra DD when trading these.

Risk Management

First, some terms. Defined Risk = max loss is guaranteed to some known value. Undefined Risk = max loss is unconstrained.
With options, you can avoid undefined risk when using the right spreads. For example, debit spreads are one way of limiting the maximum potential loss (which is limited to the debit paid to enter the trade).
With other instruments like stocks, you can set stop-losses as the desired loss levels. However, you run the risk of a gap-down, especially when held overnight or over the weekend, which blows past your stop limit.
Therefore, options are superior when it comes to risk-management when used appropriately. However, not all options trades are defined risk (e.g., naked puts).
Also note that your risk relative to the leverage ratios above. Obviously you are putting a lot more money at risk in one /ES options contract than in one SPY options contract.

U.S. Taxation

The following explains tax implications as of 2020 for a U.S. citizen. It may be different if you are outside the U.S., but I can only speak to the U.S. tax code.
Traditional Capital Gains: 100% short-term capital gains if holding period <= 365 days, 100% long-term capital gains otherwise. Taxes are assessed at time of sale, regardless of holding period. Wash-sale rule applies for traditional contracts.
Section 1256 Contracts: 60% long-term, and 40% short-term capital gains/losses, regardless of holding period. Taxes are assessed at the end of each calendar year regardless whether you sold it or not. Wash-sale rule is N/A for 1256 contracts.
I won't post the tax rates here, but suffice to say as of 2020, long-term capital gains tax rates are much more favorable rate than short-term gains (roughly half, depending on your brackets).
Something else you need to understand about how capital gains are calculated. First, long-term gains cancel out long-term losses, and short-term gains cancel out short-term losses. Only after this can short-term and long-term capital gains/losses cancel out each other.
Some scenarios that help drive home the implications of the above:
  1. You trade Section 1256 contracts this year and are profitable. This saves you approximately 7-10% on taxes levied on your trading activity by trading contracts like SPX instead of contracts like SPY.
  2. You hold profitable Section 1256 contracts as long-term investments through the end-of-year. You are hit with 60/40 taxes on the "gains" of these contracts for tax year 2020 (even though you haven't sold them). You sell the contract a year after you bought it at a further gain in 2021, and pay the 60/40 split on your 2021 taxes for any additional gains since the 2020 end-of-year tax payment. You would have been better off with a traditional contract that A) would have deferred your full tax payment to 2021, and B) would be taxed at the more favorable 100% long-term capital gains instead of 60/40 split.
  3. You hold unprofitable Section 1256 contracts as long-term investments through the end-of-year. You get a 60/40 tax writeoff on the "losses" of these contracts for tax year 2020 (even though you haven't sold them). You sell the contract a year after you bought it at a loss in 2021, and get a 60/40 writeoff on your 2021 taxes on any additional losses since the 2020 end-of-year tax deduction. You have done yourself a favor in this case because A) you reduced your taxes in 2020 instead of deferring losses to 2021, and B) you have more useful short-term losses to offset other higher-taxed short-term gains, rather than 100% long-term losses for traditional contracts held for over 1 year. (If you're wondering why you can't take advantage of (A) for traditional contracts, lookup the Wash Sale rule.)
  4. You trade traditional contracts this year and are unprofitable. Your losses are 100% short-term capital losses, which is more helpful in offsetting other higher-taxed short-term capital gains you have from other trading activities (e.g. those sweet TSLA puts).
  5. You acquire SPY shares which you plan to hold for more than 2 years. You collect dividends and avoid paying taxes on capital gains, potentially indefinitely (i.e. if you never sell). Whereas with options, the farthest-dated LEAPs are 2 years out, after which time you would have to realize a capital gain or loss. You can sell covered calls for additional income, but may want to wait 1 year before doing so to avoid your shares being called away during that period and paying short-term capital gains. It's complicated.
In summary:
  1. For profitable short-term trading activities (0-1 yrs), trade Section 1256 contracts
  2. For unprofitable short-term trading activities (0-1 yrs), trade traditional options contracts
  3. For profitable long-term trading activities (1-2 yrs), trade traditional options contracts
  4. For unprofitable long-term trading activities (1+ yrs), trade Section 1256 contracts
  5. For profitable long-term bets with > 2 year holding period, hold SPY shares. Sell covered calls after 1 year holding period for additional income if desired.

Relative Liquidity

Since 1 SPY = 1/10 SPX, we expect bid/ask spreads for SPX options to be 10x as big as SPY. Anecdotally in the last couple weeks, I saw larger spreads than expected in SPX options, especially when IV got pumped up. This is the primary drawback I have seen so far trading SPX options.
/ES futures are very solid in daytime trading hours. I haven't traded /ES options and SPXU or SPXU options, so I'm not entirely sure how they compare.

Contract Expirations Traded

Keep in mind that different contract expirations will have different liquidity. In general, I have seen the highest liquidity for monthly contracts. Near-dated weeklies can be alright, but I usually see the largest volume on the monthlies.
I would avoid the quarterlies on SPX, as they seem to have the lowest volume. LEAPs are somewhere in between, and obviously is your only choice for long-term speculation besides owning SPY shares outright.

Exchanges and Hours Traded

Different contracts trade on different exchanges, and each exchange can have its own rules about hours of operation, comissions, etc.
For this reason it's possible that the same contract could trade at different hours depending which exchange your contract is traded on.
For example, CBOE allows for options trading on its exchanges for another 15 minutes after markets close, but this is not true for all exchanges. Furthermore, the same exchange can have different trading hours for different contracts.
It gets even more crazy when you look at holidays and other special events, as different exchanges have different rules about when they shutdown depending on the day-of-week that different holidays fall on.
Depending on your broker, you may be able to select the desired exchange explicitly, or your broker may offer a "smart order router" which tries to intelligently route your order to the exchange with the best fill price.


Commissions vary widely depending on the exchange your order is routed to, in addition to your broker's fees. There are a lot of gotchas here. For example, some brokers (e.g. IBKR) levy heavy fees for trading /CL compared with other futures.
More generally, the total commissions you pay will depend on the type of contract, and will be inversely correlated to the leverage ratio. In other words, it's cheaper to trade one /ES options contract than it is to trade the equivalent 250 SPY options contracts. However, being mindful of your risk tolerance is the more important consideration here.

Reasons to trade leveraged inverse ETFs?

I haven't traded the inverse ETFs, so I don't know as much about them. However my understanding is that it could be advantageous to trade SPXU rather than buying premium-rich puts in a high-IV environment, or if you want to avoid the possibility of IV crush. There are also other ways to hedge IV (e.g. put spreads, options contracts placed on the VIX, etc). However, they have their own set of gotchas.


We'll make the assumption that you're profitable, and that your primary motivation is choosing the most tax-advantaged strategy which matches your investment horizons. In this case:
  1. Use SPX options, /ES, and /ES options for short-term trades (trades closed in less than 1 year).
    1. Be careful if you hold any of these contracts through the end of the calendar year (you'll owe taxes on any gains because they are "marked to market").
    2. Consider SPXU and/or spreads or VIX IV hedging if IV is too high to buy straight puts.
  2. Use SPY LEAP options for trades that will last 1-2 years.
    1. Either roll-out at expiration for another 1-2 years, or exercise to hold SPY shares (see #3 below).
    2. In current high IV environment, cash-secured puts and put credit spreads work well for long-term bullishness.
  3. Hold SPY shares if you plan to keep them for over 2 years.
    1. SPY shares can be initially acquired with long-dated leaps above, or via a short-dated cash-secured put if you want to own spy shares sooner.
    2. Optionally begin selling covered calls for additional income after holding shares for 1 year.


Trade Index Options like SPX and futures instead of SPY to save on taxes and stick it to the IRS. Don't give mnuchin any more of your tendies, make him get them from big daddy powell instead. Money printer go brrr already and doesn't need your help, so don't give it.
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Responding to the "beating the market" question

I saw this question in a recent investing post by u/swoysauce and figured that it'd be a very long answer as a comment, plus something for other people to maybe think about.
Generally, the question is when there's ETF's that track indices like SPY, FTSE, DJIA, etc. why would you own individual stocks as a freelance investor.
ETF's, for one, cost money year over year (which nearly eat what you get in dividends from the indices ETF's) to own whereas I'm better off owning stock and having it free - 2% YoY is 10% of earnings in fees five years later which seems small but it's major over the long term (which is what every investor should be in it for, the long term). Second, the S&P500 and other indices that don't change often (think the Dow) have stocks in it that can drag it down. Ford, GE, Bed Bath and Beyond, and others are stock I'd sure as hell never own since they're being held up by false hope besides the fact they don't pay dividends, but they're being tracked by the S&P500 (and Dow in the case of GE!). Third, the ETF's, money managers, etc. get paid no matter what the result is of them managing your money (even if you lose!) and unless they're really good (which you need Tom Cruise scientologist net worths to get to), I'd prefer to invest it and manage it on my own without losing money to some charlatan who claims to have advice not on the internet to be able to get me short-term gains when investing is all about long term.
I'd say I have some knowledge about how to pick these things but not everything, and it's a risk I'm willing to take since I've learned my lessons from my losses and since earning my own money on my own volition is a hell of a lot more rewarding and fun.
My logic is if I can pick the corn out of the crap (there's plenty of crap in the S&P500 but like the kind you'll find on Taco Tuesday with the amazing Qdoba corn salad) and hold the S&P500 and Dow to hedge bets since bonds and other loan interest are worth nothing right now, I believe I can come out further up when things get back on top. And I can get income on top of the gains where those get eaten by owning SPY or DIA. Also, since I spread things out over several stocks (effectively owning a proportion of 500 stocks is too much hedging and misses out on the stocks that really beat for the year) I can hedge my bets if SHTF for some stocks or if dividends are cut/suspended on some. Over the 5-10 year goal I have to save for a house it really won't matter.
To me, I've invested in things at or near 5-year lows (except Procter & Gamble and other 'widows and orphans' that pay 4%+ dividends that'll likely go up) with solid fundamentals such as plenty of cash and high credit ratings and that are in sectors that probably had people over-react (specialty chemical, oil and gas retailers and refiners not drilling or pipeline, utilities, defense, etc.) and avoiding things that appear to be fad stocks driven up by FOMO (lookin' at you, Zoom). Seriously though, cash is king right now people, given that the reason several stocks are borrowing and getting screwed by the stimulus loan deal is because they took out debt since it was so cheap and since they didn't save cash in favor of aggressively and artificially growing. If there's a deeper cut in a recession, it'll be from debt defaults.
You can also always save money to invest when the companies are probably dipping down, which is something you can generally predict but not get down to a science looking at the patterns of trading and checking if a stock is oversold or undersold. With that, you'll have the chance to trump DCA'ing or worst case over time it doesn't matter. You'll notice that with things going up or down, they're rarely in a straight line except when FOMO kicks in. They're usually jagged up and down and up and down. Generally, you can have an idea when something is going to go up or down from the stock price that it's at, and other fundamentals like if people are buying or selling the stock really really fast (i.e. oversold and undersold) where things are very likely going to go up or down based on that.
Stockinvest.usis great to find the oversold and undersold stocks (the investing advice is not so good but it's a great free report for the fundamentals), and Simply Wall Street is great for having a quick idea if stocks have the fundamentals you want/don't want (I have the free version and search for stocks to see the "snowflake" they have in the search bar).
Most importantly though, I've found from my year of fuckups and then everything else that the news is a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad source for investing advice. The news hypes things up and if there's one thing I've learned from long-term investing and Buffett, it's that greed isn't the enemy, hype is. It gets people too greedy or too fearful so the two-bit pundits that preach stock news can buy and sell on the waves of gains and losses. It's why Bitcoin and so many others shot up so drastically and then imploded. Everyone wanted a piece of the pie with the gains, no one wanted to be a loser with the losses, so things got sold and bought accordingly thanks to the charlatans who claim to predict the gains and losses on whatever channel and make fortune-tellers seem credible. The news doesn't get you short term or long term advice, it gets you broke. Buy the stock, learn how to sit on your goddamn hands even if it goes down by a lot after you've invested (or just don't invest in risky ass stocks), the losses, for the most part, shall pass if you diversify your portfolio enough. Use the S&P500 as a guide (or the DJIA if you're really risk-averse), they're DESIGNED to go up over time by dropping non-performers but take your picks as you will.
TLDR; Do not bet more than you're willing to lose or go without for at least 5 years, but the S&P500 and Dow are designed to make returns year over year since they add and drop stocks as deemed worthy. Given that, it's of my opinion they are always a safe bet in the very long term (5+ years) and people who buy bonds for their kids eat paste. The S&P500 and Dow are great guides but it's spreading out cash too much and I'd rather cherrypick in things in there. Worst case, some of the value stocks I bought cave and some flourish, but that already happens in the S&P and I don't lose money to some middleman - plus there's the probability that some (such as the retail refiners since March) end up beating several stocks that shouldn't be gaining as much as they are (lookin' at you again, Zoom). Sit on your goddamn hands if you're losing because if you spread things out it'll pass, and ignore the news because the vast vast majority of it doesn't apply to long term investing.
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Your AM Global Stocks Preview and a whole lot more news that you need to read: Global stocks mixed as US index futures rise ahead of US Fed interest rates decision

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So I've got a trading account this morning, can I run some figures by you guys to see what you think?

I'm not a trader but I want to spend a little money trying and I just need some final things sorted in my mind before I fully go ahead.
I am going to purchase some inverse ETF's on the FTSe 100/250 but I don't fully understand the financial numbers involved.
How can I make a bet where I make somewhere in the region of £5-£12 per point dropped on the FTSE? What kind of money will have to be involved (I don't mind making double or triple leveraged bets)?
And finally the graph for inverse etf's is a bit weird, but I suppose I was expecting the FTSE graph. I understand the graph has been inversed but why are the numbers along the y axis so weird? It's currently at around 810. How did they get this firgure of 810?
Btw I've read about the nature of ETFs from multiple sources so I more or less understand them and their short nature.
I'm sure there must be some guru out there that can help
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Getting £5 per point on the FTSE. How would you do it?

So I'm interested in everyone's various methods for getting this kind of price on the FTSE 100/250.
Would you rather use ETF's or spread bet and how much would you need to get a £5 return on each point?
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Spread Betting FTSE 100 Shares - YouTube How to Profit from a Market Crash! Trading Indices: Best Index for Day Trading!? What is an Exchange Traded Fund (ETF)? FTSE 100 Spread Betting! What Is It, How Do You Do It!?

Exchange traded funds, or ETFs, have been around since 1993. ETFs are index tracking funds which can be traded on a stock exchange, just like a share. A typical ETF might seek to mirror the performance of an index like the S&P 500 or the FTSE 100, or perhaps a single sector or commodity price. Spread betting The easy way to geared, tax-free returns Forex trading- How to profit from currency movements That's where shorting an ETF comes in, using a spread bet. Index spread betting are the most active spread bets that are traded. They include all the global indices such as the FTSE 100, German Dax, Japanese Nikkei and the three big US indexes, Dow Jones, S&P 500 and the Nasdaq 100. iShares Core FTSE 100 UCITS ETF [UK] Spread bets and CFDs are complex instruments and come with a high risk of losing money rapidly due to leverage. 76% of retail investor accounts lose money when trading spread bets and CFDs with this provider. You should consider whether you understand how spread bets and CFDs work, and whether you can afford to take the high risk of losing your money. Spread Betting Example: Trading the DAX. The DAX 30 is Germany’s equivalent of the FTSE 100 in England or the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) in the United States, but spread betting the DAX needs to take into account some important differences. The DAX 30, as the name suggests, includes the prices of the shares of 30 German companies.

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Spread Betting FTSE 100 Shares - YouTube

Today we check out Vanguard's FTSE 100 ETF - a major holding within my Vanguard portfolio. I hope this breakdown makes the ETF clearer for you and helps you understand if it deserves a place in ... When spread betting the FTSE 100 we are basically speculating on the level of the FTSE 100. Some spread betting providers will allow you to trade the FTSE round-the-clock. The FTSE 100 has the top 100 companies, The FTSE 250 is the next 250 companies so the 101st to 350th biggest listed companies in the UK. The FTSE 350 is the FTSE 100 and the FTSE 250 combined ... Try watching this video on, or enable JavaScript if it is disabled in your browser. - Spread, very important that the spread is tight. The big ones like the FTSE, DOW and DAX all have very tight spreads. - Range, tight spreads are important but the range is also crucial.