Spread Trading FAQ

Frequently Asked Spread Trading Questions

Question: This is so much new information for me. Where should I start learning more about Spread Trading?

Answer: You are already in the right place. This website has the most comprehensive information about Spread Trading anywhere in the world.

The best way to start is to subscribe to our Free Trading Newsletter, Chart Scan™. Emailed every Friday, and shows you a fresh example of a spread trade. To get more detailed instruction on how to trade Spreads, we strongly recommend our book Trading Spreads and Seasonals.

Also read through our webpage: Learn to Spread Trade


Question: Should I focus just in Spreads or should I implement it into my regular trading?

Answer: Many traders use spread trading for more consistency in their trading, and trade only spreads. Keep in mind that you don't have to trade often if you are trading spreads:
1-2 trades per week are enough to produce very nice profits.

If you are not patient, and you need action every day, add spread trading to your current trading style (e.g. day trading). One of the most common mistakes in spread trading is overtrading because of a lack of patience, or a feeling that you "have to do something" to justify your existence as a trader.


Question: I haven't traded yet, should I start with trading Spreads?

Answer: Absolutely! Spread trading offers many advantages, especially for beginners: easy to trade, nice trends, lower risk, and lower margin requirements. Please see our homepage for more details. In addition, we have a great overview of our Spread Trading Education on our "Learn to Spread Trade" web page.



Question: How much money do I need to start spread trading?

Answer: Though we know a trader who started with a $3,000 account, we recommend an account size of at least $10,000. You don't want to start out under-capitalized.



Question:
How do I get quotes for spreads?

Answer: The exchanges do not yet publish spread quotes. All you need are prices. You can chart the difference between the prices of the two underlying contracts by subtracting one from the other. The spread price is nothing more than the arithmetic difference between the price of each contract


Question: How do I chart a spread?

Answer: Most professional charting software packages let you chart a spread. Please refer to the support team of your vendor. If your charting software does not support spread charts, or you do not have a charting software yet, feel free to email Andy Jordan for his suggestions.


Question: Is there information about a spread broker or a charting software in your book?

Answer: No, but if you want to know who we are using as our broker, please complete this form and we'll forward you the contact information.


Question: I live outside the U.S. Can I trade spreads despite the time difference?

Answer: Yes! In fact, unless you are day trading currency or stock index spreads, the most effective way to trade spreads is using end-of-day. So you can make your trading decisions even when the U.S. markets are closed. And, of course, you save hundreds of dollars and reduce your costs because you don´t need live data.


Question: Are there any Spread Trading Seminars?

Answer: Yes, we offer a Futures Spread Trading Online Recorded Webinar with Joe Ross. It's the World's Only Complete Spread Trading Webinar. Learn one of the most profitable and relaxed ways to trade!



Question: How do I return or refund your manual if I am not satisfied?

Answer: Customer Satisfaction is our #1 priority. This is why we have a no-questions-asked money back guarantee on every one of our books. If you wish to return our Spread Trading Book, please contact Denise immediately by phone at 800-476-7796 (U.S.A. Only), or 512-249-6930, or by e-mail at support@tradingeducators.com - she will be happy to help you.


Question: How can trading spreads help me making money?

Answer: Spread Trading offers many advantages:

  • Easy to trade
    • This makes spread trading perfect, especially for beginners.
  • Low margin requirements
    • You can trade spreads even if you have a small account.
  • High return on margin
    • Increase your profits, trading the same account size.
  • Low time requirements
    • Perfect if you are a part-time trader or if you are a professional trader and you want to add spread trading to your current trading methods.
  • Countless trading opportunities
    • Choose the best trades from dozens of possibilities, and take the ones that fit you best.
  • Lower risk
    • Use intramarket spreads to reduce risk and become a more relaxed trader.
  • More trends
    • Spreads trend more often and longer than outright futures. You can stay in a trade for weeks without being whipsawed by the noise of day traders and scalpers.
  • Best use of your money
    • Spreads are the most cost efficient kind of trading.
  • No live data needed
    • Save hundreds of dollars and reduce your costs.

Please read the information at Spread-Trading.com for a more detailed discussion of the advantages of spread trading.

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