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What Is A Spread?

skrimon

Well-known member
The difference between the buy (offer) and sell (bid) prices quoted for an item is known as a spread in trading. Since both derivatives are priced using the spread, it is an important component of CFD trading.

A spread is a common way for brokers, market makers, and other suppliers to quote their pricing. This implies that the price at which an asset is purchased will always be marginally above the underlying market, while the price at which it is sold will always be marginally below it.


In finance, the term "spread" can refer to a number of distinct things, but they all refer to the difference between two prices or interest rates. It is a tactic in options trading, for instance, and is known as an option spread. Equal numbers of options with various strike prices and expiration dates are bought and sold in this manner.

Hello, When you trade, do you take spread into account?

It became out that many inexperienced traders totally disregard spreads when they trade.

In this article, we'll talk about market spreads and how they occasionally ruin otherwise promising trades.

No matter what type of financial instrument we trade, we must have a counterpart who is prepared to sell the asset to us in order to acquire it, and vice versa, if we want to sell the asset, we must have a buyer.

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A convenient means of transaction between buyers and sellers are offered by the market. Current supply and demand balance the asset price.
Even the most crowded marketplaces, though, have two prices: bid and ask.

The "ask price" displays the price at which market participants are most eager to buy the asset from you, while the "bid price" displays the price at which they are most willing to sell it to you.

Almost never are the ask and bid prices equal. The spread is the amount that separates them.

The market's liquidity affects the spread size.

Greater trading volumes and more market participants are indicative of higher liquidity, which makes it simpler for market players to conduct a transaction.
We observe lesser spreads on certain markets.


On the other hand, markets with low trading volumes are considered to be less liquid, which makes it more difficult for market participants to identify a counterpart for the exchange.

Spreads In Such A Market Are Frequently High:

1. For instance, the price of EURUSD at the moment is 1.0249/1.0269.
2. You start a short position at the bid price of 1.0249.
3. You start a long position at the price of 1.0269, which is the asking price.
4. There is a 2 pip spread.

Spreads must always be taken into account when determining the trade's risk-to-reward ratio. A spread that is higher than typical could ruin a deal for scalpers and day traders.

Before you start a trade, always examine the spreads.

For instance, during the UK/NY trading days in 2020, spreads on Gold were abnormally large. I was unable to open a transaction for a few days because spreads were too high. You would lose a lot of money if you didn't take spreads into account in such a case.
Thanks for Reading!
 

Polakandil

Well-known member
For traders, the spread will become a consideration before making entries in the market, we can use indicator spread info to show the current spread, or read the spread on Marketwatch.

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Polakandil

Well-known member
It's always good idea to choose a low spread broker so that trader can cut down on their trading cost and maximise their profits.

Low spread gives the advantage for traders, in addition, working at cross pair with low spread and high volatility trading pair, if we can work properly follow the trend, it could become profitable, the pair EURGBP included pair with high volatility.

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This is extremely beneficial to new traders. Thank you for sharing.
Tight spreads determine the liquidity of the currency pairs which means ease to buy or sell the currency pair.
 

Epedaphic

Member
It is the difference between the ask price and bid! Example: If the bid price for the EUR/USD is 1.4500, and the ask price is 1.4550, then the spread is 0.50. That's the difference that the market maker charges you to buy or sell $1.00 of EUR/USD.
 

PriceNTime

Active member
Always worth being aware of spreads. By and large you will always find the tightest spreads on the major pairs. Be aware that where you find very tight spreads, generally you will have higher commission rates. The broker has to make money at the end of the day.
 

Homostone

Active member
Always worth being aware of spreads. By and large you will always find the tightest spreads on the major pairs. Be aware that where you find very tight spreads, generally you will have higher commission rates. The broker has to make money at the end of the day.

I agree with you but would also like to say that there are brokers available that offer low spreads and commission like fxview and fxtm, both offer thin spreads that at times touch zero and commission of $2/100k rt. I’m sure there are more such brokers available, it’s just a matter of doing an in-depth research.
 

Riffraff

Active member
In simple words, the spread is the difference between the ask price and the bid price. The concept of tight spreads is crucial for traders especially for scalpers and day traders.
 

Apogee

Member
A spread that is higher than usual typically denotes one of two things: either the market is highly volatile, or there is a lack of liquidity because of after-hours trading. Spreads can dramatically increase before news events or even during the announcement of a shocking news like the Brexit, or the US Elections. A modest price gap between the bid and ask is referred to as a low spread.
 

Tambour

Member
If there is a significant news item or event that raises market volatility, the FX spread may increase. One drawback of a variable spread is the possibility of your positions being closed or being subject to a margin call if the spread expands significantly.
 

Venencia

Member
Spread is defined as the difference between the price offered by buyer and the price at which seller wants to sell. Tight spreads indicate that the orders are placed fast, increasing the execution speed which is really important when it comes to scalp trading strategy or day trading strategy. Tight spreads reduces overall trading cost of a trade.
 

Wrongous

Member
The spread is defined as the difference between two prices, rates, or yields. The spread, according to one of the most prevalent definitions, is the difference between the bid and ask prices of a security or asset, such as a stock, bond, or commodity.
 

Braggart

Member
Spread is defined as the difference between the price offered by buyer and the price at which seller wants to sell. Tight spreads indicate that the orders are placed fast, increasing the execution speed which is really important when it comes to scalp trading strategy or day trading strategy. Tight spreads reduces overall trading cost of a trade.

True, fast execution is one of the most important factors in scalping or any day trading strategy. So I think it becomes important that one trades with a broker that is linked with good LPs, that kinda ensures good spreads. So far I’ve experienced tight spreads with turnkeyforex - again I would give credit to their association to top LPs. At the end I think favorable trading conditions are all about receiving tight spreads plus quick order execution. This is all the more true for strategies with smaller timeframes.
 

Bregatte

Member
The spread is the difference between the ask and bid prices. You should always choose a broker with a low spread as it can lower the overall trading cost.
 

Neology

Active member
The spread is the difference between the ask and bid prices. You should always choose a broker with a low spread as it can lower the overall trading cost.

I second this! Also, make sure the broker has deep liquidity & fast execution to minimise possible slippage, like aaafx & fxpro in this aspect. Their trading conditions are favourable for scalping.
 

Polakandil

Well-known member
In simple words, the spread is the difference between the ask price and the bid price. The concept of tight spreads is crucial for traders especially for scalpers and day traders.

Scalper will take more benefit from low-spread brokers because in daily trading they can open multiple orders, However, scalping trading can make emotions when facing many mistake analyses, traders also need to understand their emotions to avoid reckless trading.
 
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