Spread Betting Scams
Risk is an essential part of life. Every human being has to take a number of risks in order to gain something or move ahead in life. Risks are uncertain i.e. no one can predict whether we are going to gain or lose by investing in such risks but people are always prepared to take risks in order to achieve financial gains. Same is the case of gambling and betting. One just bets or gambles without thinking about the risk factors involved in that particular transaction.
Spread betting also includes a high degree of risk. It can lead to huge wins or losses. The amount of risks associated with spread betting in terms of the scams associated with it is far more than those involved in conventional gambling. Although the scope of spread betting is enormous, the scams involved are also huge.
No doubt spread betting in sports and politics is gambling, simple and pure; however, spread betting in finance can mean several things – it can be a tax-free method of hedging exposures in your personal finances, making several short-term investments for a couple of weeks or months, or even of day-trading shares. The advantages are clear. Share trading includes 0.5% stamp-duty and commission of the stockbroker. You also have to pay capital gain-tax to the government on the profits that are included in your annual income. If you make investment via spread betting, then you will get the same advantages as shares investments but you don’t have to pay any stamp duty or commission to the stockbroker. Thus, the next time your stockbroker asks for a commission, realize that it’s a scam and your broker is simply taking advantage of your ignorance. However, knowing only this much is not going to protect you completely from the various spread betting scams present in the market.
Bookmakers have their own expenditures which are included in your spread-betting that most people don’t have any idea about. Therefore, it will create a much wider gap between the offer prices and the bid prices on each share that you will be buying through the stockbroker.
Nevertheless, if seen in a practical light, spread betting on shares cost usually the same as buying stocks through the conventional system for a span of up to 6 months. It is better to follow traditional methods because these will prove cheaper in long-term investments. The only risk in using this spread betting means is the number of scams involved in it. Since the benefits of spread betting are huge, the scam artists can profit from innumerable investors involved in spread betting.
The thumb rule of any betting field is that you must get engaged in such activities only after you have acquired proper knowledge about the subject. The Financial Services Authority regulates spread bookmakers in the similar way like any other corporation which renders the public with financial utility services. Although this authority provides investors with various services, it does not compensate for the losses that may occur due to the ignorance of investors. Hope you get the hint!