Spread Betting Glossary: F

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Fast market
A price-volatile market with rapid fluctuations over the course of a short period of time, also known as a ‘Hive’ market.
Fill
To execute or match an order request from a trader. The market maker is often required to step in to fill orders where buyers/sellers are not readily available.
Foreign exchange
The markets for trading in currencies, known widely as Forex.
Forex
An abbreviated term for 'foreign exchange', which denotes the markets for international currency investment. Forex transactions tend to be highly leveraged, and as a result pose a significant risk to investment capital. Can also be used as a basis for spread betting.
Forex
An abbreviated term for 'foreign exchange', which denotes the markets for international currency investment. Forex transactions tend to be highly leveraged, and as a result pose a significant risk to investment capital. Can also be used as a basis for spread betting.
FSA
The governing body for financial services and trading in the UK, the Financial Services Authority is a statutory organisation with obligations and powers to regulate and enforce proper financial activity. The FSA remit also covers spread betting.
FTSE
The leading securities exchange in the UK, based in London. The Financial Times Stock Exchange.
FTSE100
An index of the UK's top 100 businesses, often encompassing the most widely owned securities, and used as a measure of market attitudes to economic indicators and current affairs.
FTSE250
Similar to the FTSE100, except the index pertains to the following 250 of the UK's largest publicly traded companies.
FTSE350
A combination of the FTSE100 and the FTSE250, reflecting the UK's 350 largest businesses by market cap.
Futures
A type of derivative which stipulates a given price for an underlying asset at a given point, the difference in which is either received or paid by the holder upon maturity.
Futures contract
The tradable contract which underpins a futures derivative.
Futures price
The stipulated face price of a futures contract which dictates the price point at which the underlying asset much sit on the given date for the trader to break even.