How to Make a
Bull Spread Trade
We have developed the Nadex trading platform to make trading Bull Spreads as straightforward as possible. This step-by-step guide walks you through the process.
Once you’ve opened an account with Nadex you can log in to the trading platform from anywhere on the site.
- Click the blue Log In button at the top-right of your screen
- Enter username and password in the boxes provided
- Click Log In to enter the Nadex trading platform
Finding your Market
The Navigate window in the Finder panel on the left side of the screen shows you the markets available to trade.
To find a market, either:
- Use the Search box
- Navigate the dropdown menus
- Search the pre-defined Watchlists
To see which Stock Indices Bull Spreads are available, and then choose a market:
- Click Indices (Bull Spreads) from the dropdown in Navigate
- Click Wall St 30 to bring up the contract categories
- Choose Daily (400 pts) to view the range of daily contracts
Completing your Ticket
You choose Wall St 30 (Mar) 11600-12000 (4:15PM).
On the Order Ticket you have two options:
- Buy if you believe the price will rise
- Sell if you believe the price will fall
Bull Spreads have built-in floor and ceiling levels to limit your maximum potential profit and loss. In our example the floor is 11600 and the ceiling is 12000.
You think the index will fall.
- You select Sell in the Direction field
- You choose two contracts in the Size field
In the Price field, use the arrow buttons to enter the current Offer price or type it in manually. You can also click on the relevant price shaded in yellow.
- You choose the Bid price of 11856
You can see your maximum potential profit and loss are $512 and $288 respectively. Click Place Order to open the position.
Closing your Bull Spread
The floor or ceiling will apply if necessary at settlement, or you can close your trade early to take a profit or cut a loss.
Bull Spread trades don't automatically close if the floor/ceiling is reached before expiration, meaning you won't get stopped out before the Bull Spread expires.
Closing your position early
In the Open Positions window click the name of your market to display an Order Ticket.
The Order Ticket shows a trade that is opposite to your opening trade, and will in effect close your position.
- Click Place Order to close your position at the current Offer price
In this example, the Offer price is 11883. This is 27 more than your opening price of 11856 and, multiplied by your 2 contracts, gives a gross loss of $54.
You can also partially close positions by changing the number of contracts you wish to close in the Size field.
To calculate your net profit on this trade, one would need to account for Transaction Costs.
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