Practice buying stock and shares or spread-betting the markets FOR FREE with BullBearings, the leading virtual trading website
BullBearings is a free virtual trading platform. Using real data from the London Stock Exchange you can experience authentic trading without the risk of losing real money. You are immediately given £100,000 to trade in each platform: stocks and shares, financial spread betting, foreign currencies (forex), contracts for difference (CFDs) and fixed odds betting. You can also create private leagues to compete against friends, colleagues or the rest of the world.
The BullBearings virtual trading games are not only free but very easy to play. Creating an account is simple and constructing a league even simpler.
You have £100,000 of virtual money to trade in each of our games, including shares (stocks), spread bets, CFDs, foreign currency and financial fixed-odds betting. BullBearings has been used as a training tool by financial institutions and in leading universities - and our trading capabilities have also been used by financial companies for recruitment too.
The site has plenty of free information for all levels of investor, from absolute beginners, to up-and-coming traders, through to experts who use the site to experiment with different strategies before using them with real money. BullBearings has trading guides, daily news feeds, expert videos, analyst articles and various research tools and glossaries of terms to help any level of player understand more about trading.
In each game, players are given a virtual £100,000 to trade the stock market. You can reset your portfolio at any time. Players automatically compete in worldwide leagues and can also set up private leagues to play against friends, colleagues, investment clubs or other groups.Up to questions
To get started and begin trading, join up here. In just a couple of minutes you'll have five portfolios of £100,000 to begin trading shares, spread bets, contracts for difference (CFDs), forex and fixed-odds bets. Up to questions
The BullBearings share trading simulation game, sometimes known as Fantasy Stocks, is a traditional stock market trading game where players are given a virtual £100,000 to trade shares (or stocks as they are known in the US and elsewhere). You compete against other players to accumulate the most profit - or merely use the portfolio to practice trading or as a place to monitor certain companies. Your portfolio or your league can be reset whenever you wish.
BullBearings operates as a virtual online stockbroker, where you can buy and sell shares just as you would just as you would through any online stockbroker. Unlike spread-betting you can only place 'long' trades, meaning that you will only benefit if the share goes up. Up to questions
To place a Stocktrade you simply have to have enough cash to cover the full value of the position including commission and stamp duty.
To place a trade you can either click on 'place a trade' click on TRADE from the Stock Portfolio Screen, these will both take you to the stock search page.
The details of your trade will then be conformed on the transaction conformation, you will also be able to view your open positions on the Stock Portfolio Page. Up to questions
To close a stock trade you simply sell the required amount of shares on the trade entry screen, you can either sell the complete holding or sell part of the holding which ever you wish. Up to questions
The BullBearings share trading simulation game, also known as Fantasy Spread Betting, is a financial spread-betting platform. Each player is given a virtual £100,000 to 'bet' with. You compete against other players to accumulate the most profit - or merely use the portfolio to practice spread-betting techniques.
A financial spread bet is a bet on the movement of the price of an underlying asset (either shares or indices) either up or down. You dictate the size of the bet by choosing a value for each point movement. You can bet on both upward and downward movements in the underlying. For further information on spread betting please refer to our guide to spread betting and then read expert tips from professional traders in our Traders Views section on spread betting. Up to questions
A spread bet is a bet on the movement on of an underlying index or share. You are not buying or selling a set quanity of shares. However you do have to hold a required amount of margin against the trade. The margin (see guide to spreadbetting for more information) required is 10% of the total value of the position. Which is calculated as follows:
£1 a point movement on the FTSE 100 at 4000 = Total Posistion £1x4000 £4000
You must have available at least £4000 to open this trade NB( you should also leave enough available cash to cover any possible losses on the trade)
You can place an opening trade by clicking on TRADE on the spread betting account page which will take you to the stock search page.
You will then see a confirmation of your deal, you can also view your open transactions on the Spreadbetting Account page. Up to questions
To close a spread bet you simply place an equal and opposite trade. Ie to close £1 a point bet on Vodafone you sell £1 a point and vice versa.
To do this you can either click on CLOSE on the desired open position page OR enter a new opposite trade. Up to questions
Foreign Exchange, which is often referred to as Forex or FX, is a currency market where you trade one currency against another. These are 'currency pairs', such as the euro against the dollar - EUR/USD; sterling against the yen - GBP/JPY; Swiss franc against Canadian dollar - CHF/CAD; and so on.
Forex is the fastest-growing game on BullBearings, and is one of the most exciting markets in the financial world - as the foreign exchange market is the largest, most liquid and most influential market in the world, trading trillions of dollars a day and making it far bigger than the combined total of all the world's stock exchanges. It is a truly 24 hour global market, buzzing away from 9pm GMT Sunday until 10pm GMT Friday.
Simply, forex is one of the most flexible ways to trade. Because you can trade long or short you have two options with each currency pair: Buy - in the expectation that the exchange rate will rise, or Sell - in the expectation the exchange rate will fall. For further information on forex and how to play the game please refer to our forex trading guide and then read expert tips from professional traders in our Traders Views section on forex. Up to questions
Contracts for difference (CFDs) and financial fixed odds betting are both trading systems used by professional investors - but can be simple to learn.
A CFD is traded in a similar way to ordinary shares but, like spread bets, are traded 'on margin' giving you leverage to maximise your trading capital and also allow you to trade on up and down movements in the market. A CFD is essentially an agreement between two parties - you and the broker - to eventually settle the difference between the opening and closing prices of the contract, multiplied by the number of underlying shares specified in the contract. Unlike spread bets, CFDs have no time limit and another different is that CFDs allow you to receive dividends from. For further information on CFDs and how to play the game please refer to our CFD trading guide and then read expert tips from professional traders in our Traders Views section on CFDs.
Financial fixed-odds betting is a means of trading where you know exactly how much of your money you can lose or win - and you can never lose more than your original stake and you always know what you stand to gain. Fixed-odds betting offers traders an extra financial instrument that requires small stakes yet can provide sizeable potential gains.
Another way of explaining it is that a fixed-odds bet pays out a fixed amount if a predicted event occurs within a specified timescale. If the event does not occur within the duration of the bet then all you lose is your original stake (again a fixed amount). The events that you can bet on are more varied with financial fixed odds betting than with any other form of trading as not only can you bet on the market going up or down, you can bet on the market not going up or not going down, or staying within a range, called a 'no touch bet'.
For further information on financial fixed-odds betting and how to play the game please refer to our fixed-odds betting trading guide and then for more detailed advice and trading techniques read expert tips from professional traders in our Traders Views section on Fixed Odds Betting. Up to questions
Thu, 1st Jan - * (ShareCast News) - Banks and miners led the FTSE to a lower close Friday, in a session awash with blue-chip news including disappointing annual results from Royal Bank of Scotland and Standard Chartered, among other stocks reporting.