I am not trading just learningJudging by these questions, the main thing is keep your risk very small or only demo trade while you gain more experience and knowledge of the markets, and also your strategy
it looks like from the replies that "nobody" can actually trade the "Real" FTSE position (forgetting a small margin for your provider as a transaction fee) at the open!
Seems strange that the FTSE actually is something we cannot use as a buy/sell price but only a "position" given buy a middle man that can be anything they dictate at the start of the day.
I get it they want to make a profit, but surly just having a provider that charges a "transaction fee" and nothing else would be achievable and a good business? I feel I must be missing something here :-(