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"I need help understanding "spreads.""

Hi tyro6,

Here's some reading material...

http://investopedia.com/search/results.aspx?index=dictionary&q=spread&submit2=Search+Term

Please enter your search criteria: [Spread]

"Zero-Volatility Spread (Z-spread)
Spread
Calendar Spread
Vertical Spread
Condor Spread
Spread Option
Butterfly Spread
Reduced Spread
Underwriting Spread
Static Spread
Alligator Spread
Debit Spread
Intramarket Sector Spread
Intercommodity Spread
Box Spread
Bull Spread
Swap Spread
Crack Spread
Horizontal Spread"


There are a number of tutorials also: http://www.investopedia.com/university/

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Regards, Ken
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