Question:

is there any problem with spread betting on stocks or currencies of :mesachek bekuvya; gambling

Answer:

It is common practice to bet on stocks etc, but never the less if it can be avoided it is praiseworthy.

Sources:

Sanhedrin 24b, CH:M 370:2, Ramoh ibid 3, Semah ibid 3, Teshuvas Chavas Yoir 61, Teshuvas Rav Peolim 2 Y:D 30&37, Aruch Hashulchan CH:M 370:6

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