Thanks for the replies.
So it appears that this is a whole new game and screen time is the key.
I think I will begin the learning process by devoting a couple of nights watching the FTSE futures, while I'm trading Aussie equities EOD. Hopefully in the months to come I will gain greater clarity and my questions will be answered.
It was better me coming on here, asking questions and getting a reality check, than assuming the market is the same as equities, keeping my mouth shut and losing thousands of dollars.