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The Life of a Trade

Jan 31, 2012 at 12:41 pm in Tips and Strategies by · Leave a Comment »

In a previous article titled Trade Exits: What’s Your Way Out? I suggested that many retail investors and spread bettors think only about their entries — i.e. which instruments to bet on, and when — and not their exits. The problem is actually wider than that…


Trading Trail #31: The Recovery Continues

Jan 28, 2012 at 12:32 pm in Trading Diary by · Leave a Comment »

I committed to updating on the performance of the “trading trail” longer-term spread bet portfolio once per week, and it’s now been just over a week. I’m pleased to report that the account valuation is now just over £900 (and it was higher mid-week).


Trade Exits: What’s Your Way Out?

Jan 27, 2012 at 7:30 pm in Tips and Strategies by · Leave a Comment »

Retail investors and spread bettors should have an exit strategy for each of their positions, but many don’t have one. They think only about their entries, and not their exits.


When to Guarantee Your Spread Betting Stop Orders

Jan 24, 2012 at 9:40 pm in Risk Management by · Leave a Comment »

For some time I’ve not really been a big fan of guaranteed stop orders due to the costs involved and the fact that good diversification across a number of positions should provide adequate protection against individual price shocks.


A Long Term Investment is a Short Term Trade Gone Good!

Jan 21, 2012 at 1:58 pm in Tips and Strategies by · Leave a Comment »

Have you heard the phrase: A long-term investment is a short-term trade gone wrong!? It refers to many people’s natural tendency to hold on to an initially poorly performing trade in the hope that it eventually recovers; thus promoting it inadvisedly from a speculative “trade” to a serious investment.


What’s Your Cost of Financing?

Jan 20, 2012 at 12:14 pm in General Trading by · Leave a Comment »

When I wrote my article The Long Term Spread Bettors’ Wish List I glossed over the issue of overnight financing charges on rolling spread bets, even though this is perhaps the most important factor for the longer-term spread bettor.


Trading Trail #30: Closing in on the FTSE

Jan 19, 2012 at 4:17 pm in Trading Diary by · Leave a Comment »

I’ve not posted about my Trading Trail position trading reference account for over a week, and you might be wondering why. Well, I figured that readers might not be that interested while I’m on a losing streak


How to Catch a Falling Knife, and How Not!

Jan 18, 2012 at 4:43 pm in Trading Mistakes by · Leave a Comment »

Many first-time spread bettors and even first-time investors are fond of trying to catch falling knives. It’s generally frowned upon in trading and investing circles, because when you try to catch falling knives the chances are good that you will be cut to shreds.

Will France’s Downgrade set the tone for a Volatile 2012?

Jan 17, 2012 at 11:53 pm in Market Commentary by City Insider · Leave a Comment »

The eurozone debt crisis remains unresolved and after a relatively quiet start to the new year, ratings agency Standard & Poor’s dealt the first major blow to sentiment when it stripped France of its treasured AAA credit rating and downgraded eight others in the region.


One MAN’s Support is Another MAN’s Resistance

at 7:11 pm in Technical Analysis by · Leave a Comment »

You know about support and resistance; but do you know that one man’s support is another man’s resistance?