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Your Guaranteed Stop-Out Isn’t Guaranteed to Stop Out

Feb 27, 2012 at 3:19 pm in Orders by · Leave a Comment »

If you placed a guaranteed stop order at the same price with two different spread betting companies, you would expect them both to stop out at the same time — or neither of them. But if you think that your guaranteed stop-out is guaranteed to stop out, you can think again,.


IG Index’s iPhone App Review

Feb 24, 2012 at 12:11 pm in Mobile Trading by · Leave a Comment »

This is a review of the IG Index iPhone offering. As one of my favourite spread betting account providers, I was most interested to find out how the IG Index iPhone app stood up to my scrutiny.


Spreadex’s iPhone App Review

Feb 20, 2012 at 1:44 pm in Mobile Trading by · Leave a Comment »

In this feature I look at the Spreadex iPhone App. Unlike some mobile spread betting apps, the Spreadex app offers your four different watch lists: a Popular Makets watch list, a Top Risers watch list, a Top Fallers watch list and a My Portfolio watch list.


Trading Trail #34: On Par with the FTSE 100

Feb 17, 2012 at 3:11 pm in Trading Diary by · Leave a Comment »

I thought I’d use this week’s short Trading Trail update to mark the point at which my reference position trading account got back to par with the performance of the FTSE 100 index as demonstrated in the equity curve below.

Is the cold snap about to end?

Feb 16, 2012 at 12:55 pm in Market Commentary by City Insider · Leave a Comment »

Is the cold snap about to end? My friends in the City certainly think things are warming up. The January PMI surveys suggested a strong start to 2011 for the private sector with expansion in the services, manufacturing and construction sectors.


ETX Capital iPhone App Review

at 12:50 pm in Mobile Trading by · Leave a Comment »

Continuing my series of reviews of the iPhone spread betting apps, I now turn my attention to the ETX Capital iPhone app.


City Index iPhone App Review

Feb 13, 2012 at 7:17 pm in Mobile Trading by · Leave a Comment »

If you have an iPhone (lucky you) or are thinking of getting one, you’ll be keen to know about the numerous iPhone spread betting apps that are available to download for free from the App Store; many more than are available currently for the rival Android mobile platform. In this review I look at the features and functionality provided by the City Index spread betting app for iPhone.


Trading Trail #33: A Tale of Two Pyramids

Feb 10, 2012 at 9:03 pm in Trading Diary by · Leave a Comment »

It’s time for another trading trail update, with a little educational piece that is related to the portfolio thrown in on the subject of pyramiding. I’ll update you on the portfolio performance first, then I’ll tell you the tale of my two pyramids.


The Many Flavours of Stop Orders

Feb 9, 2012 at 2:45 pm in Orders by · Leave a Comment »

To many people a stop order looks like a very simple thing, represented as it often is by a single input box labelled stop on a spread bet trading ticket. The purpose of a stop order is also regarded by many as very simple: to stop a loss. Yet stop orders are not as simple as they first appear, and they come in many flavours as follows.


Taking Money Off The Table

Feb 8, 2012 at 1:16 pm in Trading Diary by · Leave a Comment »

You may remember that in my last feature I started to explore the issue of taking money off the table periodically (as a full-time day trader might, to pay the bills) vs. keeping profits on the table (as an traditional investor might, so as to compound his gains).