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Examples of Opening Orders

Mar 28, 2012 at 2:58 pm in Orders by · Leave a Comment »

While I almost always apply a stop order to close a trade that goes the wrong way initially, or which allows me to bank some profit when the tide turns on a profitable trade, I’m not so keen on placing orders to open new trades because there are no guarantees on opening orders.

Will George’s marvellous medicine save UK plc?

Mar 27, 2012 at 12:44 pm in Market Commentary by City Insider · Leave a Comment »

I was having breakfast at Franco’s in St James’s last week when I noticed the din from my fellow diners was louder than usual. There wasn’t a spare table in the house and Jason, the affable maitre’d, told me they hadn’t been this busy for months. The reason?


Accounting for Spread Bettors

Mar 26, 2012 at 2:00 pm in General Trading by · Leave a Comment »

Are you in the spread betting business? I’m referring towhether you approach spread betting as you would approach a traditional business, rather than treating it as a mere hobby.


A Perfect Position Trade

Mar 23, 2012 at 3:09 pm in Position Trading by · Leave a Comment »

In this article I’d like to share with you what I consider to be a perfect (or “textbook”) position trade: a trade that ran to a good profit over the course of three months and which along the way took more in dividends than it cost in financing charges.


Lucky Escape from Ladbrokes

Mar 21, 2012 at 10:42 am in General Trading by · Leave a Comment »

When spread betting company WorldSpreads collapsed, it had a knock-on effect on some of its “white label” and partner spread betting brands, including potentially Ladbrokes. Indeed, if I view my overall Ladbrokes account now – which also encompases other forms of gaming – I see that the balance in my Financial Spread Betting wallet is… Unavailable.


Trading Trail #38: An Exception That Proves The Rule!

Mar 20, 2012 at 4:22 pm in Trading Diary by · 1 Comment »

Although I’ve not been documenting my trades recently — but I might, when things really pick up — I did make a trade this morning which is notable by the fact that it is an exception that proves the rule about never ‘buying higher’ something that I last sold lower.


Don’t Put All Your Eggs In One Spread Betting Basket

Mar 19, 2012 at 1:29 pm in Risk Management by · Leave a Comment »

Did you read the shocking news about the trouble at WorldSpreads, and did you then visit their web site to be greeted with the following message from the administrators?


Who wants to be “Average” Anyway?

Mar 17, 2012 at 4:28 pm in General Trading by · Leave a Comment »

It was a toss up between titling this article ‘Who wants to be average anyway?’ and titling it ‘Can you beat the market?’ Either way, it amounts to the same thing.


Where to Spread Bet Obscure Equities

Mar 14, 2012 at 1:43 pm in General Trading by · Leave a Comment »

Most of the spread betting companies allow you to trade most of the big-name equities, but not all spread betting companies provide equal access to the lesser known stocks.


Have you “Stress Tested” your Spreadbet Portfolio?

Mar 12, 2012 at 5:06 pm in Risk Management by · Leave a Comment »

In this article I’d like to encourage you to stress test your spread bet portfolio, to discover how you would cope in the event of a market meltdown.