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On the Austerity vs. Growth Debate

May 31, 2012 at 12:07 pm in General Trading by · Leave a Comment »

It’s not very often that I write anything at all related to macro economics, but here goes. Suppose you’re sitting in a boat in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea and, unfortunately, it’s sprung a leak. You could expend your energy by bailing out the boat using the bucket that (quite conveniently) you have on board. This will keep you afloat but will get you no closer to safe harbour.


Trading Trail #40: Looking at Leveraged Losses

May 24, 2012 at 7:46 am in Trading Diary by · Leave a Comment »

I’ve not posted an update on my Trading Trail demonstration position trading account lately, which is hardly surprising since I prefer to sing when I’m winning and things haven’t been going so well.

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Robbie Burns’ May Diary

at 7:35 am in Market Commentary by Dave · Leave a Comment »

Well, as I write, volatility has returned big time to the markets and this volatility is actually what spread betters really need to make the quick money they are always after!


Adventures with Spreadsheets

May 20, 2012 at 10:32 pm in General Trading by · Leave a Comment »

Web sites like Yahoo! Finance and Google Finance also provide some great free tools for obtaining up-to-the-minute information and for maintaining portfolios, shadow portfolios and watch lists.

Markets set for Volatile Summer as the Left hit back

May 14, 2012 at 4:03 pm in Market Commentary by City Insider · Leave a Comment »

Europe’s Right has been dealt a major blow since we last spoke with the electorate voting decisively against austerity both in the UK and France. While Cameron and Osborne lick their wounds on this side of the Channel, Francois Hollande faces a daunting task on the other.


Diversification: When Many Baskets are Only One

May 12, 2012 at 7:23 pm in Risk Management by · Leave a Comment »

Diversification is a familiar term to most investors. But one has to be careful. There’s nothing wrong with investing in a FTSE tracker or spread betting the UK 100 index, but don’t go thinking you’re diversifying. If the FTSE falls (on average) then you will lose money on your single bet, and if it rises (on average) you will make money on your single bet, and it’s as simple as that.

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Successfully Shorting Stocks

at 12:47 pm in Tips and Strategies by Dave · Leave a Comment »

In this feature we cover Evil Knievil’s – perhaps the UK’s most prominent bear raider – piece on what to look for when shorting stocks, and the pitfalls that you should look to avoid when trading short.

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Rolling Daily Bets and Panic Selling

May 10, 2012 at 9:53 pm in Tips and Strategies by Dave · Leave a Comment »

There are many advantages to spreadbetting, but one of the best ones must remain bagging a quick profit with hardly any costs involved. When a share puts out some kind of warning, these days the knee-jerk reaction is to overdo it on the downside.


When Working Orders Eat Your Cash

May 9, 2012 at 9:54 pm in Orders by · Leave a Comment »

Reading through my previous articles should leave you in no doubt that IG Index is one of my favourite (if not my absolute favourite) spread betting account providers. But I’ve discovered something I don’t like, which is the way that working orders eat my cash. Let me explain.


Double the Risk for not Double the Profit

May 8, 2012 at 11:34 pm in Risk Management by · Leave a Comment »

Going into a position all gung-ho with a double initial position size may well generate more profit compared with pyramiding into the position gradually, but it won’t give you double the profit for the double initial risk you are taking!