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The Benefits of Spread Betting

Spread betting is a way for you to trade the global financial markets, but one that takes only a fraction of the collateral it would normally cost you to buy actual shares in a company, index, commodity or currency. What is spread betting? For the uninitiated, this is how spread betting works. A spread betting company, for example Spreadex, would offer a two-way spread with a bid and an offer price based around the live market price. You can then place a spread bet to go ‘long’ (‘buy’) if you think your chosen instrument is going to go up over a certain time...

City Index Product Comparisons

Over the past few months we've kicked the tyres and prodded around under of the hood of Spread Betting and CFD provider, City Index. We've taken a look at some of their recent promo campaigns - including their efforts to turn celebrities into traders (and to make a little wonga for their charity of choice into the bargain) - as well as having taken a bit of a squiz at what sets City Index apart from other financial spread betting and CFD platforms. In the third part (of this three part series), we're getting down to the nuts and bolts of things,...

City Index Review

Having more than one spread betting or CFD account at your disposal makes good investment sense. It's not just individual spreads that differ between providers, often market coverage (for AIM shares in particular) and margin requirements, vary dramatically for a share from provider to provider, so it's well worth doing a little homework before hitting the buy or sell button with a particular provider. Today I'll be taking a little look at the City Index platform. I won't delve too deeply into the fundamentals of their platform, rather I'll look at some of the aspects that may differentiate it from other top...

A Guide To Online Shares Trading

With share markets booming once again online shares trading is back in vogue. But this time many people are choosing to use financial derivative such as CFDs and spread betting to trade shares. Below we will look at how these financial derivatives allow you to trade shares and how they compare to traditional share trading. Using Financial Derivatives To Trade Shares With traditional share trading you purchase shares and then sell them for a profit when they increase in price. In comparison, with CFDs and spread bets the value derives from the underlying share. You do not actually purchase this share itself. For...

Social Trading Can Help Improve Your Trading Strategy

If you're a relatively new forex investor then you'll know exactly how hard it can be to predict trends in the markets. Now it is true that people can turn a profit with little to no knowledge but there's only so far this can take you and it is an incredibly high risk strategy; especially if you're trading with large sums of money on the margin. For this reason, you should educate yourself about the markets and try and learn the 'tricks of the trade'. Social trading or social forex is a great way to do this no matter what your...

Ways to Boost your Spreadbetting Trading Results

Improve your Spreadbetting Strategy and Enjoy Increased Returns in the UK Markets Financial Spreadbetting strategies abound on the Internet, but finding the ideal investment strategy can be a challenge. Spread bettors are a discerning group of investors. The overriding factor that separates successful spread bettors from mediocre ones is the choice of strategy that is adopted. Trading activity encompassing workable strategies has been shown to yield positive results in the long-term. It is true that the glut of financial indicators, charting tools, video guides, webinars and the like can prove highly complicated. But, with a little guidance, UK-based traders can enjoy...

Getting a FTSE up in December – The Results

Late last year I wrote about FTSE behaviour come December. No, not playing under-the-table toe-tennis with the cutie from accounts at the work Christmas party, rather what the London Stock Exchange's biggie share index - the FTSE 100 - tends to do come the silly season. I looked at data from the past nine years and found that on each occasion the FTSE 100 finished December higher than it began. Some years marginally higher - 24.4 points up in 2007 - and some years quite substantially higher - 371.6 points in 2010. Here's the data again for those who missed it.   28th Nov...

Get a FTSE up in December

  A friend of mine recently asked if I went long on the FTSE for a month each December? I looked at him a little strangely thinking, what a silly question (and what's the story with that shirt). Why, with the markets ramping down for the holidays and many investors taking defensive positions before hitting the slopes, would I put my hard earned on an outcome that goes against all my prevailing investment logic (pardon the oxymoron). Sure, there's a case for Christmas spending buoying the retail and manufacturing sectors and I guess there's a merry optimism to the population come December...

Cleaning House

We've been cleaning house at Investor Trader of late. Knocking things into shape a little and getting rid of few of the more dated aspects of the site. And whilst the process is ongoing, we thought now's as good a time as any to fill you in with what's coming up. Since our inception back in 2009 we've refined our direction. Like so many blogs that have come before us, we've settled into a niche rather than trying to be all things to all readers. So with that in mind we'll be trimming back a little on some of the more supplementary...

Berkeley Mineral Resources – Limited Downside

As investors we're always on that elusive search for the no brainer trade - the investment that just can't lose. Well I can't say I've found an investment with absolutely no downside yet, but by utilising spread trading and taking advantage of the markets where they stand at this point in time, I've found a deal or two that come pretty damn close. Let's take a look at one I prepared earlier: Berkeley Mineral Resources. I've written about them enough of late and I topped up again on Friday - buying another 110,486 at 2.07 pence a share - but that's beside the...

Berkeley Mineral Resources and Gold

With our share portfolio in free-fall there's not much good news coming out of Investor Trader for the moment. That is unless you consider Investor Trader's new colour scheme news-worthy? I had hope for Berkeley Mineral Resources (BMR.L) when I fleetingly glanced over last Thursday's Kabwe tailings JORC results RNS pre market-open. But irrespective of what nuggets it contained, deep down I think I knew the market was always going to shrug its shoulders and continue its southerly trajectory. The news? Well on the plus side we're sitting on a higher grade of lead. Masoud Alikhani, Chairman of BMR had this to say: "We...

Buying Gold

So I'm up and running with my first financial spread bet for a while. The ghosts of financial spread betting failures past have been laid to rest with a renewed bout of reading and I'm ready to make my fortune (sic) trading commodities. I popped 100 quid in my trading account (big spender) and I've bought gold at 10 pounds a point at $1,502 with a stop at $1,492. The stop is a little closer than I'd like it but being an optimist (albeit one with only 100 quid in their account) I've opted for a larger bet and a closer stop...