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Social Trading Webinar Series

For those of you new to the world of trading, there's no better way to learn the ropes than to follow the trades of a seasoned pro. Enter social trading. As the name implies, social trading adds a community element to the art of trading. By opening a social trading account with ayondo — recognised leaders in the burgeoning social trading niche — you can begin to follow the trades in real time of any number of seasoned trading professionals. Choose who to follow based on trading styles and recent track record and when you're comfortable with a potential trade, you're able to...

The Popularity of Online Courses Continues

Education has always played an important part in a person's advancement. But never has it been so easy to obtain schooling than it is now. In years gone by, a college degree was considered the most important declaration of having reached a high level of erudition. When college degrees became commonplace, a Master's Degree took on the role of superiority. Education today seems to have taken a 180 degree turn. As colleges and universities continue to fill their students' minds with an abundance of (often useless) information, more and more students are shunning the campuses and turning to online courses. Digital learning...

City Index Celebrity Trader

As one of the world leaders in UK spread betting and CFD trading, City Index has always been on the front foot when it has come to promoting their product. In Autumn 2012, City Index choose eight aspiring traders and pitted them against each other in a trading competition. The six week web series, titled the Trading Academy was produced to demonstrate that with the right education, technical support, dedication and discipline, aspiring traders from a range of backgrounds and experience levels can be taught how to trade the financial markets. The winner of the show walked away with a cool...

Momentum Investing

It's a new year and we're back on our momentum kick, screening for UK shares that tick a number of boxes in terms of debt, liquidity, growth, profitability and importantly, momentum. Why is momentum so important? If you've ever picked up a beginners investment book, many of the first investment lessons that are rammed home are momentum lessons, they're just not referred to as such at that early stage in your development. Remember "let the trend be your friend" and "never catch a failing knife"? Momentum lessons, the both of them. At an overview level, if something has been doing something for...

Learn to Trade on a Trading Course

Most of us have received a hot share tip from an over-zealous uncle with the inside word or a sozzled city-type with tie akimbo, late one Friday night at some West-end pub. Some of us may have even gone on to invest a pound or two. And for that small proportion who not only took up the tip but turned that original punt into a profit, chances are you were hooked on investing from that day on. If you're anything like me, since that first whispered tip, there's been plenty of investment lessons learnt the hard way. I've lost good money...

Business Turnaround Tips for Traders and Investors

Being a full-time investor or trader can be one of the most stressful and frustrating careers, but it can also be one of the most fulfilling. Unfortunately, many people give up prematurely after falling into debt and making a few wrong decisions. If you're not so willing to go down without a fight, consider the following 4 turnaround tips that could help you slowly return to making a profit: 1. Gain a Better Understanding of Risk Management Trading and investing is basically a form of gambling, and just as you would at a casino you can control how much you're willing to...

Filtered Investment News to my Inbox

As part of the now generation of equity investors we're faced with an incredible assortment of possibile companies in which to invest our hard-earned cash. On the Main Market of the London Stock Exchange alone there are more than 1,300 listed options. Round out another 1,000 odd plays on the Alternative Investment Market (AIM) and the numbers can start to make your head spin. And that's limiting our outlook to just some of the the more mainstream investment possibilites. And that's just in the UK. But we're no longer confined to trading in the shares of companies that trade on our...

My New Investment Philosophy Part V

This post is a follow on from the My New Investment Philosophy, My New Investment Philosophy Part II, My New Investment Philosophy Part III and My New Investment Philosophy Part IV posts I wrote last week and earlier this week. So with our returned set of companies in hand (matching all of our carefully selected criteria), it's time to get our hands dirty with some company specifics. Like a kid in a candy shop I don't start at the top of the list, rather race towards a company whose broad overview or industry I like the sound of. I mean, who doesn't...

My New Investment Philosophy – Part IV

This post is a follow on from the My New Investment Philosophy, My New Investment Philosophy Part II and My New Investment Philosophy Part III posts I wrote last week and earlier this week. Let's dive straight back into the criteria. Criterion Number 6 - Debt to Equity < 1 Pretty much what is says on the tin, this one. It's a comparison of a company's debt levels to its equity levels. A number in excess of one, and the company has more debt than equity and vice versa for a number less than one. Unchecked, debt's a budding investor killer - one that...

My New Investment Philosophy – Part III

This post is a follow on from the My New Investment Philosophy and My New Investment Philosophy Part II posts I wrote last week. So without delay, on to the criteria: Criterion Number 1 - Market Cap > £9M and < £900M Basically I'm looking for companies not too small to be flying well below the radar of your average investor. Minnows often quote outrageous spreads and have thinly traded markets that tend to drift south on infrequent news. That's not to say there's no money to be made from companies with a minuscule market cap, just that they're not the type of...

My New Investment Philosophy – Part II

This post is a follow on from the My New Investment Philosophy post I wrote earlier this week. As I alluded to then, my stock screening process would evolve over time. Well, with a little more reading under my belt since writing that post, the eight selection criteria I had chosen have crept up to eleven. I've tweaked a few of the numbers involved too. But that's the beauty of defining your own system, you can change things around, fiddle with the numbers and see what comes out the other end. If you don't like the results, try try again. At...

My New Investment Philosophy Part I

Spurred on by some drops in portfolio value that wouldn't have looked out of place on Wall Street circa 1929, a couple of months ago I took myself back to investment school. I needed to reinvent myself as a more astute investor. For too long I've taken too many risks, gambled too much of a shrinking portfolio on speculative buys. I realised I needed to pay more attention to profitability, cash flow, liquidity and debt levels and less attention to the spin and hype of fast-talking CEOs and the PR companies they employ. I needed re-tooling. So I scanned my bookshelves and...