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Social Trading and the Novice Investor

Not since the 1990's with the advent of online trading — and the availability of the demo account — have novice investors had it so good. Being able to set up a fantasy portfolio and have its performance tracked automatically allowed those new to the investment game to take an interest and learn the ropes of investing, without risking a penny of their heard-earned. Many a succesful investment career can be traced back to a 1990's demo trading account. But following a demo account and operating a profitable live trading account are two entirely different beasts. Tracking a portfolio is one thing but as...

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...

What Are the Best Methods of Trading Options?

With an increasing number of investors diversifying their portfolios to include stocks, bonds and mutual funds, others are looking towards different types of security, called an option. If you’re an advanced trainer, or someone with a level of experience in trading, then options trading might be for you. But what is options trading? And what are the best methods of options trading? Here we look to find out. What Are Options and Why are They Good? If you’re experienced, options provide great versatility for your trading. They allow you to be either speculative or conservative, depending on your position or confidence...

AIM Soiree and LSE Soiree Merge to Become Investor Soiree

We'd been mulling it over for a while and then back in April we pulled the trigger. I'm talking about the amalgamation of AIM Soiree and LSE Soiree under the Investor Soiree banner. Now, instead of ranking the bulletin board (bb) posting levels for 900 AIM shares on AIM Soiree and a further 600 main board LSE shares on LSE Soiree, we rank those levels for all 1,500 shares together on Investor Soiree. All in the one big pot. Using a little inhouse technology we monitor the posting levels of activity on the boards of Interactive Investor and London South East (lse.co.uk)...

Spread Betting Provider Emphasises Importance of ‘Trading Edge’

Find your 'trading edge' for maximum long-term profit Trading the financial markets is all about profit, whilst understanding the risks involved with trading – and one independent spread betting provider is encouraging all traders to have a coherent, tried and tested 'trading edge', or risk losing out on profits. Core Spreads is a spread betting provider cutting straight to the core of trading, and their team of specialists are urging all users to find and optimise their trading edge – or risk losing out on all-important profits. A trading edge can be described as a set of specific conditions or rules that...

Does Automated Trading Really Work?

Automated trading can be used for a number of different types of trading and it is used to make trades on behalf of a person by using software to perform the trades. It is often used because trades can be made quicker than if they were being done manually, but there are a number of other advantages too. These advantages, along with any disadvantages, should be considered before any conclusion is drawn about whether automated trading really works. Advantages Rules can be set so that trades are only made when certain conditions are met such as the price of the asset that...

AIM Soiree Facelift and New Functionality

A super quick post today to update you on the latest happenings over at AIM Soiree. For those of you who are non au fait with AIM Soiree, here's the one-paragraph take on what we do: Everyday, at just past noon, the AIM Soirée Equidisculator™ heads off on to the Interweb and ranks all 850+ shares on London Stock Exchange's AIM Market based on the amount of Interactive Investor and LSE combined discussion they attract. As well as the daily rankings for each of those shares we provide a stack of information on the one page - aggregated bulletin board discussion and...

Redesign at AIM Soiree

Things are about to get a little messy over at our sister site, AIM Soiree as we bring the design kicking and screaming into 2014. Gone are the kitschy graphics - with the exception of a small homage or two - to be replaced with some funky new colours and lines. And with them, a little new functionality. But more on that later. Just be assured that if things all go a little awry, I'm onto it (maybe) and service should return to normal just as soon as my sub-par programming skills allow. But why change? A couple of reasons. Unfortunately it's a bit of a last role of...

Director Dealings

There are very few sure things in the world of investment but there are certainly some investment strategies available that can tilt the odds of success in the investor's favour. Today, if we choose, we can literally drown in a sea of online financial information - from websites to forums, to social media. It's not so much a case of how to find financial information, rather how to sort it and filter it; how to pan out the information gold and flush away the clay. Thanks to the wonderful world of market regulation, there is one rather sparkly bit of information we...

Gold Soiree

It's with boundless joy that we introduce the latest addition to the Soirée family of investment websites, Gold Soirée. Weighing in at 7 pounds 8 ounces - or $153,600 at today's rate of $1,280 per ounce - it arrived early on Tuesday morning. Okay, enough of the silly birth metaphor. Gold Soirée's a cheeky one-pager but don't let the lack of page numbers put you off. We've scoured the web for the finest gold-related news, articles and commentary from some of the most reputable sources online and we update their updates as they happen. We've got up-to-minute gold prices and gold charts and even...

AIM Chat Trick – Triple the Discussion

Hi there, you look nice, do something with your hair? Just a quick update today on new happenings over at AIM Soiree. We've given the Soiree a bit of a tune-up in terms of the companies it follows. We've trimmed a lot of dead wood, getting rid of those companies that, for whatever reason, have moved on (up, down, disappeared) from AIM in the past 12 months. But more importantly, we've added in those companies that over the past 12 months have moved on in. And there's one or two companies that we have missed in previous updates that have now...

AIM Soiree

We've been having a bit of a poke around with the code that does what it does on AIM Soireé and I thought a little update may be in order. For those of you yet to sample the Burt Bacharach-backed, velvet-lined plushness that is AIM Soireé, I implore you to drop everything, apply a dob of brylcreem and mosey there immediately. In a nutshell, AIM Soireé ranks the frequency of bulletin board discussion from some of the UK's largest financial portals - think III.co.uk and LSE.co.uk - for 800 AIM listed shares, once a day at 12.45pm, then posts its findings on...