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Social Trading Championships

The popularity of social trading continues to soar. And it's not just those new to the world of trading who are reaping the rewards of the social trading revolution. Experienced real money traders are supplementing their income by publishing their own trading strategy (in a range of investment vehicles from indices, currencies and commodities through bonds and individual shares) building their own track record, attracting followers and being remunerated for every trade those followers implement. Utilising social trading market leaders ayondo's award-winning TradeHub® platform, Top Traders show off their investing chops by advancing through five career levels — Street Trader, Advanced, Professional, Risk-Adjusted and...

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...

Stocks and Shares ISAs Explained

There are lots of ways to improve your tax efficiency, and for those who are busy considering their options, stocks and shares ISAs can be an ideal solution. These tax efficient investment instruments work in much the same way as their cash equivalent, yet those who do their research will soon discover that they offer the opportunity to receive far higher returns. If you'd like to look into them a little further, then here's some information to help improve your understanding...

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...

ayondo Further Enhances its Client Security

ayondo continues to enhance its security initiative, putting the security and safety of its client’s assets as a top priority in order to offer its customers maximum comfort so that they can focus on their investments. "ayondo has always devoted a lot of resources to providing a world-class service and an intuitive trading platform at the lowest possible cost, thereby optimising the customer experience. By enhancing its client security, ayondo aims to respond to the most pressing customer issues: Yes, your money is protected by an additional client money insurance of up to GBP 500,000 and No, at ayondo there is no negative balance...

Surfing the Markets: What to Make of FSB

Financial Spread Betting is a difficult animal to pin down. It is a kind of living, breathing oxymoron. It is recreationally professional, playfully serious and seriously playful all at the same time. Just what are we to make of FSB? FSB, as offered by an increasing number of dedicated online providers, typically allows users to stake a position against any given stock, currency or index anywhere in the world. For example, the betfair organisation promises its account holders access to more than 3,800 markets worldwide. The binary nature of trades may not be particularly complex, but breadth of choice is undeniably...

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...

Investment Options from the Comfort of your Home

Online shopping is an established feature of commerce today. It should therefore come as no surprise that online trading is now a major part of the investment world. As a result, while buying and selling stocks and shares or anything else may have been an intimidating prospect in the past, you can now carry out almost any transaction from the comfort of your own home. Investing in the stock market was once a much more complicated procedure. Now, you don’t even need to pick up the phone to a broker. Instead, just switch on your computer and conduct a quick search...

Berkeley Mineral Resources

There's been some nice price action on an equity I'd almost forgotten I owned in the past few days. Not that I'm running with a portfolio overflowing with holdings, far from it, it's just that this equity in particular has been a bit of a slow-burner. In my opinion it's always been big on potential but without earnings it was always going to find the going tough in the current market. But possibly, that's all about to change...

Getech – Buying Opportunity?

Getech - the geoscience services business specialising in the provision of data, studies and services to the oil, gas and mining exploration sectors - delivered a trading update today for the six month period ended 31 January 2014. Here's the full RNS. Whilst trying to remain upbeat for their full-year prospects, there was no escaping the elephant in the text: The Company has seen strong demand for its consultancy work in the first half of the current financial year. However, irregular purchasing patterns across the customer base, driven by cyclical budgetary constraints, have resulted in reduced levels of overall revenue in comparison to...

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...

The Performance of the FTSE in Perspective

The UK FTSE 100 index enjoyed strong gains earlier this week as a result of higher metals prices.  Earlier this week, the UK's FTSE 100 index enjoyed gains of 0.3% to close at 6591.55. This was the fourth successive day of gains for the index. The positive sentiment was a direct result of higher metals prices. The gold price surged to a 2 week high – its longest really since August 2013 in New York. Among the biggest gainers were Randgold Resources and Fresnillo. But it's not only the precious metals sector that is performing well in the UK, it's Barclays...