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Introduction: What are CFDs

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Introduction: CFDs – Contract For Differences Contracts for difference (CFDs) and spread betting have become very popular in the countries that allow them – which is most of the world, with the notable exception of the USA, where the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) do not permit them. They are leveraged financial products that are available on a large range of different financial instruments. They were invented in the 1990s, primarily for hedge funds and […]

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What Does Over-The-Counter OTC Mean?

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What Does ‘Over-The-Counter’ OTC Mean? The general public know over-the-counter or OTC as a term used for pharmaceuticals, which denotes that a drug can be bought freely. The opposite to this is a drug that is only available on prescription. However, when you start trading you find that this description can also be applied to financial securities. In its most basic meaning, an over-the-counter security is one that is not traded on an exchange. It […]

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CFD Terms: Tick, Quote, Stake and Underlying Market

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CFD Terminology Before we jump into actual trade examples, it is useful to look at some common CFD trading terms: Bid-Offer Spread This refers to the difference between the buying price (bid) and the selling price (offer). Stake or Trade Size This denotes how many CFD contracts you are trading in a particular market. Buying or selling a stake is equivalent to buying or selling a CFD. Buying one stake or one CFD in effect […]

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CFD Trade: Going Short and Making a Profit

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CFD Trade: Going Short CFDs allow you to profit from a fall in the price of a share or other market instrument. Even if in the early learning stages of your CFD trading experience you aren’t sure whether you will wish to trade on the short side, you should still dedicate some time learning what ‘shorting’ is about so that your market knowledge is more complete. Going short is simply opening a short ‘sell’ CFD […]

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CFD Trade: Going Long

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CFD Trade: Going Long Contracts for Difference (CFDs) are a simple way to trade which allow you to leverage the value of your money. A Contract for Difference is a binding contract that the seller or buyer will pay to the other the difference between the current value of an asset and a future value when the buyer chooses to close the contract. If the value is greater, then the seller of the contract, or […]

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Simple Trading Setups That Work

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Simple Setups That Work There are some advantages to setup trading. Until you identify a setup, you’re out of the market, so you are at no risk. When you spot a setup, it’s a head start in getting in on a move, as it identifies the conditions that precede a move. And the start of a move is when you get the greatest profit, so if you get in straightaway, you stand to gain the […]

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Personality of Charts

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Personality Of Charts You should know that I don’t think much of all the indicators that you can get – I prefer the simpler basic charts and using my eyes to identify opportunities. So you don’t need to spend a lot on software, you may even be able to use your online broker’s built-in charts. One thing I do advocate is that you look at using log scales, and not linear scales for your chart. […]

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The New Retrace

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The New Retrace The new retrace again takes further information to try and confirm the likelihood of the retrace happening, rather than just trading range bound and hoping that it never breaks out. Again, this is something that you will look at when the chart you are following reaches the resistance level. In general, we are looking to short the stock, as we think it will come back down. The new retrace involves looking at […]

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The New Bounce

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The New Bounce The new bounce uses the techniques of the old bounce, but includes using the candle shadows to gauge whether there is likely to be a break in support, or above resistance. For example, when we see the price on the chart reaching support, one of our techniques would be to look for a slow down in the market, through a shortened candlestick – either in the form of a doji candle or […]

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Candle Stick Clues (Wicks/Shadows – Doji Candles And Types)

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Candlestick Clues Candle Stick Clues (Wicks/Shadows – Doji Candles And Types) I’ve covered some of the common candlestick sequences that you will find in the previous notes. You can also get into a bit more detail on the other traders’ psychology when you really think through what the lines mean, including the upper shadow, or wick, and the lower shadow. For instance, say you had a bullish (white) candle, with no lower shadow and an […]

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