The Beginner's Guide to Financial Spread Betting by Michelle Baltazar (Paperback, 2004)
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- Author(s)Michelle Baltazar
- PublisherHarriman House Publishing
- Date of Publication06/08/2004
- GenreFinance & Accounting
- Place of PublicationPetersfield
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintHarriman House Publishing
- Out-of-print date05/02/2009
- Weight200 g
- Width148 mm
- Height230 mm
- Spine8 mm
- Edition Statement2nd Revised edition
- Table Of ContentsChapter 1 - Introduction - Why Spread bet? What is spread betting? The size of the market. Why there is room for the retail investor. Who are the main characters - investor - spread betting company - online/phone/advisory? What does a dealing room look like?/ The Face behind the Trade/The Room behind the Numbers How do you start? Reference here to the appendices/flow chart of what to do Chapter 2 - Straight to the main point - Bid-Offer Spread What it means How it works Why it changes How fast/slow does it change How to get the best deal Chapter 3 - Successful Spread betting Pitfalls - what margin trading really means What brokers don't tell you The Pros and Cons of trading at a margin Risk Management - Discipline, Discipline, Discipline That irksome word 'leverage' - what it means in plain English Chapter 4 - Run with the rally - How people tend to book profits too early - Why? Why Not? - Examples - When you should take profits? fundamentals of the company valuation/ratios charting/technical analysis - Testimony from a trader who runs with the rally Chapter 5 - To catch a falling knife - How people tend to let their losses run. - Why? Why Not? - Stop-loss - various definitions and which method to choose (technical/objective/relative) - The Psychology of accepting defeat - of making the wrong call and moving on - Testimony from a trader who has an effective stop-loss policy - Risk Management - a recap Chapter 6 - Number Crunching - The number of zeros matter. A three-question test on how mathematical you are References on valuations/accounting ratios/balance sheets Setting some numerical goals. How much can you afford? How much do you want to gain? Chapter 7 - The Big Picture Liquidity - the law of supply and demand How other people's trades affect yours Economic indicators - why boring 'non-farm payroll figures' can fatten your wallet Fundamentals versus Technical analysis - complementary or exclusive? Chapter 8 - Just Do It Trading Online - a step by step screen explanation of how a deal goes through - TradIndex screen Setting up an account - What you need to know; how to track the account Is there anybody out there? - What kind of customer service to expect I want a refund! - How to complain and get some action Other providers References on software/training classes Chapter 9 - Show me the Money Case study: The successes and failures of an experienced trader/investor Keeping tab of money in and money out How much time can you afford on spread betting? What amount of time/commitment does it require? Don't Lose Sight of your Numerical Goals - recap on how much you can afford to lose and how much you want to gain Spread betting is NOT a hobby - taking the 'game' seriously The top 10 unwritten rules of the game - what you should know that no one will tell you (this is the controversial bit) Special excerpt on CFDs - how spread betting and CFDs compare; big money also on CFDs Chapter 10 - Appendices (see below) Knowledge is power. This book will also act as partly a reference guide next to any trader/investor's computer EXAMPLES/CASE STUDIES There will be five case studies ideally breaking the book into manageable sections: Mr. A - the conservative investor who wants to hedge his portfolio Mr. B - the speculative investor who takes short positions ahead of bad news, profit warnings, etc Mr. C - the investor who takes a small punt on Marks & Spencer just before Christmas Mr. D - the investor who is totally new to spread betting; looks at how to trade online Mr. E - the experienced trader doing pair trades; and taking a handful of positions at one time GRAPHICS - fairly detailed screen views of a trade - what a dealing room looks like - flowchart - behind the scenes - a character say 'Andy' with bullet points on each chapter or on important points - diff format - less than a handful of charts - bit on technical analysis APPENDICES glossary - A to Z - cross references A to Z of Spread Betting (tentative list of th
- Author BiographyMichelle Baltazar is an experienced financial journalist who was for two years a feature writer on Shares Magazine.
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