Stock Trading Software: How Does It Help You?

Owning a very good stock trading software can be a very handy tool for faster and easier transactions in the stock exchange. After all, it is a great way to analyze the market with the use of an online software that is capable of calculating important indexes as well as giving you a preview on which shares you should consider trading.

A stock trading software is basically a computer program that allows you a certain degree of access to the stock market of any part of the world. This program has the ability to analyze movements within international markets.

Traders often use this kind of software to perform both buying and selling in the stock exchange. It also offers investors various benefits that can help them in successfully engaging in the stock market. Here are some of the ways that the software becomes helpful to you:

Time Saving

One of the major benefits in using stock trading software is that it saves you a lot of time. After all, time is a very essential factor in stock trading for you to be able to make the best deals.

Through the use of this program, you can forego with having to spend so long in trying to interpret data on your stocks through newspaper reports or online stock pages. Through a single click of the mouse, the software can download the necessary information and will process all the data for you so you can make your decisions faster.

Objective Guidance

Another great benefit for using this software is that it can give you great trading advice, especially if you are a beginner. Because the program is not biased upon emotions in presenting its opinions to you, a more objective and truthful judgment on which stocks will be best to invest on can be delivered. And so, there is a better chance that you will be guided to making a better and unbiased decision.

More Control

Using a stock trading software also gives you more access and control to your own accounts. Instead of relying too much on brokers to negotiate deals for you, you are now empowered to handle a lot of the work yourself, and you can even constantly check on how your investments are doing in the market. This way, you can monitor your stocks more effectively.

Broadening Of Your Portfolio

Finally, the use of trading software can also allow you to make international trades easier and this may broaden your portfolio. Because the program is based on information technology and a vast online network, it would be easier for you to make global transactions without having to leave your own home. This can pave way to broaden your stock portfolio and even make it more secure.

Indeed, the use of trading software is a great way to maximize what modern technology has to offer and incorporate it in making profit. By saving you a lot of time, giving you more objective advice, empowering you to have more control and broadening your portfolio, this program has proven its usefulness for anyone interested in engaging into stock exchange.

And so, if you are interested on making your stock transactions faster and easier, or if you are merely new to the market and would want very good assistance in your decisions, then you can never go wrong by investing on a good stock trading software.

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A Company Story Must Carry Impingement Value to Obtain Widespread Publicity

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What brings the media to your company door? Why do some stories appear in print, while others get lost in the shuffle? How can you impinge upon a reporter to make him or her eager to interview you?
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In two previous columns, we talked about how quality management attracts Publicity, or PR. Nearly every company is constantly trying to attract the attention of the media. What brings the media to a company door? That what every public relations man or woman would love to know. For this is what PR people get paid to obtain for their clients.

Quality management is certainly a key motivation in attracting a reporter attention. This helps persuade the reporter or a radio/TV producer that the proposed interview isn’t going to be with someone who has “nothing to say?or just rehashing a clich?or tired, old story. The higher the title and the better known a company, the greater the “impingement?a PR pitch (that what publicity people use to sell a reporter) impacts upon a member of the media. If someone from the publicity department at Microsoft calls Fortune magazine to ask about profiling Bill Gates, the pitch will have major impingement value. Few names have this kind of clout, either personally or corporately.

In any event, the senior editor of the major magazine will still inquire about the story angle. The editor will want to know, “What are we going to talk about??Ultimately, it is the outstanding story that sells magazines or newspapers, not just the big name. Not all such stories involve a big name speaking or spouting his thoughts for the day. Often, better stories evolve when there is a strong newsworthy angle. Let look at two recent stories ?one which involves a uranium company and another one about a coalbed methane (CBM) company, which we’ve covered in this column.

On Thursday, Pacific Asia China Energy (PACE) was featured in the Financing section of Canada Globe and Mail newspaper. Headlined “High-Energy Performer,?the opening sentences told us why the reporter was interested: “PACE holds contracts to help China explore for and develop its coalbed methane (CBM) resources ?fuel China needs to help satisfy its energy demands.?
The big story, which drew the newspaper to Pacific Asia China Energy, was China. PACE piggybacked that story because the company may be helping to offer a legitimate solution to the country energy mix. Part of the big story is the possible size of the recoverable gas, estimated in a technical report by Sproule International to be as large as 11.2 trillion cubic feet of gas.

Those two items enhanced the reporter interest in PACE. China needs alternative energy sources, such as CBM, to improve their energy mix ?from a near total dependence upon coal. And, PACE has a potentially huge resource, which could last a good number of years. Such a gas resource could be sufficiently large to make an impact on China. After all, China has proven reserves of a little more than 30 trillion cubic feet. Another 11 trillion cubic feet, should the potential be proven up, would represent a significant increase of available gas in a very large country. By itself, this could later develop into a major international energy story, reported upon by a great number of news media. Another impingement about the reporter is having the satisfaction of reporting upon a good story, well before others write the story.

Chatter in the newsroom:
“Did you hear about PACE gas discovery in China, Bob??
Bob Reply: “Oh that one. Yeah, I wrote about it eight months ago!?
Therefore, there are multiple impingement points in this story. Each “draw,?or a reason to attract eyeballs to the story, is another point the story must score, for the reporter and his editor, to overcome the hurdles of being featured in a major publication. China is a draw. The size of the PACE coalbed methane gas resource is a draw. The potential impact upon China energy mix is a draw. Writing about it before the rest of the pack jumps on the bandwagon? That a draw, too. In this case, four draws sufficiently attracted media coverage for this small CBM development company.

Sometimes, the timing is just perfect, and the overpowering “big story?accidentally introduces a lucky guy onto the world stage. On the same Thursday, the PACE story was carried in the Globe and Mail, the Chief Executive of a tiny Canadian uranium company impinged on a Russian news service reporter in Hong Kong. Such was the good fortune for Craig Lindsay, a Certified Financial Analyst, who has spent more than 16 years in corporate finance, investment banking and business development, according to the website of Magnum Uranium, for which he now serves as Chief Executive.

While Magnum has a market capitalization of about $15 million, and Lindsay is neither a geologist nor engineer, RIA Novosti news agency touted him as a “well-known energy expert.?Admittedly, Lindsay gave a great speech at the Hong Kong Club for foreign correspondents. Cleverly, he announced, “Uranium may be the next oil,?during his speech. As many other industry experts have predicted, Lindsay also forecast uranium “may hit $50/pound by the end of the year.?So many are now announcing this it is likely to become a self-fulfilling prophesy.

What elevated Lindsay publicity was not what he said in his speech. Most of his commentary has been already been reported in numerous publications, including in our columns. (What reporters really hate is rehashing old news to give someone publicity!) It was to whom Lindsay was speaking, and especially the “timing?as to when it was said. Here is how Craig Lindsay got his ?5 minutes of fame.?
About six hours earlier, the very same Russian news agency reported that Russia and Kazakhstan had signed a uranium deal worth $1 billion. The photos of Russian President Vladimir Putin and Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev appeared as the photo op which goes with such really big stories. This was a major event involving two very big names, and among the biggest names and countries in the uranium sector. This was also Russia first contract to import uranium; Kazakhstan is the world third largest uranium producer. All of this is “big news.?
The clever Russian freelance reporter, who attended the Lindsay speech in Hong Kong, probably text-messaged or emailed his editor by Blackberry, tried to piggyback the Russian-Kazak story with his own story. Yes, that is how timing works. As soon as a major event takes place, other journalists rush to piggyback the event with “their?story. The Russian reporter scored points with his editor and got his story filed (slang for published).

Two cunning gentlemen, the Russian stringer (slang for freelance reporter), and Craig Lindsay (whose name was spelled Kreig Lindsay in the article), both accomplished their purposes. Mr. Lindsay got his company into the world spotlight. The Russian stringer got a great story. The reporter threw up a softball question, for which Mr. Lindsay supplied the desired answer.

What was the question the reporter asked Lindsay? That pretty obvious from what the reporter published in his article. Here is a clip from the Moscow News article:

Foreign investors are ready to invest in Russia uranium industry, if Moscow wants this to happen and establishes a necessary legal base,?Lindsay said. “I believe that Russia is one of the most promising directions for this kind of investments, it is an undeveloped market, full of opportunities. My company will be the first to come to Russia, if the necessary conditions are created,?he added.

Nowhere in Lindsay speech did Magnum Uranium Chief Executive discuss investing in Russia. However, the reporter NEEDED a good quote. It had to tie-in with “investing in Russia for uranium development.?Lindsay accommodated. He didn’t commit to investing in Russia, but he kept the door open. Magnum Uranium recently announced the acquisition of a 1,080-acre land package in Converse County, Wyoming. The company is also exploring for uranium in both Wyoming and the Athabasca Basin. Its finances are probably already stretched from both exploration and acquisition activities. Magnum market capitalization would probably be insufficient to launch investments into Russia, at this time.

However, Lindsay did a great job getting his company this caliber of publicity. And he got the uranium sector excellent publicity. He capitalized upon an impinging story ?a story that did show up on the world radar ?by correctly supplying an answer the Russian journalist was trying to prod out of him.

This is the essence of how journalists and publicity-seekers work together. If the PR person gives the journalist the story angle he is looking for within the bigger story, chances are it will appear in print. Piggybacking a “main event?is the most common way to increase one impingement value to a reporter. And by being a cunning interviewee for his Russian reporter, Craig Lindsay just got Magnum Uranium into this column as well!

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3 Steps To Profitable Stock Picking

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Stock picking is a very complicated process and investors have different approaches. However, it is wise to follow general steps to minimize the risk of the investments. This article will outline these basic steps for picking high performance stocks.

Step 1. Decide on the time frame and the general strategy of the investment. This step is very important because it will dictate the type of stocks you buy.

Suppose you decide to be a long term investor, you would want to…
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Stock picking is a very complicated process and investors have different approaches. However, it is wise to follow general steps to minimize the risk of the investments. This article will outline these basic steps for picking high performance stocks.

Step 1. Decide on the time frame and the general strategy of the investment. This step is very important because it will dictate the type of stocks you buy.

Suppose you decide to be a long term investor, you would want to find stocks that have sustainable competitive advantages along with stable growth. The key for finding these stocks is by looking at the historical performance of each stock over the past decades and do a simple business S.W.O.T. (Strength-weakness-opportunity-threat) analysis on the company.

If you decide to be a short term investor, you would like to adhere to one of the following strategies:

a. Momentum Trading. This strategy is to look for stocks that increase in both price and volume over the recent past. Most technical analyses support this trading strategy. My advice on this strategy is to look for stocks that have demonstrated stable and smooth rises in their prices. The idea is that when the stocks are not volatile, you can simply ride the up-trend until the trend breaks.

b. Contrarian Strategy. This strategy is to look for over-reactions in the stock market. Researches show that stock market is not always efficient, which means prices do not always accurately represent the values of the stocks. When a company announces a bad news, people panic and price often drops below the stock’s fair value. To decide whether a stock over-reacted to a news, you should look at the possibility of recovery from the impact of the bad news. For example, if the stock drops 20% after the company loses a legal case that has no permanent damage to the business’s brand and product, you can be confident that the market over-reacted. My advice on this strategy is to find a list of stocks that have recent drops in prices, analyze the potential for a reversal (through candlestick analysis). If the stocks demonstrate candlestick reversal patterns, I will go through the recent news to analyze the causes of the recent price drops to determine the existence of over-sold opportunities.

Step 2. Conduct researches that give you a selection of stocks that is consistent to your investment time frame and strategy. There are numerous stock screeners on the web that can help you find stocks according to your needs.

Step 3. Once you have a list of stocks to buy, you would need to diversify them in a way that gives the greatest reward/risk ratio. One way to do this is conduct a Markowitz analysis for your portfolio. The analysis will give you the proportions of money you should allocate to each stock. This step is crucial because diversification is one of the free-lunches in the investment world.

These three steps should get you started in your quest to consistently make money in the stock market. They will deepen your knowledge about the financial markets, and would provide a sense of confidence that helps you to make better trading decisions.

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Stock Trading – When Should You Sell Stocks?

Among many stock traders, one mistake commonly made is that investors may often exhaust themselves on merely thinking about buying stocks without foreseeing that there may come a time that they may need to let go of such stocks for lucrative reasons. Sometimes, you may realize that selling can really be more practical than holding on to something that may cost you more in the long run. Let us learn why and when you should sell stocks.

When Your Stock Investment Is No Longer Doing Well

One very major reason that you may need to consider selling your investment is when it has gone sour by underperforming in the market. There may come a time when investing on certain stocks may even cost you more than the actual gains that you get in return.

There are times however, when you do not necessarily have to sell within the instant. Make sure that you check possible reasons why your stock has not been doing well, certain factors like the wrong market timing or the occurrence of certain changes within the company may normally cause some decline in stock behavior.

But when you have noticed that your stock has not been meeting your expectations for a consecutive number of trading quarters, and then it may certainly be wiser to just save yourself from a bad investment.

When A Better Opportunity Presents Itself

Another good reason to sell your stock is when there is a better opportunity available in the market. This is a frequent reason for many people to sell stocks and may create a churning in an investor’s portfolio, which may mean that the investor’s account extremely active through frequently purchasing and selling in order to generate profits.

As what has been previously mentioned, once you believe that an investment has truly gone sour and it would be quite difficult to rise above the decline, then the best option for you would certainly be selling and looking for better opportunities available.

When Your Reason For Investing Is No Longer There

Lastly, another of the most common reasons why you should sell your stock is when you have lost your belief in your investment. If you have lost or have already met your reasons for investing, then, it may be normal for you to feel that you should sell your stock.

There may be many reasons for you to invest on stocks and some of these may perhaps be the possibility that you want to gain commissions from a certain company or perhaps you truly believe in a certain company’s product.

However, when the time comes wherein you no longer believe in investing in your stocks or you have lost your reasons to do so, then selling your shares may be the right thing to do.

It is only smart if you are an investor to not only think about purchasing or buying stock shares and to stop at that. There really must be a certain degree of preparation on your part to be willing to sell your investment at some time. After all, if your investment no longer proves to be practical for you to keep, then selling it may be the best move for you.

Remember that for you to be successful in stock trading, you must be prepared with the many highs and lows of the game. Keep in mind these reasons stated above on when you should consider selling your stocks and perhaps, the selling option could be a great route for you to rise above declines.

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Penny Stocks: Are Penny Stocks Legal?

They don’t trade on the main stock exchanges. They have not been approved by the SEC, but nor have they been disapproved by the SEC. They are labeled as a high-risk investments. Very little is even known about them, and they’re often used in Internet e-mail spam scams. …Are penny stocks even legal to invest in?

Though they may sound scary and they may be unknown, even a little mysterious, there’s nothing illegal about investing in penny stocks. There’s a lot of information out there, a lot of it bad and much of even frightening, but investing in penny stocks doesn’t mean that you are breaking a law.

It means you’re taking a chance, but there’s nothing illegal about that, is there? Yes, penny stocks are considered high-risk investments, but for a relatively small price investors can buy shares and (one hopes) turn around to make a large profit. This is the draw of penny stocks, what makes them compelling.

Also, when you buy penny stocks through a broker, you should get regular updates. Once a month, you’ll get information about your penny stocks and what their status is. This is something your broker has to do if you’ve invested in penny stocks, something that the broker is actually required to do. This lets investors track the progress of their stock.

The only trouble is, sometimes things happen very quickly in the world of penny stocks. These stock infrequently trade, and when they do trade they are not traded through the well-known and established stock exchanges. This makes is hard to both buy and sell penny stocks, so some investors are afraid of getting “stuck” with a stock that they can’t unload.

However, a stock’s risky nature doesn’t make it illegal, or even a bad investment. There are many things that are risky (like driving), but many people don’t let high risk stop them. In the world of stock investing, there is often risk involved. Perhaps penny stocks are considered riskier than some, but at the same time there is great potential to make a lot of money by investing in these penny stocks.

Penny stocks are low-priced, shared of companies that are generally on the small scale. These stocks are traded “over-the-counter” rather than on public exchanges, and this is why many investors know very little about penny stocks in general. To find more information about penny stocks, you can talk to your broker or do a little research in business journals and the like. There is information out there, and there are investment opportunities available. It’s just a matter of finding the rights ones for you.

If you’re considering an investment in penny stocks, it’s okay. Risky, yes. Mysterious, definitely. Potentially big? Sure. But illegal? No, not at all. At least right now, penny stocks are traded completely legally and under the guidelines of the SEC. Investing in these stocks can be a little exciting and a little dangerous, but you won’t wind up in jail.

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What You Should Know About The Stock Trading Robot

For many individuals, trading stocks can be a very difficult and confusing arena to enter. Many first time investors are allured to try out this endeavor, only to find their selves losing a lot of money. To add to this, many traders may realize that finding good help can be quite difficult.

It is a good thing however that technology has outdone itself these days, and many hi-tech computer programs have been created to cater to the very dilemma that a lot of these traders experience.

One of the leading software programs out in the market today is the stock trading robot, otherwise nicknamed as “Marl.” This software has been created to help traders generate more profit by many advanced features that make trading a lot faster and easier.

What Is A Stock Trading Robot?

Marl or the Stock Trading Robot is a unique software program that makes use of advanced mathematical algorithms to help an investor by collecting and analyzing market data. Basically, the program scans through the current trends in the stock market and helps the investor decide on which stocks are the best ones to trade.

Some of Marl’s features may include the ability to analyze 7 stock charts per second as well as process about 1,986,832 mathematical calculations every second. The program also consists of feedback loops that can help itself update and perfect its trading formula and it can be very selective to choose the best for the trader.

The program boasts a lot of advanced features, but the bottom line is that it basically speeds up the process of trading by analyzing the data faster and offering traders good information to aid in decision-making. It also basically does all these things with great accuracy and objectivity.

How Should The Robot Help You?

However advanced Marl can be, what you should know to become successful in your trades is to not totally depend on the program. Remember that although this software can provide very significant assistance to make things easier for you, the decisions ultimately still lie on your hands.

If you are already using or about to use Marl for trading, take advantage of its analyzing and recommendation skills to provide you with good information about trends and patterns in the stock market. But make sure that you also weigh things on your own and consider if the stocks you are about to invest on are really worth the money.

A lot of people consider Marl a scam because despite using it, they still suffer from significant losses in the market. But remember, that most of these people have also been foolish enough to rely so much on a computer program instead of making use of their own decision-making skills.

Technology has really outdone itself through Marl. But like any other software system out in the market today, the stock trading robot still carries certain flaws and has not yet been fully perfected.

If you are interested in making use of this advanced software program, enjoy the liberty to maximize its potentials in analyzing data and in giving you recommendations. But never lack out in your own actual research and strategic attempts to make the best trades possible. If you do this, you might just be able to gain so much profit and lessen so many risks.

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A Spiraling Market and Rising Penny Stock Opportunities

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It’s been a wild and wooly couple of weeks on the international stock markets [June, 2006]. But is the recent slide grinding to a halt…or just taking a breather before tumbling some more? And more importantly, what does it mean to astute penny stock investors?
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It’s been a wild and wooly couple of weeks on the international stock markets. But is the recent slide grinding to a halt…or just taking a breather before tumbling some more? And more importantly, what does it mean to astute penny stock investors?

Wall Street recently stumbled to its worst week of the year, and global stock markets fell dramatically on concerns about rising interest rates and slowing growth. After rising almost 9% in the first four months of the year, the Dow Jones industrial average has fallen about 6.5% from a six-year high, reached May 10, 2006.

Stocks have been ailing because penny stock investors fear the Fed could be so focused on inflation that it ignores signs of an economic slowdown, raises interest rates too high and sends the economy into a recession.

Global stock markets were sent reeling last week after golden-tongued U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman, Ben Bernanke shocked penny stock investors in saying the Fed will continue raising interest rates to keep inflation in check.

And that decision will have a direct impact on the penny stock market. Higher interest rates hurt penny stock prices because investors believe it will curb economic growth and corporate profits.

But why is inflation heating up? Higher energy costs. Traders and penny stock investors are also worried that with the hurricane season officially under way, Gulf Coast refineries and oil production sites could be damaged again this summer and fall.

And higher interest rates have the ability to affect the entire economy. Finance charges on credit cards will rise. So too will rates on mortgages and home equity loans, putting additional pressure on homebuyers and a softening housing market. Ultimately, it will cost more to borrow for expansion.

But does this signal doom-and-gloom for the penny stock market? Au contraire. While the temptation to sell everything can be overwhelming, some see this as a great opportunity. “I would not be selling. I would tend to be buying,” said one New York analyst.

So how exactly is this an opportunity? It just so happens that many companies caught in the market’s downward spiral are cheaper than they were a few weeks ago. And as any seasoned penny stock investor will tell you, buying a great penny stock when it’s been beaten down isn’t a bad way to make money over the long haul.

If you can stomach some of the volatility that is. While many blue chip investors have difficulty handling the market’s unpredictability…it’s par for the course.

So, “snap out of it,” said another watcher. A month of dizzying selling has brought the markets into an attractive range. Is it possible the markets will fall more? Absolutely. After all, no penny stock is a sure thing. But one thing is certain: “Stocks are much cheaper now than they were two months ago.”

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Penny Stocks: Are They Right For You?

Many people know that the stock market is a good way to invest, and increase, their money. However, playing the stock market is always a risk, and it certainly helps to know what you’re doing. For those wishing to make a small initial investment, the term “penny stocks” may come up, more than once. You may have heard that penny stocks are a great way to start small, and work your way up to being big. But how do you know they’re right for you? How do you know if you want to invest your money in these penny stocks?

Just because someone suggests you buy penny stocks, it doesn’t mean you have to take their advice. In fact, before you invest in anything it’s always a good idea to get some information on your own, first. Find out about the type of stock that’s being suggested, and then look more closely at the specific company that you’re considering investing in. Do your own research instead of just following someone else’s advice. After all, it’s your money – not theirs. Your money means more to you than to anyone else, so it’s only a good idea to look into your own investments instead of just letting someone else do all the work.

How do you know if they’re right for you, if you want to invest in penny stocks? The first step is in finding out more about what penny stocks are. Some brokers make penny stocks sound very safe, as if they always bring in large returns, as if they’re totally great. Perhaps none of this is true. Penny stocks are high-risk investments, and there is some potential for investors to enjoy large returns, but there is also some potential for losing one’s entire investment. That’s what a “high-risk” investment is – a risk. You could lose it all, but you could gain as well.

Because penny stocks are not traded through the large stock exchanges, many don’t know even about the existence of penny stocks. Penny stocks are shares in small companies and are not as “liquid” as other stocks, meaning that fewer shares are traded. Penny stocks are traded infrequently, and this is why some investors fear getting “stuck” with penny stocks that can’t be sold.

How do you know if penny stocks are right for you? Do your homework, do your research. Look closely at the penny stocks you want to buy, and learn more about buying and selling this type of stock. Your broker is required to give you certain paperwork and information on penny stocks, before you ever put your money into them. Look over this information carefully before making your decision. If you like the risk, if you like the gamble, if you like the potential, then penny stocks may be the right investment for you. Find out all you can about penny stocks, or any investment, before you throw any money that way. When you make an informed and educated decision, there is a smaller chance that you’ll regret your decision later on.

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An Introduction To CFD Trading (Part 1)

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Want to know all about successful CFD trading? It’s easier than you think once you understand the keys to how CFD trading works. This article provides all the tricks and tips you need to know to make it happen.
Here’s a really simple yet useful tutorial on CFD trading that will get you up and running very quickly if you’re new to CFD trading.

By the time you finish this article, you’ll know how CFDs work, what makes them highly profitable, and understand the costs involved in CFD trading.

CFD stands for Contracts For Difference, which is a derivative product, where you profit from changes in the prices of stocks and shares.

For example, if you buy a CFD on a stock that’s $5.00 and the price rises to $5.50, then you profit from that change in price. So if you bought 1000 CFDs, then your profit is $500. That is, the value of the CFDs mirror the underlying stock prices, and you can profit on this movement.

The reasons why CFDs are a very popular trading product, and understandably so, are:

1. CFDs are traded on leverage, and this leverage is typically 10 to 1, with some CFD brokers providing 20 to 1 leverage. This means that a trader with a small float can make decent profits from trading the stock market by using CFDs. For example, you may have a stock trading system that makes a 30% return per annum. On a $5000 float, this is $1500 profit in one year. With CFDs, because of the leverage, the same system can now produce a 300% return, which is $15 000 profit in one year.

2. You can just as easily short sell CFDs as well, and therefore profit from falling markets. This greatly increases the profitability of a trading system because trading opportunities increase dramatically, and the fact that you can profit from both bull and bear markets.

3. The costs in CFD trading are relatively low when compared to stocks. This is especially so, since for a similar and often smaller cost per trade, you can gain 10 or greater times the results from a trade due to the leverage available. The 2 main costs in CFD trading are interest and leverage. We’ll come to these in a moment.

4. You can set automatic stop losses. This means that it will take you less time to trade, remove the emotion from exiting a trade when you should, and allow you to exit as the stop is hit, not a day later. You therefore avoid the slippage due to getting out of a trade later than when you intended.

5. You can place all your orders in the evenings. With many CFD providers, you can place orders to enter a position the night before. For people who are working, this is a great advantage as they can do all their trading (place their orders to enter and their stop losses) in the evenings, and not need to be at the computer screen or call their broker during the day. Also, if they have any stop losses that need adjusting, they can do so in the evenings as well. Their trading routine with a mechanical system can be about 10-15 minutes per day.

So these are the advantages of CFDs that have made trading accessible to so many people because they provide large returns for a modest float, and can also be traded once a day as well.

Now, we mentioned that there are 2 main costs in CFD trading. Let’s have a closer look now at each of them:

1. Commission. With some CFD providers, there is in fact no commission. This also greatly increases the profitability of your CFD trading systems, as well as the fact that you can benefit hugely from the leverage. With other CFD providers, there may be a commission of say 0.15% of the trade size or $15, whichever is greater, each way. These costs are similar or less than the commission associated with stock trading, especially when you consider that the multiplied profits that the leverage gives you.

2. With CFDs, there’s interest charged for long positions that are held overnight. For short positions, the interest is paid to you. The amount of interest charged is usually a reference rate plus approximately 2%, and the interest paid is usually the same reference rate minus approximately 2%. And the reference rate is usually a major bank’s overnight interest rate.

For example, the interest rate charged for overnight held long positions may be 7.5% or 0.075 per annum. To calculate how much this is for a trade, we need to make it “pro rata”. That is, we’d need to divide the 0.075 by 365, multiply it buy the number of days in trade, then multiply it by the trade size. For example, for a trade size of $10 000, held for 14 days, the interest cost is about $28. Not a huge cost. For a short trade, the interest is paid to you, so will offset the cost rather than contribute to it.

So there you have it.

You now understand the benefits of trading CFDs and why they’re a trading instrument that allows people with a modest float to make very decent returns, as well as understand the costs involved with trading CFDs.

To learn more about CFD trading, watch out for part 2 of this article.

If you’d like to learn more now about CFD trading, go to this page with a comprehensive tutorial on CFD trading

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A Guide To Trading Futures

In the stock trading industry, many people have garnered a lot of money from futures markets. It is only in this arena where people who have limited capitals can actually make substantial profits even in a short period of time. But because like any other market, this involves a lot of risks and may cost you significant losses, people may often fear to get involved.

Despite its bad reputation however, many experts would claim that futures trading could only be as risky as you want to make it. And if you take on good strategies and give yourself the proper exposure, then this can make you very rich.

What Are Futures?

Futures are standardized and transferable contracts that require a buyer to purchase a stock at a specific sum and within a certain time period in the future. This contract gives the buyer the obligation of purchase, and the seller the obligation to deliver the specific asset traded.

Unlike options, futures contracts obligate the traders to buy and sell instead of just merely giving them the right.

People basically profit from futures by performing speculations in order to provide liquidity and to assume risks for price fluctuations in the market. These valuable functions provide them with substantial returns and potentially large gains. But take note that along with these, substantial risks are involved as well.

How And Why Are Futures Traded?

Trading futures has become quite popular in many markets, especially in day trading. These kinds of trades offer a wide variety of markets and it can be traded at a low cost.

Futures can be traded in both up and down markets. If a particular trader expects the market to go up, a long trade is usually done wherein the trader buys a contract and then sells it. On the contrary, if a trader believes that the market will go down, and then he will most probably make a short trade by entering a trade through selling a contract and then exiting by buying another contract.

With this system, traders are able to profit regardless of what direction the market trends are going. This is the main reason why most traders are only concerned if the market is moving at all, instead of which direction it is actually going.

In futures trading, instead of taking or making deliveries, a trader merely speculates his position in the market’s volatility by predicting directions of trends. If prices move in the right direction, then the trader would be able to profit. If this does not happen, then a trader would experience some losses.

This particular arena in trading can be very promising, but it involves so many risks as well. But if you are well experienced in trading stocks and have adopted quite an understanding in the different trends, behaviors and strategies that the industry has to offer, then chances are, you may probably do well in this particular playing field.

All of this may sound pretty easy at the moment, but if you are planning to engage in futures trading, make sure that you do your research and prepare yourself with the necessary knowledge and skills to successfully execute transactions.

Along with huge profits possible, there are a lot of risks involved and trading futures without the right background can be very detrimental.

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