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CFD trading setup

CFD Trading Setup

Hi all,

A month ago James84 posted a question on the cfd tutorial: How to make money on CFD. His question was if I could give a detailed example of that lesson. In that lesson I explained the three steps that is needed to make money on CFD trading.  In this blog I am going to talk about a CFD trading setup.The first step was to choose a good CFD broker. If you want to know on how you can recognize a good CFD Broker then read this article: CFD broker, how to recognize a good one.  Step 2 is all about the CFD trading setup and Step 3 was all about how you should always protect yourself from the downsize.

On our website there is a section where you read reviews of brokers. You find that section by clicking here: Compare brokers. Our review are conducted carefully and we have test it ourselves. At some brokers we have a trading account as well. Let’s move over to the CFD trading setup.

CFD trading setup step 1

The first thing that I always do when I am setting up my CFD trading is always to check what the conditions are. What is the current trend of this stock, forex or commodities. Is it going up? Downwards? Or is it just going sideways? Example GBP/AUD:

cfd trading setup example

cfd trading setup example

In this example I use CFD trading setup on the currency pair GBP/AUD. As you can see the current price in the chart is 2.08298. I first drew the trend lines to determine the trend. At the current situation the forex pair GBP/AUD is in a downtrend. So in this case I go short on the currency GBP/AUD. With the help of the Fibonacci and the trend line I can estimated at which price the downtrend will probably end.

CFD trading setup step 2

Step 2 is all about checking if the are any news or important events on the agenda that might change the course of the GBP/AUD. For example the meeting result of the central bank, new economic data, these two things  can have a huge impact on the forex pair GBP/AUD.

CFD trading setup step 3

After completing step 1 and step 2. I will go short if step 2 points out that there are no news or any events that can influence the way the GBP/AUD is currently moving towards to. In step 3 I will put in at my Plus500 account the prize that I would love to enter and I would fill in the prize of the stoploss order to minimize my loss. No matter what my stoploss price is always 10% of my investment. So this way if something went wrong I will never lose more then 10% of my investment for this trade.

cfd trading limit potential loss

cfd trading limit potential loss

By following these three steps. I gain huge and lose a little. Eventually if the price movement go to the direction that you have predicted, you can move up your stop loss order and this way you will be protecting your profit.

I hope this blog answered your question James84. Sorry for the delay but I was quite busy. If you any questions regarding this blog then feel free to post your questions in the comment section below. Have succesfull trades all.

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Trading succes story: A young guy turned $9,700 Into $360,000 by trading

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Trading success story

Hi guys,

Check out this awesome interview. His trading success story is amazing.  This guy turned turned $9,700 Into $360,000 by trading penny stocks. Of course it didn’t go in a straight way. He made some losses on his way to the $360,000. Once he made huge loss. That loss was so huge that he stopped trading for a few days. But he didn’t gave up on trading. Instead he was determined to improve his strategy and trading success was a must. Check this interview and learn how he improved his strategy and what his final strategy is.

What have we learned here from this guys trading success story?

  1. You need to have a proven strategy. ( read here more on how to trade like a pro: 5 steps to trade like a pro)
  2. Quit your losses quickly
  3. minimise  your downside risk
  4. Pick trades that is low on risk but have high rewards
  5. Let your winners ride
  6. Analyse your trades , understand what you are doing wrong.

How did this guy make his comeback after his first big loss ?

In this interview the young trader says that he took a break from trading for a week and a halve and he took also a break from his social life. He took the time of what went wrong. Researched and study it and then improves his strategy. It took him 3,5 months to get back his lost from trading the stock market.

The biggest lesson that he learned is to quit the bad trades fast. And he doesn’t put all his money on a single trade. What he does now he divides it in percentage of his total cash. Like for example if he trade stocks then he only put up a percentage of his total investment money.

One more thing is that this guy makes his trades mostly from his Iphone. Watch this interview because you learn more stuff for trading succes.

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CFD trading cost: How to calculate it in simple steps

Hi all,

In this third part of the online CFD course we are going to explain what the CFD trading cost are. The first part was all about what a CFD is and what the advantages were from using CFD. The second part of the online CFD course was about how you could make money with CFD trading. If you want to read part one and part two then click on the two links below.

Part 1 of the online CFD course: CFD is one of the greatest investment instrument for trading

Part 2 of the online CFD course: How to make money on CFD trading in a simple way

CFD Trading Cost: Kinds of cost

Before you are placing a CFD there some CFD trading cost that you should consider. At most CFD Brokers you will have to pay a commission fee, spread cost and a holding cost (if you are holding a CFD position longer then one day). However at Plus500, they only charge you the spread cost and a holding cost ( if you are the CFD buyer and if you are the CFD Seller you would receive a interest).

CFD trading cost of commission

When a CFD broker charge you a commission for each trade it will always consist out of the part. The first part of the commission is the minimum fixed commission price which is usually between 7 -9 pounds. And the second part of the commission consist a percentage of a trading value. So basically the higher the transaction trading value is the more commission you pay. Luckily there are some brokers  such as Plus500 and Markets.com that doesn’t charge these kinds of commission. If you want to know more about these two brokers then you can check them at our brokers review.

Spread cost

When you are  buying  and selling CFDs immediately, the spread amounts to the difference between what you paid and what you receive. If you sell share-based CFDs, you will receive interest. So basically when you begin CFD trading you will notice that the transaction fees is always related to your trade. A part of the CFD trading cost is called a spread cost which is the difference between the bid/buy price and ask/selling price.

Example:

Let’s say you want to trade in forex and that the spread is 2 pip. So which this means is that you transaction fee is 0,0002 cent per traded unit. If you are trading GBP/EURO with 100 pounds and a leverage of 1:200, your transaction fee will be ( 100 x 200 x 0,0002)= just 4 pounds.

Overnight cost

Unlike trading options CFD’s doesn’t have a expiration date. You can hold most of your CFD’s position overnight, weeks or months. However when  you hold a position overnight you will be charged interest. This interest is really small but you get charged for it because when you hold a CFD position overnight it will be seen as an investment that has been made with borrowed money. So in this case your broker(lender) have to charge you a little interest.

Example:

Let’s say you want to buy Starbucks CFD shares at a price of 50 pound a share with a transaction value of 10.000 pounds and you have a leverage of 1:20. With this leverage of 1:20 you will have to use only 500 pounds of your money instead of 10.000 pounds instantly. And you will hold this position for 10 days and sell those at 60 pounds per share.

So what would be your profit after deducting the CFD trading cost?

Initial trading value was £10.000,- which equals 200 Starbucks CFD shares.

Final trading value (after you have sold your position) is (£60,-x 200 Starbucks CFD shares)= £12.000,-

CFD trading cost = spread opening + spread closing + overnight cost.

spread opening cost= £20,-

spread closing cost= £20,-

overnight cost= the interest rate at most brokers is usually the Libore interest + 2,5%. Let say that the libor in this case was 2,5%. So the total interest rate for a overnight position in total is 5%. The overnight cost will be £10.000 (transaction value) x 5% (interest per night)/365 days= £1,36

The total overnight cost for holding it for ten nights will be £1,36 x 10= £13,69

In this case your net profit will be £12.000 – £10.000 -£ 20 -£20 -£13,69 = £1.946,31

So your return on the investment on CFD trading with only £500 pounds is nearly 400%!

Now your CFD trading cost could be more if the broker also charged you a commission on each transaction that you have made. Fortunately there are a few brokers that don’t charge commissions. One of them is Plus500. If you have any questions regarding this topic, please post them in the comment section below and we will answer it as soon as possible.

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Make money on CFD trading in a simple way

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In this CFD tutorial I am going to explain on how you can make money with CFD trading.Now if you don’t know what a cfd is then you should read this article: What are CFDs?

The possibility that cfd trading gives to a trader

One of the reason that I like CFD trading so much is that it gives you so much possibilities to trade. You can use cfd trading to make a trade in forex, shares/stocks all over the world, top Indices, commodities and all kinds of funds. For example if you don’t see any opportunities to make money in the FTSE then you can always look to the German market and see if Volkswagen share fits your requirement to make a decent profit. Or you can trade in gold by using cfd trading if you believe that gold market gives a  good opportunity to make a profit.

CFD Trading Step 1

The first thing you need in CFD trading is CFD broker. Its vital that you choose a good cfd broker. Because unfortunately there are still some brokers around that are scam. To avoid off getting a scam broker, you should take a broker that has licenses from Financial Authorities. In our brokers review you will find what our experiences are with different brokers. Our top picks at the moment are Plus500 and Markets.com. You can the reviews here: Plus500 Review & Markets.com Review.

CFD Trading Step 2

After you have open a CFD trading account or if you already have one then it is time to make some profit. Here is the first thing that you should do. Create a trading plan. A trading plan is a simple plan where it states why you want invest or trade  in this object and at which price point you should get in or get out. One of the best way of determine a buying point is to use make use of the horizontal lines and trend lines. By using both U can pinpoint the price point where you should enter the market (buy the object) or leave the market (selling the object). If you want to know more about buying signales and selling signales then read this article: buying & selling signals.

Protect the down size risk

Have you ever heard of the first two rules of Warren Buffet in investing?

Rule nr.1: Never lose money

Rule nr.2: Never forget rule number One!

I love that rule. That’s why I always use a stop loss order to limit my potential loss.

cfd trading limit potential loss

cfd trading limit potential loss

By using a stop loss order, I am in control of my risk management. Meaning that I can control my potential losses and keep it small when the trading doesn’t work out well. And when it works out well I can make a huge profit while my loss is small.

A CFD trading making money extra tip: Use a stop loss order to protect your profit.

A stop loss order is used to keep you from losing money but it can also be used to secure your profit. Let’s you say your current trade is making a profit. Then all you need to do is to move up the stop loss order.

Example:

Let’s say the stock that you have bought at 20 pounds currently has a value of 35 pounds. The best thing to do now is to move the stop loss order to a price of 33 pounds. This way if the stock suddenly drops in price to 25 pounds, you will still have a profit of 13 pounds instead of 5 small pounds. If you have bought the stock with cfd then you profit will be a lot bigger then 13 pounds per share because of the leverage.

 

 

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CFD one of the greatest investment instrument

Using CFD gives you a lot of advantages in trading.

In this post I will answer questions regarding cfd (contract for difference) are. And what the advantages are of using contract for difference in your portfolio.

 

What is a CFD?

CFD stands for contract for difference. In a CFD the contract stipulates two parties, which is typically described as “ Buyer” and “Seller”, which the seller will pay to the buyer the difference between the current value of an asset and its value at contract time. And if the difference is negative the buyer pays instead to the seller.

In effect CFDS are financial derivatives that allow traders to make a profit when the market prices are moving up or when the prices are moving down. If you want to know more about CFDS then read this article: CFDS for beginners

What are the advantages of using CFD?

When you start trading with CFDs you will encounter the term leverage. Leverages are one of the biggest advantages that a CFD has. What it does is that it gives you the ability to invest largely with a small amount of money. CFD gives you the ability to take advantage of small price movement. And many traders are using CFD for this purpose only.

However, investing through a large lever brings with it certain risks. This article is part of the short course of how to invest in CFDs. When you are investing in CFD you will always use leverage. A lever is always displayed as a ratio, eg 1:50. When the lever is 1:50, this means that with a balance of € 1,000 you can invest as much as € 50,000. With this CFD leverage you can add a greater amount of securities to your portfolio.

How does a CFD leverage works?

The leverage works in a similar ways as a mortgage. When you want to buy a house, you will need make a down payment and get a mortgage. In this case the mortgage gives you the ability to buy the house that you want. When you sold your house you pay off the mortgage. And what you have left is your profit.

The same way it works with CFD leverage. Let’s say you want to buy 100 Starbucks shares. With CFD Starbucks shares you only make a small down payment to acquire 100 Starbuck shares and the broker will finance the rest.

The broker is behind much of the position and the difference between the opening and closing price will eventually settle with your own balance. You are at no time the owner of the security; the broker will control both the buying and selling. When investing in CFDs, you have no further responsibility since you are not the owner of the physical effect.

 

Advantages of using high leverage

A major advantage of a high leverage is the fact that you can also achieve high gains with low power. If the share price rises eg with a euro and you use a leverage of 1:50 then you immediately earn € 50.00. However, when the price falls a euro, you will lose the same amount. The gain or loss on your position is usually settles with your balance. Be careful with leverage! You will not be the first to directly leverage from one hundred to open a position. With a higher leverage also come increased risks, since each euro to fall in price much higher loss entails. The leverage effect can work both ways and it is important to deal responsibly with this. Don’t use the full leverage in the early stage and go only use this useful tool once you know how you can make money investing. Once you figure out of how it works. Then using leverage will give you big profits!

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Step 3: Trading plan

Online Trading: How to make a good profit with just 160 Euro

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Starting with online trading is much easier than you think. In this article we will explain to you how we trade and how we made a profit of 422 euro with only a small deposit of 160 euro.

 

Why online trading?

Trading used to be only for banks and big companies. Now, with the internet, it is possible for anyone with an internet connection to trade. This means you can not only trade from home, but from wherever you are and whenever you want. Besides this awesome fact, you can also trade with leverage. Leverage? Yes, with a leverage of 1:20 you can trade in stocks (CFD’s) 20 times more worth than your deposit. The advantage of this is that you can receive a very high profit with a small deposit.

For example:

Let’s say you have 100 pound and the leverage is 1:20, with only 100 pound you can open a position worth of 2.000 pound (100 * 20).

You can see with only a small deposit, you can make a big profit. This is perfect, because even if you don’t have a lot of money, you can make good money with online trading.

 

So how can you start online trading?

First of all, sign up to an online broker. Compare the best online brokers here and receive a 20 pound bonus to practice with. There are no obligations when you sign up, so go ahead and try it out. Find out how to receive more bonus here.

In our previous blog “Smart online trading in stock CTRIP: 1019 profit”, we have explained one of our trading strategies:

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  1. Find a reason to trade
  2. Open and close a position
  3. Evaluate your trade

Now how can you start doing exactly this? What sources do you use? This article explains just that. We will also use a real example of one of our own trades. Now you can follow these quick steps to begin to trade right away. The steps below follow the strategy that we learned before, but this time we put it in action! You can even use these steps below as a checklist for your own trading.

 

Step 1. Choosing the stock

First of all find a good earnings announcement calendar like the one from Yahoo:

  • Review which stocks have an earnings report coming out today.
  • Pay attention and only choose the ones that are available in your online broker stocklist.
  • Only choose stocks that have a time supplied. Write this down.
  • Find out what the leverage is, the higher, the better.
  • Find out about the company.

A real example:

On the 10th of June, 2015 we looked at the earnings calendar and we found Box Inc (NYSE: BOX). First thing we did was:

  • Find out if this stock was on Plus500, it is. Now let’s check the leverage: 1:20. Great!
  • The time of release is after market close. Love it! We tend to like these stocks more, because during after- and pre-market, you usually can predict what direction the stock is going. So at market open, we would be more prepared.
  • Now a little Google search helped us learn about this company, it is a technology company much like Dropbox. They use the cloud to give people the chance to back up or share their files online, so it can be accessed anywhere. This sounds good! Let’s move on.

 

Step 2. Should I open a long or short position?

After learning about the company, follow this checklist:

  • Find out whether the announcement will be good or bad. It doesn’t matter which direction it goes, because either way, you can profit. You should already know that the movement of a stock is almost always volatile whenever an earnings announcement gets released. To be sure, you could check the volume of the stock on Yahoo Finance, for example here.
  • StockTwits: one way to find out whether the earnings announcement will be good or bad is by reading what other people say about this stock. We tend to read StockTwits for this. For BOX the link is: //stocktwits.com/symbol/BOX.
    You can insert your own stock in the search field and then view what other people think about this stock. You can even see whether or not they think it is going up (bullish) or down (bearish). If you see a lot of bullish, it most likely will be bullish.

As for BOX, we could see it go up, not only because of what we read online, but also looking at the past quarterly earnings numbers. Where do we find these numbers? At the website of the company itself. All companies where you can invest in has an investors page. BOX’s investors page can be found at: //www.boxinvestorrelations.com/. Also, Google is your king.

 

Step 3. Open the position at the right timing

All this together has decided it for us. We think BOX will go up. Next we did the following:

  • Open a position not too early: we opened a buy position on BOX just before the news came out. As noted before, this is just before market close. Don’t open the position too early, because the normal daily volatility could give you a disadvantage.
  • Money deposit: also, we only deposit money that we want to use: 160 euro. Not more and not less, because this will help us not lose more than we want to. This is important! Only use money that you can afford to lose.

Now we wait.

 

Step 4. Closing the position

News is out! The market is still closed though. All we can do is check the stock price (the aftermarket/premarket one) constantly, you can use the NASDAQ after hours website for this. Yahoo Finance also provides this information. It is in the small font just under the open market price.

So what now? Be sure to be ready when the news comes out, the stock will now go up or down very fast. Our stock BOX moved up, we could already see the numbers in the aftermarket. The next day just before market open, check the numbers again. You will see at what price the stock will open. At this point we already knew that we had a win. The next thing to do is preparing ourselves to close the position as soon as possible. At market open, at the first possible opportunity we closed the position, grabbing our profit of 422 euro. Amazing!

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Remember this: don’t ever be greedy. Unless you know how to use a stop loss, you can wait before closing the position. More about stop loss strategies will come later.

 

Step 5. Withdraw your money unless you want to use it for a future trade again

Don’t let your money sit on your account. Withdraw it, use it, enjoy it! Online Trading isn’t all work, it should be fun too.

Now don’t forget to evaluate your online trading today, you can always learn from it for future trades.

Got questions? Feel free to ask them below.

 

MetaTrader 4 : Why should you use it?

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Markets.com is trading platform for Forex and CFD’s and is owned by SafeCap Investments Limited. Markets.com have won several awards for being the best online broker and for having the best customer support.

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What is MetaTrader 4?

MetaTrader 4 (MT4) is one of the advanced platforms (trading software) that Markets.com provides. You can use it to trade or analyze in CFD’s, Forex or Indices.

 

Why trade in MetaTrader 4?

Fast and efficient

In fast moving markets like ours you will need a fast and efficient platform to react on great chances that come and go. It is very disappointing when you miss such a chance, so a fast platform is uch needed. A lot of platforms, especially web versions have a high latency, which could lead to missing profits. MT4 needs to be installed on your computer and this is the main reason this program runs faster.

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Open and close positions with the lowest latency

With MT4 you receive the lowest latency (also called lag), which leads to less requotes and the best prices for traders.

 

One-click trading

This feature works amazingly fast. Open a position with just one mouse click.

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Create advanced graphs for technical analysis

Using MT4 you get to create amazing and advanced graphs for your chosen CFD’s, stocks or Forex. Use these real-time graphs for your technical analysis to increase your chances to profit. You can even save your graph layout as a template, to use it for newer graphs.

Learn how we trade in MT4 here (coming next week).

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Wide range of world class and powerful indicators

Add indicators like Boillinger Bands and/or Fibonacci with just one mouse click. You can even make your own!

 

Conclusion

If you want to take your trading to the next level, learn to use MetaTrader 4!

 

Download MT4 and start taking your trading to the next level

Read our guide about installing MetaTrader 4 (coming next week)

Read about our experience using MetaTrader 4 with Markets.com + Bonus content: How we use MT4 to increase our profits (coming next week)

 

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Online Stocks Trading in CTRIP: 1019 euro Profit

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By trading stocks online in a smart way, we made 1019 euro profit yesterday. In this article we will introduce you to trading smart in stocks by explaining it with a real example.  After reading this article you can start trading too.

Online stocks trading: how did we make  a profit?

Trading in CFD is not only about luck. Using a strategy would up your chances by a lot to profit. Yesterday we found a good stock to trade: CTRIP, we opened a buy position (long) at stock price 65.70 and closed it at price 74.34, which made us a profit of 1019 euro with 400 euro. So how did we do this?

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Step 1. Find a reason to trade

The first and most important step in online stocks trading is to find yourself a motive to trade. So why did we choose CTRIP? First of all, we knew that it’s quarterly report was going to be released and whenever news like that comes out, a stock has super high volatility. We also found out that this news was going to be positive. How? We read about the company, we did a simple Google search. CTRIP is a Chinese online travel agency for booking flights, hotels and trains. So we found out that CTRIP is a online technology company and by watching the economic news we know that technology companies are doing well in these times. We then went to the investors page of the company (every stock company has one) to read the latest news and the previous quarterly report and did a quick analysis. All was positive. This has made us decide to open a buy (long) position on CTRIP, because we expected that the newest quarterly report would also be positive. This means we think that the stock price will increase after report release.

Trading with positive or negative news is what you call ‘Fundamental Analysis‘. Read more about how to use fundamental analysis to profit at this page.

 

Step 2. Opening and closing a position

After reading about the company we also found out when this report was going to come out. It turns out that it would come out after-market. This means after market close. In the online stocks trading world observation is one of the most important thing that all traders must do before entering the market. So we decided to watch the position all day and find the perfect time to open a buy position. We decided to open a buy position right before market close with 400 euro when the stock price was at a low price. We deposited the money, not more and not less, because we don’t want to lose more than we deposited.

After market close the news of the quarterly report came out and it turned out to be, like expected, positive. During the night we could see that the after market price was rising over 10%. This means a big win! At market open, the next day, the price rose around 13%, we decided to wait till market open and close the position as quickly as possible, because whenever a price is rising that much there could be a big sell off, which results in stock price decrease. So after the market opened, we closed the position immediately to lock the profit and gained ourselves 1019 euro profit.

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CFD’s: Trade with a small deposit like a big trader

How did we make so much money with only 400 euro in online stocks trading? Well, we traded in CFD stocks, which gave us a leverage of 1:20. With leverage you can trade with a small deposit as a big trader. This meant for us: trading with 400 euro was actually worth 400 * 20 = 8000 euros. So we could trade 8000 euro worth of stocks with only 400 euro, which means we can profit 20 times more than our deposit, but we cannot lose more than our deposit. Which is awesome, but only when you use the right strategy.

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Plus500: Trading in CFD’s with a leverage of 1:20. Open a free account here.

 

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Markets.com: Trading in CFD’s with a leverage up to 1:20. Open a free account here.

 

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Avatrade.com: Trading in CFD’s stocks with a leverage of 1:10. Open a free account here.

 

Step 3. Evaluate the result

In the online stocks trading world it is important to evaluate your trade after closing a position. Write it down in your plan, tell the document what you did and why you did it, because that is the only way to learn from your profits and also mistakes. This way you can adjust your strategy until you find one that fits you the best.

 

So in short…

 

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