Mid Morning Matters with Alan Partridge - November 12, 2010 by Harry

Well after a rocky start to the day it would seem that the FTSE will be possibly be closing around the same price it opened. With the sharp drop in the FTSE this morning came the inevitable stop outs. Although I only had one stop out, persimmon stopped at my level of 354.63 precisely, no slippage this time. The price has recovered some since then and is currently around 357. If it continues to rise from here then so be. Another opportunity will be along shortly. I am thinking to place the same buy order for persimmon again. It would seem the support zone I identified held up and could do so again. I’ll have a think over the weekend and see what I want to do.


My order for yell executed this morning, I did suffer some slight slippage here although this time it’s in my favour. I set my buy order for 10p and it was filled at 9.996. That’s right I saved 0.004p. Get in!. Which at £1 per point is £0.004. I really don’t understand why the spread betting firm have such accurate pricing. I guess if your trading at £10 or even the maximum £60 per point on yell then it makes a bit of difference. If you can afford to trade at £60 per point on a spread bet are you really going to be bothered about £0.24. Probably not. Anyway I digress, So Yell kicked in at 10p with a stop set at 2p, so £8 risk. It’s not super trend buy I’ve just bought it because it looks very cheap, more of punt, which is why I will be tightening my stop when I get the chance. I will probably look to trail at some factor of ATR(14) probably 2x. You can check my open trades later to see what the new stop level will be. I don’t even know it myself yet.


F&C and Debenhams came tantalisingly close to pyramiding today. F&C is set to buy at 72 and Debenhams is set to buy at 70. These are both within 5% of the super trend stop which is part of my super trend strategy. I’ll try and get this finished/typed up at the weekend so I can add it to the strategies section. Just depends if I get time or not.


Thanks to Stevie and Spread betting trader for leaving comments. Stevie I’ve answered your question over on the forum. I know I keep pushing the forum but please do join. It’s a great way to share your experiences and information and also learn about others experiences and mistakes so we can all avoid making the same ones.


On a complete side note to all things trading I was cheered up when I seen that Alan Partridge has a new online series sponsored by Fosters beer. I don’t know if you like Alan Partridge but I loved the two TV series. The new series doesn’t seem as good as the TV series but it’s still funny in parts. The video should be below if you fancy watching it.



That’s all from me. I’m not sure if I’ll get chance to update over the weekend, just depends if I get time or not.


Have a great weekend everyone.



Until next time,
“May the markets be with you!”
Spread betting beginner

What will Yell do? - November 9, 2010 by Harry

Another fairly quiet day today on the trading front. It’s sods law that I sold out of my bank of Ireland position yesterday at pretty much the low of the day. Still I’m out of it now and that’s that. There will be other opportunities.


My Yell position stopped out today at 12.74. Another example of slippage in action although this time it was a lot less drastic than when it happened to me with EAGA. Persimmon is ticking over nicely. As I write this it’s currently around 372. If it stays this way until the end of the day I will be able to move my stop on the position. I’m currently employing a 1.5x ATR(14) trailing stop. Last time I checked this put my stop around 17.5 points away from price. It may have changed as the ATR is calculated based on the price movements. Still We’ll see what happens at the end of the day. I can’t tell you what the new stop level might be but you can always check my open trades for the latest figures.


I’m not sure what to do about Yell at the moment. I quite fancy it as a potential riser. I think I may hold fire. Possibly place an order to buy at 10p with a stop set at 0. Don’t know yet. I’ll have a think and see what I want to do over the next few days.


Most of my other positions aren’t upto that much. F&C are up a few points so I may be looking to move my stop on them again later. All the others seem to be treading water at the moment, which is fine as long as they shoot upwards afterwards 😉


Thanks to bigAl60 for his latest update on the forum. It will be interesting to follow a fellow spread bettor to see how it pans out for him over the coming months.


I have also started a couple of new topics on the forum myself. They relate to Spread betting strategy development and spread betting tips that you can share with others. When I say spread betting tips I’m not talking BUY BP @ 350p more useful tips and tricks that you have learnt on your own spread betting journey. My goal for both of these topics is to eventually turn them into extra content for the site so all new comers or “Spread betting beginners” can learn from our collective experiences. So if you do get chance please take a look and add whatever extras you want to.


Reading Tony Lotons blog I see he has also spotted spread betting traders blog. It will be very interesting to see how it pans out over the next few months. I’m sure Tony himself will be watching with an eager eye.


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Until next time,
“May the markets be with you!”
Spread betting beginner