E Tips On Financial Spread Betting

When I started financial spread trading in the late 2010's I pretty much dived in head first! I'd read the books, attended seminars and courses, and just wanted to get on with earning some money.

With hindsight, I wish I'd been more patient. It would have saved me a great deal of heartache, not to mention the money. Here a few of my own tips that I wish I had adhered to all those years ago.

1. Try Paper Trading - As I've said, I couldn't wait to launch my financial spread betting career and get on the phone to place my trades. I wish I had placed a few 'make-believe' trades i.e. paper trading and watched their progress. Today, it's even easier to do this as many companies allow you to open a demo account with 'make-believe' money.

2. Start Small - When you have gained some confidence from trading on paper, begin by trading the minimum bet size. Most financial spread betting companies will allow to place trades for as little as £1/$1 a pip/point. It does not matter if you only make a small amount, the important factor is that you will be gaining experience and learning to read the markets correctly.

3. Don't Bet The Rent Money - As harsh as this may sound, you really should only be trading money you can afford to lose. If you are trading with money that you need for other things you are certain to fail. You simply will not be able to make sound decisions if you are using money you are terrified of losing.

4. Cut Your Losses Short - Nobody likes to admit they are wrong! This fact makes cutting your losses one of the most difficult things to do when financial spread trading because it takes a huge amount of discipline. But unless you learn this golden rule you are not going to survive in the world of financial spread trading. New traders, in particular, often find admitting that they are wrong an almost impossible task and simply refuse to close losing bets leading to even greater losses. Cutting your losses short is an essential part of your money management. Even if you are correct on less than half of your trades, as long as you cut your loses short and let your profits run, you can still make money. Having three or four winning bets out of ten can make you a winner if you keep your discipline.

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