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Spread Betting the Forex Markets

An expert guide to spread betting the foreign exchange markets

By David Jones

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About the Author

David Jones

David Jones first became involved with forex and spread betting in 1995, going on to work as a currency technical analyst in the late 1990s covering a wide range of currency pairs. He has worked in the spread betting industry for the past six years, for the two leading companies in this sector.

He is currently Chief Market Strategist at IG Index and is a regular interviewee on the BBC, CNN ... Read more on David Jones

Contents Listing

About the author
Preface
Introduction

Part One - The Basics
Spread Betting
- The spread bet price
- Time frames for trading
- Trading in terms of pounds per point
- The different contracts available and margin trading
- Example of a trade

Forex Explained
- Background of the forex market
- What is a currency pair?
- The most traded currencies
- Quoting conventions and terminology
- Strength and weakness in forex
- What moves the forex market?
- The mechanics of trading forex
- Why forex has become such a popular market

Managing Risk
- Position Sizing
- Stop losses - managing the risk of being wrong
- Risk versus reward - is the trade really worth doing?

Technical Analysis

Part Two - Trading Strategies
Support and Resistance
- Support and resistance - Example 1
- Support and resistance - Example 2
- Support and resistance - Example 3
- When support/resistance levels are broken...

Trends and Trend Following
- Examples of trending markets in forex
- How to draw trend lines
- Trend following - Example 1
- Trend following - Example 2

Indicators - A More Mathematical Approach to Trading
- Relative Strength Index (RSI)
- A twist on RSI - spotting divergences

...And Finally
Index
About the author
Preface
Introduction

Part One - The Basics
Spread Betting
- The spread bet price
- Time frames for trading
- Trading in terms of pounds per point
- The different contracts available and margin trading
- Example of a trade

Forex Explained
- Background of the forex market
- What is a currency pair?
- The most traded currencies
- Quoting conventions and terminology
...

Jacket Text

If you were to make a list of financial topics that have grabbed the interest of the wider public over recent years then spread betting and foreign exchange trading would surely be near the top. These have both been around for decades, but developments in technology and financial markets in the past five to ten years have made them extremely hot topics right now.

This book starts by covering the basics of spread betting and explains why it has become such a popular method for trading a whole host of markets. Next the forex markets are explained - cutting through the jargon to help you understand how they work, what makes currency prices move second by second, 24 hours a day, and how you can trade forex using spread betting.

Finally, some trading strategies are examined - approaches that you can put into practise straightaway using spread betting, and at a level of risk that suits your own particular circumstances.

If you are looking to trade forex then this book provides an expert introduction - helping you to succeed by avoiding the most common pitfalls of this highly volatile but fascinating market.

Media Coverage

Money Maker Magazine

Spread betting and the foreign exchange markets are areas of finance that have increasingly piqued the interest of traders in recent years. They have both been around for some time, but developments ...

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Traders Magazine

If you were to make a list of financial topics that have grabbed the interest of the wider public over recent years then spread betting and foreign exchange trading would surely be near the top. Both ...

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Share Crazy

There are those of you out there that, like me, probably feel an urge to be elsewhere when you hear the words ?spread betting? or ?technical analysis?. I will get my position out of the way now; I am ...

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Investors Chronicle

Beginners' guides to foreign exchange are 10 a penny, but they also differ widely in quality. David Jones' new book is a worthy enough contribution to this crowded field. As chief spokesman for a ...

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SIGnet

This is a clearly written short introduction to trading FX by a technical analyst who cut his teeth in foreign exchange trading. David Jones is now Chief Market Strategist at IG Index, actively ...

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Issuu.com

The Exchange Book Club - The Thinking Trader's Answer to Oprah- The Exchange Magazine 7th September 2011

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Media Review


Spread Betting - David Jones on how traders can harness the power of leverage - Your Trading Edge UK MagazineJuly/August 2011

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Issuu.com

David was named in the Top 50 Most Influential People in Spread Betting, Forex and CFDs by Exchange MagazineJuly 2011

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Ft.com

Education: Some top tips for the novice punter- FT10 March 2011

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Tradersonline-mag.com

"A thorough and accessible explanation of the forex markets...an expert introduction"- Traders Magazine27th May 2010

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Investorschronicle.co.uk

A worthy contribution...certainly worth a read.- Investors Chronicle12th March 2010

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Media Review

A clearly written short introduction...beginners will find this a helpful book- Jeremy Prescott, SIGnetFebruary 2010

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Fool.co.uk

David was a guest on Motley Fools' podcast with David Kuo.19th February 2010

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Sharecrazy.com

A sensible and measured introduction to this fast-moving and volatile arena- Sharecrazy19th February 2010

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Talkradioeurope.com

David was a guest on Hannah Murray's Talk Radio Europe show19th January 2010Listen again »

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