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The Naked Trader's Guide to Spread Betting: How to make money from shares in up or down markets [Kindle Edition]

Robbie Burns
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Have you dabbled in shares or the stock market? And wondered what spread betting was all about and whether you should be doing it? Perhaps you thought it all looked a bit complex or was just for City boys? Now here is a new beginner's guide that explains - in plain English - how to do it, and how to make money from it!Spread betting shares can be dangerous: most people lose - some even lose their shirts. But it's not a world populated by pinstriped men waiting to rob you, steal your savings and do nasty things to small kittens. You can win. (And you never have to pay a penny in tax!) This book shows you how.Robbie Burns, bestselling author of The Naked Trader, has been spread betting for years. He explains why it's an indispensable tool to use alongside normal investing or trading. Especially as you can make money even if the market goes down.Robbie takes you through everything from how it works, to managing your risk, working out exposure, and how, often, doing nothing is the best move!He explains the ins and outs of successfully betting on shares in his trademark down-to-earth style, covering everything you need to know. From the simple stuff through to proven strategies, including those that can be used in different markets - it's all here. There are also behind-the-scenes visits to two top spread betting firms.But it's a big, bad old world out there, and there are a whole heap of mistakes you can make, an awful lot of money you can lose. Rounding up spine-chilling traders' tales of spread bets gone wrong, and using all he has learnt from making silly mistakes himself, Robbie also helps you learn what not to do.This is the ultimate guide to spread betting - how to do it, have fun and hopefully make a few quid.


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Robbie Burns has been a journalist and writer since he graduated in Journalism from Harlow College in 1981. After starting life as a reporter and editor for various local newspapers, from 1988-1992 he was editor of ITV and Channel 4's teletext services. He also wrote ITV's daily teletext soap opera 'Park Avenue' for 5 years. He then went on to freelance for various newspapers, including The Independent and The Sun, and also helped set up a financial news service for CNN. In 1997 he became editor of BSkyB's teletext services and set up their shares and finance service. While there he also set up various entertainment phone lines in conjunction with BSkyB, including a Buffy the Vampire Slayer phone line which made him nearly £250,000. He left full-time work in 2001 to trade and run his own businesses, which included a cafe in London that he later sold, doubling his money on the initial purchase. While at BSkyB, Robbie broadcast a diary of his share trades, which became hugely popular. He transferred the diary to his website, www.nakedtrader.co.uk, which became one of the most-read financial websites in the UK. Between 2002 and 2005 he wrote a column for The Sunday Times, 'My DIY Pension', featuring share buys and sells made for his pension fund, which he runs himself in a SIPP (self-invested personal pension). As chronicled in these articles, he managed to double the money in his pension fund from £40,000 to £80,000 in under three years. By 2009 he had doubled it again, reaching £165,000. Robbie now writes a weekly column for the leading financial website, ADVFN.com. Robbie has made a tax-free profit of over £900,000 since 1999, and has made a profit every year, even during the market downturns of 2000-2002 and 2008-2009. Public trades made for his website have made nearly £800,000. He lives in a riverside apartment on the Thames in London with his wife, Elizabeth, plus son Christopher and cat Domino. His hobbies include chess, running, swimming, horse racing, and trading shares from his bedroom, erm...naked. After all, he wouldn't be seen dead in a thong!

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2687 KB
  • Print Length: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Harriman House (19 Aug. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00403NISE
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
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Robbie Burns has been a journalist and writer since he graduated in journalism from Harlow College in 1981. After starting life as a reporter and editor for various local newspapers, from 1988-1992 he was editor of ITV and Channel 4's teletext services. He also wrote ITV's daily teletext soap opera, 'Park Avenue', for five years. He then went on to freelance for various newspapers, including the Independent and the Sun, and also helped set up a financial news service for CNN. In 1997, he became editor for BSkyB's teletext services and set up their shares and finance service. While there he also set up various entertainment phone lines in conjunction with BSkyB, including a Buffy the Vampire Slayer phone line that made him nearly £250,000.

He left full-time work in 2001 to trade and run his own businesses, which included a cafe in London that he later sold, doubling his money on the initial purchase. While at BSkyB, Robbie broadcast a diary of his share trades, which became hugely popular. He transferred the diary to his website, www.nakedtrader.co.uk, which became one of the most-read financial websites in the UK. Between 2002 and 2005 he wrote a column for the Sunday Times, 'My DIY Pension', featuring share buys and sells made for his pension fund which he runs himself in a SIPP. He managed to double the money in his pension fund from £40,000 to £80,000 in under three years, as chronicled in these articles. By mid-2011 he had turned it into £250,000. Robbie now writes a weekly column for ADVFN.com. Robbie has made a tax-free gain of well over £1,000,000 from trading shares since 1999, making a profit every year, even during market downturns. His public trades alone - detailed on his website - have made more than £900,000.

He lives in a riverside apartment on the Thames with his wife, Elizabeth, and young son Christopher. His hobbies include chess, running, swimming, horse racing, and trading shares from his bedroom, erm ... naked. After all, he wouldn't be seen dead in a thong ... (you might catch him in Speedos).

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yoda's Guide To Spread Betting? 7 Nov. 2010
By Andrew
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
OK, I mostly put the title in because of the Darth Trader reference in the book, but having read Robbie's previous book on share trading, I would say that where he excels is as a teacher. He takes all his years of experience, successes, mistakes and innate skill, and bundles it all up in a quirky, easy-to-read and ultimately amazingly useful guide to the world of spread betting. By covering every angle from stops, research, psychology, charting and profit taking, he gives a somewhat personal insight into his own methods of making money. But... Robbie is a seriously successful trader, not just a `guru'. So if he says, "I don't really touch commodities", it's not a bad thing for this book, just a little autobiographical bit of information.

The style of the book is fabulous, well laid out, and funny and light enough for even bedtime reading (ignoring the author's advice!), and the danger points are well highlighted, so even a novice at spread betting should be safe from losing their shirt collection. I would definitely recommend reading Robbie's guide to share trading first, perhaps mostly because learning how to spread bet without knowing how the markets work could be disastrous, plus the earlier book is just superb too. This isn't necessarily a "how to" book as such, but a book to learn from.

Maybe he really is Yoda?
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
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This book is entirely pointless, and offers absolutely no value or information that wasn't contained in "The Naked Trader" (which was cumbersome and overbloated with bad jokes, but had a little bit of useful information).

The author basically took out a chapter from The Naked Trader, added some fluff, added some of the SAME STORIES he told in the previous book, and printed it as a book for some quick profit.

He first spends nearly 100 pages explaining what spread betting is and how it works, even to the point of devoting an entire chapter to the mathematics, which is really nothing more than addition and subtraction of points, multiplied by your bet size; an 8-year old could figure it out with no instruction. You can literally figure all of this out by just opening a free demo spread betting account somewhere and playing with it for 5 minutes. (Also, if you actually open a spread betting account someone from the firm will call you and explain all of that to you anyway.)

So that's the first 90 pages. Then he talks about how he visited 2 spread betting companies, which sounds interesting, and could have been really insightful... IF he had bothered to do it properly. Instead, the chapter reads like an autistic child writing about going to the city for the first time: He describes what it's like to get on the tube, how he doesn't like the smell of public transportation, he walks around in the big city looking at buildings, how he got coffee from the Starbucks across the street, etc. Furthermore, he proceeds to make brain-dead observations such as what brand clothing they wear at the spread betting companies, which company hires more females, and compares the quality of their coffee machines.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must Read for Beginners 30 Sept. 2010
Format:Paperback
This is a must read for anyone wanting to start spread betting. It is even useful and interesting for more experienced traders.

I would recommend reading his other book first though.

All the information you need to successfully spread bet is contained in this easy to read and understand book. The trick is applying the advice with discipline.

Well worth a read (or 2 for beginners) and worth every penny.
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not really for spread betting 20 Mar. 2011
Format:Paperback
I have read both of The Naked Traders books and they are very enjoyable, humorous and hammer home how to stay alive in the stock market but as stated by a previous reviewer his near complete dismissal of technical analysis makes the book inappropriate for spreadbetting, even if a company's fundamentals are telling you to buy or sell it could take weeks, months or years for the market to actually react to that news, spreadbetting isn't really about sitting looking at a non moving bet for years on end, I believe that technical analysis is more important to spread betting and fundamental analysis is more important to value investing, therefore this book is missing the point.. its a good read but Spreadbetting the Forex Markets by David Jones is a better introduction to actual proper spreadbetting.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Burns Bible...... 6 April 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
How to spread bet written exactly like Naked Trader; funny, clear and concise. For £5 on Kindle, you can't go wrong.

RB very sensibly spends more than half the book warning you about how dangerous SB can be. This book shows you how, but it is still up to you to choose investments for yourself. The 'Naked Trader' book will help you there.

I really enjoyed the book; it is well written and entertaining. One or two passages require a re-read, but I would re-read the book at least once anyway before putting things into practice.

I have opened 'demo accounts' with a couple of SB firms that Robbie recommended. For me, combined with the book, they have really helped me understand how capricious the markets are, and how quickly you can lose a lot of money. I thought I knew what I was doing.

I'm glad I spent plenty of time looking into this before jumping in with my own money; I lost £8k in 2 days from my demo account when the market fell 2% last week. I made every mistake that I'd only just been warned about by Robbie.

If you are curious about financial spread betting this is a very good place to start on the road to riches or ruin!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Brilliant starter guide. Very well written and easy to understand. Would like to go to his seminar
Published 7 days ago by B
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!
One of the best books for beginners (such as myself!). Very clear, concise and not trying to 'baffle' everyone with words!! Love it!
Published 20 days ago by Rachel
3.0 out of 5 stars Only just got the book but some cut and paste work is evident!
I have not fully read the book but first impressions suggest that some cut and paste work has being going on. Read more
Published 2 months ago by picksvintageallsorts
1.0 out of 5 stars A good purchase!
A very honest and well written book - filled with humerous dialogue. A good purchase!!
Published 2 months ago by phillip preston
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
I found this book very useful indeed. It explains spread-betting quite well and especially the pit falls which are so many. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Bharat Patel
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for all potential traders.
Enjoyed this book and will recommend it to all my trading friends and anyone new to trading and anyone thinking of spread betting, read this book first. Read more
Published 3 months ago by william quartey
3.0 out of 5 stars well written easy to understand
Breaks down the jargon and methods into easy understandable advice / instructions .
However a bit harder to apply !
Published 3 months ago by Gp Virgo
5.0 out of 5 stars The Naked Trader strikes again
Just as informative, and as humorous as the Naked Trader, breaks spread betting down to levels anyone can understand, giving insight into the pro's & the cons of this trading... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Rain408
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
prompt delivery, product as expected
Published 4 months ago by Mrs J M Clayton
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book For Beginners
Great book for anyone looking to get into spread betting, covers the basic principles and the best ways to not loose yourself a lot of money!
Published 11 months ago by TomRV88
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