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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Harriman House Publishing; First Edition edition (23 Aug 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906659230
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906659233
  • Product Dimensions: 15.7 x 1.7 x 23.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 75,908 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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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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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Andrew on 7 Nov 2010
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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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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By k mirshahi on 30 Sep 2010
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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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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By The Captain on 12 Jan 2014
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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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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Electrolux on 20 Mar 2011
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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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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Richard Nicholls on 10 Jan 2011
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This book is sensible. It does not make any wild promises about making you millions and a life in the sun. Surprisingly, what it does do, CONSTANTLY throughout, is warn you of how doing things incorrectly can lose you a lot of money. That is why I recommend this book. If you don't stick RELIGIOUSLY to all the things it suggests, spread betting can land you in a whole lot of boiling hot water - and VERY QUICKLY. My advice is, read it, digest it, listen to all the mistakes people have made and take note of how quickly they lost absolute fortunes and how stupidly easy it is to do this. Then, give it a go with a small amount of money you are WILLING TO LOSE. Then you will not land yourself in trouble and you will thank this guy from the bottom of your heart. You may not take it too seriously to start with, but the book is an absolute gem - full of great techniques, hints and tips on how to place spread bets and how to stop you losing too much. His book WILL NOT tell you which shares to bet on and will only briefly give you an idea on how to start making such decisions. It assumes you already know a bit of this - i.e how to look at accounts, take in news articles and how to react. It has a great section on the psychology of it all, which, on it's own, makes this a great read and worth every penny.
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