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The Financial Spread Betting Handbook: A Guide to Making Money Trading Spread Bets [Paperback]

Malcolm Pryor
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29 Jun 2007
Financial spread betting is a huge industry. But who wins and who loses at this game? What do the winners do that differs from the losers? That is what this book is about. Malcolm Pryor uses the model of climbing a mountain to explain a disciplined, winning approach to spread betting. First a base camp must be established. This includes getting set up with the right corporate data, charting and accounts software, deciding what to bet on and what your time frame should be, learning the nuances of operating an account, controlling risk, and learning from other people's mistakes. Many spread bettors don't even get this far. Next, we start climbing the mountain; this means having strategies that are right for us. The whole of this section is devoted to illustrating strategies which can be used for spread betting, for example trend following, counter-trend strategies and delta-neutral strategies such as pairs trading. Finally, we make our assault on the summit of the mountain. This is where the winners set themselves apart from the losers. Issues covered here include trade planning, record keeping, performance reviews, more on risk management, psychology and continual development. In this enhanced second edition, you also benefit from: - Refreshed and improved trading and risk management techniques, incorporating four additional years of spread betting experience and changes in the markets. - Brand new advice on managing exposure. - Updated analysis of spread betting firms' behaviour, order types and other practical issues. Spread betting is great fun; almost anyone can enjoy the odd bet now and again. But if you want to make money from spread betting then it must be taken seriously and a disciplined, tactical approach is required. This book is the essential guide to get to the top of the mountain.

Product details

  • Paperback: 295 pages
  • Publisher: Harriman House Publishing; Reprint edition (29 Jun 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1897597932
  • ISBN-13: 978-1897597934
  • Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 15.6 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 116,855 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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[It's] something you'll frequently dip into to clarify a point or refresh your'll find this book extremely useful. -- Martin Fagan -, September 2007

so many excellent tips in the book...a must for anyone who wants
to spreadbet...some excellent advanced stategies too. -- Robbie Burns, The Naked Trader

About the Author

Malcolm Pryor is a member of the Society of Technical Analysts in the UK and has been designated a Certified Financial Technician by the International Federation of Technical Analysts. He is a director of a consultancy practice, and is an expert at several games, including bridge where he has held the rank of Grandmaster for over a decade.

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75 of 75 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 7 Sep 2007
By Dragon
I know for a fact that many people have actually bought this book and are using the methods contained therein because of the questions that they are asking about certain technical indicators etc on bulletin boards. You know who you are!
Having read this book, I'm not surprised because it is truly inspirational so I'm somewhat chuffed at being able to write the first review (while all you other chaps are busy trading no doubt).
If you are looking for a structured, systematic approach to your trading then this is the book for you. I read it from cover to cover in 2 days and I've been re-reading it as a reference work ever since. The author makes no grand claims (like others I could mention), it is a modest, unpatronising fund of an immense amount of accumulated wisdom. The central image of the book - the idea of climbing a mountain and what you need at each stage- works very well and I was slightly ashamed to realise on reading this book that I hadn't even adequately covered base camp! Needless to say that I quickly remedied this.
Any cons? Not many that I can see ...perhaps a little too FTSE and Sharescope-centric but again the author is describing what works for him and it's good to walk before you can run.I think there's a slight mathematical typo on p.259 and it should read 4 for every 10 invested or 40 for every 100 but this is nit-picking (and my sums may be wrong).
Other than that, I can't really fault this book and I wouldn't wish to...I've learned a lot reading it. Warmly recommended.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential reading if you spreadbet 6 Feb 2008
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
After reading this book my spreadbetting improved drastically. Anyone who follows the principles in this book will have the edge over others who do not.

The book is an honest attemmpt to teach people how to become profitable at spreadbetting from someone who already is. It is laid out in a logical format and is very readable.

If you spreadbet you really need to read this book!
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST HAVE FOR ALL SPREADBETTERS 4 Oct 2007
By Docman
I bought this book a few months ago when I started spreadbetting. It has been an invaluable resource and I am always referring to it. Every page has valuable information and I keep on re-reading certain parts. It teaches the fact that spread betting is not a game and you have to have a systematic approach otherwise you'll lose money. You may still gain from studying technical analysis in more detail though this is also covered somewhat in the book.Highly recommended.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A useful guide for making money 18 Mar 2008
This book is a thoughtful guide to making money through spread betting. This is particularly useful at present when many people are burning through having geared long positions in a difficult market. Malcolm suggests ways of controlling risk while not being tied to a particular market direction. If the advice is followed, more people will be able to sleep easy!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Spread Betting made easy 5 May 2009
If ever there was a book that was sorely needed in this area of investing this is it "The Spread Betting Handbook" by Malcolm Pryor. I have read and re-read this book. It is superb and really does get to grips with the art and science of Spread Betting.

The book uses the analogy of climbing a mountain and starts from Base Camp ie. knowing nothing to reaching the Peak of the montain and knowing alot, in fact knowing enough to become a competent trader.

The book is full of helpful tips and each chapter has a concise summary of the points made. The chapter entitled "Common and Really Expnsive Spread Betting Errors" is a real gem and worth the price of the book itself. I have personally gained much from reading this book and I am sure that others whether novice or experienced traders will also be impressed with its clarity and comprehensive coverage of the subject of Spread Betting.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A definite one for your trading bookshelf! 24 Sep 2007
I liked this book and it followed on nicely from The Beginner's Guide to Financial Spread Betting by Michelle Baltazar.

It covers the important areas of Psychology, Methodology and probably most importantly Risk Management. I was expecting more on the Technical Analysis side but this clearly seems to be a big topic in itself which is evident by Malcolms reference to recommended books for further reading.

If you are serious about trading you should read this book.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
By MaxC
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
The author clearly states that this book assumes that the reader has some some prior knowledge of spreadbetting (not necessarily live trading experience). If you are starting from scratch therefore, this book may befuddle you, but judging from user comments on the more basic books available, you might be better off getting your start-up knowledge for free from the spreadbetting companies' own websites.
Once past that hurdle, this book then sets out clearly what you need to know to trade consistently. It is full of first-hand information on where the author goes for information, how to develop a strategy for consistency; in short, how to trade professionally rather than just gamble wildly.
It uses the metaphor of preparing for, and climbing a mountain, and it is set out and paced in a careful and clear manner that is easy to follow.

Other commentators on this book seem to criticise the page layout for being too spaced out with white pages. To me that spacing seems to support the lessons by giving "mental space" for the reader to reflect on the material.

And even one tiny nugget of information learned could save me hundreds of pounds. All in all, a very clean and clear - and very useful - coverage of a complex subject made straightforward. If you're thinking of spreadbetting, buy this book.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Don't bother
Capitalism is coming to an end. Unless you're morally bankrupt don't get involved with the stock market. Someone somewhere else is losing out for every pound of profit you make. Read more
Published 13 days ago by Michael Rhodes
4.0 out of 5 stars Basic and essential
Good book for beginners wanting to touch base with spread betting provided you have already investigated and know a little already. Ultimately a good springboard.
Published 24 days ago by Steven Petrie
3.0 out of 5 stars OK for a beginner but don't expect to be able to trade profitably by...
I have been trading Forex full time for a few of years now and I would consider myself a successful trader. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Elelondon
4.0 out of 5 stars Spread Bet
Really enjoyed this read and learnt a lot from this before opening a spread bet account . In fact I would recomend this as a must read to would be spread trraders
Published 7 months ago by pat nally
3.0 out of 5 stars Go online instead!
Yes it was a good read which took all of 30 minutes to complete, but all the information inside is available elsewhere for free. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Matthew Lee O'Sullivan
4.0 out of 5 stars Be Prepared
Excellent cover to this book. The formidable mountain in the distance is a good metaphor for the task in hand, plus it takes a while to identify the tiny climbers like specks in... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Iain's reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Financial spread betting handbook
Bought this book as a way of learning how to do spread trading. This book is not for the complete beginning as made clear, however it is straight forward down to earth read with... Read more
Published on 14 Mar 2012 by Mr. C. Darby
5.0 out of 5 stars The Journey Begins Here!
I'd only recently heard about spreadbetting while reading Robbie Burns' excellent Naked Trader book and Robbie had reccomended Malcolm's book. I was not disappointed. Read more
Published on 9 May 2011 by Trader Joe
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Solid Book on the Basics
I like Malcolm Pryor's writing style in this book along with "Winning Spread Betting Strategies" Winning spread betting strategies: How to make money in the medium term in up, down... Read more
Published on 19 Feb 2011 by Mr. Paul Bannister
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book for Beginner
I got this book and one other recommended trading book. Id not started spreadbetting before getting this book and although I have some knowledge I didn't feel comfortable taking... Read more
Published on 27 May 2010 by Mr. Joel Oxley
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