Financial betting is a business that relies on information. Many sources can be accessed for free. However, getting the data, you need to trade your markets successfully is worth paying. You can always beat someone with better data, so it pays to stay ahead.

Data and News

News is the biggest driver of market sentiment. News is the biggest driver of market sentiment. Markets will react quickly to news breaking. The actual price adjustments will occur after the news has been fully digested. You can interpret the news alone or with one of the market analysts’ opinions. However, it is not consistently a good idea to agree with others. A thorough examination of market-moving variables will allow you to explain confusing price movements and may even help you spot a significant change before others.

Local news stories can significantly impact individual stocks and tangential news about suppliers and clients. While international events can affect the entire market, industry-specific impacts like those that impact the oil price should be considered. A higher oil price can benefit other fuel sources such as Wind power and nuclear. It is a good idea to bookmark industry-specific websites. A useful start-point is the financial directory linked below.

You should set up email alerts to receive notifications whenever relevant information about your markets occurs. These can be accessed from any significant Finance portal like Yahoo. You can also use the internet broadcasting of finance channels like Bloomberg to help you in your online work. Certain companies also provide corporate news feeds. Bloomberg, Reuters.ADVFN, Yahoo Finance, and Motley Fool offer a lot of information for free. ADVFN provides live data, and Medved Quote Tracker, a free program that streams data directly into an interface, can give data sources.

Technical Analysis

This type of analysis provides predictive information by looking at the price of a commodity/ share/ index. There are two types of research: the simple ones that use moving averages, support/ resistance areas, and the more complex branches like Elliott Waves or Fibonacci. While some people trade solely on technical analysis, others analyze fundamentals. Charts are handy and provide a lot of information. Every trade should include at least some research on the charts.

Fundamental Analysis

This analysis is the traditional way to examine a stock. These factors include the Industry sector, Dividends, yields, market capitalization, earnings, projected earnings, growth rates, etc. It is a company’s future growth rate and a valuation that is being evaluated. Prices are then derived from this. Fundamental should not be the only method of assessing a company. It should be used in conjunction with other tools and factors.

It is difficult to choose between and choose a Spread Betting broker due to the increasing number of brokers. Below are my top 10 criteria. They are recorded in order of their importance to me. While this list can be debated, and it should be, priorities may change from person to person and over time.

1. Regulation

This point must be a top priority. If the broker isn’t regulated, I will leave without hesitation. You must ensure that your money is safe and secure. Your broker should, at minimum, be FSA-regulated.

2. Reliability

Everyone relies on the internet today, and it is expected that all services we use around the clock will be available. The same expectation can now be placed on a broker.

A reputable broker has proven to be reliable across large client bases.

3. Markets/Availability

I only trade highly liquid, widely available Foreign Exchange and Indices market. This lets me be confident that the calls I want to change are open. If not, it will be a poor broker.

However, I make sure that the market is available when I trade it. This doesn’t just mean I want to place orders at the correct times. It also means that the market must be available when I exit a trade or expect a Stop/Target to be honored.

For me, it isn’t very sensible to have a broker who only offers foreign exchange markets between 06:00 and 22:00. I require a broker who offers 24-hour execution.

4. Interface

For me, what’s important is: Ease in locating markets, easy order/trade entry, and efficient trade management of open trading.

I can find the markets where I want to trade and be able to set up orders/execute trades (with Stops & Targets) (I don’t sell without them). It is also important that I monitor open positions, adjust them, gauge my exposure, change Stops, etc. I can’t be on the screen constantly and feel anxious if I’m not.

5. Execution

It is essential to execute efficiently. Execution must be at the agreed price, and it must happen immediately. Slippage is an acceptable overhead in trading, but it should not be tolerated. I expect slippage to be less than 5% in my trades. Anything more than that, I will consider changing my broker.

6. Spread

Not as critical as it once was. Spreads for liquid instruments that I trade are more competitive now that there is more competition.

7. Support

It is essential to ensure that the broker has a strong support network. This can also be verified online (forums, etc.).It is an excellent picture to test it at least once per quarter.

Know how to contact your broker via email, phone, or online chat. These details should be clearly understood and kept on hand. They are printed in large font and kept on my wall.

This lesson is not for you to learn the hard way.

8. Charting Package

The reason I’m happy with my Charting packages is simple. They are familiar to me, and I know them well. The Charting package they offer is irrelevant to my decision-making process when looking for a broker. It may surprise some that it is near the bottom of my list.

I’ve found that traders will have their charting packages of choice when they reach the “reasonably skilled” stage.

9. Guaranteed Stops

Because I trade Forex and Indices with brokers that offer 24/7 trading, I am more comfortable accepting the risk of intraday gaps than paying the increased spread to guarantee a stop. It is up to the person to decide how they view risk and take the higher space associated with guaranteed stops.

10. Additional Functions

This is my last list item, but it may be the most important. Increasing competition has led to many brokers offering and satisfying most of these requirements automatically. They must, or they wouldn’t be in business.

My broker of options, IG Index, comes with a value add. They offer a “Stepped” trailing stop, the ability to place market orders at the current demand expense, and an Advanced Charting Package, which is my preferred Charting package.

It is a “nice-to-have” feature and is number ten on the list. This feature shows that you should never stop searching for a broker that suits your needs every year. Many brokers are releasing new functionality more frequently than others, and some offer reasonable incentives for you to test their unique functionality.