Derivatives

Big data lets global corps bet on the threat of climate change

By Jo Bates, University of Sheffield The recent news of Monsanto’s US$930m acquisition of data science company Climate Corporation, raises important questions about the economies stgeloping in response to climate change. A new generation of companies have emerged that harness new methods of data analysis to turn vast datasets (“big data”) into exploitable, marketable information….

Strategies To Win (Not Lose) As Chaos Reigns

Markets in chaos are causing mayhem for less seasoned traders. While the more experienced can cope more easily with multiple losses in a row, knowing a big win will occur sooner or later, those with less practice struggle with emotional upheaval – a major reason why markets over-react. You make a trade, buying the Australian…

How are CFDs taxed?

Search the net for guidance on how profits and losses on CFDs are treated for tax purposes, and what you can and can’t claim as deductions, and you’ll find plenty of “information,” not all of it useful and much of it misleading. Discussions in stock trading forums typify the confusion that surrounds CFDs and tax,…

Protect your portfolio from market wobbles

Trading derivatives can conjure up images of overnight wealth or wealth destruction. A reason is leverage, where speculating on an asset class can quickly magnify profits and losses for a small up-front outlay. Contracts for difference, a popular financial instrument among speculators, are also an effective weapon in preserving wealth when acting as a hedge….

Top CFD strategies to make money in all markets

Increasingly unsatisfied with long exposure through the stock market, more investors are using a diversified mix of CFD’s to add leverage and flexibility to their investment portfolio. But regardless of which CFD instruments are traded, the overarching goal is to make money, despite what markets are doing. And irrespective of whether investors choose to use…

CFD report – MF Global rated no.1 for trader satisfaction

The recently released Investment Trends 2009 CFD Report shows that despite ongoing market uncertainty, 95% of CFD traders surveyed said they planned to increase (65%) or maintain (30%) their level of trading in the next 12 months. The survey also found that another 30,000 investors intend to start trading CFDs within that period. At the…

The tax treatment of CFDs

By Jimmy B. Prince, author of Tax for Australians for Dummies A contract for difference (CFD) is a derivative that allows you to speculate in the price movement of underlying securities such as shares, indices and commodities without the need to actually own them. Expressed simply a CFD transaction is normally a short term contract…

Hedge funds are back – chasing bargains in a less competitive market

Hedge funds are crawling back to life after a turbulent 2008 that has almost halved their assets, and fewer but stronger survivors are set to regain their leverage to chase bargains in a less competitive environment. Hedge funds, which manage their portfolios aggressively with various advanced strategies including derivatives to gain higher returns, suffered double-digit…

Top 10 CFD stocks for the week

Shorting the banks was a popular strategy last week following weak offshore leads. Westpac was downgraded to Neutral by Macquarie as its 3Q update disappointed the market. Diawa cut its target for NAB from $29 to $26.10. The uncertainty surrounding its bid for AXA is also weighing on the stock. ANZ, too, was out of…

It’s a boom – CFDs offering Direct Market Access take off

You’d think that battered equity markets would spell bad news for brokers, but anyone dealing Direct Market Access (DMA) CFDs is having a field day. Indeed, the rising popularity of DMA prompted IG Markets to launch a new CFD dealing platform based on the DMA model. The browser-based technology offers direct exposure to price variations,…

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