An excellent way for an investor to diversify their portfolio is by CFD trading.
One of the major benefits of CFD shares trading is that traders can expect leverage of up to 20 times the initial deposit required to open a position.
What all forms of day trading have in common is that the greater your knowledge of the financial markets the better you chances are for success long-term.
Traders are constantly looking for clues which will help them make a decision about the long-and short-term prospects of the companies they either own shares in or intend to own shares in. The influences on the stock market are many and sometimes a company’s share price can be adversely affected by the smallest of issues.
However, it’s business, so traders will always look to earnings releases as the best signal of a company’s health. Knowing that traders and shareholders alike don’t like too many surprises, an underperforming company can ease the pressure on its share price by releasing profit warnings prior to releasing figures that are shy of what analysts are expecting. Watching how many and what type of companies release profit warnings during the year can be a good snap-shot of the general health of the economy or individual sector.
A recent report by Ernst & Young said that 45 UK companies issued profit warnings from April to June compared to 53 in the previous quarter. This was the lowest figure seen for seven years.
The three sectors with the highest amount of warnings were: Travel & Leisure, Support Services and Construction & Materials. Analysts were quick to point out that with the planned public sector cuts due this trend is not likely to continue.
If you have knowledge of a particular company or sector, CFD trading can be one way of taking a position on the financial markets. For more information see www.igmarkets.co.uk. IG Markets offer extensive educational and research resources to help both the inexperienced and professional CFD trader.
Please note also that while trading CFDs can result in magnified profits, losses too can exceed your initial deposit, so always make sure you fully understand the risks involved in any trade.