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The Naked Trader’s Guide to Spread Betting

How to make money from shares in up or down markets

By Robbie Burns

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The Naked Trader’s Guide to Spread Betting

How to make money from shares in up or down markets

By Robbie Burns

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Have you dabbled in shares or the stock market? And wondered what spread betting was all about and whether you should be doing it? Perhaps you thought it all looked a bit complex or was just for City boys? The no. 1 bestselling beginner’s guide that explains – in plain English – how to do it, and how to make money from it, is back and better than ever!

Spread betting shares can be dangerous: most people lose – some even lose their shirts. But it’s not a world populated by pinstriped men waiting to rob you, steal your savings and do nasty things to small kittens. You can win. (And you never have to pay a penny in tax!) This book shows you how.

Robbie Burns, bestselling author of The Naked Trader and Trade Like a Shark, has been spread betting for years. He explains why it’s an indispensable tool to use alongside normal investing or trading. Especially as you can make money even if the market goes down.

Robbie takes you through everything from how it works, to managing your risk, working out exposure, and how, often, doing nothing is the best move!

He explains the ins and outs of successfully betting on shares in his trademark down-to-earth style, covering all you need to know. From the simple stuff through to proven strategies, including those that can be used in different markets – it’s all here. There are also tons of real-life trading examples from his own account.

But it’s a big, bad old world out there, and there are a whole heap of mistakes you can make, an awful lot of money you can lose. Rounding up spine-chilling traders’ tales of spread bets gone wrong, and using all he has learnt from making silly mistakes himself, Robbie also helps you learn what NOT to do.

This is the ultimate guide to spread betting – how to do it, have fun and hopefully make a few quid. You can’t afford to spread bet without it!

About the author

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 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, including a Buffy the Vampire Slayer phone line that made him nearly £250,000.

He left full-time work in 2001 to trade as well as run a café in London, which 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,, 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-2014 he had turned it into £350,000. Robbie now writes a weekly column for ADVFN and runs seminars using live markets to show how he trades.

Robbie has made a tax-free gain of well over £2.5 million from trading shares since 2001, becoming one of the UK’s few ISA millionaires and achieving a profit every year, even during market downturns. His public trades alone – detailed on his website – have made more than £1.5m.

He owns a house in Barnes where he lives with his wife, Elizabeth, and son Christopher. He also owns a riverside apartment on the Thames, where he sometimes works. But actually, he mainly plays pinball and table football there. His hobbies include chess, running, swimming, watching Fulham FC lose most home games, listening to terrible dance music, 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 at the local pool).


About the Author
Welcome to the World of Spread Betting

Part I – Learning It
1. What it is – and Whether it's For You
2. The Knowledge (I of II)
3. The Knowledge (II of II)
4. What Markets Should You Trade?

Part II – Doing It
5. Strategies I Use
6. Stop Losses
7. Trading Examples
8. Most Common Mistakes Made By New Spread Bettors
9. Spread Betting Traders' Tales
10. It's All in the Mind
11. Inside the Spread Betting Firms
12. My Spread Betting Rules
13. Jargon Buster and Useful Resources


Published: 25/06/2018
Edition: 2nd
Pages: 250
Formats: paperback - ISBN 9780857197054
ebook - ISBN 9780857197061
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