Many may doubt that it is possible to reduce all the various tips and guidelines on successful trading in contracts for difference (CFDs) to just three overarching and all-important CFD rules. Three? you may ask. Why, I have found on-line advice running to five, ten or even more points, so how can you get by with just three CFD trading tips?
As with anything else, three well-chosen rules may be worth any number of less useful tips, especially if they concentrate on the essentials of sound trading behaviour within fairly broad but distinct categories.
The three rules are, of course, connected. For example, getting your timing right ought to be a direct consequence both of your preparation and your ability to behave logically in the market. An ill-prepared, over-emotional trader is unlikely to time their trades successfully. None of these three rules is an optional extra, all need to fit together in a smoothly-running and efficient trading style.
Laying the groundwork
You won’t need telling that, before plunging into CFD trading, you need to get a firm grasp of what it is, how it works, what the costs are likely to be, how to go about it and what, if successful, are likely to be the benefits to you. But painstaking, thorough preparation is about much more than this.
Why are you considering trading CFDs? Do you have the right mentality for a trader? We tend to the view that the majority of people, properly prepared and focused, have the potential to trade successfully, but preparation is key.
Then there is the market itself. Which assets are you planning to trade, and how much do you know about them? If the answer is “not much”, then the time for deep research is now, before you go into the market.
Trial and error is not an advisable learning strategy, and it can be very expensive.
Read widely on the assets you plan to trade: their past behaviour, the current factors affecting their prices, likely future developments. You want to trade oil. When’s the next summit meeting of the oil producing states and what is it likely to decide in terms of production limits?
Finally, and critically, put all your preparation into drawing up an investment plan, one that details what you intend to trade, how you expect the trade to work out and what limits you set on each trade in terms of upsides and downsides.
Logical behaviour: a trader’s best friend
Your investment plan leads us neatly to the second of our golden rules, the absolute need for logical behaviour when trading in the market. You may think this is unnecessary advice, that you would keep a clear head at all times and act as a cool, unemotional trader with a gimlet eye for both profit and loss.