Paper Trading FTSE 100 Day 2 – 11th April 2008

Here are the results for day 2. For day 1, refer to this entry.

Trade 1
Bought at 6006 (18:00), exited at 6002 (18:55).
Loss: 4 points.

Trade 2
Shorted at 6002 (18:55), exited at 6010 (20:05).
Loss: 8 points.

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Paper Trading FTSE 100 Day 1 – 10th April 2008

Here are the paper trading results for FTSE 100 on day 1. Refer to the original entry to read about my plan to trade the FTSE 100 Index.

The entry and exit levels were based on actual data from my online trading platform. The numbers in brackets are times of entry and exit.

Trade 1
Short sold at 5984 (18:06), exited at 5935 (19:35).
Profit: 49 points.

Trade 2
Bought at 5935 (19:35), exited at 5934 (20:45).
Loss: 1 point.

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Trading the UK FTSE 100 Index Contract-for-Difference (CFD)

I’ve been researching ways on how to trade London’s FTSE 100 Index.

What I like the most about the FTSE 100 is that the profits derived are in Great Britain Pound (that goes to losses as well!). Also, trading hours for the London market is also pretty convenient for me.

I managed to draw up a plan last week to make this venture a successful one.

This time, I shall be day trading the FTSE 100 through Contract-for-Difference (CFD). My trading hours will be from 6.00 PM till 2.30 AM. No positions will be held overnight.

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Back to Basics: Investment Asset Classes

Previously in the Back to Basics series, I have written about:

Today, we shall be perusing at what’s out there and what’s available for us to invest in.

Generally, there are four major asset classes available.

They are:

  1. Equity
  2. Cash/Money Market Securities
  3. Fixed Interest Securities
  4. Property

Here are some explanations and examples of the above-mentioned asset classes:

EQUITY MARKET

In the most simplistic sense, equity is another name for stocks or shares.

Examples that come under this category are:

  • Malaysian stocks
  • Australian company stocks
  • Unit trust funds/managed funds/mutual funds
  • Foreign stocks

CASH/MONEY MARKET

The money market forms a part of the debt market. Generally, securities traded in the money market have maturity periods of less than 12 months. Maturity basically means, your positions will be exited within the time frame.

Examples:

  • Bills of Exchange
    • Bank Bills
    • Treasury Bills
  • Promissory Notes
  • Certificates of Deposit
  • Treasury Notes
  • Unit trust fund or mutual funds dealing with money markets

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KLSE falls and trading halted: Bursa KL merudum jatuh dan digantung!

So, the trading halt on Bursa Saham Kuala Lumpur (BSKL) or Kuala Lumpur Stock Exchange (KLSE) has been lifted and we are back trading again. The Composite Index is recorded an increase of 30.29 points or 2.58% as of 10.20 am Malaysian time just now. That’s a minuscule if you compare it with yesterday. Our market plunged a little over 130 points or more than 10% before being put on a trading halt at 2.58 pm.

Well, to be honest, that was to be expected. I’m sure a lot of people can only guess how the stock market was going to react to the Pilihan Raya Umum ke-12 results. It is usually an understood and well-accepted phenomenom that the market will rally up to the election and then cool off a little bit after. However, to be honest, due to the bear market that has unfolded globally and the huge volatility that struck our local market, we actually didn’t see much of a rally at all.

Whatever it is, I’m sure a lot of people were not expecting the market to free fall by that much yesterday!

I did expect the market to fall handsomely on Monday but I also was not expecting 10%.

Why did it happen? There are a lot of theories out there and here’s mine. The big fall was due to the opposition getting their so-called political tsunami and the denial of Barisan Nasional (BN) from their two third majority target.

Logic behind this could be:

Well, investors had felt safe and comfortable investing in our market before the election because they were satisfied with the policies (I’m using this term loosely here) carried out by the BN government. They were confident that BN is invincible. After BN was denied the two third majority and the opposition managed to invade the parliament and BN’s territory, investors started to get nervous, afraid that some of the policies will get questioned and kicked out of the door. Bear in mind that the opposition (or Barisan Rakyat) is a force to be reckoned with now. Putting myself in an investor’s size-10 shoes, I myself would feel nervous. Some investors might think that policies that induces economic growth (and inflation for that matter) will be scrapped and some of the policies (like the Negara Kebajikan policy) of the Barisan Rakyat adopted instead. Please please please, I’m not implying that one is better than the other. I’m just merely talking from an investor’s perspective.

Anyway, what did the investors do? Dump the stocks. When the big guns started dumping the stocks (which pushes the market down), the small fish will follow suit as well. Not to mention the margin calls and triggered stop losses that further drives down the market.

Call it panic selling if you may.

So, that’s my theory.

I’m sure my unit trust investment got hammered yesterday as well. Hard times folks. Hard times indeed.
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