In the course of my travels through WD Life, I regularly meet up with Investors and Traders of various skill levels and during the invariably enjoyable, thought provoking, and helpful discussions, I get asked how to calculate the value of a Spreadbet Account and how the Cash and Margin/Deposit move around as time meanders by.
I must have repeated my blurb/explanation over 100 times (or so it seems) and it has finally dawned on me that if I write a blog about it then the people who don’t find it so easy to indulge with Beer in the Pub with me, can at least read something that might assist their understanding. It is after all, extremely important to know what you are doing when it comes to using Leverage.
On the morning of 11th September 2020, for some unknown reason it came into my mind about the kinds of Returns that people can make on Leveraged Spreadbet Accounts - and I got a bit carried away and chucked loads of Tweets out. I think there was some really valuable stuff in there and as a result I have copied the Tweets into this Blog and embellished them with some further comments and hopefully more clarity where appropriate.
The original Tweet text (with spelling errors corrected !!) is shown in italic and the new text is not in italic !!
On a recent Twin Petes Investing Podcast I mentioned the idea of an ‘Opportunity Set’ from which to pick Stocks, and I remembered that I had written a draft blog on this subject that I had not managed to finish with all the other distractions of life. From looking at the draft, I can see that I started this back in May 2019 so it has probably matured a bit and no doubt has a bit of mould on it !!
Most of what you will read below these opening paragraphs was written back then - so don’t get too hung up on the timeline if I talk about events which don’t make a lot of sense. It has just struck me that back when I wrote this draft we hadn’t even heard of Covid 19 !!
I hope you find it a decent and worthwhile read,
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