CFD Trading vs Spot Forex Trading - Personal Income

Difference between Spot Forex and CFD?

Hi Guys,
I'm a UK resedent and want to get into Forex trading. I'm working throught babypips and learning as much as possible and want to open a demo account, babypips says to open a spot forex account but my friends say they use CFD and brokers I've found seem to offer CFD not spot forex. What is the difference between the two if I am interesting in trading only major fx pairs? Which would you guys recommend? I really appreciate any info I can get, thanks.
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Beating the UK brokerage via true arbitrage - £8k -> £98k ($128k) since 21st April

Beating the UK brokerage via true arbitrage - £8k -> £98k ($128k) since 21st April
Alright you American autists, here's a gains post from the UK across the pond - listen up because it's pretty incredible, managed to screw over our broker to turn ~£8k into £98k / $128k USD by reading the small print, true u/fuzzyblankeet style.

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Unfortunately, we don't have options trading, commission free robinhood which crashes, or any other US based degeneracy, but instead we British chaps can trade "CFDs" ie. 'contracts-for-difference', which are essentially naked long / short positions with a 10-20% margin (5-10x leveraged), a 'holding cost' and you could theoretically lose more than your initial margin - sounds like true wallstreetbets autism, right? Well grab a lite beer (or whatever you lite alcoholic chaps drink over there) and strap in for this stuff:
So, CMC Markets, a UK based CFD brokerage, wanted to create a West Texas Intermediate Crude Oil 'Spot' product, despite WTI contracts trading in specific monthly expirations which can thus have severe contango effects (as all of you $USO call holders who got screwed know) - this was just a product called "Crude Oil West Texas - Cash", and was pegged to the nearest front-month, but had no expiry date, only a specific holding cost -> already a degenerate idea from their part.
So in early April, just before when the WTI May-20 expiry contract 'rolled' at **negative** $-37, the "WTI Cash" was trading at $15 at the time, but the *next* month June-20 expiry was still $30+ we (I am co-running an account with an ex-Goldman colleague of mine) simultaneously entered into a long position on the "WTI - Cash" product, and went short on the "WTI Jun-20 expiry", a pure convergence play. Sure enough, the June-20 tanked the following week, and we made over £35k, realised profits. But meanwhile the May-20 also tanked, and we were down £28k. But rather than realise this loss, we figured we could just hold it until Oil prices recover, and profit on both legs of the trade.
However, CMC Markets suddenly realised they are going to lose a lot of money with negative oil prices (Interactive Brokers lost $104m, also retards), so they screwed everyone holding the "WTI - Cash" product trading at $8 at the time, and pegged it to the December 2020 expiry trading at $30, with a 'discount factor' to catch up between the two.
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Now fellow autists, read the above email and try to figure out what the pure arbitrage is. CMC markets will charge us a 0.61% **per day** holding cost (calculated as the 10x levered value of whatever original margin you put up, so in our case £8k*10x=£80k*0.61% = £500 per day, £1.5k on weekends for extra fun) on our open positions, but also "increase" the position value by 0.61% per day vs. the **previous day's** WTI - Cash value. Got it yet? No? Still retarded? Here's where maths really helps you make tendies:-> If your 'cost' is fixed at 0.61% of your original levered position, but your 'gains' are 0.61% of the previous day's position, then your gains will be ever increasing, whereas your costs are fixed.
So we added some extra £££ (as much as we could justifiably put into a degenerate 10x levered CFD account) and tried to see if it works. Long story short, it does. At this point in July we were making **over £1k per day on a £8k initial position*\* regardless where the WTI Dec-20 fwd moved.
Unfortunately, eventually CMC markets realised what utter retards they were, and closed down the arbitrage loophole, applying the holding costs to the previous day's value. But not before we turned £8k into £98k, less holding costs.
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Long story short, puts on $CMCX they're total retards, and given what a startup robinhood / other brokerages are, never assume that only they are the ones taking your tendies away, sometimes you can turn the tables on them!
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How Head & Shoulders Pattern Work in Forex Trading?

How Head & Shoulders Pattern Work in Forex Trading?
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In forex trading, Many Forex traders have made ginormous profits using chart analysis. It is designed to identify the highest probable outcome when the prices follow a certain pattern. Chart analysis has a higher chance of returning you with profits. And every analysis has a theory of the trading trend which makes it quite reliable. Head and shoulders pattern is one of the basic chart analysis methods which has a set of rules to identify the pattern and make profits.
Left Shoulder: When the prices rise to a certain peak and then fall, the peak is known as the left shoulder.
Head: When the prices rise again to an even higher position than the left shoulder and then it falls, the peak is identified as the head.
Right Shoulder: When the stooped price from the head rises to form a peak lower than the head but almost equaling the left shoulder, the right shoulder is formed.
Neck Line: After spotting the left shoulder, head and right shoulder on the chart, the lowest value from the left shoulder is connected to the lowest value at the start of the right shoulder. This simple line is called the neckline. It is crucial to identify the neckline before the trade can be established.
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How to Trade the Head & Shoulders Pattern? When the right shoulder hits the neckline is the right time to enter the trade. It is a must for traders to wait for the pattern to get completed as it can go either way even a minute before the completion of the pattern. It suggests that after the prices reach the neckline at the end of the right shoulder, the breakdown occurs. The breakdown is the sudden surge in the rise or fall of the prices.
How head & shoulders work? When the head sees a fall, the traders would have started to sell their positions as it is the highest peak at that time. This leads to less aggressive buying in the market. The traders who entered the right shoulder would have started to sell as the price approaches the neckline. This would further decrease the interest in buying leading to a sudden fall in the prices. Reaching the neckline is when the losing traders experience the pain of heavy losses.
When to get out of the trade? You should get out of the trade when the prices reach a certain position which can be identified by the difference between the highest and lowest of the values in the pattern subtracted from the neckline. It is at this position you can earn a substantial profit with low risk.
Inverted Head & Shoulder: It is also a good position to trade when the head & shoulders pattern is inverted. The left shoulder is formed by the dipping prices and the head is formed after a dip greater than that of the left shoulder. The right shoulder is formed by another ‘V’ in the chart which is less than the head but almost equaling the left shoulder. Here, you add the difference between the highest and lowest value of the pattern to the neckline to determine your closing price.
One last thing to remember: It must have occurred to you that if charts give you the highest probable outcome, why not everyone is using it? And what if everyone follows the chart analysis? Identifying the right scenario where the prices follow the pattern can prove to be challenging and the pattern you identify cannot always be identified by all the traders. What appears to be a pattern for you might not be for the next trader. And there are always those who go by the instinct. So, it is highly unlikely for anyone to experience such scenarios. Trading has its own risks. Using chart analysis doesn’t promise profits every time. It simply gives you the highest probable outcome for the analyzed data. Some traders believe chart analysis to be a lie, while that may be true to some extent as it is impossible to predict the absolute price movements. Sometimes, the market acts differently from the analyzed data. It is your obligation to identify the right trade.
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