Using a GSL for a 100k short position ?

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Old Jan 14, 2011, 2:04pm   #9
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Re: Using a GSL for a 100k short position ?

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of course, equity clients who swing £5-10m notional per position are traditionally a bunch of toothless halfwits aren't they?

your lack of knowledge is transparent as it is embarrassing.
You know that FX brokers also manipulate spreads and even change their margin levels to rip people of?
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Old Jan 14, 2011, 2:07pm   #10
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did you know that some footballers dive?

there are any number of completely irrelevent issues we can discuss whilst the market is quiet, but really we should concentrate on the one at hand - namely your belief that a serious investor in stocks shouldn't be spread betting.

you mention financing. what do you think a major spread betting firm charges for being long a UK stock overnight?
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Old Jan 14, 2011, 2:14pm   #11
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of course, equity clients who swing £5-10m notional per position are traditionally a bunch of toothless halfwits aren't they?

your lack of knowledge is transparent as it is embarrassing.
Er...Mike Ashley ring a bell?

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...-HBOS-bet.html
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Old Jan 14, 2011, 2:17pm   #12
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what do you think a major spread betting firm charges for being long a UK stock overnight?
OK, how much?

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Old Jan 14, 2011, 2:19pm   #13
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OK, how much?

Peter
Cant tell you, GW Bush banned you all from this spreadbetting lark.
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Old Jan 14, 2011, 2:19pm   #14
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oh i see pboyles, you're the sort of guy who uses one example out of a million trades to prove your point.

in which case there's not a great deal of point in engaging you in conversation.

i would encourage anyone reading this to ignore pboyles' contributions with regard to the spread betting industry. he doesn't understand the product in the slightest.
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Old Jan 14, 2011, 2:19pm   #15
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leonarda started this thread I agree with shortsell,
but lets get back to my question...

with a standard stop you theoretically are exposed to say a 500% loss in a 0.001% chance scenario (guess!!), and especially when dealing with a large position that could take longer to unwind if there's liquidity problems.
with a GSL you'd be exposed to say a 10% loss, but you pay an extra 1% charge every trade...

so taking my guestimates, and say 100 trades per year:
SSL: 500% loss that will probably never happen!
GSL: Extra 100% charge per year, so in 5 years of short selling you're in the same position. So say short selling 1 year out of 4, that's 20 years of trading and you're in the same position.

To me the only difference is peace of mind and happiness/comfort with your risk level when using a GSL.

oh I don't know...but that's why i'm asking the question...
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Old Jan 14, 2011, 2:21pm   #16
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pete, typically most charge 2.5% over 1 month libor. obviously guys position trading size aren't going to be on 2.5% - in my experience 1.5-2% is closer to the norm.

pboyles, any thoughts on how this compares to leverage costs with a DMA broker?
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