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The Financial Spread Betting Handbook: The definitive guide to making money trading spread bets by Malcolm Pryor

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2. Getting Set Up – Computer Hardware And Software

This chapter looks at the spread bettor’s computer requirements.

Back in the early part of the last century some of the greatest traders that have ever lived, such as Jesse Livermore, made fortunes betting on the movement of stocks and commodities. The technology they had to help them was primitive to say the least: paper charts, the ticker tape of the most recent trades, telegrams, phones, prices written up on a board on the wall as they came through on the tape.

Whatever techniques they used for analysis, in 2000 most spread bettors were still placing bets via a phone call. These days the vast majority of bets are placed online.

Hardware

The good news is that computers get more powerful ...

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