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  • Do you want to be autonomous or passive?

If you choose the self-directed approach, you will personally execute your trades and investments, speculating on market prices according to your trading plan and strategy. You can trade or invest using the self-directed approach for more flexibility and control.

With the passive approach, you’ll take long-term positions, buying and holding expertly managed portfolios of stocks, and earning potential profits from dividends, rents and interest.

  • What markets and assets do you want to trade?

There are several markets you can trade in, including forex, cryptocurrencies, commodities, bonds, ETFs, options, futures, and more.

You can trade them all using a spread betting or CFD account and also invest in shares of companies using a stock trading account.

  • How much risk can you accept?

With us, you can customize the level of risk you are comfortable with when trading in smart wallets.

Investing in ETFs using smart portfolios can also allow you to diversify your exposure across a range of assets, companies, geographies and sectors. Although investing in stocks carries a higher risk since you get exposure to individual companies, it is important to compare your risk/reward ratio before investing with a stock trading account.

When it comes to trading derivative products such as spread bets and CFDs, the risk is higher because they are leveraged products. When you trade with leverage, you put a fraction of money on deposit to gain exposure to the full position size. This deposit is called your margin.

At a 20% margin requirement – common when trading stocks, your leverage ratio is 1:5. So a 1% move in the market price would result in a 5% change in your position. Although leverage reduces your initial outlay, note that your profits and losses could greatly exceed your margin deposit. It is important to take steps to manage your risk to avoid large losses.

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