Well @macbonzo you are a trader. You operate in a world of financial guerrilla warfare, taking positions, hedging, taking profits, living off your wits – and good luck to you. But I am a bit old to be playing those games. I am never going to short anything, don’t want a spread betting or CFD account (had one, tried it, closed it, never again).
My mode of operation is more akin to a farmer, I want to plant some seeds, watch them grow, harvest some dividends – but most importantly be doing SOMETHING ELSE 99.9% of the time.
Trouble is some political idiots have created the equivalent of a hoard of locusts that are quite likely to wipe out my cultivated crop. So it’s time to pull stumps, load up the wagons and going looking for another plot of land. Analogy wearing a bit thin at this point !.
I am sure your mode of operation is extremely efficient but I’m afraid it is not for me. What I would really like is a good old fashioned savings account where you put your money in, didn’t risk losing it and got paid 5% interest every year for doing so. If you could still get such things I’d leave the stock market in a flash and never return. Sadly we will never see those times again.