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Spreadbet Magazine - created by REAL traders for active traders.

As active traders ourselves, we believe that we understand the industry and the issues that are important to trader and investors. Not for us the usual “backward looking” commentary that adds no value whatsoever that you find on other sites and publications, rather we look to put “our necks on the block” and provide stimulating and well researched commentary and ideas.

We also supply educational content each and every month within the magazine and which is delivered direct to your email completely for free with features supplied by a veritable who’s who of contributors including Robbie Burns who bravely bares his trading diary each and every month, Zak Mir - perhaps the UK’s most respected technical analyst, Alpesh Patel and many more…

Editorial Director - Richard Gill

Richard Gill has been with the Group since April 2007, initially writing for the AIM & PLUS Newsletter before becoming its editor a few months later along with sister publication Small Cap Shares.
His investment philosophy is focussed on cheap growth companies operating in booming sectors but with a focus on solid cash generatiion and which also offer a dividend yield as opposed to speculative “jam tomorrow” businesses and companies which are cheap, but for a good reason.

He was awarded the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation in September 2012 (considered the gold standard amongst City analysts), following on from his award as PLUS Markets Financial Writer of the Year in 2008.

Richard is an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment, a member of the CFA Society of the UK and a Regular member of the CFA Institute. He is also a judge at the 2014 Small Cap Awards.

Editor - Zak Mir

Zak Mir has been involved with the financial markets since the early 1990s, as a stockbroker, derivatives dealer, technical analyst, investment author and financial commentator. He was among the first individuals to bring technical analysis to the mainstream in the UK and remains one of the most widely read commentators on “bulletin board” stocks and major markets alike. He founded in 2002, one of the first dedicated technical analysis websites, and appears regularly on CNBC and Bloomberg. 

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Spreadbet Magazine is proud to introduce our line up of esteemed contributors: 

Robbie Burns

Robbie Burns - The Naked Trader has been a full-time trader since 2001 and has made in excess of a million pounds trading the markets. He’s also written three editions of his book “Naked Trader” and the “Naked Trader Guide to Spreadbetting” and runs day seminars using live markets to explain how he makes money. Robbie hates jargon and loves simplicity. Catch him at 

Alpesh Patel

Alpesh Patel is the author of 16 investment books, runs his own FSA regulated asset management firm from London, formerly presented his own show on Bloomberg TV for 3 years and has had over 200 columns published in the Financial Times. He provides free online trading education on

Tom Houggard

Tom Houggard was a broker in the City of London until 2009, racking up close to a thousand TV and radio interviews on the likes of CNBC, Bloomberg, CNN, BBC, SKY TV etc. His specialisation now is investor education and he is one of the few commentators who actually puts his money where his mouth is with live trading sessions. Find out more on

James Faulkner

A true stockmarket anorak, James Faulkner began investing in the stock market in his early teens and retained this hobby while he studied History at the University of Sheffield. James is a devotee of the PEG-based growth investing model pioneered by Jim Slater in his seminal book The Zulu Principle, while also being’s resident economic ‘guru’. James is an Associate of the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment and holds the CISI Certificate in Investment Management.

Filipe R. Costa

Filipe has been a contributor to SBM since the earliest years. His specialisation is monetary policy, macro issues and behavioural finance where he allies the practical experience of several years of trading with academic credentials. Filipe in fact teaches courses on Financial Markets and Monetary Economics at the University of Oporto Faculty of Economics, helping traders maximise profits and better manage risk.