I thought I might mention to readers that I have not forgotten about the DiffCode Transatlantic product that I was reviewing back in June. The truth is that since Brexit, the markets have experienced levels of volatility which makes profitable trading using this method (that uses reasonably tight stops) difficult.
Whilst this volatility appears to have passed Martin Carter (creator of the Diffcode products) suggests that there is a ‘lull’ in the markets where the ranges are quite narrow. This in turn can lead to many ‘no trade’ days and when some trades are announced because the moves aren’t sufficient to close the trade during the course of the day – the method suggests a likely change of direction and the following day, the Diffcode Signal trade given might be to close the trade (for either a reduced profit / reduced loss).
I have been in two minds how to play this because this is a review after all and we would expect to see how things play out regardless of what the markets throw at it. But the truth is, any trader using this method would/should be mindful of market sentiment and large political events that could change the usual trading ‘dynamic’ within the markets. This is imperative to preserve ones trading bank. At this time of ‘uncertainty’ , I think it would be somewhat foolhardy of anyone to expect to be able use these ‘tried and tested’ Diffcode products outside of normal market operation and expect to come out of it unscathed.
I am also using my own funds during the course of this review so there is a also a natural degree of self-preservation that is influencing my decision not to trade at this time – but I feel that this would mirror most others peoples mindset if they were using this product with their own cash.
However, I do intend to reinstate this review once I have confidence that things are more settled and have reverted to the norm – which I am hopeful will be over the course of the next couple of months. Watch this space.
Its been three weeks since my last post and during this time trades signaled during the first two weeks of this period were not profitable ones and it was quite a ride.
However, things did change for the better in the third week with four out of five profitable trading days.
As mentioned previously, from here on I have revised the bank level to £2,500 which is the minimum advised in the manual and staking 5% of the balance.
So, the current balance stands at £2,402.91 allowing for the loss in the first two weeks. However, as you can see from the following results in order to preserve my working capital I had to reduce my staking part way through this period on account of the continuing losses.
The minimum unit stake with Core Spreads is 0.50p and with a prolonged run of losing trades you can find yourself approaching this limit much quicker than expected.
Trades outstanding / carried over from week 2:
Wed 18th May : – £73.30
Fri 20th : -£58.59
WEEK#3 (wk. comm 23rd May)
Mon : – £115.44
P/L for week : £-247.33
WEEK#4 (wk. comm 30th May)
Tues : – £108.12
**** Staking changed to 3% ****
Thur : + £31.20
Fri : – £59.52
P/L for week : £-136.44
WEEK#5 (wk. comm 6th June)
Mon : (trade was a winning one – regretably, my morning duties got in the way and I missed the required morning trading window)
Tues : + £28.92
Wed : +£29.50
Fri : + £29.90
New balance : £2,107.73
IMPORTANT : as highlighted above, the markets can ‘bite’ from time to time and despite the differential markets being less of a risk than trading Forex currency pairs for example, you do need to be aware of these moves before committing you’re hard earned so that you don’t begin to panic when a run of losers hit. For this reason, Martin Carter strongly recommends you use the 45 day trial period offered when you sign up to trial the system making use of the demo account facility offered by the Core Spreads broker. You can monitor the advised trades and get a feel for the movement of the markets in order gauge whether the general trends and movements week to week , suit your own personal comfort levels.
It isn’t often that we are presented with opportunities to profit from financial instruments with very little effort taken out of your day and with limited risk to your working capital. However, every so often these opportunities do arise and I have been given the chance to blog the latest offering from Thames Publishing – ‘Diff Code Transatlantic’.
I was familiar with the concept behind DiffCode Transatlantic before I had read the manual having blogged MRP & MRP Energy (now Diff Code ‘Europe’ / Diff Code ‘Oil’ respectively) on CashMaster back in 2013/2014.
Martin Carter author of the ‘Diffcode’ is a former financial analyst. Like many of us, Martin advocates working in markets where you can keep reasonable control of your losses whilst still making reasonable profits along the way. Finding this balance is difficult to do in many aspects of trading and that is where the Diff Code strategy is different.
Diffcode products all use the Differential Index offered by broking institutions to enable us to trade the difference in price between two financial instruments. These two indices follow each other closely; as one falls/rises so does the other.. it is simply the difference between these two prices that change over a period of time. The general ‘mirrored’ movements of this pair offers security from those big market moves that in more ‘conventional’ financial markets can expose you to big liabilities, taking out your stop positions in the blink of an eye.
When you sign up to Diff Code Transatlantic you receive through the post a manual and you also receive an email containing your login details enabling you to access your membership through the Diff Code website. You are encouraged to have an account with the broker CORE SPREADS not only because they offer the leanest spreads available (brokers’ commission on the trade) – they also permit stakes of less than £1. Many online brokers have a minimum stake of £1 and some with increments in £1 intervals.
Although signing up to CORE SPREADS isn’t difficult, if you have little or no knowledge of trading markets using an online broker I would suggest that you speak with Thames Publishing to get advice on the Q&A when you sign up to open an account. I believe there is a code the brokers must work to in order to protect themselves and individuals. This takes the form of a simple questionnaire that you complete and for them to determine your level of knowledge trading Forex/Futures etc. (this is quite standard practice when signing up to any online financial website). If your answers don’t fit the profile for a successful candidate, they may decline your application.
Diff Code Transatlantic trades the differential between Wall Street and the FTSE. You are advised to stake no more than 5% of your bank and this determines your Stop loss position on each trade.
Every day Martin updates the website with a BUY/SELL/No Trade signal – simply calculate your stakes relative to your bank size (and the number of open positions you may have, up to a maximum of 3 at any one time) – place the trade – get on with your day. That’s it.
The stop loss position is always twice that of the distance to your profit stop. However, the risk/reward ratio for each trade is actually better than 2:1 because on occasions where trades remain overnight, the following day if there is no trade OR the buy/sell signal has switched direction, you close the trade for less, sometimes far less, than a full loss.
My results thus far are using a £2000 bank. However, I had overlooked the manuals recommendation of a £2,500 bank (which is suggested on account of the minimum stake size with Core Spreads on Diff markets which is 0.50p). My results from next week will be for a £2.5K bank size.
Mondays trade was a winner, but had not read the manual so a ‘no trade’ day for me.
Tues : + £49.50
Wed : – £101.64
Thus : partial loss (- £79.42)
Fri : – £97.92
Mon : + £46.20
Tues : + £42.33
Wed : (in progress)
Thur : + £43.86
Fri : (in progress)
Balance : £1,902.91
The Diff Code Transatlantic website claims to have turned a £10,000 start bank into £23,603 between 1st October 2015 and end of March 2016 following the signals – which is astounding!
If you wish to sign up for the trial of Diff Code Transatlantic it will cost you £297 for the manual and gives you 6 months access to the signals. Once this period has expired, the signals are available for a further £12.50 per month however Martin has said that once you have completed the 45 day trial period if you wish he will reveal the actual method for determining the signals for yourself if you are so inclined – so you wont need to pay any further costs – ever! But from a practical standpoint, for a measly £12.50 per month, I would suggest that it simply isn’t worth the hassle to ‘do-it-yourself’.
As with all other Diff Code products you have 45 days to try the strategy out and if for any reason you are unhappy or feel that this product is not for you, Thames Publishing will honour a full refund on return of the manual. Furthermore, existing Diff Code customers get a discount on any other Diff Code product they sign up to.
You can get a 45 day risk free trial of The Diff Code Transatlantic here:
It is some time since I last reported on the progress of the Percentage Form Edge method. This is for good reason. The instructions received on how to use the selections were not fully qualifying in the use of two lists of selections. (I have re-read and as far as I can see this is still the case!). Two lists are supplied : main list and second list.
The ‘main list’ lists selections that are to backed with specific minimum price criteria that must be followed. The ‘second list’ of selections that are advised are suggested, although the primary selection may not have met the required price price criteria to include it in the main list, whilst the other selections do represent good value bets. So, it is up to the user if they chose to participate in races on the second list, because they do carry slightly higher risk.
Early on in May – Denis Hatcher creator of this service sent an email to subscribers who were after qualification on the odds as some of the results he had achieved, were perhaps not the same that others had achieved with their own set of results following the same selections as he. Denis went on to advise that because he does this for a living himself – he has the luxury ( note : I use the term ‘luxury’ loosely in this context!), of monitoring the prices in the suggested races during the day and can take advantage of corresponding price movements to enhance the value these selections have to offer. This could be rather too time intensive a requirement for many. So Denis suggested for those short on time to consider taking early prices using Betfair Sportsbook and thereby making use of their ‘Best Odds Guarantee’ if the selections drift at the off / another alternative was suggested staking in the closing stages of betting before race-off for each race with differing stake amounts according to the price of the selection ….
So, for me to report on BFSP prices as I had been doing for the results I had posted previously – wasn’t too representative of how the service should be implemented.
My personal commitments more recently have made it even more difficult for me to avail myself of the time to record my own personal set of results . So, the simplest way for me to update this service at the present time is to qualify the results of this service thus far, as achieved by Denis himself. Starting from the 14th March which is where I officially started this review… (I had followed a week or two of these selections in May and the results that I had achieved did correlate to those Denis posted …. so as far as I am concerned, I have little reason to doubt these claimed results)
14th March – 31st March : -13.7 pts
1st April – 30th April : + 21.2 pts (win strike rate : 48.4%)
1st May – 31st May : +31.7 pts (win strike rate : 48.1%)
Currently the results tally for this service since the start of the year is 182 pts, (give or take…) which is a pretty commendable result.
So this seems a fairly solid approach to finding value selections in the exchange markets.
One thing that must be remembered like any other service purporting to finding value selections -because the method uses price indicators it has to be expected that there will be losing runs from time to time which will test your adherence to this service. Of course, this applies to any betting service that you subscribe to but where you are putting on upto 6 level stake bets per race… a run of losers will make a reasonable dent in your bank balance. If that losing run continues with only a handful of low priced winners during this period it will be sufficient to make the hardiest of mindsets, for a moment perhaps, think twice about continuing. Denis applies the same rationale in his daily search value as he did in the trial from last year, so provided you follow the selections taking the best prices you can where possible – over time you should come out on top. As I have hinted already, this will all depend on the time you spend involved in monitoring prices for the suggested races during the day to make the most of price moves and thereby making the betting positions that you take potentially more lucrative.
You may recall that the trial period undertaken last year notched up a profit of 116 pts in a period of 4 months (Avg: 29 pts /month). So, a profit of 182 pts over 5 1/2 months (Avg: 33 pts /month), you cannot deny is showing some consistency month to month….. So, on this basis, I suggest that Percentage Form Edge is Approved.
You can try The Percentage Form Edge here:
Another week with a profit right at the end of the betting week …. ending as we have done, 1 point ahead.
27th April : £+50 / £+49.50
28th April :
29th April : £-50 / £-50
30th April : £-50
2nd May : £+51 / £-50
3rd May : £+50 / £50
Week : £+50.50
Closing Balance: £1,377.50 (start bank : £1,000)
Staking £50 / Profit : 7.55 pts
ROI : 5%
Win /Lose tally since start of review : 74 WINNING / 68 LOSING
This service aims to profit through betting on football matches playing selections in mutiples, mostly doubles (no surprises there!) , but also the occasional triple bet too. You can either chose the selections yourself provided you keep to using the leagues suggested in the manual or you can also subscribe to the emailed selections each week.
Personally, I think the suggested staking level of 10% bank is too high and early on in this review luck was not on our side and with a run of losing bets – the proprietor suggested we double up our stakes, (this lost) and then an unprecedented ‘quadruple’ stake was suggested….(which fortunately won).. This level of recovery staking was not something mentioned in the DFD manual and I couldnt help thinking a knee-jerk reaction to the mounting losses which could potentially have ended in disaster… for this reason I had figured 5% bank staking more appropriate.
I was hoping that the emailed selections would achieve a far higher strike rate than witnessed. As you can see the win/lose tally is very close. The selections did make a profit, but only a little over 7.5 points. We would also have to factor into this 4 months worth of emailed selections at £19.99 each month too. Perhaps the service will return to better winning ways similar to Francis’ claimed results from last year that netted him thousands (no proof of previous results available).
Initially, I did award this a Neutral rating however, I have to remind myself that this method is supposed to be an alternative to stocks and shares and other forms of investment which yield on average around 10% ROI. At £4.99 for the strategy its not going to break the bank (monthly emailed selections are extra). So if considered from this perspective, this strategy as a long term investment program could yield reasonable profits. Personally, I think the low strike rate may put some people off weighing up the effort required in placing the bets each day…. on the other hand some may also like the low risk opportunities this method provides for longer term proftability. So on this basis Doubling for Dummies should be considered, Approved.
You can try Doubling For Dummies here: