The inquisitor: ‘Paper losses’ can cost serious investors dearly

Much of the talk in the collapsing stock market has been around contracts for difference (CFDs) and how those who took aggressive positions in CFDs have had to write a lot of cheques lately to fund margin calls as the prices of shares fell.

9th August, 2008

Much of the talk in the collapsing stock market has been around contracts for difference (CFDs) and how those who took aggressive positions in CFDs have had to write a lot of cheques lately to fund margin calls as the prices of shares fell.

However, CFD holders are not the only ones who have had to deal with real rather than just paper losses.

Take the example of a wealthy investor who decides to buy...

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