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EDUCATIONAL4 min reading22/06/2021

What is EBITDA and what can it tell you about a company’s value?

The question ‘What is EBITDA?’ is a common one. It’s one of several ways to measure the value of a company, along with P/E ratio, net profit and revenue. All have strengths and weaknesses and can be used in combination for a more complete view.

Trading technology with the Nasdaq index

EDUCATIONAL

11/06/2021

Trading technology with the Nasdaq index

The Nasdaq is well-established as the index of choice for diversified exposure to the technology sector. Here we look at what investors need to know: the Nasdaq’s meaning, purpose and function, as well as where potential opportunities may lie.

The power of big tech: what now for investing in tech stocks?

MARKET THEMES

08/06/2021

The power of big tech: what now for investing in tech stocks?

There are several benefits of investing in technology, as strong Q1 2021 results show. However, there are also challenges when investing in tech stocks with increased regulator and consumer scrutiny of big tech’s dominance and practices.

Biden’s priority policies: potential long-term impact on different sectors

MARKET THEMES

04/06/2021

Biden’s priority policies: potential long-term impact on different sectors

Joe Biden’s first 100 days as president were dominated by recovery from the pandemic. As his priority policies start to take centre stage, we look at which sectors may win or lose and where the opportunities might lie for traders and investors.

Invest in precious metals: beyond gold

EDUCATIONAL

01/06/2021

Invest in precious metals: beyond gold

If you want to invest in precious metals all that glitters need not be gold. There are reasons to invest in silver, platinum or palladium as each have industrial purposes. Where are the opportunities and risks for investing in metals in 2021?

Spotting investment opportunities: sustainability

MARKET THEMES

28/05/2021

Spotting investment opportunities: sustainability

The sustainability revolution may be more powerful and happening more quickly than many expected, bringing wide-ranging change around the world. There are also investment opportunities, with a growing choice of ways to invest in sustainability.

Spotting investment opportunities: healthcare

MARKET THEMES

27/05/2021

Spotting investment opportunities: healthcare

Shifting demographics, technology and the Covid-19 pandemic have combined to benefit the healthcare sector, creating investment opportunities. There are three main paths to invest in healthcare, each with their own risk and reward considerations.

Spotting investment opportunities: technology

MARKET THEMES

25/05/2021

Spotting investment opportunities: technology

The secret when you invest in technology is to spot the investment opportunities before they are hot. That’s easier said than done but there are ways to increase the likelihood of spotting those investment opportunities while avoiding pitfalls.

A return to inflation after Coronavirus?

MARKET THEMES

18/05/2021

A return to inflation after Coronavirus?

Inflation has been low for a long time but fiscal stimulus and economic recovery from the pandemic could mean an inflation wave. Here we look at types of inflation, the inflation forecast for 2021 and potential opportunities for investors.

Actions for diversifying your portfolio effectively

INVESTING EDUCATIONAL

14/05/2021

Actions for diversifying your portfolio effectively

Low interest rates and quantitative easing have made diversifying a portfolio more complex. But there are a few rules which can help you build a resilient portfolio, diversifying risks across a range of investments and avoiding nasty surprises.

The case for diversifying your portfolio

INVESTING EDUCATIONAL

12/05/2021

The case for diversifying your portfolio

Diversifying your portfolio is one of the investing basics. But it’s not as simple as just adding assets. Here we explore some of the reasons for diversification in investing and what to watch out for to get the best results for your portfolio.

Understanding how bonds work

INVESTING EDUCATIONAL

07/05/2021

Understanding how bonds work

The simple bond definition is a form of debt - the investor loans money to the issuer. But there’s much more to how bonds work, characteristics of bonds and different categories of bonds as well as how they respond to economic and market factors

Signs of economic recovery bring lower volatility and trading opportunities

MARKET THEMES

05/05/2021

Signs of economic recovery bring lower volatility and trading opportunities

The continuing vaccine programme and prospect of economic recovery are contributing to lower levels of market volatility, as seen in the VIX index. While markets remain sensitive to shifts in the vaccine rollout, there are trading opportunities.

How to start trading: tips for beginners

TRADING

23/04/2021

How to start trading: tips for beginners

Do you want to start trading on your own? Here are some tips to learn how and where to trading as a beginner.

Building a balanced portfolio for the new tax year

INVESTING

20/04/2021

Building a balanced portfolio for the new tax year

As we enter a new tax year this is a good time to make sure your investments are looking forward and not back, using your tax allowances throughout the year to <strong>create a balanced portfolio</strong> in a time of great change across the investment markets.

Back to basics: What is an ISA?

INVESTING EDUCATIONAL

16/04/2021

Back to basics: What is an ISA?

Simplicity, low charges, broad investment options and tax advantages make ISAs a natural choice for many. However, there’s more to them than you might think. By getting to know ISAs better you can make the right choice for your financial plans.

Tax and your portfolio: is an ISA for you?

INVESTING EDUCATIONAL

13/04/2021

Tax and your portfolio: is an ISA for you?

Tax isn’t always a top priority when it comes to investing, but can make a big difference to your outcomes. By being aware of how your investments may be subject to tax, you can minimise its impact. A stocks and shares ISA is a good start.

How to start investing: tips for beginners

INVESTING

09/04/2021

How to start investing: tips for beginners

Do you want to start investing on your own? Here are some tips to learn how and where to invest as a beginner.

The renewable energy revolution

MARKET THEMES

06/04/2021

The renewable energy revolution

Climate change is an increasing priority for policymakers and regulators, with Joe Biden leading the way as US president. There are clear trading opportunities for renewables, but fossil fuel providers still have a role to play too.

Trading risk management strategies

TRADING EDUCATIONAL

02/04/2021

Trading risk management strategies

Effective risk management strategies and techniques are essential to maximising potential trading opportunities while mitigating the various risks traders face. Hedging plays an important part in trading risk management but can involve costs.

Trading terminology

EDUCATIONAL

30/03/2021

Trading terminology

Being clear on your style and strategy as a trader can help you to find and get the most from a platform that meets your needs. Here we look at some of the terminology involved and what it means, from scalping to Fibonacci trading.

Exploring indices: what they are, how they work and how to trade them

EDUCATIONAL

26/03/2021

Exploring indices: what they are, how they work and how to trade them

Indices are a popular entry point to stock markets for traders and investors. By understanding how they are built, what drives or hinders their performance and how to trade them effectively, indices can be an important part of a portfolio.

Trading risks you should be aware of

TRADING

24/03/2021

Trading risks you should be aware of

Trading risk takes many forms and is influenced by various factors. By being aware of some of the main risks – exchange rate risk, interest rate risk, liquidity risk and behavioural risk – you can then start to think about how to manage them.

Risk and reward: trading and financial risk management

TRADING

15/03/2021

Risk and reward: trading and financial risk management

Rewards from trading require risk and making sure potential rewards justify the risks involved is crucial. Trading and financial risk management means establishing the potential risk/reward balance and using tools to help mitigate those risks.

Making the most of the tax year end

INVESTING

10/03/2021

Making the most of the tax year end

The tax year end presents a good opportunity to spring clean your portfolio, making sure you are using your tax allowances and starting the new tax year with a balanced portfolio which fits with the prevailing market conditions.

Vaccines, election victory and volatility

MARKET THEMES

10/12/2020

Vaccines, election victory and volatility

News of Covid-19 vaccines and a decisive US Presidential Election result have contributed to lower volatility as seen in the VIX index. However, a Brexit deal still hangs in the balance and sources of volatility for traders remain.

The US election: is it over yet?

MARKET THEMES

04/12/2020

The US election: is it over yet?

While US President-elect Joe Biden still has some hurdles to clear before he is sworn in on January 20, it seems the fight for the White House is finally drawing to a close. The balance of power in the Senate, however, is still to be decided.

Going long can have different meanings, depending on what and how you trade

TRADING EDUCATIONAL

26/11/2020

Going long can have different meanings, depending on what and how you trade

In some ways ‘going long’ is simple: hold an asset and benefit if its price increases. You can also go long without holding assets, e.g. trading options or CFDs. By understanding the differences you can make the most of the opportunities.

Handled carefully, shorting can be useful

TRADING EDUCATIONAL

16/11/2020

Handled carefully, shorting can be useful

Shorting can present opportunities for traders to benefit from falling asset prices or hedge a position, with leveraged trading through contracts for difference one option. Getting the best out of shorting takes market awareness and a good understanding of the risks involved.

Making the most of the digital transformation

MARKET THEMES

09/11/2020

Making the most of the digital transformation

Covid-19 has increased the advantage both of companies embracing digital tech and those enabling this progress, creating investment opportunities. Collective investments are one way to access what is likely to be a persistent trend.

How election day might affect the US markets

MARKET THEMES

27/10/2020

How election day might affect the US markets

The elections on 3 November will influence US stock market performance in the coming months as Trump and Biden’s contrasting policies favour different sectors. A disputed result is possible, which may trigger significant short-term volatility.

Challenging times mean trading opportunities

MARKET THEMES

22/10/2020

Challenging times mean trading opportunities

After a reasonably settled few months, factors such as the US Presidential Election, Brexit, technology stock pricing and progress towards a Covid-19 vaccine mean volatility is likely to increase, creating opportunities for traders.

Why margin matters in trading?

TRADING EDUCATIONAL

14/10/2020

Why margin matters in trading?

Margin, or leveraged, trading can lead to gains proportionately much larger than the investment. However the same applies to losses.

Post-virus relaunch: how the European situation is evolving

INVESTING EDUCATIONAL

07/10/2020

Post-virus relaunch: how the European situation is evolving

A note of confidence about the future linked to the fiscal and monetary measures put in place or planned to relaunch activity on a solid foundation in the new post-pandemic world.

Common mistakes made by investors: how to avoid them

INVESTING EDUCATIONAL

02/10/2020

Common mistakes made by investors: how to avoid them

The success of a financial investment depends on making more right choices for your portfolio than wrong ones. It's important to define a well-structured and planned investment strategy.

Summer holidays are a memory, but how the markets did?

INVESTING EDUCATIONAL

30/09/2020

Summer holidays are a memory, but how the markets did?

Stocks enjoyed one of their best Augusts ever, but volatility is back. The markets are weighed down by the continuous evolution of the COVID pandemic and uncertainty about countries' economic recoveries.

There’s more to regular investing than you might think

INVESTING EDUCATIONAL

28/09/2020

There’s more to regular investing than you might think

Regular investing is a good way of growing wealth over time. It establishes good financial habits and can balance out investment prices as markets fall and rise, while compounding and pound-cost averaging can both help support long-term growth.

Making the most of the market cycle

MARKET THEMES

21/09/2020

Making the most of the market cycle

Downturns, like the one we saw at the end of March, are all part of the market cycle: accumulation, mark-up, distribution and mark-down. Understanding why markets behave as they do can help you make the most of the opportunities.

The Dow Jones – tracking the fortunes of American industry

TRADING

14/09/2020

The Dow Jones – tracking the fortunes of American industry

The Dow Jones takes a selective approach to track US industry. As it covers a narrower range than some indices, the movement of each stock in the Dow Jones can have more impact, increasing volatility.

Trading the tech stock wave

TRADING

04/09/2020

Trading the tech stock wave

The top global technology stocks dominate markets around the world, with consistently strong performance even during the Coronavirus crisis. There is plenty of potential interest for traders.

Trading and investing

EDUCATIONAL

24/08/2020

Trading and investing

Trading and investing: together they can form portfolios which can both meet long-term goals and take advantage of short-term market movements.

Five themes for global economic growth

MARKET THEMES

17/08/2020

Five themes for global economic growth

Major themes driving global economic growth include digital transformation, climate change, shifting consumer patterns, the ageing population and automation.

The downs and ups of the airline sector

MARKET THEMES

29/07/2020

The downs and ups of the airline sector

The airline sector has been hit first by environmental concerns and then Covid-19. Share prices have reflected the challenges airlines have faced as the crisis has unfolded.

Following the fear: market volatility means opportunities

MARKET THEMES

13/07/2020

Following the fear: market volatility means opportunities

Covid-19 has increased market volatility - as demonstrated in the VIX index - with central banks acting to limit its impact. Rising and falling volatility both present opportunities for traders.

Breaking behavioural biases for better trading.

TRADING EDUCATIONAL

10/07/2020

Breaking behavioural biases for better trading.

Behavioural biases can mean traders act against their own best interests. By being aware of these behaviours you can take advantage of a range of approaches and automated tools to limit losses.

Agricultural commodities: trading opportunities from global volatility.

TRADING

02/07/2020

Agricultural commodities: trading opportunities from global volatility.

Agricultural commodities are influenced by both short and long-term elements such as extreme weather, climate change and population growth, making them a popular trading choice. Focusing on a single commodity can be a good starting point.

CFDs. What are they, how do they work and why might you consider using them?

TRADING

12/06/2020

CFDs. What are they, how do they work and why might you consider using them?

Contracts for difference are a flexible form of leveraged instrument that can be used to trade based on your view of how the price of an asset is likely to move. They are useful for hedging as well as for exploiting market volatility. But they do come with risks of significant loss so it’s important to protect yourself by putting appropriate risk parameters in place.

Trading indicators: harnessing the power of numbers

TRADING EDUCATIONAL

11/06/2020

Trading indicators: harnessing the power of numbers

By learning to use tools and analysis to judge market sentiment based on numerical measures you can make better, more informed, trading decisions.

Leveraged trading. What is it, how does it work and why might you consider it?

TRADING

09/06/2020

Leveraged trading. What is it, how does it work and why might you consider it?

Leveraged trading lets you gain exposure to assets for a small amount of their actual cost. This offers the potential for large returns, but it can also lead to large losses. Starting small, having a clear strategy and managing your risks.

The language of trading

TRADING

08/06/2020

The language of trading

Trading has its own terminology. Our jargon-busting glossary makes it clear and easy. Helping you to become familiar with the common terms and trading phrases.

Gold. What influences the market for it and when might you benefit from participating?

TRADING

07/06/2020

Gold. What influences the market for it and when might you benefit from participating?

Gold is well known as a ‘safe haven’ asset. But what influences its price over time? Interest rates and inflation, supply and demand and diversification driven central bank buying programmes can be relevant factors?

Oil. Supply, demand and the influence of leveraged traders (drawing on -ve US crude price experience)

TRADING

05/06/2020

Oil. Supply, demand and the influence of leveraged traders (drawing on -ve US crude price experience)

While renewable energy is on the rise, for now oil remains the lifeblood of the global economy. Driven by the push and pull of global demand oil prices can be volatile and influenced by geopolitical and technical factors.

The six things that influence currency markets

TRADING

31/05/2020

The six things that influence currency markets

While currency markets can at times feel irrational, there are some useful indicators out there that can help you get a feel for the likely future direction of travel a currency might take. For example, inflation, retail sales, housing market.

Beware behavioural mistakes that lose traders money

TRADING

27/05/2020

Beware behavioural mistakes that lose traders money

Over confidence, not setting parameters around your positions, falling foul of confirmation bias, being tempted to take short cuts and jumping in to an already crowded trade are all mistakes that all traders can do.

How does the Federal Reserve affect the economy

INVESTING

18/05/2020

How does the Federal Reserve affect the economy

As the central bank for the world’s largest economy, the US Federal Reserve is an influential force, not just on US stock markets but around the world. It may now be focusing on the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

Investing’s a marathon not a sprint

INVESTING

16/05/2020

Investing’s a marathon not a sprint

With interest rates at record lows, cash savings will struggle to keep up with inflation and many studies show that staying invested on the stock market over the longer term is more likely to lead to good outcomes.

Keeping a firm footing at times of movement

INVESTING

14/05/2020

Keeping a firm footing at times of movement

There is a lot to think about financially when buying a house abroad and or work there. The potential impact of currency movements is one of them. The good news is that there are some practical ways to take control.

Globe-trotting finances

INVESTING

12/05/2020

Globe-trotting finances

If you’re on the globe-trotting path this can present practical challenges in managing your finances. Using a service that offers multi-currency banking, investing and trading all through a single account is your way.

The cost of investing: five things you need to know.

INVESTING

11/05/2020

The cost of investing: five things you need to know.

The fees you pay when investing can make a big difference to what you might get back over the longer term. If you want to maximise your return potential, it’s important to factor all costswhen making decisions.

Why you should care about currency when investing

INVESTING

08/05/2020

Why you should care about currency when investing

Currency can affect investment returns in a number of ways, from corporate profitability to the value of dividend payments But currency fluctuations can also be a source of opportunity.

Safe haven currencies

BANKING

05/05/2020

Safe haven currencies

At times of crisis, thoughts may turn to ‘safe havens’ for your money. The US Dollar, the Japanese Yen and the Swiss Franc have each developed a reputation for typically holding their value during uncertainty times.

Money: It’s personal

BANKING

03/05/2020

Money: It’s personal

We can sometimes be our own worst enemies when it comes to investing for the longer-term. Fortunately, there are several practical steps we can take to protect ourselves.

Picking the right multi-currency account for you

BANKING

30/04/2020

Picking the right multi-currency account for you

If you transfer money frequently between countries or often pay for goods and services in different currencies, you may benefit from a multi-currency bank account.

Capturing opportunities across the globe

TRADING

24/02/2020

Capturing opportunities across the globe

From gaining exposure to the potential trillion dollar corporate stars of the future to executing effective hedging strategies, being internationally minded can help you to maximise your opportunities and manage your risk.

Living and working abroad? Keep your currency costs under control

BANKING

14/02/2020

Living and working abroad? Keep your currency costs under control

When living and working abroad and managing your finances across borders and currencies it’s easy to end up paying more than you need to in exchange rates and other currency transaction costs.

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