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MARKET THEMES3 min reading21/09/2020

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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