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4 Effective Trading Indicators Every Trader Should Know

THE BENEFITS OF A SIMPLE STRATEGY Traders tend to overcomplicate things when they’re starting out in the forex market. This fact is unfortunate but undeniably true. Traders often feel that a complex trading strategy with many moving parts must be better when they should focus on keeping things as simple as possible. This is because a simple strategy allows for quick reactions and less stress. If you’re just getting started, you should seek the most effective and simple strategies for i

When Can S&P 500 Volatility Break a Stock Diversification Strategy? Analyzing the VIX

S&P 500, VIX INDEX, STOCK SECTOR DIVERSIFICATION, MACRO - TALKING POINTS The S&P 500 has 11 sectors to choose from to diversify stock portfolios Broadening exposure is not always perfect at avoiding market volatility What levels of VIX undermine this strategy and what can traders do? WHAT IS STOCK SECTOR DIVERSIFICATION? If an investor wants to diversify exposure in the US stock market, there are plenty of sectors to choose from in the S&P 500. On t

How to Manage Fear and Greed in Trading

MANAGING FEAR AND GREED WHILE TRADING: MAIN TALKING POINTS Fear and greed are two drivers that influence our everyday lives These influences carry over to trading and can be detrimental Traders can remove these drivers by looking at the big picture and planning ahead Fear and greed are often identified as the main drivers of financial markets. This is clearly an oversimplification, however fear and greed do play an important role in the psychology of trading. Understandi

Contractionary Monetary Policy: What is it and How Does it Work?

WHAT IS CONTRACTIONARY MONETARY POLICY? Contractionary monetary policy is the process whereby a central bank deploys various tools to lower inflation and the general level of economic activity. Central banks do so through a combination of interest rate hikes, raising the reserve requirements for commercial banks and by reducing the supply of money through large-scale government bond sales, also known as, quantitative tightening (QT). It may seem counter-intuitive to want to lower

Gas Price Gouging or Grandstanding?

American consumers are paying a lot more than usual for gasoline, but economists don’t lay the blame on price gouging. The market is driving up prices because D.C. politicos banned crude oil imports from Russia—the third-largest oil producing nation—in the wake of its invasion of Ukraine. But President Joe Biden and a lot of members of Congress don’t see it that way. “American oil and gas companies should not—should not exploit this moment to hike their prices to raise profits,” B

3 Triangle Patterns Every Forex Trader Should Know

Triangle patterns have three main variations and appear frequently in the forex market. These patterns provide traders with greater insight into future price movement and the possible resumption of the current trend. However, not all triangle formations can be interpreted in the same way, which is why it is essential to understand each triangle pattern individually. Forex triangle patterns main talking points: Definition of a triangle pattern Symmetrical triangles explained

Dividend Adjustments 6th June 2022 - 13th June 2022

Please see the expected dividend adjustment figures for a number of our major indices for the week commencing 6th June 2022. These are projected dividends and likely to change. IG cannot be held responsible for any changes made. Dividends highlighted in red include a special dividend, therefore some or all of the amount will not be adjusted. Amount in brackets is the expected adjustment after special dividends excluded (where shown on major indices). Dividend adjustments due to be posted on a

Short-selling explained

Short-selling goes against the traditional mantra of buying low and selling high. But it can be a useful tool, helping traders to find opportunity even in falling markets. Find out what short-selling means and how it works.   Shares Forex Short Asset Stock Hedge

IG Community Top Contributors Competition

Hello IG Community, We are excited to announce that the community will be running a Top Contributors Competition which will be starting on the 1st June 2022 and ends 30th June 2022. We are giving away great prizes to be won for our top 3 contributors which will be awarded at the end of the month and we’ll be announcing the winners.    How does the competition work? The rules are we will be selecting our top 3 contributors on the IG community based on both the quantity and qua

How to Control Greed When Trading

Greed is a natural human emotion that affects individuals to varying degrees. Unfortunately, when viewed in the context of trading, greed has proven to be a hindrance more often than it has assisted traders. Greed can very easily turn good trades into bad ones and bad trades into worse trades. This article provides a number of tips to control greed and how to stop it interfering with your trading success. WHAT IS GREED IN TRADING AND HOW DOES IT IMPACT TRADER SUCCESS? Greed can be

How to Manage the Emotions of Trading

Knowing how to control emotions while trading can prove to be the difference between success and failure. Your mental state has a significant impact on the decisions you make, particularly if you are new to trading, and keeping a calm demeanor is important for consistent trading. In this piece, we explore the importance of day trading psychology, for both beginner and more experienced traders, and give some pointers on how to trade without emotions. THE IMPORTANCE OF CONTROLLING EMOTIONS WH

WHAT IS THE NUMBER ONE MISTAKE TRADERS MAKE?

WHAT IS THE NUMBER ONE MISTAKE TRADERS MAKE? Big financial market volatility and growing access for the average person have made active trading very popular, but the influx of new traders has met with mixed success. There are certain patterns which may separate profitable traders from those who ultimately lose money. And indeed, there is one particular mistake that in our experience gets repeated time and time again. What is the single most important mistake that led to traders losing

How To Use Twitter For Traders

HOW TO USE TWITTER FOR TRADERS Trade The News The Role of Twitter When Did Twitter Become Important For Traders Examples: Twitter Ahead of Traditional Newswires How to Spot Fake News How Traders Effectively Monitor Twitter Who to Follow on Twitter TWITTER TRADERS Since the introduction of social media, the 21st century trader has had a new tool at their disposal. In this article, I will discuss how financial market participants can u

IG Community Newsletter Announcement!

Hello IG Community,   A new addition to the IG Community The IG Community Newsletter will be ready to view soon, we have upcoming market events, updates on what the community has been and will be up to, market news updates and how community members can get involved with the next newsletter.   Why have a Community newsletters? It will contain important news and updates to make the Community aware, as well as our products updates and other significant informatio

Trading the London Session: Guide for Forex Traders

- Reviewed by James Stanley, Nov. 24, 2021 The London trading session accounts for around 35% of total average forex turnover*, the largest amount relative to its peers. The London forex session also overlaps with the New York session throughout the year. Key talking points in this article: What time does the London forex market open? Top three things to know about the London trading session What currency pairs are the best to trade? How to trade breakouts du

Fibonacci Confluence on FX Pairs

Talking Points: - As looked at earlier in this module,Fibonacci retracements can help traders to identify possible support/resistance. - We’ve previously discussed how a trader can use Fibonacci retracements on long-term-charts, and by focusing on multiple major moves traders may be able to glean confluent areas of support/resistance. This can provide multiple reasons for buyers or sellers to defend these key spots on the chart, keeping the door open for reversals or retracements.

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How Risky is Shorting a Market with Futures?

Feb 8, 2022 By:Frank Kaberna, tastytrade One of the most frightening sights in trading is the infinity symbol that appears next to the potential loss on a position that is short the underlying market. Selling futures, calls, and even shares of stock short can give you both the ability to profit from a market moving lower and the theoretical chance of losing multiples of your money if the market’s price approaches infinity. SMO \ Small Crude Oil But prices rarely reflect a sid

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Becoming a Better Trader – Fixing Mistakes, Working on Weaknesses

- Reviewed by James Stanley, Nov. 24, 2021 SMALL FIXES CAN ADD UP TO BIG CHANGE This may sound obvious, but this is an overlooked area of trader development – identifying weaknesses and turning them into strengths. It’s one of the reasons many trading mistakes are made over and over and over again. Even fixing the little stuff, making tweaks here and there can add to up to a big difference. Fixing a mistake in one area can help remedy a problem in another, and so on, it’s a process.

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Top Stocks to Watch in February 2022

Feb 1, 2022 By James Blakeway. Tastytrade Despite the aggressive two-day rally to close out January, the Nasdaq-100 (NDX) is still down 8.5% so far in 2022. Additionally, the index is 10.9% off all-time highs, set on November 11th of last year. This all comes after a stellar 2021 which saw the Nasdaq rise over 26%. Many of the nation’s top companies reported earnings in January, including some key stocks in the Nasdaq-100. These names included Microsoft (MSFT), Apple (AAPL), Netflix (N

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How Forex Traders Use ISM Data

- Reviewed by James Stanley, Nov. 24, 2021 The ISM manufacturing index plays an important role in forex trading, with ISM data influencing currency prices globally. As a result, the ISM manufacturing, construction and services indicators can provide unique opportunities for forex traders, which makes understanding this data (and how to prepare for its monthly release) essential. Talking points: What is ISM? How ISM impacts currencies How forex traders use ISM data

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Three Easy Ways to Buy Gold and Silver

Jan 31, 2022 By Frank Kaberna, tastytrade. The descent in metals following last week’s FOMC could present an interesting opportunity for those looking to add long gold and silver exposure to their portfolio or at least try their hand at trading this unique asset class diversified from equities on a historical extreme.   Futures have long been a low-cost, direct route to gaining precious metal investment without having to either physically own the commodity or pay a high capit

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Inoculating the World Against Recession

This story ran in April 2021 and may have dated references, but it remains relevant and a fascinating read for traders. The Covid-19 pandemic plunged the world into deep recession as nations retreated into lockdown to contain the viral spread. But monetary and fiscal officials responded to the crisis swiftly and powerfully, based on the collective wisdom they gained during the 2008 global financial crisis and its aftermath. This time, world leaders took bold action to avoid a sluggish recov

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