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What effect will the trade war have on forex markets?

IG is hosting the first #IGForexChat on Thursday 4th October at 6.30pm You can watch the live broadcast using the video player below (with the broadcast starting just before the above time), or from within the dealing platform. We want to hear your questions so we can put them to the panel, opening up a two way channel between you and a group of experts which you may not usually have access to. The first two guests will be Raj Dhall at tradingview.com and Samuel Morton at lovethepips and fo

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Week commencing 12 October

Chris Beauchamp’s insight US earnings season is upon us once again, with the banks taking their traditional place at the forefront of the procession. This will help to provide a different narrative to the ‘stimulus on/off’ discussion of the past week or more. As the UK heads back towards tighter restrictions, JD Wetherspoon’s full-year numbers will provide plenty of interest in how the pub operator views the outlook for its next 12 months. Key economic data i

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CharlotteIG

Using IG alerts to identify trading opportunities

The IG web trading platform has several alert functions which can be used to notify you of potential trading opportunities and market volatility. We have different alerts for all types of traders, from the technical analyst to the long-term investor. Before we get into the different alert types it’s worth making sure your Notification Preferences on MyIG are set up correctly and notifications are turned on within your mobile settings area. The blog article on the right may be of help if you

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US Independence Day opening hours

US Independence Day opening hours 2020 There will be some changes to our normal opening hours over the US Independence Day period – between Wednesday 1 and Monday 6 July. Check the table below, and find out how the changes could impact your trading. Wednesday 1 July Canadian shares closed The Cannabis Index closed Thursday 2 July Lumber closes early at 6.05pm CBOT Grains close early at 6.05pm

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CharlotteIG

UK bank holiday and Labor Day holiday

During the UK bank holiday weekend and over Labor Day weekend in the US and Canada, we’ll be making some changes to our usual opening hours. These adjustments will take place on Monday 31 August (UK bank holiday), Monday 7 and Tuesday 8 September (US and Canada Labor Day weekend), after which we’ll go back to normal trading hours. Monday 31 August UK equities, index futures, soft commodities and interest

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CharlotteIG

UK and European Daylight Saving Time (DST)

UK and European clocks go back one hour when Daylight Saving Time (DST) ends on Sunday 25th October. From this date until Sunday 1st November, the end of US DST, there will be a number of changes to our opening hours:   •                 US and Canadian markets will open one hour earlier in UK time. For example, US and Canadian shares will be quoted between 1.30pm and 8pm •                 Leveraged trading on US shares (all sessions) will run from 8am to midnight Monday to Thursd

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CharlotteIG

The week ahead

Chris Beauchamp’s insight A shortened week for the US due to the Independence Day holiday sees non-farm payrolls published a day early coinciding with the trade balance and weekly jobless claims figures. Other key events of note include PMIs from China and first quarter figures from Sainsbury’s.   Economic reports   Company announcements   Dividends Upcoming FTSE 100: Coca-

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CharlotteIG

The new IG Community forum is live

A trading forum and help and support network for IG clients Over the last few months we have been working on a new layout for your Community, as well as adding greater functionality and new content areas. Today is the 'go live' date and we hope you like what you see. Have a browse, and if you have any feedback or suggestions please add a comment below. Maybe take this opportunity to make your first Community post if you haven't already? This purpose of this forum is for like-minded cli

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Smart Portfolios: reducing our fees to help your investments grow faster

Research finds that one of the main reasons everyday savers choose not to invest is because they believe wealth management is simply too expensive. We found that the total cost for a ready-made portfolio across other online wealth managers is around 1.1%1, with some charging over 1.8%2. High fees like these eat into your portfolio returns. In 2017, IG partnered with BlackRock to offer savers access to a low-cost wealth management service called IG Smart Portfolios. We recently reduced our m

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GeorgeIG

Memorial Day & UK Late May Bank Holiday

Memorial Day & UK Late May Bank Holiday There will be some changes to our normal opening hours over the UK spring bank holiday and US Memorial Day period. Check the table below, and find out how the changes could impact your trading. Monday 25 May UK equities, UK index futures, interest rate and commodity markets (except Brent Crude & Gas Oil) are closed. We’ll make an out-of-hours price on the FTSE 100. Brent Crude and Gas Oil futures close early at 6.30pm.

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CharlotteIG

Martin Luther King Jr Day- Change to Trading Hours

Martin Luther King Jr Day- Change to Trading Hours Hey everyone, opening hours on certain markets will change for Monday 20 and Tuesday 21 January 2020, as it's a US federal holiday marking the birthday of Dr Martin Luther King Jr. All times listed here are UK time. This information is accurate to the best of our knowledge, but it is possible that these hours could change.    All the best. 

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CharlotteIG

LIVE video at 1pm - #IGCommodityChat: Oil

Continuing our #IGCommodityChat and following our previous chat on gold, join us on Thursday the 29 November at 1pm (UK time) to discuss the future of the oil market with industry advisor Malcolm Graham-Wood and Spencer Welch, director of oil markets at IHS Markit. Submit your questions now or during the live show Use the comments section at the bottom of the blog (even if you're not an IG client or not logged in) and we'll put them to the panel. If there are any questions which

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Join our #IGForexChat and put your currency questions to our expert panel

Submit your questions now! In October we will be hosting a number of live chats and discussion dedicated to the world of currency trading and the foreign exchange market. Each #IGForexChat will focus on a unique topic, relevant to the macroeconomic landscape today. These topics will include; the ongoing US - Sino trade war, Trump's protectionist tariffs, and the renminbi; the uncertainty surrounding Brexit and any ongoing EU negotiations; and finally the recent sell side pressure affecting

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John Bollinger talks at an IG Scandinavian event

A look at our in-person seminars Earlier this summer we arranged our largest ever event in Scandinavia, with John Bollinger the creator of the technical Bollinger Bands indicator as a keynote speaker. Other speakers included Lee Sandford, an IG client and the founder of Trading College, and our local market analyst, Erik Hansén. The events, attended by about 450 prospective and live IG clients, were held in Oslo and Stockholm and followed a very similar ‘roadshow’ pattern which some of

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Inside the LME - the last of the 'pits'

The London Metal Exchange: LME The LME is one of the last pit traded venues in the world which has escaped the computerisation and digitalisation of the modern world. The iconic image of the 80's with men in brightly coloured suits has all but gone, however the live 'ring' as it's known is still the number one place in the world to trade a number of ferrous, non-ferrous, precious and minor metals. LME participants can trade and take or make delivery of aluminium, copper, tin, nickel, zinc,

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TimP

IG Community - check out our new video below

A trading forum and help and support network for IG clients The new IG Community has been live for a few weeks now and I just wanted to update all Community members on a couple of things, including a showcase of a brand new promotional video. This should be useful for those who haven't used Community before but what to know more - it's well worth a watch. If you have any comments or questions regarding the new forum please let us know in the Comments section below. We're always looking

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How will the new ESMA rules affect my IG account?

If you have any questions regarding the information below please add a comment. To get the best experience on Community please make sure you LOGIN. Notifications, private messages (if required), and tagging are only possible if you are logged in.   In January, ESMA proposed a number of changes for leveraged retail traders within the EU region and kicked off a consultation period to open up the discussion. Over 14,600 people had their say via the #ReplyToESMA website, with an overwhelmi

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How to turn on notifications for 'Price Alerts'

Alerts are great for keeping you up to date with broad market movements and macroeconomic news events. To make sure you receive the alert on mobile or via email requires an opt-in setting within MyIG, along with settings on your mobile (Push only).    Turning on notifications in MyIG When you’re logged in to your IG account go to your Communication Preferences in MyIG. On the 'Prices & Dealings' tab make sure you have turned on your Email and Push notification options. You can

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ESMA margin rules from July 30th

New ESMA regulations coming into force for the EU region are set to standardise the way margin close out rules work for retail traders. On the IG trading platform the new margin close-out rules will come into effect from 1pm on Monday 30 July. Please find an overview of the new regulation and how this may effect your account. We've included a useful video and a worked example which may also help.  Please remember that these changes only affect retail clients of EU firms (that are subject to

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End of year FX swap rates - significant moves currently likely

Please be aware that due to year end market factors we are seeing significant moves in the funding rates for most FX pairs. This has been observed across the market, although some pairs are looking to be worse affected than others (most notably if you are short US dollars). These factors include financial institutions balancing their books before the end of the year, putting a strain on certain currencies. You can see overnight funding charges on FX pairs by using the link to the right. Thi

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Easter Trading Hours

Easter Trading Hours  We wanted to let you know about some changes to our trading hours over the upcoming Easter period (all in UK time):  Thursday 9 April Most 24-hour indices close at 10pm.*   Friday 10 April All European and US markets closed. FX closes at 10pm.  Saturday 11 April Weekend indices and cryptocurrencies open as normal.   Sunday 12 April Weekend indices and cryptos open as normal. FX opens at 9pm. US and 24-hour indices quoted from 11pm.  Mo

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CharlotteIG

Dollar at Yearly High as Markets Pare October Losses – EMEA Brief 31 Oct

USD reaches its highest level this year as it breaches the 97.00 level it tested earlier this year, a level it hasn't seen since June 2017 Asian markets have shown signs of recovery heading towards the end of October which saw significant losses globally. The Shanghai Composite rose just over 1% despite the manufacturing growth rate missing forecasts The Dow Jones also saw strong gains yesterday following a consumer confidence report which beat expectations, reaching its highest le

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IGAaronC

Dividend Adjustments for 9-Nov to 16-Nov

Expected index adjustments  Please see the expected dividend adjustment figures for a number of our major indices for the week commencing 9-Nov 2020. If you have any queries or questions on this please let us know in the comments section below. For further information regarding dividend adjustments, and how they affect  your positions, please take a look at the video. NB: All dividend adjustments are forecasts and therefore speculative. A dividend adjustment is a c

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MaxIG

Dividend Adjustments for 7-Dec to 14-Dec

Dividend Adjustments for 7-Dec to 14-Dec Expected index adjustments  Please see the expected dividend adjustment figures for a number of our major indices for the week commencing 7-Dec 2020. If you have any queries or questions on this please let us know in the comments section below. For further information regarding dividend adjustments, and how they affect  your positions, please take a look at the video. NB: All dividend adjustments are forecast

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CharlotteIG

Dividend Adjustments for 4-Jan to 11-Jan

Expected index adjustments  Please see the expected dividend adjustment figures for a number of our major indices for the week commencing 4th Jan 2020. If you have any queries or questions on this please let us know in the comments section below. For further information regarding dividend adjustments, and how they affect  your positions, please take a look at the video. NB: All dividend adjustments are forecasts and therefore speculative. A dividend adjustment is a cash neutral adju
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