Trade ByteDance (TikTok) ahead of its IPO, with the IG grey market
By taking a position on a grey market, you’re taking a position on a company’s potential market cap ahead of its initial public offering (IPO). The price of a grey market is a prediction of what the company’s total market capitalisation will be at the end of its first trading day.
If you think the estimated value of the company is over- or under-priced, a grey market enables you to take advantage of this disparity befor
Why we've started making Podcasts
Podcasts are a great way to develop your trading knowledge and prepare for your time on the markets. You can explore different trends and events with our market deep dives as well as gain incite from our in-house experts and guests.
Where can you find them?
Our Podcasts are now available on Spotify and Apple Podcasts. You can also find more information by following the link here.
What Podcasts have we made so far?
We've released options for the Volatility Index. You can find them on our platform under the options tab> Indices.
Options, when buying the call/ put, are a great way to get involved in market movement whilst having limited risk.
Dealing hours : 09:00:00 – 21:15:00 GMT Monday-Friday
Contracts offered : Currently offer the next two months (November and December)
Expiry for monthly options : Every 3rd Wednesday of the month
Last trade : 21:15 GMT the day before expiry
We're happy to announce that both Bollinger %B and Bollinger Bandwidth are now available to use on the web platform and mobile app.
Bollinger %B indicator helps you work out where price is in relation to the upper and lower Bollinger Bands.
This shows a reading of 1 if the price is trading at the upper band, or 0 if it's at the lower band.
Bollinger %B allows you to take readings of divergences that often precede market reversals:
A bearish divergence o
Expected index adjustments
Please see the expected dividend adjustment figures for a number of our major indices for the week commencing 28 Oct 2019. 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.
Heikin-Ashi candles are now available on the IG trading platform for both desktop and mobile. This feature has been one of the more highly requested additions to charts as these types of candles are commonly used by traders looking at identifying trends visually without the need of complex analysis.
How can I see Heikin-Ashi candles on the IG dealing platform?
Turning on Heikin-Ashi candles is simple. If you want to see these candles;
Simply open the main menu by right c
We have a great new feature which is available on desktop charts: you can now trade faster by choosing to place a working order directly from the charts, rather than needing to fill out the deal ticket, and take full advantage of our drag and drop stop/limit functions. This new feature should reduce the effort and number of steps required to place an order, remove the need to type, and also offer a clear visual preview of your order before placing.
To place your working order straight from
The US stock market opens from 2:30pm to 9pm London time, which means many UK-based trading companies only allow you to trade these individual stocks up until 9pm (with other regions having restrictions based on their local time zones). We know that many IG clients want to trade outside of these hours, especially over earning season, so we sought to offer you 'extended hours' on many of these major companies.
Trade the US FANG index 24 hours a day at IG
This same concept applie
In a similar manner to our position preview feature you can now see your working order shaping up on the charts as you start creating orders from the ticket.
Simply input your order direction, size and level and you will be able to see a preview on the chart. You can then decide to drag you Stop and/or Limit from the chart to define their absolute level and see the related Risk/Reward Ratio. Once you are happy with this just place your order from the ticket et voila!
If you have any co
If you like to change between different intervals on the IG desktop charts (from 1 minute candlesticks to 5 or 10 minute candles, or to hours, days or months) then we've just made it easier with keyboard shortcuts. Whilst on a chart you can type any number from 1 to 5 on your keyboard to bring up a small 'interval' dialogue box, confirm your choice, and hit enter. For example:
1 minute intervals: type 1 then enter
5 minute intervals: type 5 then enter
1 hour intervals: type 1 h then ent
We are now live with our 'Crypto 10 Index' for all clients*. You can find this asset via the dealing platform 'Search' function on mobile or the desktop trading platform, or via the left hand 'Cryptocurrency' fly-out on the desktop platform.
What is the 'Crypto 10 Index'?
The Crypto 10 Index represents the performance of the largest 10 tokens (constituents at the bottom), selected and weighted by market capitalization. At current crypto currency prices the index captures close
On the back of recent client feedback you can now customise the Stochastic and KDJ indicator levels on IG charts. Once you have added either of these indicators (which you can do by right clicking > indicator > stochastic) simply click the label in the bottom left of the chart and the option window will appear. You should be able to amend the Overbought and Oversold levels here along with some other variable to customise further.
We have recently released a charting update which gives you a brief overview of the indicators on the IG platform and how you can use them to get the most out of your technical analysis. We plan to roll this out imminently for the various drawing tools we have on the platform as well.
You can see how this looks in the image above.
How to access IG indicator descriptions on our charts
Either right click on the chart and select 'Indicator' or use the 'Indicator' button at the to
On the back of client feedback our charting team have just delivered a new feature on mobile and desktop. You can now quickly and easily see the percentage movement on any given period for any market. This is accessible from the 'Other Options' drop down, or by right clicking on the chart, and selecting 'Percentage' from the 'Scale' option. The percentage scale will then be reflected on the Y axis for the 1st candle (close) visible on any chart to the last. In other words, the perc
Set stops and limits on charts: click, drag and drop
You can now use a 'drag and drop' functionality to set the stops and limits on your chart before you have placed a trade. This is available for anyone who has 'Position Preview' enabled. If you don't have this turned on, simply right click on your charts and make sure 'Position Preview' is ticked.
When you are setting you trade and you have selected 'Buy' or 'Sell' you will see the 'Stop/Limit' option appear. Hover over the horizonta
On the back of client feedback and to make the platform easier to navigate, we have now made the ‘show’ button easier to find by adding the toggle to the top of the charts.
By clicking this button, you will be able to customize the information that appears on your charts. These functionalities were previously available by right clicking on the graph, however due to significant and continued client use they’re now only one click away.
Graph features you c
On the back of client feedback we now offer the possibility to customise the RSI levels on desktop and mobile devices. To do so, click on the RSI label once you have enable the indicator on your chart. This will open a dialog box that will allow you to change the levels (which are set at the default levels of 30/70), as well as customise the period and the colour of the lines.
What is RSI?
The Relative Strength Index is a momentum indicator that measures the magnitude of recent price c
This indicator emphasizes volume by weighing prices based on the amount of trading activity in a given period of time, where prices with heavy trading activity get more weight than prices with light trading activity.
The VWMA has several advantages over a ‘simple’ WMA (which calculates an average of the closing price of ‘n’ number candlesticks giving the same weight to each one). With the volume weighted moving average (VWMA), the closing price of the day with the greatest volume gets a hig
What is the EOM indicator?
An indicator that highlights the relationship between price and volume and is particularly useful when assessing the strength of a trend. As implied by its name, it is used to measure the ease of movement in price. It is a volume-based oscillator that fluctuates above and below the zero line.
In general, when the oscillator is above zero, the price is advancing with relative ease.
When the indicator is below zero, the prices are declining with relati
On the back of client feedback and the success experienced on the IG apps, we have now added the deal position preview functionality to the web dealing platform. This feature is automatically enabled on the new dealing platform. To disable it, right click on the graph and select Position Preview from the “show” dropdown.
What does this feature tell me?
When filling in a deal ticket, new visual features will appear on the graph. When the direction (buy or sell) is selected, a shaded are
You can now add % Range to a watchlist on the web trading platform
% Range is the difference between the high and low quotes of the session divided by the current mid price
This can be used to show a relative volatility on the asset and its potential trade opportunity
% Range has a number of advantages over % Change and Range in points
How to add % Range
A new function added to the web trading platform is % Range, a measure of volatility that will enable you to so
Turning on FX swap bid/offer
When trading currency pairs, if a position is held through 10pm GMT, it will incur an overnight funding charge. This charge is based on the interest rate differential between the two currencies in the pair, where you receive interest in the currency you buy and pay interest on the currency you sell. Swap rates also apply to cryptocurrencies and spot gold, silver, platinum or palladium.
Based on client feedback we have now added these overnight funding charg
I'm happy to announce that you can now add drawings to the indicator study area both on desktop and mobile of the IG charts. This new functionality has been developed on the back of client feedback submitted to Community, from within the dealing platform, and directly with our Trading Services and client facing teams. If you have any other requests, please add them in the comment section below and we'll make sure the charting dev team and product owners see them.
You can now draw on indicat
I just wanted to update all Community members to let them know that we have recently reduced the minimum bet sizes on some key indices, commodities, and FX markets. This has been done for both UK spread betting accounts and European CFD accounts.
What are the minimum bet sizes for indices, commodities and FX on IG? Correct as of 6th September 2018 but subject to change
A key aim of Community is to keep a two way dialogue open between our client base
Three new crypto assets
We are pleased to announce that you can now trade three new cryptocurrencies on our platform - EOS, Stellar and NEO. You should be able to see these on the CFD and spread betting leverage accounts under the 'Cryptocurrencies' header on the left hand side as well as on mobile. You can't trade these on a share dealing, ISA or smart portfolio account.
Key contributors to the recent launch were IG Community members who participated in a poll and picked which new cr
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