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  1. 3 points
    Thanks for the useful additions to the already excellent charts. Any likelihood of OCO trades in the not too distant future?
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    didn't think this required its own thread, but thought it was interesting. Saw it on reddit today. "In the 1640's the Dutch inhabitants of New Amsterdam built a 12' wall to keep the bad hombres out. In 1664 the British ignored the wall and took New Amsterdam by sea. It's now called New York. They took down the wall and built a street. It's called Wall Street" also, If you visit the street there is still a piece of the original wall in the ground. and then some non-finance related dutch/NYC facts : Coney Island = Conyne Eyland, meaning rabbit island (Konijn Eiland in modern Dutch). Staten Island = named in honor of the Staten-Generaal, a government body. Nassau = Name of the royal Dutch house (think "Windsor"). Brooklyn = Breukelen in province Utrecht. Harlem = Haarlem in Noord-Holland. Rhode Island = Roode Eylandt (red island in Dutch). Yankees = the common first names of Dutch men, "Jan" and "Kees" slurred together. Yell that at any Dutchman and you were likely to guess his name. ...thus concludes our history lesson for the day
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    I never knew what the RSI reeeeeeally meant. Thanks for the insight and real world example.
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    Hi @hart, it looks like you will need to switch to the new platform to see that particular function. It looks like an added update to the new platform and may not be added the old.
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    It is quite sad, since Reuters has their principles they need to adhere to that mandate objectivity and factual reporting. https://www.thomsonreuters.com/en/about-us/trust-principles.html In 80-90% of cases they report factual reports and unbiased information, but when it comes to certain political events it's as if the editors and reporters on the stories spin flavor and saturate their own views into the story. Quite dangerous since the markets demand objective reporting and not opinion-based reporting as to make rational and critical investment decisions. I've actually thought of writing them an email regarding this issue, due to the larger amount of biased news-reporting I've been seeing lately. https://macaudailytimes.com.mo/files/pdf2017/FT-2894-2017-09-25.pdf It is in the education systems, and if Harvard is affected by this, which classically has been associated to be on the capitalistic side of the spectrum, one starts to see that this paradox is all-encompassing throughout Western-society. The riches they have amassed are indeed created by market structures, and prominent offshore havens to evade 38% corporation tax (Until Trump change that and profit repatriations have started to flow back to the U.S.*). It is thus therefor very ironic, that they are publicly outspoken and prominent champions of leftist ideologies but when it comes to business, refrain to be true capitalists. I often view the left to be a heep of caffé latte sipping drinkers, intellectuals who so to speak read the driver's manual of the car, but never drive the car and get that intuitive experience of knowledge or society. Monopoly on morality is also one of their characteristics, were being lectured on values of right and wrong creates a judgementative atmosphere, that elevates their position akin to a judge. Summarizing it, one starts to understand that they've taken for granted the riches emassed, which is the same thing they so ferociously criticize and despise - the market.
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    Thank's @NadelinaIG for the inclusion of the video interview with Prof. Steve Hanke on the Venezuelan currency crisis. I haven't laughed so much in ages, a complete take down of Socialism and the Maduro government, plus an interesting aside on gold and oil at the end.
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    It certainly can be argued that the BoE shouldn't have hiked rates owing to the subpar showing on the standard mix of fundamentals they look for when they deliberate such actions. That said, I think the circumstances for policy currently are such that they cannot follow standard procedure. Though their mandate is to target inflation, there are many long-term factors that go into a steady bearing of medium-term (their term for roughly 2 years forward) price stability and there are is an underlying interest to promote economic activity and maintain financial stability. A rate hike of 25 basis point from practically zero is not going to carry a material effect one way or the other - cause significant economic trouble nor alleviate it. Further, Brexit presents considerable uncertainty in terms of growth, but it can also stoke inflation through financial costs and for more expensive imported goods among other factors. Then there is the environment for which monetary policy is being employed globally. The Fed is unique in that it is hiking well beyond the tempo of any other authority, but there is a move to normalize globally. If they were to hold at the extremes while others have normalized, it would incur problems for fighting future financial/economic troubles as they arose. As it stands, Japan is likely to find itself in an untenable situation should global conditions take an unfavorable tack. I think some of the more market savvy participants of the MPC are worried about this strategic risk.
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    Hi @cate, IG seem to be re-writing and re-loading pages as they go which is understandable. I was just pointing out that on the mt4 platform the minimum bet size on eur/usd is £0.10p instead of the £1.00 on the web based platform. Some time ago there was the same on the web based cfd but that has gone and now £1/point is called a mini lot so the mt4 10p/point I guess must now be called a micro lot. So the margin percentage remains the same but with the bet size reduced then so is the margin required. https://www.ig.com/uk/help-and-support/spread-betting-and-cfds/fees-and-charges/what-are-igs-forex-mt4-product-details
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    Hi @cryptotrader, doesn't tend to comment particularly on crypto, his blogs are generally more concerned with macro events and how they might impact on differing markets. You can find out more and see more of his blogs here; https://www.dailyfx.com/authors/bio/John_Kicklighter
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    Thanks all for the feedback. I am actually based in Chicago, but you're right; usually don't start doing updates until towards the dying hours of London trade. However, this I usually write over the weekend and get out before the Asian markets start to trade. I have done these mainly for internal purposes; but James said they'd be useful here as well, so will drop them in the community blogs regularly as well. Good luck trading all!
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    You’re not wrong @Caseynotes I for one enjoy the macro trend review. So good to be able to login and get this on mobile on the Tube commute along with the EMEA thing that James posts.
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    Thanks for this John @JohnDFX, I noticed your sign up to the forum on Friday and look forward to reading your continuing, as ever excellent analysis.
  13. 1 point
    It's not the same as our leveraged accounts. You're going and physically buying shares. What is it you would like from the videos/ help guides as I can try to find/ make them for you. Also if you call our helpdesk team they will be able to tell you what commission/ spread is more cost effective for you. All the best.
  14. 1 point
    I agree with Jen2008 and Vinod. Monday's figures were wrong. Tuesday's and Thursday's figures for the Aussie 200 don't look right either when compared to other sources. Can you please check and update. We need accurate data please.
  15. 1 point
    What are the adjustments for this week and next week? Will they be posted here?
  16. 1 point
    Here is the breakdown for the ftse 100 ex-dividend adjustment which comes to 1.11. The 1.14 is due to the inclusion of the 2 Special dividends listed for UKX in the OP and as specials have been included it's been given a red box.
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    Hi, you can't but you can just run it down with some blatant bad bets to the desired level or blow it completely, when you refund I think you can state how much.
  18. 1 point
    Hi @The_Alnchemist, the function is only available on the new platform on SB and cfd accounts currently and not available on the share dealing platform but will be when share dealing platform is upgraded.
  19. 1 point
    Amazon founder Jeff Bezos accuses the National Enquirer’s parent company, American Media Inc, of blackmail, as they wanted Bezos to stop investigating how they gathered his private messages of an affair "Alexa send my nudes to my secret admirer" "Sending your nudes to the National Enquirer"
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    @cryptotrader, Apologies if the Kia example did not make any sense. I have not stated anything about evidence. @cryptotrader, are you able to actually demonstrate or evidence any ETF's which have outperformed traditional Emerging Market or Frontier Markets investment funds or investment trusts over the past 1 yr, 3yr, 5yr or even 10yr? If you are then please do share with the IG Community. I am struggling to find any so I doubt there are many but if you know of any then please do share. I will keep an open mind and will personally consider investing in those ETF's which you suggest and bring to our attention. The point I am making is yes we all know about the 'extra' fund charges for investment funds and even investment trusts to a certain degree. Investing in hedge funds usually entail some form of performance fee. It is well documents that ETF's offer a cheaper and lower cost alternative to investing in those products. The question is on whether they offer superior performance and better returns? If they do then great they should be seriously considered over my examples. If they do not then I would rather pay extra fees and costs to obtain better returns as they is why I invest!
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    @PandaFace, Yes you are quite right. In any downturn in equities, Frontier Markets, will go down the most, followed by Emerging Markets of course. Risk On / Risk Off investor sentiment. I invest monthly into my investment fund portfolio which includes Emerging Market, Frontier Markets and many other areas. I use the 'Pound Cost Averaging' methodology. Where I have tweaked my investment strategy and approach based on acquired knowledge and experience is to invest lump sums only where there are major corrections, pullbacks, drops, etc. Otherwise I continue every month investing into these funds. Recessionary periods and economic instability are the best times that Emerging and Frontier Markets fall which is a good time to invest lump sums in my personal opinion. I have been executing the above strategy for many years now and it has served me well. I am yet to come up with a better investment strategy that is more effective and profitable over a number of years than this. Yes if you were to invest lumps sums only at the lowest point and sell that the highest point then it would provide better returns which actually doing this is very difficult without a 'crystal ball'.
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    @JamesIG, I have an interest in both Emerging Markets and Frontier Markets from a long term investment perspective to create wealth through capital growth. I do not want to trade Emerging Markets. I only want to invest in them and invest in Frontier Markets. I see Gavin Serkin is involved in Frontier Markets yet this GEM Chat does not really mention anything to do with Frontier Markets. Africa is the last large Frontier Market which has huge potential in the future to become an Emerging Market should it seriously reduce corruption, improve living standards, create jobs, create vibrant economies, improve education, reduce poverty, etc. I have invested in both Emerging Markets and Frontier Markets for many years now and believe these increase the chances of an investment portfolio performing better and more profitable over a longer period of time. Here are some articles which may be of interest to those who are interested in Frontier Markets on the IG Community: Frontier markets offer high growth and low valuations https://www.investorschronicle.co.uk/funds-etfs/2019/01/31/frontier-markets-offer-high-growth-and-low-valuations-but-at-a-high-risk/ 'Fortune and glory, kid': the untapped potential of frontier markets https://citywire.co.uk/wealth-manager/news/fortune-and-glory-kid-the-untapped-potential-of-frontier-markets/a1191427 I personally like Asian Frontier Markets and African Frontier Markets. @JamesIG, I do not really have any questions but may well listen to the broadcast to see what if anything they suggest in relation to Frontier Markets. The one thing I do know is that they are long term investments and extremely high risk investments. I am not sure what if anything they can offer me so hence cannot really come up with any questions. I have been disappointed before on the Cryptocurrency broadcasts where they waffle and do not tell us anything some of us already so not know. I suppose these broadcasts are more for new and inexperienced traders? Anyway please do let us know when the broadcast can be viewed as I am sure some of us will forget!
  23. 1 point
    do these dividend days only apply at / from a certain time ? I auto-trade btw.
  24. 1 point
    It is great for establishing momentum when looking to identify potential trends to assess for trading possibilities.
  25. 1 point
    Thank you IG. This is one piece of information (tom next swap rate) that I have been waiting for years. CMC has provided that years ago and I am please that IG has finally caught up.
  26. 1 point
    has started on the platform but not on the IG youtube channel
  27. 1 point
    In my personal opinion, If the SEC approve an ETF for Bitcoin then the price will go up. By how much I do not know. However, I do not think the a SEC delay or rejection at this stage is quite priced in. If that were to happen then I think Bitcoin could go down to $5000 levels or even lower based on negative sentiment. I think the price behaviour of Bitcoin is showing great strength and resilience and it has done this not just now but over the past 10 years. Large corrections have been seen and then larger comebacks in these 10 years.
  28. 1 point
    Good question. Markets - 90% emotions 10% facts. People are deciding their money is safer in US dollars.
  29. 1 point
    Hi @Ozee, NZDCAD is on the MT4 platform as well, you need to update your feed. Open the 'Market Watch' panel then right click anywhere in market watch and click 'Show all'. This will update the list and you should find nzdcad though you may have to restart mt4 first.
  30. 1 point
    Hi @Verynicebloke, while waiting for IG to make available HA on the new platform don't forget you can get HA, Range and Renko charts on the MT4 platform ...
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    Trump shows he is not a politician but a businessman yet again, he also pointed out in the same tweet that OPEC was operating as a cartel and that many of the big OPEC states were dependent on the US for protection (which should not be taken for granted). So much for diplomacy but the point was clear and bound to make the OPEC states think.
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    I've actually seen the LME live. Quite an interesting experience.
  36. 1 point
    Great addition! I haven’t received an email on this? Community def seems to be the place to get news first!
  37. 1 point
    What do you mean? These are the IG adjustments? Number of points as above x your bet size.
  38. 1 point
    hi @miro, only 2 options really, have you thought of switching to mini contracts on the MT4 platform, it does most assets except shares and the indicators available are way better. Or move to an overseas account, for example IG Australia or Switzerland. https://www.ig.com/uk/compare-our-leveraged-trading
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    This was the article btw - skewed for a supportive argument of the MPC meeting but anyway, worth a read for anyone I think as it gives a great summery http://www.cityam.com/289920/bank-england-economists-split-monetary-policymakers-set-out
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    Last week "Expected Index Adjustments" indicated that Singapore Blue Chip would be adjusted for 0.36 on 30th Jul. However this was indicated as zero in this week "Expected Index Adjustment" Please confirm adjustment to be made on 30th Jul at 5pm for the Singapore Blue Chip index. Please note that the underline secuirties SIA and Suntec Reits are going ex on Jul 31st and thus have an impact on SBC,
  41. 1 point
    anyone interested in the Twitter earnigns can pre register to listen to the webcast here: https://investor.twitterinc.com/ occurs 1pm UK time.
  42. 1 point
    Yes! Please include drawing on indicators! And more customizable alerts would be great too!
  43. 1 point
    Finally partial close via web app! I used to switch to mobile to do it before
  44. 1 point
    Trade wars continue to be a key theme this week, and our very own IGTV have a video which you may be interested in, especially if you trade emerging markets. Check out the interview from Brock Silver, managing director at Kaiyuan Capital...
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    Useful. Hopefully a perminant feature...
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    I believe there has been analysis on the correlation between a rising Copper price and the increase in GDP and rising world index markets. It is not necessarily always the case that a falling Copper price has meant recessionary behaviour. I am sure there is lots of research and articles on the Internet. The key is establishing which are credible sources and taking it from there. However, I think it would be prudent for one to keep a small eye on the Copper price behaviour. If it continues to decline and so too do equities around the world then I would not worry about historical correlation. There are times when fundamentals meet technicals and historical correlation cannot always be effective in testing any assumptions one may have based on past performance.
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    @JamesIG, Copper's recent price action is worrying for world stock markets. I am someone who monitors my investment trusts / investment funds portfolio on a daily basis and I have noticed a drop in my profits over the past week which are more significant than usual. Copper is a good indicator of the general health of the world economy and especially economies like China and the US. It is a barometer that can be used to indicate strength in economic growth especially in construction and manufacturing. They call it Dr.Copper for a reason! For anyone with large equity portfolios then I would strongly suggest they keep an eye on the price action of Copper. Historically, it has been a useful indicator for things to come in relation to the performance of equities.
  49. 1 point
    I never get why these don’t get more views... granted this one is a little thin (hey it’s Friday) but most are great and give a solid 5 minute overview.
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    Love the ‘fluid view’ in the forum section. Easy to pick the things you’re interested it, omit the stuff you’re not keen on, and sort in chronological order so you’re always pushed the lasted most important content. Good one!