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    US jobs report preview: will NFP follow ADP rise? The September US jobs report released on Friday provides traders with a fresh opportunity to scrutinise the economic recovery after months of improvements that have followed the first quarter (Q1) economic collapse. Coming at a time when we have seen a resurgence for the dollar, the jobs report will be released at 1.30pm on Friday 2 October. Tune in to IGTV live announcement and analysis this Friday at 1.25pm UK time on the IG platform. Will improved ADP helps lift sentiment The September Automatic Data Processing (ADP) payrolls figure released today has seen another month of improvement, with a figure of 749,000 representing the highest amount of job creation in three months. That rise can be specifically attributed to small and medium sized businesses, with hiring at large firms remaining largely steady. Unfortunately, markets are expecting the headline non-farm payrolls figure to move in the opposite direction, with a reading around 900,000 expected after last months 1.37 million figure seen last month. With the monthly jobs created moving lower, there is a fear that we could soon see that path of economic improvement take a negative turn. As things stand, that steady improvement seen over recent months remains on track, with the four-month decline in continuing claims pointing towards further reductions in the unemployment rate. Market forecasts point towards a reduction in the headline unemployment rate from 8.4% to 8.2%. However, one potential warning sign looks like it could come from the U6 unemployment rate, which also includes both workers who are no longer looking for employment, and part-time workers looking for a full-time job. With more comprehensive measure expected to rise to 15.4% from 14.2%, this month could see the first cracks appear in the recovery. Dollar index technical analysis Looking at the dollar index, we have seen the greenback drift lower following a bullish breakout last week. The wider downtrend remains intact, yet we have seen a clear bottoming out over the course of August and September. The rise through 93.64 brought about a bullish signal, with the weakness we have seen since Friday's peak providing a potential buying opportunity. As such, further upside looks likely before long, with a drop below 92.75 negating that bullish outlook. Until then, a bullish turn looks like for the dollar. Source: ProRealTime By Joshua Mahony This information has been prepared by IG, a trading name of IG Markets Limited. In addition to the disclaimer below, the material on this page does not contain a record of our trading prices, or an offer of, or solicitation for, a transaction in any financial instrument. IG accepts no responsibility for any use that may be made of these comments and for any consequences that result. No representation or warranty is given as to the accuracy or completeness of this information. Consequently any person acting on it does so entirely at their own risk. Any research provided does not have regard to the specific investment objectives, financial situation and needs of any specific person who may receive it. It has not been prepared in accordance with legal requirements designed to promote the independence of investment research and as such is considered to be a marketing communication. Although we are not specifically constrained from dealing ahead of our recommendations we do not seek to take advantage of them before they are provided to our clients. See full non-independent research disclaimer and quarterly summary.
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    We are honoured to be nominated for The Good Money Guide Awards, which aim to champion financial services firms that excel in innovation, product, and customer service. Voting helps others make smart decisions about who to invest with and provide valuable feedback to improve online investing, trading, and currency transfer providers. In 2019, IG won Best Forex Broker and Best Overall Broker and we would love your help again in 2020. Vote for IG here: https://goodmoneyguide.com/awards/trading/ Get your votes in by Friday. As well as this, if you think we're missing anything for your trading needs please let us know here: Thank you so much for trading with us.
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    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-Cola HBC, Homeserve, National Grid FTSE 250: Murray Int’l, ICG, Airtel, Workspace, Primary Health Properties Dividends are applied after the close of the previous day’s session for each market. So, for example, the FTSE 100 goes ex-dividend on a Thursday, but the adjustment is applied at the close of the previous day e.g. Wednesday. The table below shows the days in which the adjustment is applied, not the ex-dividend days. To find the full index dividend adjustments for this week please go to:
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    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 to improve our offering based on what traders want - so give us a shout! New features this month Guests can now post without necessarily needing to be logged into Community. We want to make sure that all content is still relevant and interesting, so all guest posts will have to be approved by a moderator before being publicly visible. We want to make sure that quality over quantity remains, however the recent trial seems to have gone well and the Community is getting more relevant posts to add to discussion. If anyone has any opinion on this we'd love to hear from you so please feel free to add a comment below. We recently had a trial of the new 'poll' feature on a post relating to new cryptocurrencies. You can read that article on which crypto your most interested in here. Currently only moderators can post polls, however if you as a client would like to have this function, let us know! We're interested in who would use it. We're now in the top navigation bar on IG.com - it may not sound like a big change, but it allows you to get to the forum very quickly from anywhere on the IG.com environment (look for the global black navigation bar at the top). We're also looking at inclusion in MyIG - that should be live shortly. Finally, we have some stats for you which you may find interesting. What is IG Community? This purpose of this forum is for like-minded clients to share trade ideas and discuss market opportunities, ask questions, and provide help and support to others. Learn strategies and trade ideas from experienced traders Give tips to the Community and share your market knowledge Perfect your trading by discussing ideas with others Get the most out of IG and ask the Community anything regarding trading or IG Anyone can browse the trading forum, but you will need to have an IG account to post or interact on Community and have your content published immediately. If you're new to the forumand looking for a first step maybe check out the forum, or have a once over of our Community tutorials. We migrated the old forum (and added some new features) We have migrated over all the posts, likes, 'kudos' and private messages from the previous version of the forum, as well as integrated the Community login with the wider IG eco system so you can enjoy a seamless digital experience between the trading platform and forum. You should be able to see all your previously posted content under the same Community username as you originally had on the previous iteration. New content areas... Blogs: We have three blogs which we will be updated periodically. Market News - Daily morning briefings, index dividend adjustments, and one off articles IG Product Updates - A place to let you know about all the things we roll out IG Community Blog - Competitions, 'Ask the Expert' series, and Community updates ...and a few new features. Activity streams: If you're logged in you'll notice you can easily browse things such as 'unread' or 'followed' content. You can save individual search streams so they're available for the next time you log in Advanced search: An updated and intuitive search functionality Leaderboard: The Leaderboard keeps track of the hottest content and best users each day based on reputation received. You'll increase your chances of getting on here if you post more, receive more likes, and help others Community Profile: Your space in Community. Check yours out by clicking on your username in the top right hand corner (logged in users only). Access IG Community - anytime, anywhere IG Community will be up 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The easiest way to access IG Community is using the top right hand 'Help' drop down in the dealing platform, but you can also access via our mobile apps (look under the help and support section - try it now), or by simply going to community.ig.com. What do you like? What would you change if you had the chance? What new areas would you like to see? Let us know using the comments section below. Happy chatting IG Community Moderator Team
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    Volatility reminder and extended weekend closure Due to ongoing volatility, there is significant risk that markets may gap when they re-open on Sunday night. Please ensure that you’re comfortable with the size of your positions heading into the weekend, and also be aware that we may see circuit-breakers applied over the coming days – see below. We urge you to do the following: • Monitor your positions closely at all times • Ensure you are comfortable with the size of your positions, and the effect that any market gap may have on them • Ensure you have sufficient funds on your account to cover your positions in the event of a significant market move You can also use our weekend markets to hedge against risk on your weekday positions. Please note, however, that there will be a delayed open on our cryptocurrency and weekend markets on Saturday 14 March, to allow for scheduled maintenance which should improve platform stability. These markets are planned to reopen at 8am (UK time), rather than the normal 4am. We’re sorry if this causes you any inconvenience. Circuit-breakers may affect your trades At times of high volatility, regulated central exchanges may suspend trading on one side of the underlying market (an event known as a circuit-breaker). This happened to the Dow Jones Industrial Average this week, for example. IG follows suit whenever a circuit-breaker occurs. Circuit-breakers aim to restrict trading in order to avert market crashes or spikes. The restrictions are called ‘up limits’ or ‘down limits’, depending on the direction that the market has moved. As trading is suspended in the underlying market, it will impact how you trade with us. • An up limit is the maximum amount that the price of a stock index or commodity futures contract will be allowed to increase in a single trading session. If hit, it means that buying will be suspended in the underlying market. • A down limit is the opposite to an up limit – it sets the maximum amount that the price of a stock index or commodity futures contract will be allowed to decrease in a single trading session. If breached, it means that selling will be suspended in the underlying market. If you want more information on up limit and down limit you can find that here: https://www.ig.com/uk/glossary-trading-terms/limit-up--limit-down-definition At IG, when a down limit has occurred, you will only be able to buy – whether to open or close a position – through phone dealing. However, please be aware that the price may be significantly lower when the market re-opens.
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    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 higher weight. On the IG charts you can turn on the VWMA on by right clicking on the chart itself and selecting ‘Volume Weighted Moving Average’ from the Indicator menu. Many traders use the VWMA and the simple WMA simultaneously. What does the VWMA tell us? As the VWMA is based around the volume, the gap between a ‘simple’ weighted moving average and a volume-weighted moving average shows the effect of volume weighting. This can be used to help with confirming trends or pointing out those trends that are weakening. If the VWMA stays below the WMA in a bullish market, it can be an indicator that the upward trend is lacking volume support and can signal a reversal in price. If the VWMA stays below the WMA in a bearish market, it can confirm a downward trend, signalling that a decline in price may continue. Graphic examples The green arrow indicates an area where the VWMA line has crossed from under the WMA, indicating that there could be a bullish trend coming in to play. When the price action is in an upward trend and it’s able to break through both averages then a bullish trend is thought to be confirmed. The red arrow indicates an area where the VWMA line crosses below the WMA line, indicating that a bearish trend could be forming. When the price in a downward trend and is able to break through both the averages then a bearish trend is thought to be confirmed. It’s important to keep in mind that when the VWMA is between the WMA and the price, there is a likelihood of the trend continuing in that direction. If the VMA line crosses over and positions itself between the VWMA and the price, it may be indicating a reversal is in place. These are only a few examples of how this indicator can be used. Feel free to leave your opinion and share your uses and examples for further discussion.
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    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 charges to the platform. Please keep in mind that they are indicative figures. These swap rates are viewed from a watchlist. Once you have an FX pair on the watchlist, by clicking on the three lines that are positioned on the left-hand corner next to the word 'market', a drop down of columns will appear. Click on the swap bid and swap offer buttons to activate them. What does this mean for me? If GBPUSD was quoted as 0.22 / -0.85 then the 0.22 would be what you receive if you are short, and the 0.85 would be what you pay if you are long. You then need to do the trade size times this value. For example a spread bet of £3/pt on the short trade would result in a credit to your account of 66p (which comes from 0.22 x £3). If you have a CFD account and you're holding a single $10 contract long, you would pay $8.50 per night (which comes from 1 contract x $10 x 0.85). Where does this figure come from? The figure is shown in points and depending on the currency you hold and the direction of your trade you can either earn or pay a premium, keeping in mind that there is an IG charge included in the calculation. Currently this is 0.3% (or 0.8% for mini contracts and spread bets) however as this is subject to change please check IG.com for the latest fees. If you are long on a currency pair, you will need to focus on the swap offer, and if you are short you will focus on the swap bid. If the swap is a positive number, you will be credited, because the interest rate on the currency you are buying is higher than the interest rate on the currency you are selling. If the rate is a negative number you will be charged, because the interest rate on the currency you are buying is lower than the interest rate on the currency you are selling. If the interest rate on the euro is 0.25% and the interest rate on the USD is 2.75% and you buy EURUSD, you will be receiving 0.25% but paying 2.75%, and will be left with an interest rate differential of 2.5 points (excluding the IG change). Example: Let us take EURUSD as a worked example. We will need two figures for our calculation, the underlying market swap rate (known as the Tom/Next rate, which is provided by the banks), as well as the current spot rate of the currency pair at 10pm. The below figures are indicative for this calculation. An example of the underlying 'Tom/Next' rate for EURUSD: 0.34 / 0.39 An example of today's Spot FX rate for EURUSD at 10pm UK time: 1.0650 An example IG admin fee of 0.3% which is subject to change (please find the most up to date admin fees on IG.com) Once we have the Tom/Next rate, we take the 10pm EURUSD spot rate (in points) and multiply by IG's charge of 0.3% (or 0.8% for CFD mini or Spread Betting deal), which is then divided by 360 days to get an overnight value. = (10650 x 0.3%) / 360 = 31.95 / 360 = 0.08875 This is then applied to the underlying market quote of 0.34 / 0.39 Bid = 0.34 - 0.08875 = 0.25125 = 0.25 Offer = 0.39 + 0.08875 = 0.47875 = 0.48 This then gives us our overnight funding rate, inclusive of IG charge, of 0.25 / - 0.48. The '˜Offer' is negative, because currently there is a higher interest rate on USD than there is on EUR. Therefore, buying the pair would leave you paying a larger USD interest vs receiving a smaller EUR interest. E.g. If you were long one main lot, you would do 'Number of Contracts x Contract Size x Tom Next Rate'. Using the information above, if you were long one main lot, your 'Daily FX Interest' would be: 1 x $10 x - 0.48 = $4.80 charge per night. (Conversely if you were short, you would receive $2.50 per night). Important factors to note FX settlement of T+2 means that if you hold your trade through 10pm Wednesday (UK Time) then you'll need to incorporate the weekend into the calculation, and therefore you'll have an 'FX Interest Charge' of 3 days. This is because currency can't settle at the weekend, and the new spot rate would therefore fall on a Monday. It also follows that if you hold through 10pm on a Friday, you only receive a 1 day charge (even though you have to hold through three days before you can close the position). Settlement of FX can't take place on public holidays. Therefore, over periods such as Christmas or Easter, or public holidays such as Martin Luther King Day or Thanksgiving, you may see interest charges for a variable number of days. Some currencies trade on a T+1 basis, most notably USDCAD, USDTRY and USDRUB.
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    Will Synairgen shares keep soaring on new Covid-19 treatment? Synairgen shares are up 30% on Friday following positive trial data, with its new Covid-19 drug containing a protein that reduces the odds of developing severe symptoms and accelerates recovery. Synairgen shares soar 30% on new Covid-19 treatment The Southampton-based biotech company’s drug accelerates patients Covid-19 recovery Synairgen stock is up 2150% year-to-date. Shares in Synairgen are rallying sharply in today’s trade following positive trial data, with its new drug, known as SNG001, containing a protein that reduces the odds of developing severe symptoms of Covid-19. The small scale trial results were published in the peer-reviewed Lancet journal, showing positive results in hospitalised patients. Synairgen shares are up 30% to 130p at the time of publication, with the stock up 2150% year-to-date. Synairgen’s new drug could accelerate Covid-19 recovery The Southampton-based biotech company developed a naturally produced protein which helps the body fight viral infections. Synairgen, which was spun out of Southampton University said the drug ‘may have the potential as an inhaled drug to restore the lung's immune response and accelerate recovery from Covid-19’ ‘The results confirm our belief that interferon beta, a widely known drug approved for use in its injectable form for other indications, may have the potential as an inhaled drug to restore the lung’s immune response and accelerate recovery from COVID-19,’ Professor Tom Wilkinson, Professor of Respiratory Medicine at the University of Southampton and Lead Author, said. ‘This pH neutral, inhaled interferon beta-1a formulation (SNG001) provides high, local concentrations of the immune protein which boosts lung defences rather than targeting specific viral mechanisms,’ he said. ‘This might carry additional advantages of treating COVID19 when it occurs alongside infection by another respiratory virus such as influenza or Respiratory Syncytial Virus that may well be encountered in the winter months,’ Wilkinson added. Synairgen: technical analysis Taking a look at the chart of Synairgen, the stock is down 50% from the summer peak, according to Victoria Scholar, presenter and market analyst at IG. ‘The stock was under pressure earlier this week on the back of Pfizer’s vaccine hopes,’ she said. ‘But today shares are bouncing back, with a gap higher combined with a buy signal from the RSI.’ ‘Nonetheless, the stock still remains some way below its descending trendline that’s been in place since October,’ Scholar added. ‘Having broken back up above the 38.2% Fibonacci level, it is now on track to test the 50% fib level at 165.77. Aaran Fronda | Financial writer, London |
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    Changes to margin this weekend We will be increasing a range of minimum margin rates on new positions only going into the weekend, as per the below. No impact for retails traders or markets where minimums are already higher and no changes to any existing positions. Indices to 5% at 16:00 GMT FX/Gold to 3% at 16:00 GMT Oil (energies) to 15% at 16:00 GMT We will revert to lower margins rates on Sunday with minimum rates of 1% Indices/FX and 5% Oil. Once again these changes will be dependent on market conditions over the weekend. As mentioned in our last volatility reminder Due to ongoing volatility, there is significant risk that markets may gap when they re-open on Sunday night. Please ensure that you’re comfortable with the size of your positions heading into the weekend, and also be aware that we may see circuit-breakers applied over the coming days – see below. We urge you to do the following: • Monitor your positions closely at all times • Ensure you are comfortable with the size of your positions, and the effect that any market gap may have on them • Ensure you have sufficient funds on your account to cover your positions in the event of a significant market move You can also use our weekend markets to hedge against risk on your weekday positions.
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    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. Monday 13 April European equities closed. European 24-hour indices quoted out of hours. US markets open. Tuesday 14 April European markets reopen. *Japan 225, Singapore Blue Chip and China A50 will re-open on Friday 10 April. For more information on our popular markets' trading hours over the coming holiday, see our full list of Easter trading hours click here.