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The 'quick trade ideas' thread continues this week with one Community trader looking at Fever Tree: "They've hit something like 85 times earnings. Whilst there isn't much growth potential left in my opinion. Granted they have some nice new drinks out in the darker spirits arena trying to target and diversify - but ultimately tonic water still counts to 75% of their revenue which for me is way to much. Plus I saw Schweppes bring out a better priced but premium product the other day (first time I saw it anyway - with a date on it can't remember what they're calling it). Setting up WO for a sell at 3650."
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Trump and Mexico to replace NAFTA - EMEA brief 28 Aug
Trump and Mexico reach trade to key parts of a trade deal to replace the current ‘NAFTA’ agreement. S&P 500 and Nasdaq closing at record highs for the second consecutive session. Dow finished above 26000 for the first time since February.
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Trader's View - APAC brief 28 Aug
Risk appetite appears to be slowly returning to the bellies of investors, with global equity markets experiencing a synchronized push higher to start the week. Wall Street has led the charge of course, overnight adding to the all-time highs achieved at the end of last week. The S&P500 posted a remarkable gain of 0.72 per cent as that index entered rarefied air, while the Dow Jones added 1 per cent to crack the 26,000-mark once more. Trade wars and emerging market troubles are playing less of a role in market psychology at present, as fundamentals seemingly make their way back to the fore.
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Political Risks Increase, Sentiment as a Theme, The Liquidity Dearth - DFX key themes
Political risks increase, sentiment as a theme, and the liquidity dearth. Check out key themes from DFX as presented by John Kicklighter.
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Expected Index Dividend Adjustments 27 Aug - 31 Aug
Please see the expected dividend adjustment figures for a number of our major indices for the week commencing 27 Aug 2018. 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. 
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What is my Community 'profile'?
Your Community profile page is a little area with a lot of potential. Not only can you personalise things such as your profile picture, cover photo, and send messages directly to other Community member, but you can also use it as an area to assist in content navigation. Find out how to use it today to get the most out of the trading forum.
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Morrison ousts Turnbull - EMEA brief 24 Aug
Australian equity markets gain after leadership vote ends political uncertainty with the Australian leader Malcolm Turnbull ousted by Scott Morrison. Asian equity markets slips after US-China trade talks end without progress. Saudi Arabia has denied that its $2 trillion Aramco IPO has been cancelled, and that they’re instead waiting for “appropriate circumstances and appropriate time” for the listing. Trade concerns continue to hit gold prices however they do make gains, slowly inching up, whilst oil rises on US sanctions on Iran cloud supply outlook.
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Trader's View - APAC brief 24 Aug
Global equities retreated overnight as investors turned their attention to the several risk factors affecting markets at present. The Dow Jones, S&P500 and NASDAQ are all lower for the day, backing-up the modest losses sustained in European shares. The risk aversion is justifiable and reflects the general confusion of investors in a week bereft of powerful good news stories. The focus instead has been on the several distractions bemusing markets, including the unfolding President Trump legal drama, the fledgling trade negotiations between the US and China, as well as the grave situation in some emerging markets. At this stage, global equities still appear to possess enough steam to power ahead, but an increased wariness suggests that further advances will proceed with caution.
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How to set stop losses on a share dealing account
Setting up take profit 'limit orders', and 'stop loss' orders for risk management when the market moves against you are useful functions to have on a share dealing account. Whilst we don't currently have that functionality built directly into the share dealing deal tickets, you can manually set them. Find out how to do that in this post, and if you have any questions relating to your share dealing account, please just ask below!
China trade war escalates - EMEA brief 23 Aug
China trade war escalates as new tariffs kick in: U.S. economy set to slow from here on, damaged by trade war.

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S&P hits an intraday high - EMEA brief 22 Aug
Despite Tuesday being referred to as the worst day in the Presidency of Donald Trump, the S&P touched an intraday record high and equaled its longest bull run of 3452 days, with the record expected to tumble today, baring a disaster. Dollar steady overnight following yesterday’s dip, with forex markets pretty calm across the board, although we did see a weakening in AUD, which was down 0.2%. Brent rose 0.3%, whilst US crude was up 0.5% following industry group data that signaled a larger than expected decline in US stockpiles. Gold flat 1195.56 an ounce, whilst nickel and aluminum pushed base metals up.

In the UK the Office for National Statistics (ONS) recorded its largest July surplus for 18 years pointing to a robust deficit reduction on the back of low unemployment and good economic growth. The UK’s HMRC have released figures showing the YoY change for July's residential property transactions are down 3.2% adding fuel to fear of a stagnant UK property market.

On the micro level Morgan Stanley have removed their ratings and equity coverage of Tesla yesterday hinting that they’ve possibly joined Goldman Sachs as an advisor on the deal to take the company private.
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Trader's View - APAC brief 22 Aug
The benchmark S&P500 reached new record highs overnight, as the record bull run on Wall Street continued. The S&P briefly touched the 2873-mark in the US session, led higher by consumer discretionary stocks, before selling-off in late trade following the news ex-Trump advisor Paul Manafort has been found guilty of financial crimes. The milestone achieved on Wall Street punctuated a respectable day on global equity markets, which were trading-off greater risk appetite until early this morning. Although Asian and European markets are a long way off their US counterparts in terms of fundamental strength, the belief that the global economy can stabilize itself around US economic strength clings-on, giving hope to investors that returns in ex-US equities can still be achieved.
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Trade EOS, Stellar and NEO crypto assets on IG
We are pleased to announce that since Monday, 20th of August, our clients can trade three new cryptocurrencies on our platform - EOS, Stellar and NEO. Key contributors to the recent launch were IG Community members who participated in a poll and picked which new crypto assets they were most interested in.
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London's house prices - EMEA brief 21 Aug
Asian stocks generally up on hopes trade tensions may ease, with opes of a China - US trade resolution pushing up copper, often seen as a barometer for the economic outlook, dragging behind it miners such as BHP Billiton and Glencore. Venezuela have debased their currency taking off five zeros, along with increase minimum wage by 3000% in and effort to prop up their economy. Yesterday the world trade organisation confirmed that Turkey had lodged a trade dispute against the US. Gold gains as Trump's remarks weigh on the US dollar, whilst oil edges up on tighter US outlook and Iran sanctions. Finally, see what's going on with London house prices in the IGTV video featured video below.
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Oil prices slip - EMEA brief 20 Aug
Iran has stressed to OPEC over the weekend that no other member country should take up the slack for reduced oil exports in the face of Trump imposed US sanctions. Oil prices slip on concerns over slowing economic growth. Asia shares inch up with yuan ahead of Sino - US talks, whilst UK ministers are set to release their first ‘no deal’ Brexit documents on Thursday in an effort to prepare for a “worst possible” outcome. Persimmon results are expected tomorrow, with many in the sector looking to the release as a barometer for the wider housing sector and how a rising inflation rate will affect the market.
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Over Exposed Traders, Global Taper Tantrum, Jackson Hole - DFX key themes
There are a few undisputable and universal forces when it comes to the financial markets. One of those all-powerful winds is the concept of risk trends which is referred to by many names such as ‘risk on, risk off’ or referenced unknowingly when we blindly attribute market wide movement to animal spirits through technical cues, smart versus dumb money, panic to greed.

Another of these truisms is the allocation of capital. While total wealth does grow and contract, it is apportioned to some market whether that is emerging market equities to US Treasuries to home mattresses. In a global market, there is also distribution to different regions according to what country or collective economy presents the best opportunities.

And, from this parsing of investment preference; we can learn a lot about the market; but one of the most elemental solutions is the global market’s general bearing for sentiment (the risk trends referenced before). There are no easy, definitive measures for allocations across such a wide universe of markets, but there are various measures for specific areas and key ports for which to apply measure such that we come to a good understanding of the markets’ health.
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Expected Index Dividend Adjustments 20 Aug - 24 Aug
Please see the expected dividend adjustment figures for a number of our major indices for the week commencing 20 Aug 2018. 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. 
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Swing vs Scalp
How about a quick risk/reward calculation for Friday? Cast you vote in the following poll posted by Caseynotes on the general trading discussion board. Casey explains: "I saw this go through on twitter a couple of weeks ago and thought, yes, that's a good lesson. But looking at it again I just realised it was actually a poll with people voting on the answer. The results of the poll (over 16,000 votes) are a bit scary - I'll save that for later."
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How do I access IG Community via mobile?
You can access IG Community from any computer, mobile device or tablet by going to community.ig.com, but you can also access via a mobile using the following methods for iOS and Android. Grab your phone now and try?

Community is clever. If you are signing in with the same user details it will remember which content you’ve read, what your personalised search settings are, and how you have your notifications set up.
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Markets bounce on US - China trade talks - EMEA brief 17 Aug
The headlines today: Asian shares gain on US - China trade talks, whilst USD dips. Rating agency Fitch warned that the chance of a Brexit no deal is a ‘growing possibility’, and uncertainty is so great that it’s impossible to accurately predict a likely outcome. Reports that Amazon is looking to launch its own comparison site sent ripples through the UK listed rivals moneysupermarket, gocompare, and confused.com owner Admiral. Aftershocks of World Cup fever and the good weather are seen in rising UK retail sales (up 0.7% in July), a boost to home and garden DIY sales for B&Q, and better profit projections for Carlsberg. Oil prices slip amid fears over global economic growth. US Baker Hughes to keep an eye on later today. 
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Trader's View - APAC brief 17 Aug
The unpredictable ebbs and flows of volatile global markets delivered a positive outcome overnight, as equity markets recovered lost ground courtesy of a healthy boost of positive sentiment. The increased investor optimism came following news that US and Chinese officials are in talks to renew trade negotiations. This comes only days from the next round of tariffs due for imposition on Chinese imports into the US from the White House, which will rise to the value of $US50b worth of goods. The favourable developments managed to distract from the uncertainty surrounding the Turkey crisis, that at this time continues unabated.
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Lira rallies and stabilises - EMEA brief 16 Aug
A somewhat calm session overnight saw a slowdown in the recent rate of decline, with the ASX 200, Shenzhen composite, and Nikkei 225 all trading flat. The losses did continue for the likes of the Topix and Hang Seng, but even they were relatively moderate in comparison with recent moves. News that there will be a resumption of trade talks between the US and China authorities at the end of the month, is helping provide some reprieve for equity markets, whilst the dollar is trading marginally lower.

The breakdown in relations between Turkey and the US remains a key concern, yet with the lira seemingly stabilising over the course of the week, it seems the measures being brought in by the Turkish have held arrest its decline for now. Data-wise, Japanese trade balance moved into a deficit, while a mixed Australian jobs report saw a fall in unemployment overshadowed by the first negative employment change figure in more than a year.

Looking ahead, the UK retail sales release will ensure that markets will remain focused on the pound, following the recent jobs and inflation numbers. Make sure to look for the year-on-year figure given the volatility of monthly retail sales numbers. Also keep an eye out for eurozone trade balance data this morning. In the afternoon, the Canadian ADP jobs number in one of a handful of tier two releases, including the building permits, housing starts and Philly Fed manufacturing index from the US.
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Trader's View - APAC brief 16 Aug
Global risk appetite diminished once again overnight, sparking sell-offs across equity markets. The concerns about the fragile state of the Turkish financial system and what that might mean for markets was behind the fall, as traders sought out safe havens to park their money. The US Dollar held its advance consequently, but it was the JPY that saw the most activity, with the USD/JPY falling as low as 110.43.

Following Tuesday’s relief rally, it would appear investors aren’t quite prepared to let go of the risk associated with Turkey’s financial crisis, which is compounding fears about trade wars and slower global economic growth. The risk-off play may find itself fuelled today, as investors become wary of the next round of Brexit negotiations, due for kick-off in the next 24 hours.
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Trader's View - APAC brief 15 Aug
Turkey, Wall Street, the ASX, local earnings in Australia, China, Aussie macro economic data, and finally the UK and GBP. These are the headline topics of discussion in the APAC traders view blog post on Community. Get a snapshot run down of specific markets to help improve your understanding of macroeconomic events and discover new trade ideas.

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Turkey doubles US tariffs - EMEA brief 15 Aug
Turkey has doubled tariffs on some U.S. imports, notably alcohol and tobacco, as a response on what is allegedly deliberate US attacks on the Turkish economy. Trade war squabbles continue with China saying that US solar tariffs violate trade rules and lodge a WTO complaint. Dollar rises to a 13 month high which pressures commodities, forcing gold to hit an 18 month low.

European trading is likely to be lessened in volumes today, with French and Italian markets respecting a national holiday. However, the UK remains the centre of focus, with the latest inflation data released this morning. Market expectations of an upward shift would put further pressure on the Bank of England, despite the recent rate hike. The US focus will be upon the release of retail sales and industrial production figures, alongside the empire state manufacturing survey. Crude traders will also be keeping a close eye on the inventories data released later in the day.
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