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Event Risk Calendar
What are some of the biggest events risks from now through to the second quarter in 2019? Check out this handy chart submitted by one of our Community members, and think about adding specific reminders in your trading calendar as some of these may cause volatility (and a potential trade opportunity).
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Labor Day holiday - 3rd September
It is Labor Day in the US & Canada on Monday 3rd September and we're expecting a change to some of our dealing hours due to changes in the underlying market. The overall summary of changes to market hours can be seen in this post (all hours in UK BST).
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Dollar drops, four-week high for GBP - EMEA brief 30 Aug
Asia stocks pull back as weakness in China outweighs NAFTA trade. U.S.- Canada trade talks are making progress. Dollar drops, whilst the pound is trading at a four-week high.
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Is a no-deal Brexit likely?
Interesting Bloomberg article quoting 'un-named sources' that senior officials on both sides now think a Brexit deal is unlikely. GPBUSD could well test the referendum lows on an official no deal statement and the Euro would not be safe from fallout either.
S&P hits all-time high - EMEA brief 29 Aug
The S&P 500 and Nasdaq both set new records, passing the 2900 and 8000 mark respectively for the first time in their history. Focus shifts on talks between the US and Canada on an updated NAFTA, which could be signed in the coming days. Canada’s Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland is now in Washington to carry out negotiations.  The previously announced deadline for Brexit talks set for the 18th of October may not be feasible, as rumors spread that it may now be postponed to mid-November. Prices being charged in UK shops rose by 0.1% in August, interrupting a 63 month long deflationary streak.  
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Trader's View - APAC brief 29 Aug
The fortunes of emerging markets are less defined by politics, and more dictated by the structural concerns brought about by rising global interest rates. While geopolitics – particularly as it relates to the numerous trade wars waged by US President Trump’s White House – has catalysed the hysteria witnessed in markets such as Turkey, South Africa, Mexico and Iran, it is the US Federal Reserve’s rate hiking cycle that has established the bed rock for the challenges faced by these economies. Hence, the actions of US President Trump’s administration should be treated as the pin that risks bursting the emerging market balloon, rather than the air itself blowing it up to an uncomfortably stretched size.
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Post in Quick trade ideas
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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