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  1. CharlotteIG
    Please see the expected dividend adjustment figures for a number of our major indices for the week commencing 12th April 2021. 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.

    NB: All dividend adjustments are forecasts and therefore speculative. A dividend adjustment is a 
    cash neutral adjustment on your account.
    Special Dividends
            Index
    Bloomberg Code
    Effective Date
    Summary
    Dividend Amount
    CAC
    STLA FP
    19/04/2021
    Special Div
    32
     
                      How do dividend adjustments work? 
    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.
  2. CharlotteIG

    Educational
    Can I trade share options with IG?
    This question has been popping up around the community. Yes, you can trade a range of share options with us. Select popular stocks are available to trade on our web platform, and our full range is available to trade by phone.
    Can I trade share options online, or do I have to phone to deal?
    That depends on which markets you’d like to trade. We are testing online trading for share options, and to start off with we’re offering Tesla shares (weekly and monthly expiries).
    Over the coming weeks we hope to expand this offering, depending on client demand.
    You can trade our full range of share options – offering stocks from the world’s major exchanges – by phone on 0800 409 6789.

    How do I trade share options online?
    You can trade weekly and monthly share options in our web platform. Rather than finding them in the options flyout, each has their own watchlist. For example, you’d trade Tesla from the ‘Tesla Options’ watchlist:
     
     
    What are share options?
    Share options are contracts that enable you to trade on the price movement of an underlying stock. You can use share options to take a view on whether you think a stock’s price will be above or below a certain level – the strike price – at the option’s expiry.
    Normally, buying a share option would give you the right to buy or sell a share at the strike on expiry. However, when you trade share options with us, rather than trading an option directly, you’re trading a CFD on an option’s price.
    All this means is that, instead of having the right to buy or sell shares at a certain price, your positions will be cash-settled on expiry. So you’ll never have to worry about delivering, or taking delivery of, the underlying shares.
    As with more traditional options, you’ll never risk more than your initial payment when buying.
    You can trade select share options on our web platform, and phone 0800 409 6789 to deal on our full range .
    Which stocks can I trade using share options?
    You can currently trade Tesla (weekly and monthly expiries) online,. We hope to expand this offering over the coming weeks depending on client demand.
    You can also trade our full range of share options over the phone, on 0800 409 6789. As long as there is a tradable option in the underlying, we offer all options on shares in the FTSE® 100, the DOW 30, the S&P 500, the Nasdaq 100 and some large cap Canadian and Australian stocks, as well as on a large selection of European options traded on Eurex or Euronext.
    What are the dealing hours of share options?
    Dealing hours for share options are as follows:
    UK share options: 08:00–16:30 (London time) American share options: 14:30–21:00 (London time)* European shares: Market hours for the relevant exchange. Please ask for current details Australian share options: 10:00-15:55 (Sydney time)* *It may sometimes not be possible to quote a particular share option if there is no price being published in the underlying market.
    How much does trading share options cost?
    We charge a spread depending on where the shares you’re trading originate:
    5c on US shares 3p on UK shares 3c on European shares You can find the full details in the ‘share options’ tab of our fees and charges.
  3. CharlotteIG
    We're offering weekly equity options on the platform for some stocks over earning season. Meaning you don't have to call us if you want to trade certain equity options. This week it's Beyond Meat Inc. We're also offering Tesla but that will stay on the platform going forward whereas the weekly options will change depending on which week of earnings season we're in. 
     
    What is an Equity option?
    Equity options are a form of derivative used exclusively to trade shares as the underlying asset.
    In essence, equity options work in an extremely similar way to other options, such as forex or commodities. They offer the trader the right, but not the obligation, to purchase (or sell) a set amount of shares at a certain level (referred to as the ‘strike price’) before it expires. To buy an option, traders will pay a premium.
    When are these available to trade?
    These equity options will be available in the main session (14:30 - 21:00 UK time). 
    Where to find them?
    You can find them under 'Weekly US Equity options' on the left list on your web platform. 

     
    Earning season information for this month: 

  4. CharlotteIG
    You can find changes to trading hours over the Easter period listed below, in UK time. Please make sure that you’re familiar with the changes, as they may affect your trades.  Thursday 1 April European indices close at 10pm (quoted out-of-hours until 14:15 Friday) Friday 2 April European and US commodities closed. 24-hour indices quoted until 14:15*. Forex closes at 10pm. Saturday 3 April Weekend indices and cryptocurrencies open as normal. Sunday 4 April Weekend indices and cryptocurrencies open as normal. Forex opens at 9pm. US and 24-hour indices quoted from 11pm Monday 5 April European equities closed. European 24-hour indices quoted out of hours. US markets open. Tuesday 6 April European markets reopen. *Japan 225, Singapore Blue Chip and China A50 will close later in the evening.

    For more information on our popular markets' trading hours over the coming holiday, see our full list of Easter trading hours.
  5. CharlotteIG
    We're offering weekly equity options on the platform for some stocks over earning season. Meaning you don't have to call us if you want to trade certain equity options. This week it's Zoom Video Communications Inc. We're also offering Tesla but that will stay on the platform going forward whereas the weekly options will change depending on which week of earnings season we're in. 
     
    What is an Equity option?
    Equity options are a form of derivative used exclusively to trade shares as the underlying asset.
    In essence, equity options work in an extremely similar way to other options, such as forex or commodities. They offer the trader the right, but not the obligation, to purchase (or sell) a set amount of shares at a certain level (referred to as the ‘strike price’) before it expires. To buy an option, traders will pay a premium.
    When are these available to trade?
    These equity options will be available in the main session (14:30 - 21:00 UK time). 
    Where to find them?
    You can find them under 'Weekly US Equity options' on the left list on your web platform. 

     
  6. CharlotteIG

    Dividend Adjustments
    Expected index adjustments 
    Please see the expected dividend adjustment figures for a number of our major indices for the week commencing 22th Feb 2021. 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.

    NB: All dividend adjustments are forecasts and therefore speculative. A dividend adjustment is a 
    cash neutral adjustment on your account.
     
    Special Dividends
            Index
    Bloomberg Code
    Effective Date
    Summary
    Dividend Amount
    AS51
    TLS AU
    24/02/2021
    Special Div
    4.2857
    AS51
    AGL AU
    24/02/2021
    Special Div
    10
    RTY
    JBSS US
    25/02/2021
    Special Div
    250
    How do dividend adjustments work? 
    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.
  7. CharlotteIG
    Retail traders: 
    As of 6 January 2021, new FCA rules mean that you will no longer be to trade cryptocurrencies using derivatives like spread bets and CFDs if you’re classified as a retail trader. Professional traders, however, can continue trading cryptocurrencies as usual.         

    You can find out whether you’re eligible to be classified as a professional using our criteria. Professionals are also eligible for lower margin rates, monthly rebates and credit facilities, amongst other features.   
    What happens now?
    You will be able to open cryptocurrency trades as a retail client with us until 5 January 2021. After this, your positions will be set to ‘closings only’, with no deadline to close.
     
    Professional traders: 
    As of 6 January 2021, new FCA rules mean that only professional traders  will be able to trade cryptocurrencies using derivatives like spread bets and CFDs.
    We want to let you know that pro clients are can continue trading cryptocurrencies as usual – your positions won’t be impacted. This means you’ll still be able to trade eight major cryptocurrencies plus our Crypto 10 index, magnify your exposure with leverage and go long or short – all without a wallet.
    Find out more about cryptocurrency trading with IG.
     
    If you have any questions, comment below or join the following chat:
     
    You can also get in touch with our team 24 hours a day from 8am Saturday to 10pm Friday (UK time).
     
  8. CharlotteIG
    We're offering weekly equity options on the platform for some stocks over earning season. Meaning you don't have to call us if you want to trade certain equity options. This week it's Baidu Inc. We're also offering Tesla but that will stay on the platform going forward whereas the weekly options will change depending on which week of earnings season we're in. 
     
    What is an Equity option?
    Equity options are a form of derivative used exclusively to trade shares as the underlying asset.
    In essence, equity options work in an extremely similar way to other options, such as forex or commodities. They offer the trader the right, but not the obligation, to purchase (or sell) a set amount of shares at a certain level (referred to as the ‘strike price’) before it expires. To buy an option, traders will pay a premium.
    When are these available to trade?
    These equity options will be available in the main session (14:30 - 21:00 UK time). 
    Where to find them?
    You can find them under 'Weekly US Equity options' on the left list on your web platform. 

     
    Earning season information for this month: 

  9. CharlotteIG

    Dividend Adjustments
    Expected index adjustments 
    Please see the expected dividend adjustment figures for a number of our major indices for the week commencing 15th Feb 2021. 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.

    NB: All dividend adjustments are forecasts and therefore speculative. A dividend adjustment is a 
    cash neutral adjustment on your account.
     
    Special Dividends
            Index
    Bloomberg Code
    Effective Date
    Summary
    Dividend Amount
    AS51
    JHX AU
    18/02/2021
    Special Div
    70
    NIFTY
    HMCL IN
    15/02/2021
    Special Div
    500
    RTY
    PRK US
    18/02/2021
    Special Div
    20
    How do dividend adjustments work? 
    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.
     
  10. CharlotteIG

    Essential
    Brexit Update: for EEA clients
    As we’ll no longer be able to service EEA clients after the Brexit transition period ends, your CFD account will be set to ‘closings only’ from 31 December 2020. You’ll have at least 30 days to close your positions, before they are closed at the prevailing price from 31 January 2021. Your account will then be closed.

    If you have previously agreed to transfer your account to IG Europe but have not received confirmation that the transfer has taken place, please email the helpdesk / live chat us as soon as possible so we can look into this.

    What if I want to keep trading CFDs with IG?

    Transfer your account to IG Europe to keep trading CFDs with IG. IG Europe is based in Germany and is authorised and regulated by BaFin and Bundesbank. It offers a range of financial products depending on your location, including CFDs, options and turbos.

    To transfer, please log in to My IG and follow the prompts. If you do not see any prompts, please reply to this email as soon as possible – and no later than 8 January 2021.

    Please note that, after 31 December, you will still be placed on closings only until your account has been successfully transferred. Therefore if you consent to the transfer, you won’t be able to open any new positions from 31 December until the transfer has taken place. We expect the transfer to happen in mid-January, and we will notify you of your transfer date in advance.
    What if I want to keep spread betting with IG?

    Transfer your account to IG Europe to keep spread betting with IG. IG Europe is based in Germany and is authorised and regulated by BaFin and Bundesbank. It offers a range of financial products depending on your location, including spread bets, CFDs, options and turbos.

    To transfer, please log in to My IG and follow the prompts. If you do not see any prompts, please reply to this email as soon as possible – and no later than 8 January 2021.

    Please note that, after 31 December, you will still be placed on closings only until your account has been successfully transferred. Therefore if you consent to the transfer and verify your ID, you won’t be able to open any new positions from 31 December until the transfer has taken place. We expect the transfer to happen in mid-January, and we will notify you of your transfer date in advance.

    What if I want to keep share dealing with IG?
    After 31 December 2020, we will no longer be able to offer share dealing accounts to EEA clients. If you have a share dealing account with us, it will therefore be set to ‘closings only’ from 31 December 2020 and we reserve the right to sell your holdings and close your account from 31 March. This means that you’ll have at least three months to close your positions or transfer them to another provider.

    Please note that we will not charge you any commission for selling your shares between 31 December 2020 and 31 March 2021.

    You can find out how to transfer your positions out of IG here. Please note you may experience a delay in having your positions moved.
     
  11. CharlotteIG

    Trading hour changes
    Presidents' Day trading hours 2021
    There will be some changes to our normal opening hours on Presidents’ Day – also known as Washington’s Birthday. Certain markets will be affected on Monday 15 and Tuesday 16 February 2021. Check the table below, and find out how these changes could impact your trading. Monday 15 February US equities and soft commodities are closed

    Canadian equities are closed (Family Day)

    US index futures close early at 6pm. We will make out-of-hours prices on the Dow, S&P and Nasdaq until futures reopen at 11pm

    US energies, metals (including Spot Gold and Silver), bonds, US interest rates and Dollar Basket close early at 6pm. They reopen at 11pm

    UK energies open as normal

    The Volatility index closes early at 4:30pm. It reopens at 11pm

    London Sugar closes early at 5pm Tuesday 16 February Livestock opens at 2:30pm and lumber at 3pm All times listed here are UK time. This information is accurate to the best of our knowledge, but it is possible that these hours could change. We're here to help If you have any questions about this or need help with your account, you'll find quick answers in help and support. You can also get in touch with our team 24 hours a day from 8am Saturday to 10pm Friday (UK time).
  12. CharlotteIG
    We're offering weekly equity options on the platform for some stocks over earning season. Meaning you don't have to call us if you want to trade certain equity options. This week it's Twitter Inc. We're also offering Tesla but that will stay on the platform going forward whereas the weekly options will change depending on which week of earnings season we're in. 
     
    What is an Equity option?
    Equity options are a form of derivative used exclusively to trade shares as the underlying asset.
    In essence, equity options work in an extremely similar way to other options, such as forex or commodities. They offer the trader the right, but not the obligation, to purchase (or sell) a set amount of shares at a certain level (referred to as the ‘strike price’) before it expires. To buy an option, traders will pay a premium.
    When are these available to trade?
    These equity options will be available in the main session (14:30 - 21:00 UK time). 
    Where to find them?
    You can find them under 'Weekly US Equity options' on the left list on your web platform. 

     
    Earning season information for this month: 

  13. CharlotteIG

    Dividend Adjustments
    Expected index adjustments 
    Please see the expected dividend adjustment figures for a number of our major indices for the week commencing 11th Feb 2021. 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.

    NB: All dividend adjustments are forecasts and therefore speculative. A dividend adjustment is a 
    cash neutral adjustment on your account.
     
    Special Dividends
            Index
    Bloomberg Code
    Effective Date
    Summary
    Dividend Amount
    UKX
    TSCO LN
    15/02/2021
    Special Div
    50.93
    NIFTY
    HMCL IN
    15/02/2021
    Special Div
    500
    How do dividend adjustments work? 
    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.
     
  14. CharlotteIG

    Dividend Adjustments
    Expected index adjustments 
    Please see the expected dividend adjustment figures for a number of our major indices for the week commencing 1st Feb 2021. 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.

    NB: All dividend adjustments are forecasts and therefore speculative. A dividend adjustment is a 
    cash neutral adjustment on your account.
     
    Special Dividends
            Index
    Bloomberg Code
    Effective Date
    Summary
    Dividend Amount
    AS51
    SAR AU
    02/02/2021
    Special Div
    5.4286
     
     
    How do dividend adjustments work? 
    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.
     
  15. CharlotteIG
    Gamestop AMC trading restrictions
    Due to the recent extreme volatility, and in order to prioritise the service we give our existing clients, we are not allowing any new positions to be opened on the US stocks GameStop and AMC Entertainment.

    These restrictions apply to all IG accounts, and will be reviewed regularly. You will still be able to close any open positions that you have in these stocks. Any orders that you have already placed on these two stocks will remain.

    In addition, if you have any spread betting or CFD positions on either stock, please be aware that the margin required to keep your positions open will increase to that listed below from 4pm (UK time) on Monday 1 February. Please ensure that you have enough money on your account to cover the margin requirement. Stock New margin AMC Entertainment Holdings Inc 100% GameStop Corp 100%  
    Margin increase
    Due to increased volatility, from 4pm (UK time) on 1 February 2021 we are increasing margin requirements for a range of stocks: Stock Tier 1 margin Palantir Technologies Inc 50% Macerich Co 100% Blackberry Ltd (CA) 100% AMC Entertainment Holdings Inc 100% GameStop Corp 100% Blackberry Ltd (US) 100% SunPower Corp 100% Gogo Inc 100% Bed Bath & Beyond Inc 100% Accelerate Diagnostics Inc 50% Ligand Pharmaceuticals Inc 100% National Beverage Corp 100% AMC Networks Inc 100% American Airlines Group Inc (All Sessions) 25% Nokia OYJ - ADR 25% Nokia OYJ (Fin) 25% Nokia OYJ (DE) 25% Nokia OYJ (SE) 25% Nokia Corporation 25% ContextLogic Inc 100% Virgin Galactic Holdings Inc (Ord) 100% Sundial Growers Inc 100% Dillard's Inc 100% Fossil Group Inc 100% iRobot Corp 100% Tootsie Roll Industries Inc 100% National CineMedia Inc 100% CEL-SCI Corporation 100% GSX Techedu Inc 100% Vir Biotechnology Inc 100% Seritage Growth Properties 100% How will I be affected? If you have any open positions on these stocks at 4pm (UK time) on Monday 1 February 2021, then the margin required to keep those positions open will change. You’ll need to have enough money in your account to cover the increase and prevent your positions from being closed out.

    Margin requirements for working orders will also be subject to the new rate.

    Changes to margin rates are the same for daily funded bets and forward bets, and for cash CFDs. For full details of how we calculate our margins, please contact us on the details below.
  16. CharlotteIG
    Investors and traders would do well to remember that there are plenty of markets to choose from – it’s not always necessary to follow the crowd.
      The recent volatility in certain stocks has sparked renewed interest in the market across all sections of the media. The names of these stocks, and others that might be viewed as possible candidates, have been emblazoned across news reports and headlines.
    Such an increase in their visibility will undoubtedly lead many to think that these are the stocks to buy right now, to the detriment of all others. It is understandable – humans will see others getting involved in all the excitement, with talk of huge wins, and will want to get involved themselves. Previous market manias like bitcoin, or tech stocks, seem dull by comparison.
    Market history teaches us that following the crowd rarely ends well. Usually, by the time something has hit the headlines the ‘obvious trade’ is over, or at least the most significant chunk of it anyway. Nobody talked about bitcoin at $1000, but at $19,000 it was everywhere. No one wanted to talk about buying stocks at the lows in 2008, or in late 2018 or March 2020 when they had endured heavy falls. But when stocks hit new records after these sell-offs there was plenty of focus on them.
    The spotlight of media attention will make it seem like the only stocks in the market worth trading are the ones making the headlines. But this isn’t true. ‘It’s not a stock market, it’s a market of stocks’, goes the old adage. Just because a company isn’t seeing its share price gyrate by tens or even hundreds of percents a day doesn’t mean it isn’t worth considering for a potential trade.
    Everyone has their own risk tolerance. Some people, for example, experienced traders, are used to big swings in prices and can stomach the changes in profit and loss that go with them. Others shy away from such extremes in volatility, which is a perfectly acceptable way to trade or invest.
    It is important to remember the time element too. Fortunes can be made and lost in the stock market, and in a variety of time frames. It isn’t necessary just to look to the end of the day. Longer-term trades, with smaller position sizes, can help promote a calmer approach, and with a greater length of time comes a different view of how much a trade might make. A day trader might look for ten or twenty points, but those looking to hold a trade for weeks or even longer will be expecting the move to cover hundreds or even thousands of points.
    In any trading strategy, the most important element is to make sure that your mistakes are survivable. Being stopped out and losing 2% of your account is no problem – being stopped out and losing 50% (or even more) is. There’s no rule that says you have to be in the hottest stocks, or that you have to look to make big money in one day.
    In trading, as in life, it is important to find what works for you. Chasing the big volatility might seem like fun, but it’s not the only way to trade.
       Chris Beauchamp | Chief Market Analyst, London | Publication date: Friday 29 January 2021 15:08
  17. CharlotteIG
    The surge in GameStop has caught the market’s attention, and that of financial media. A small retail stock, in an industry in long-term decline, has seen its market value rise very rapidly, as retail traders, coordinating via the website Reddit, have bought into the stock using options, forcing the hedge funds that have taken short positions in it to close out their trades, pushing the stock yet higher.

    What is a short squeeze?
    This short squeeze is a classic market move, familiar to many traders, and is something that can occur in almost any market, if the conditions are right. In this, the conditions were that short positions had been built up in a company that had seen its stock price fall nearly 95% from its 2013 high. This ‘one-way’ trade had continued regardless of the moves in broader indices, as investors took advantage of the fall in traditional retail volumes, leaving companies like GameStop with declining businesses.
    All seemed to work well, until traders on the ‘Wall Street bets’ sub-Reddit decided to start buying the stock. When the stock rises, some shorts have to cover their position by closing out and buying back the stock. This in turn drives the price higher, forcing out others, and so on. A short squeeze develops, which can, as in this case, drive the price to dizzying highs that are arguably entirely unconnected with the actual business.
    Some might suggest this is market manipulation, but the short positions in a company are public knowledge, and it is not actually illegal for ordinary investors to club together in the same stocks. Traders who short need to be aware that such squeezes can happen and should also realise that the vast majority of trades, particularly in equities, are on the long side. Most investors, whether retail or professional, buy stocks in the hope that they will go up.
    Shorting is an important part of the market and helps the activity of ‘price discovery’ to develop. It also helps liquidity and should be viewed as an underhand activity. But while share prices can ‘only’ go to zero, giving long investors a theoretical floor, they can, in theory, go as high as they like. Thus, those with short positions, can, if they do not manage their risk properly, suffer unlimited losses.
    Continued gains are not guaranteed
    While GameStop, and others that have been heavily shorted, has enjoyed a huge rally, this does not mean that continued gains are guaranteed. The future of any trade is always uncertain, and after such a huge ride there may be many investors, of all types, who still think that the shares are overvalued, and will look to short them once again. Regardless of whether an investor trades long or short, they must make sure that they have a clear risk management plan in place, with stop levels clearly defined.
    We are currently seeing increased volatility in certain stocks, including GameStop and AMC. This increases the risk of sudden, large or rapid loss and the potential for gaps, where stocks fall dramatically when the market opens.
    Please note that IG does not offer options on GameStop or AMC Entertainment, or the ability to short these stocksIt must be stressed that IG does not offer options on GameStop, with only spread bet, CFD trades or share dealing available on our platform.
    The activity in these stocks has been confined to a small part of the market, with normal price action continuing in the vast majority of stocks. It will command plenty of attention in the media, and the excitement will undoubtedly provide an attraction for many traders, but sometimes it is better to watch from afar rather than attempt to jump in to such a volatile situation.
  18. CharlotteIG

    Dividend Adjustments
    Expected index adjustments 
    Please see the expected dividend adjustment figures for a number of our major indices for the week commencing 18th Jan 2020. 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.



    NB: All dividend adjustments are forecasts and therefore speculative. A dividend adjustment is a 
    cash neutral adjustment on your account.
     
    Special Dividends
            Index
    Bloomberg Code
    Effective Date
    Summary
    Dividend Amount
    RTY
    INDT US
    21/01/2021
    Special Div
    199
    RTY
    CVLY US
    25/01/2021
    Special Div
    2
    How do dividend adjustments work? 
    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.
  19. CharlotteIG

    Product updates
    We've added this blog so community members can have their say on projects we're looking to add in the future. Your vote will help us determine what our project teams work on to shape the future of IG.  
    Please have a look at all of the ideas below before voting. If you have time we would also appreciate you leaving any feedback positive or negative about the ideas, in the comment section. 
    1. Live Streamed Calendar Events
    • Access to live streams of important economic and market announcements – accessed via the economic calendar
    • IG will provide streams from major central bank announcements, major company earnings calls and other important company events (e.g. product announcements)
    • You’ll be able to set reminders and alerts from these from the economic calendar, and then watch them in a window while interacting with the rest of the platform


     
    2. Personalised Notifications
    • A service that provides you with personalised push notifications based on your trading activity and interaction with IG. These will cover:
    • Trade analytics insights
    • Recommendations for IG Academy courses based on your recent activity
    • What other notifications would you like here?
    • This feature builds on current automatic personalised notifications about major movements in the markets you’re most interested in
    • How would you like these to be delivered?

     
    3. Personalised workspace 
    What is it?
    The personalised workspace will give you the option for IG to pre-populate your workspace and watchlists depending on your interests. We’ll base this on the assets and products you’re interested in
    What kind of things can I use it for?
    • The personalised workspace will help you to:
    • Stay on top of the markets you’ve interacted most with
    • Reduce workspace clutter by deprioritising things you haven’t looked at for a while
    What else would you like from a personalised workspace?

     
    4. IG Academy walkthroughs
    What is it?
    • Currently IG Academy courses are self contained – and use text and diagrams to explain theoretical trading concepts
    • IG Academy Walkthroughs will demonstrate how practical concepts work using our platform

     
    5. Ask IG ... 
    What is it?
    • A range of IG services, accessible through voice channels. You’ll be able to access Ask IG through your preferred smart speaker (e.g. Google Home, Alexa), through the voice function or your phone (e.g. Siri) or through the IG app
    What kind of things can I use it for?
    • You’ll be able to use IG to:
    • Answer questions about your account and open positions
    • Ask questions about the wider markets
    What else would you like to use Ask IG for?

     
    As mentioned earlier in the post, if you have any feedback on any of these or if you want to tell us answers to any of the bolded questions please do so in the comment sections. This post will be open until 28th February 2020, 23:59, and the information we get from it is being incorporated when deciding on our next project. 
    Thanks everyone for getting involved! 
     
  20. CharlotteIG
    We're offering weekly equity options on the platform for some stocks over earning season. Meaning you don't have to call us if you want to trade certain equity options. This week it's Apple, Boeing and Facebook. We're also offering Tesla but that will stay on the platform going forward whereas the weekly options will change depending on which week of earnings season we're in. 
     
    What is an Equity option?
    Equity options are a form of derivative used exclusively to trade shares as the underlying asset.
    In essence, equity options work in an extremely similar way to other options, such as forex or commodities. They offer the trader the right, but not the obligation, to purchase (or sell) a set amount of shares at a certain level (referred to as the ‘strike price’) before it expires. To buy an option, traders will pay a premium.
    When are these available to trade?
    These equity options will be available in the main session (14:30 - 21:00 UK time). 
    Where to find them?
    You can find them under 'Weekly US Equity options' on the left list on your web platform. 

     
    Earning season information for this month: 

  21. CharlotteIG
    US Reporting Season has begun, and will continue until the middle of February.

    The market data that matters:
    EPS Growth Expected (YoY)
    Revenue Growth Expected (YoY)
    Current Price-to-Earnings
    Est. FY1 Price-to-earnings
    Current Dividend Yield
    -9.2%
    -0.6%
    30.7
    22.9
    1.53%
     
     
     
     
     
    What is the market expecting out of this earnings season?
    The markets are expecting another contraction in earnings growth for the quarter, as corporate profits continue to feel the effects of the Covid-19 recession. Entering into earnings season, market consensus was projecting a year-over-year in earnings of 9.4%, according to data compiled by financial data company FactSet. If another quarter of negative earnings growth were to materialize, it would mark the 5th out of the last 6 reporting periods in which earnings contracted, despite the S&P500 continued to push to fresh record highs.
    What are ther key themes to watch out of earnings season?
    Will guidance reaffirm lofty stock market valuations?
    With expectations that earnings ought to contract for another quarter, the key issue for market participants this reporting period will be whether companies deliver guidance that reflects the positivity currently baked into prices. In a bullish sign for market fundamentals, profit estimates began an upgrade cycle in the last quarter, as market participants factored in greater optimism about the economic outlook going into 2020. Even still, valuations remain very high across the S&P500, with the trailing price-to-earnings ratio historically elevated above 30 – a level not seen since the Dot.com boom and bust.
    What impact will fiscal stimulus and vaccines have on profits?
    The upgrading cycle for corporate profits has come as a result of two macroeconomic factors: the roll-out of multiple Covid-19 vaccines in the US, as well as the deluge of fiscal stimulus coming from US President Joe Biden’s administration. The dynamic has sparked the so-called “reflation trade”, which has seen stocks sensitive to the business cycle outperform the market. Confirmation from company’s that they see a material pick up in profits owing to the vaccine and stimulus ought to buoy markets, who are positioned for a big uptick in economic activity this year.
    Which sectors will lead and lag?
    As investors position for an uptick in the global business cycle, the performance of cyclical sectors this earnings season will be closely watched. According to FactSet, the materials sector is set to deliver closer to market-leading earnings growth for the quarter, aided by the recent recovery in global commodity prices. Previous market leaders in the health care and IT sectors, which outperformed the market last year, are also expected to deliver positive earnings. On the side of the equation, some areas of the market sensitive to economic growth are expected to show considerable falls in EPS: the industrials and energy sectors ought to perform the worst this reporting period.
    Source: FactSet How could this earnings season impact the financial markets?
    Earnings season is already delivering considerable upsize surprises for the market, as company profits recover and valuations experience an upgrade cycle. There is tremendous optimism in the markets right now, with market participants taking on risk to position for an economic recovery driven by vaccine developments and fuelled by a stimulus. Despite calls of complacency amongst investors, the trend for the S&P500 looks skewed clearly to the upside, albeit with the momentum that’s slowing down marginally. Continued positive surprises from S&P500 companies ought to support the index’s rise, as it continues to clock-up fresh record highs.
               Kyle Rodda | Market Analyst, Australia
    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.
  22. CharlotteIG

    Dividend Adjustments
    Expected index adjustments 
    Please see the expected dividend adjustment figures for a number of our major indices for the week commencing 25th Jan 2020. 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.

    NB: All dividend adjustments are forecasts and therefore speculative. A dividend adjustment is a 
    cash neutral adjustment on your account.
    Special Dividends
            Index
    Bloomberg Code
    Effective Date
    Summary
    Dividend Amount
    AS51
    SAR AU
    02/02/2021
    Special Div
    54.286
    RTY
    CVLY US
    25/01/2021
    Special Div
    2
    RTY
    PFBI US
    29/01/2021
    Special Div
    100
     
    How do dividend adjustments work? 
    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.
     
     
  23. CharlotteIG
    We're offering weekly equity options on the platform for some stocks over earning season. Meaning you don't have to call us if you want to trade certain equity options. This week it's Netflix. We're also offering Tesla but that will stay on the platform going forward whereas the weekly options will change depending on which week of earnings season we're in. 
     
    What is an Equity option?
    Equity options are a form of derivative used exclusively to trade shares as the underlying asset.
    In essence, equity options work in an extremely similar way to other options, such as forex or commodities. They offer the trader the right, but not the obligation, to purchase (or sell) a set amount of shares at a certain level (referred to as the ‘strike price’) before it expires. To buy an option, traders will pay a premium.
    When are these available to trade?
    These equity options will be available in the main session (14:30 - 21:00 UK time). 
    Where to find them?
    You can find them under 'Weekly US Equity options' on the left list on your web platform. 

     
    Earning season information for this month: 

  24. CharlotteIG

    Dividend Adjustments
    Expected index adjustments 
    Please see the expected dividend adjustment figures for a number of our major indices for the week commencing 11th Jan 2020. 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.



    NB: All dividend adjustments are forecasts and therefore speculative. A dividend adjustment is a 
    cash neutral adjustment on your account.
     
    Special Dividends
            Index
    Bloomberg Code
    Effective Date
    Summary
    Dividend Amount
    UKK
    BME LN
    14/01/2021
    Special Div
    20
    RTY
    CNXN US
    11/01/2021
    Special Div
    32
    How do dividend adjustments work? 
    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.
  25. CharlotteIG
    Brexit Update: for EEA clients - FAQs
    How do I agree to the transfer to IG Europe after Brexit?
    Due to Brexit your IG accounts with IG UK companies will be set to closings only on the 31st of December 2020.
    We’ve established a new European entity, IG Europe, to ensure you can keep using our services after Brexit. To do so you’ll need to agree to transfer your account(s) to IG Europe by 8 January 2021.
    How do I agree to the transfer?
    Simply login to your account via My IG and follow the prompts.
    Verifying your identity
    To complete the transfer process, you’ll also need to verify your identity before 8 January 2021. Simply log in to your My IG and follow the prompts to follow the verification process. Video verification can be done on any day of the week between 8am and midnight (UK time). Make sure that you have your passport on hand, and you’ll be done in just a few minutes.
    Verification can take up to 24 hours to be processed, so please get started before 8 January 2021. If you don’t verify your identity in time, we won’t be able to transfer your account(s) to IG Europe and we may need to close them.
    What does the transfer involve?
    Once you’ve agreed to the transfer and followed the steps to verify your ID, we’ll migrate your existing account(s) to IG Europe for you.
    The platform won’t be affected, so at the time of the transfer:
    Your login details, watchlists and trading experience will remain the same
    The transfer may result in a taxable profit or loss for Spread betting accounts. This shouldn’t apply if you’re a resident of the UK or Ireland, but will depend on your personal circumstances
    The money in your current accounts will be transferred to your IG Europe account(s)
    Spread betting and CFD accounts
    As part of the transfer process, we’ll need to close your open positions and then re-open them with IG Europe at the original opening levels. This will ensure that your running P&L won’t be affected
    Share dealing accounts
    Share dealing accounts won’t be transferred during this process.
    Your account will be set to closings only and you will have up until 31 March 2021 to sell your holdings (commission free) or transfer out to a different broker.
    To learn more on how to transfer out your holdings please click here.
    What will happen to my funds?
    Your funds will be transferred to IG Europe and placed in segregated bank accounts in accordance with BaFin’s client money rules, as opposed to FCA rules.
    You’re currently protected by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme, but once your funds are transferred you’ll be covered by the EdW, which is the German equivalent.
    When will the transfer take place?
    The transfer will take place mid-January 2021. We will provide the exact date and time in advance so that you can monitor your positions.
    Please note that between the 31 December 2020 and the migration date you will not be able to open any new positions due to your account being placed on closings only.
    Where is IG Europe based?
    IG Europe is based in Germany and is authorized and regulated by BaFin and Bundesbank. IGE offers a range of financial products, including CFDs, options and turbo warrants.
    What happens if I don’t agree to the transfer?
    If no deal is agreed, we will lose our ability to service your account(s) from the UK and they will need to be closed.
    New website address
    After the transfer is complete, you should log in to your account at www.ig.com/ie
    You can continue to log in to your account via any one of IG’s websites, but you will need to use www.ig.com/ie if you want to find information about the products and services relevant to you.
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