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Breaking Good: How to Select a Broker

Unless you are personally licensed to trade on an exchange, you will need a broker who provides access, education and support. Often the cost of investing through one is also considerably cheaper.

MT-4 – Your Gateway to the World of Trading

MT4 is one of the most versatile and powerful trading platforms in the market – little surprise that it has become the industry standard, used by over 70% of all online traders.

Financial Derivatives Trading

Financial derivatives, sometimes called ‘common derivatives’ are contractual agreements between a buyer and seller  to exchange an asset or its value at the maturity of that contract.

Technical Trading: The 3 most important technical indicators for day-trading

Ask three different day traders which are the three most important technical indicators for day traders and you’ll have a lot more than nine answers.

Introduction to Trading the Financial Markets – Part 1

Many new traders may be overwhelmed when they open their trading account for the first time and might try to run before they can walk. Learn to tell the difference and extend your trading career!

Introduction to Trading the Financial Markets – Part 2

To be a successful trader, either on a full-time or part-time basis, it is important to understand how to read charts and have a good grasp of what economic, political and social factors move the instruments we are trading.

Introduction to the Forex Market

The foreign exchange market, also known as the FX or Forex market, is the largest and most traded financial market in the world. Learn to trade it!

Majors, Minors & Exotic Currency Pairs

Exotic currencies are not traded as often as the majors or minors, so often the cost of trading themcan be higher due to the lack of liquidity in these markets. This does NOT make them any les exotic..

What is Forex?

Forex is the abreviation of foreign exchange – the exchange of one currency for another – boasting an average daily trading amount of more than $5 trillion.

How to Calculate Forex Price Moves

Pips are the smallest unit in Forex trading – they’re worth a hundredth of a cent. That’s why leverage is important; but it’s also why forex is relatively immovable.

Understanding Lot Sizes & Margin Requirements when Trading Forex

Lots, leverage and margin – don’t go anywhere near the trading world before you fully udnerstand these three concepts.

Forex Market Hours

The forex market is open 24 hours a day, 5 days a week, but the best time to trade will depend a lot on your trading strategy and lifestyle.

Commodity Trading – Trade Sizes and Margin Requirements

When trading commodities it is imperative to understand what it is we are buying or selling.
Each commodity will be measured in its own unit.

Introduction to Trading Platinum, Palladium & Copper

Platinum is known as high octane gold. Copper is the third most popularly used metal in the world. Yes, there ARE other metals to trade besides gold & silver.

Introduction to Trading Coffee, Sugar & Cotton

Some of the main reports for you to look out for include the Cotton and Wool outlook, published by the USDA’s Economic Research Service. Also, pay close attention to weather reports, which can impact heavily on supply and as a result prices. 

Introduction to Trading Gold & Silver

When trading gold and silver, you must be aware of what they are both used for the major producing and exporting nations, as well as the big consumers and importers.

Introduction to Trading the Oil Market

Due to the fact that the oil is formed deep underground, extraction is a very costly process. Prices are nevertheless determined by supply and demand, as well as seasonal and political factors.

How to Calculate Price Moves When Trading Commodities

A tick is, therefore, the smallest possible price change for any commodity-based instrument and the size of a tick is unique to each instrument in question.

Blocking Ledgers – How the BlockChain Works

Understanding how cryptocurrencies work is important, not only for Bitcoin enthusiasts, but for all of us. It is the wave of the future, and it’s expected to one day support nearly every aspect of life that is subject to the recording of data.

Bitcoin – Could this be the ultimate answer for investors

Once central banks themselves go crypto, the choice between a virtual currency and one backed by a central bank will become a no-brainer.

A New Coin on the Block (Chain)

Cryptocurrencies aren’t money assisted by code – they are monied code, digital assets that have been created as, are transacted as, and continue to be data only.

Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Gold, & the Fork … (or Mr. Makamoto: where Are You?)

The jury is still out on whether Satoshi Nakamoto is a real person or group. What’s certain is that he (she/they) have the global financial world in the midst of an upheaval.

Life in the Ethereum

Vtalik Buterin created Ethereum as a means of making cryptocurrencies more accessible and usable, and with a speedier decentralized network.

The Ripple Wave (seriously!)

Unlike Bitcoin and Ethereum, Ripple was created originally as a payment network for real-time transactions that would attract financial industry captains. 

Overview of the Nikkei 225 Stock Market Index

The Nikkei 225 is a stock market index for the Tokyo Stock Exchange (TSE). It is calculated daily by the Nihon Keizai Shimbun (Nikkei) newspaper.

Stock Indices -Trade Sizes and Margin Requirements

Trading indiexes is almost as fascinating as trading the assets they cover. You need to stay ahead of the news, but also master their unique language.

Overview of the FTSE 100 Stock Market Index

The FTSE 100 Stock Market Index (the ‘footsie’), is an index made up of 100 companies listed on the London Stock Exchange.

How to Calculate Price Moves when Trading Stock Market Indices

A tick is defined as the smallest price movement of an instrument, in other words, the minimum increment in which the price can change.

Overview of the CAC 40 Stock Market Index

The CAC 40 is a French stock market index. that measures the performance of the 40 largest, publicly traded companies on the Euronext Paris France’s securities market.

Overview of the Dow Jones Industrial Average 30 (DJ30) Stock Market Index

The Dow Jones Industrial Average (also known as the DJ30 or just Dow) is the oldest stock index in the world and was first calculated on May 26, 1896.