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The top 10 most volatile currency pairs in 2023

These are the most volatile FX pairs in 2023. Learn how to trade them and use volatility to your advantage.

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OVX index: Your guide to the oil volatility index

The oil volatility index (OVX) is a measure of volatility for US crude oil prices. But how should you use the OVX in your trading?

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October 19, 2023 05:42 PM
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What are the most volatile stocks in 2023?

The most volatile stocks can be prized among day traders and others – offering lots of opportunity as well as risk. So, what are the most volatile stocks in 2023?

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October 16, 2023 11:06 AM

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GVZ index: Your guide to the gold volatility index

The GVZ index – otherwise known as the gold volatility index – is a leading measure of risk in the precious metal market. Because of this, it’s often called the ‘gold VIX’.

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October 2, 2023 04:06 PM
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MOVE index: How to measure bond market volatility

The MOVE index projects the yield spread between long and short-term bonds to give an idea of current market volatility. Read more for a MOVE index definition and strategies.

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October 2, 2023 01:57 PM
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What is the VIX index? How to use the volatility index in your trades

The VIX is one of the most widely-used measures of market volatility, for both the S&P 500 and wider stock market. So, what is the VIX, how is it calculated and how can you take your first position on volatility? Find out below.

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September 28, 2023 11:34 AM
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How to trade low volatility: strategies for quiet markets

We talk a lot about how volatility creates opportunities for traders. But what happens when there’s only a little market movement to take advantage of? Find out what to trade when there’s low volatility and what the best low volatility trading strategies are.

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September 22, 2023 10:23 AM
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Volatility trading guide: its causes and the most volatile markets

Markets are always on the move, but the speed and size of price changes is what creates excitement (and risk) for traders. So, let’s take a look at how to trade volatility, and which markets experience the highest levels of volatility.

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September 21, 2023 04:21 PM
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Whipsaw in trading

Whipsaws in trading are sudden market movements that occur in volatile conditions and can trap traders in losing positions. Find out how to avoid whipsaws.

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May 22, 2023 12:00 PM
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What to do when there is carnage on the currency floor?

With volatility and headline risk remaining high, we take a look at some of the key drivers and how to approach the currency market under such conditions.

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Markets are waking up to a 50bp Fed hike, FOMC mins up next

It may have taken a few weeks, but markets are finally pricing in what we argued all along; a higher terminal rate and no cuts this year.

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February 21, 2023 11:32 PM
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Implied volatility screams higher ahead of tomorrow’s BOJ meeting

Overnight implied volatility for yen pairs have risen to their highest level since Brexit, on the eve of tomorrow’s highly anticipated BOJ meeting.

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January 17, 2023 12:08 PM
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European Open: Buckle up, we could be in for a bumpy session

The volatile moves seen across yen pairs overnight does not bode well for risk appetite today, given traders across Europe and the US are yet to react to the BOJ.

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December 20, 2022 06:28 AM
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European Open: GBP implied volatility spikes ahead of UK CPI and FOMC

Implied volatility for FX majors has risen ahead of today’s FOMC meeting - and most notably GBP as it also has UK CPI to contend with within the hour.

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December 14, 2022 05:47 AM
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European Open: EUR/USD implied volatility spikes ahead of mid-term results

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European Open: Implied volatility rallies ahead of US inflation report

There are two tell-tale signs that an important event is looming; realised volatility has died a quiet death whilst implied volatility has sprung alive.

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October 13, 2022 06:21 AM
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European Open: Implied volatility rallies ahead of US inflation report

There are two tell-tale signs that an important event is looming; realised volatility has died a quiet death whilst implied volatility has sprung alive.

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October 13, 2022 06:21 AM

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What is scalping? A beginners’ guide to scalping trading strategies

Scalping is a popular short-term trading style that involves taking small, but frequent, profits. Discover what scalping is and how you can start to scalp financial markets – including forex and stocks.

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October 5, 2022 07:30 AM
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Implied volatility in options trading explained

Implied volatility is a key factor when it comes to pricing options – it helps traders understand the market’s expectation of changes to underlying prices over a given period. Let’s take a look at what implied volatility is and how you can use it in your trading strategies.

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September 29, 2022 09:45 AM
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The VIX (volatility index) is on the rise ahead of the Jackson Hole Symposium

A combination of rising volatility levels, market sentiment and pending events such as US inflation and Jackson Hole has seen a pickup in volatility and selloff across stock market indices.

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What are defensive stocks: definition, examples and stocks to watch

Defensive stocks are a popular tool for investors looking to diversify, but are they as useful for speculative traders? Learn everything you need to know about defensive stocks and why traders still choose these low-volatility assets.

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August 1, 2022 09:15 AM
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What is a reverse stock split?

A reverse stock split is the opposite of a stock split, undertaken when a public company reduces its outstanding shares by merging those it has on the market. Learn all about how reverse splits work here – including how they affect your shares positions.

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May 26, 2022 10:37 AM
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Stock market volatility: how to calculate the beta of a stock

Stock market volatility is measured using a measurement known as beta. It’s a useful metric for both traders and investors looking to make decisions about the risk and reward of a company’s shares. Find out what a stock’s beta is and how to calculate beta.

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April 21, 2022 12:00 PM