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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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What is a reverse split?

A reverse split is the process whereby a listed company reduces the amount of its tradable stock. If you’re an investor or stock trader, it’s essential to know what’s involved and how a share price can be affected. Read on to find out more.

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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

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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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April 12, 2022 09:45 AM
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A guide to volatility trading, 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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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.

Index in Focus: S&P 500

The S&P 500 has been extremely volatile over the last few weeks, primarily due to rising interest rates and the Russian/Ukraine war.

March 14, 2022 08:41 PM
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Short squeezes: why do they happen and how do they work?

A short squeeze is a phenomenon in financial markets when prices rise sharply, forcing short sellers to close their trades. Take a look at what defines a short squeeze, the causes of the dramatic price move and how you can find the next short squeeze.

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February 15, 2022 09:50 AM
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Asian Open: Conflicting headlines around Russian Invasion sparks volatility

It was another volatile day’s trade on Wall Street with the US closing its embassy in Kyiv and Ukraine President announcing a Russian invasion could be on Wednesday.

A guide to trading stock market corrections

Stock market corrections can sound scary – but with preparation and research, they become just another part of the trading cycle. Here, we’ll talk you through everything you should know about a correction and how you can be ready when one hits.

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February 10, 2022 03:30 PM
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What’s in store for EUR/USD into yearend?

EUR/USD posted a false breakdown at the bottom trendline of the channel in late November near the 61.8% Fibonacci retracement level

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December 22, 2021 04:32 PM
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The impact of market volatility on performance for retail traders

Do traders perform better when markets are moving, or when they’re calm? We studied over 10,000 retail traders to uncover any trends when volatility was high – and when it wasn’t.

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December 8, 2021 10:30 AM

Asian Open: Volatility Erupts as US Inflation Hits a Multi-Decade High

There were some big moves across all major asset classes overnight as US inflation rose to its highest level in 30-years.

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What is the VIX? 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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What is a triple witching and how can you trade it?

The next triple witching – when stock options and futures expiries collide – happens on June 18. Learn about what triple witching is and how you can trade a triple witching in the build-up to the next event.

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Options terms explained: the definitions to know before you trade

Discover the meaning of the most commonly used options terminology with our options glossary.

End-of-day trading: what is the best end-of-day strategy?

End-of-day trading is a popular way of taking advantage of market movements right before close, or even overnight. Learn more about end-of-day trading or ‘power hour’ and how you can trade it.

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March 8, 2021 12:09 PM

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The Vix vs. CSFB: divergence won’t last forever

The S&P 500 has risen to a fresh record high on Thursday, and the Vix index has dipped below 10.00, as the risk rally marches on for another day.

Can Trump make volatility tremendous again?

The key event for this week will be Trump’s address to Congress later this evening, 2100 ET, 0200 GMT (Wednesday). This much-anticipated speech is worth […]

The pound tells us that May could deliver bad news on Tuesday

When Theresa May lays out her vision for Brexit on Tuesday, she will be giving the speech of her career. Expectations are growing that she […]

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January 16, 2017 10:57 PM

Risk off dominates ahead of a busy economic calendar

Risk off sentiment is expected to remain the dominating theme throughout the morning, with investors reluctant to make any major moves ahead of another flurry […]