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  • Advanced strategies
    Advanced strategies
    Advanced
    4 Lessons
    Discover some advanced strategies that can take your trading to the next level, such as straddles, indicator strategies and advanced patterns.
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    • Advanced strategies explained

      4-minute read

      Advanced technical strategies enable you to take what you already know to the next level. In this lesson, we’ll look at what they are and explore one of the most common advanced strategies: hedging.

    • Advanced technical indicators

      6-minute read
      Some technical indicators are suitable for beginners, but others require more in-depth knowledge. In this lesson, we’ll cover the more complex indicators that can help boost your analysis.
    • Harmonic patterns

      4-minute read
      Certain chart patterns can also form the basis of advanced strategies – not necessarily because they’re difficult to understand, but because they’re prone to false signals which means more experience is useful.
    • Options trading strategies

      5-minute read
      Discover how to improve your options trading with these effective strategies – including straddles, strangles and covered calls.
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    Tips for trading successfully
    Intermediate
    4 Lessons
    Get tips on trading plans, timing and more – including lessons about when to exit a trade early, and when to let profits run.
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    • How to create a trading plan

      7-minute read
      A comprehensive plan is crucial to successful trading – without one, you won’t have a strategy to guide you or the means to measure your success.
    • How to enter a trade

      5-minute read
      Getting your entries right is crucial to successful trading. In this lesson, we cover three techniques to improve your timing as you enter positions.
    • Trading exit strategy: letting profits run

      4-minute read

      One of the first rules of trading is to cut losses early while letting profits run. But how do successful traders put this into practice?

    • How to exit a trade

      5-minute read
      Successful traders won’t enter a position unless they know precisely where they are going to exit it, whether profitable or not.
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    Strategies and risk
    Beginner
    5 Lessons
    Your trading strategy will govern your approach to the markets. Find out how to choose one that works for you, as well as how to ensure you aren’t taking on too much risk.
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    • Trading strategies and styles

      3-minute read
      In this course, we’re going to cover how to pick a strategy for trading and risk that suits you. But before we get to that, you’ll need to decide your trading style.
    • Position and swing trading

      3-minute read
      If you’re looking to generate returns from a few positions that deliver high profits, then you’re probably a medium or long-term trader. There are lots of strategies that suit longer-term traders, but here we’re going to focus on two of the most common: position trading and swing trading.
    • Day trading and scalping

      2-minute read
      Day trading and scalping are the two shortest-term styles of speculating. They’re not for the faint of heart so it’s important to understand the risks and rewards of each style, which we’ll cover in this lesson.
    • Popular trading strategies

      5-minute read
      Discover the most popular trading strategies and which is best for you.
    • Managing trading risk

      5-minute read
      Risk is an essential part of day-to-day trading – without risking capital, you can’t achieve any returns. But traders today have a suite of tools to help them control risk as they manage their positions.
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    How to trade
    Beginner
    4 Lessons
    Learn how trading works, with lessons on how to buy and sell markets, orders and more.
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    • Buying and selling in trading

      4-minute read
      Buying and selling is trading at its most fundamental. It determines your profit, and the price of an asset at any given time. 
    • Short selling explained

      5-minute read
      Traditionally, investors could only profit from markets that went up in value – but that is no longer the case.
    • Type of entry orders

      6-minute read
      An order is an instruction to execute a trade. You use them to tell your broker or trading provider when you want to open or close positions.
    • Take profits and stop losses

      7-minute read
      As well as manually closing trades at their current price using market orders, you can use exit orders to set maximum levels of profit or loss.
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    Technical analysis
    Intermediate
    9 Lessons
    Learn everything you need to know to get started with technical analysis, from trends to technical tools.
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    • What is technical analysis?

      3-minute read
      Some traders define themselves by how they find their opportunities. In this course, we’re going to cover one of the most popular methods – technical analysis.
    • Trend trading explained

      5-minute read
      ‘The trend is your friend’. You’ll often hear it said by traders – and for very good reason. Here, we take a look at how trends work in technical analysis, how to identify them and more. 
    • Support and resistance

      3-minute read
      Support and resistance levels are a core part of technical analysis, providing crucial insight into possible future price reversals.
    • Introduction to trading charts

      4-minute read
      Charts are an essential part of any technical trader’s toolkit. Let’s examine how they work, the key types of chart and how to read price action at a glance. 
    • Trading chart patterns

      6-minute read
      Let’s examine how technical traders use the patterns created by candlesticks on a chart to understand and predict market movements.
    • What are technical indicators?

      3-minute read
      The final part of the technical traders’ toolkit that we’re going to cover in this course is the technical indicator. 
    • Moving averages explained

      5-minute read

      A moving average (MA) smooths price movements out into a single trend line. It’s one of the most popular indicators among technical analysts, so let’s look at how to use it.

    • Bollinger bands

      3-minute read

      Bollinger bands are another popular tool that can be used to predict market trends. In this lesson, we’ll take a closer look at how they work and how to use them.

    • Relative strength index and stochastic oscillator

      4-minute read

      Learn the differences between the relative strength index and the stochastic oscillator & how to identify whether an asset is overbought or oversold.

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    Introduction to financial markets
    Beginner
    7 Lessons
    What are forex, shares, indices and commodities – and how do you trade them? Get started at the beginning with our introduction to financial markets.
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    • Financial markets explained

      6-minute read
      Financial markets are where millions of professional and retail traders buy and sell assets. In our first City Index Academy course, we’re going to cover which markets you might want to trade, plus how you can get started.
    • Stocks and shares

      5-minute read
      In this lesson, we'll take a look at how global stock exchanges facilitate billions of dollars' worth of share trades each day – and how you can take part in the equities markets.
    • Stock indices

      8-minute read
      Now let’s cover the markets that track the prices of a group of shares: stock indices.
    • Forex (FX)

      7-minute read
      When you trade forex, you’re buying or selling a currency pair – such as EUR/USD, GBP/USD or USD/JPY. Let’s take a closer look at the anatomy of forex pairs.
    • Commodities

      5-minute read
      Commodities are the building blocks of the global economy – and can be an exciting asset class to trade. In this lesson, we learn more about how the market works.
    • Trading bonds

      7-minute read
      Bonds offer a unique asset class that’s popular among investors – and can bring plenty of opportunities for traders too.
    • Interest rates

      7-minute read
      Finally in this course, let’s take a look at a market that’s watched by millions: interest rates.
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    Fundamental analysis
    Intermediate
    5 Lessons
    Understand the market forces driving volatility across forex, stocks and more with our fundamental analysis course.
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    • What is fundamental analysis?

      5-minute read
      In this course, we’re going to cover everything you need to know about fundamental analysis – one of the two main methods of researching opportunities, alongside technical analysis.
    • Central banks explained

      5-minute read
      Whether you’re trading stocks, forex, commodities, indices or something else entirely, it’s likely that the prices of your chosen markets will be affected by the actions of central banks.
    • Economic indicators: CPI, GDP, NFP and more

      5-minute read
      Economic indicators and announcements are an essential part of fundamental analysis. Even if you’re not planning on finding trades using fundamentals, it’s a good idea to pay attention to how the overall economy is performing.
    • Fundamental analysis of stocks

      6-minute read
      Fundamental analysis is popular among stock traders, who pour over all the available data on a company to decide whether to invest.
    • What are corporate actions?

      5-minute read
      What is a corporate action – and how does it affect your shares trading? Learn all about dividends, rights issues, M&As and more in this guide.
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    Trading with leverage
    Beginner
    6 Lessons
    Explore how leveraged traders use derivatives such as spread betting, CFD trading, options and futures to take a view on the markets.
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    • An introduction to leverage in trading

      5-minute read
      One of the main features of CFD and forex trading is the ability to utilise leverage. But before you get started, it’s worth learning exactly how leverage and margin work.
    • CFD trading explained

      5-minute read
      CFD trading enables you to buy and sell forex, shares, indices and more from a single account.
    • Spread betting explained

      4-minute read
      Spread bets work in a similar way to CFDs, but there are a few crucial differences to be aware of. Discover how spread betting works and why you might choose to spread bet instead of trading CFDs.
    • Futures explained

      5-minute read
      Futures are one of the most popular leveraged instruments – primarily among commodity traders. Find out how futures work in this lesson.
    • Options trading explained

      5-minute read

      Like futures, options trading allow you to buy or sell an asset at a set price in the future. However, there are a few key differences to be aware of. Let’s go through them.

    • Overnight financing explained

      3-minute read
      Any leveraged trade held overnight is subject to a small fee to maintain that position. Discover what that means in practice.
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