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  • How Does FXCM Software Work?

    FXCM offers several software trading suites. MT4, Trading Station and NinjaTrader afford traders the ability to analyse, interpret and identify opportunity within the market.

  • Evolution Of The Marketplace: From Open Outcry To Electronic Trading

    Brief History Of Trading By definition, the term "trade" is the act of buying, selling, or exchanging goods with other parties. Dating back to the beginnings of human civilisation, "trade" has been the apparatus by which people have exchanged valued assets in an attempt to prosper or survive. The instrument of trade is credited with linking different cultures and acting as a conduit for the transmission of culture and ideas.…

  • Thematic Investing

    What Is Thematic Investing? Thematic investing is an investment approach that seeks to outperform the general market by buying stocks and other financial assets that the investor or portfolio manager believes will benefit from widespread economic, social, financial and technological trends over the long term. Thematic investing goes beyond sector investing, in which a mutual fund or exchange-traded fund (ETF) invests in securities in a particular industry. Rather, thematic investing…

  • ESG vs Impact Investing vs SRI: What Are The Differences?

    More and more people today want their investments to reflect their values—in a sense, "putting their money where their mouth is"—while also providing a good financial return. Professional investment firms have responded by creating mutual funds, exchange-traded funds and other vehicles to respond to the demand. According to the Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment, or US SIF, there were US$17.1 trillion invested in sustainable investing strategies at year-end 2019,…

  • The Basics Of Forex Arbitrage

    What Is Forex Arbitrage? Forex arbitrage is defined as "the simultaneous purchase and sale of the same, or essentially similar, security in two different markets for advantageously different prices," according to the concept formalised by economists Sharpe and Alexander in the 1990s. Given the popularity of forex trading, arbitrage strategies are implemented by thousands of participants around the world. Accordingly, someone who practices arbitrage is known as an "arbitrageur." Simply…

  • How Will The Delta Variant Impact The Markets?

    The COVID-19 pandemic brought the financial world to its knees in 2020. Steep sell-offs in equities and commodities plagued the markets as capitulation became a theme for March and April of 2020. Later in the year, a second wave of COVID-19 infections (1 July - 15 October) returned investor angst to the markets. By late-October, the Chicago Board of Trade's (CBOE) Volatility Index (VIX) posted a reading near 40.00—the highest…

  • Robinhood’s IPO – The Long Awaited Launch

    Robinhood is a mobile trading app with a massive following in the US. As its name suggests, its mission is to make Wall Street available to everyone not just the wealthy. The company has made global headlines in 2021, mainly around the Gamestop short squeeze, and is a driving factor of the growing influence social media is having recently on financial markets. The IPO has been long awaited and finally…

  • What Is “Beta” In Investing?

    In the capital markets, balancing risk and reward is a primary task for active participants. On the risk side of the equation, beta is a tool used by traders and investors to quantify a security's exposure to systemic risk. Regardless of whether one is trading stocks, bonds, currency, futures or options, beta can be an invaluable asset when assessing risk and reward. Beta Defined According to the financial dictionary, beta…

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