Investing Terms

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  • Stop Running

    Stop running is the practice of manipulating the price action of a security in order to trigger a bulk execution of stop loss orders at market. A legal trading strategy, it involves driving a market to a desired location and profiting from the ensuing pricing fluctuations.

  • Special Drawing Rights (SDR)

    The Special Drawing Right (SDR) is an international reserve asset. Created by the IMF in 1969, SDRs are used to facilitate transactions and supplement IMF member country reserves. An SDR is a potential claim on the freely usable currencies of IMF members.

  • Layering

    Layering is an illegal tactic used to manipulate markets as a means of driving the price of an asset up or down, which is followed by a trade in the opposite direction. Learn more about layering at FXCM Insights.

  • Emergency Trading: What To Do When Facing The Unexpected

    Uncertainty plays a key role in active trading. A breaking news item, surprise economic fundamental, or geopolitical event may send markets reeling at a moment's notice. Whether one is trading equities, futures, or forex, it is wise to be aware of how unexpected events can impact profitability. However, what happens when an unexpected event prompts a disconnect from the market? While uncommon, systemic failures can make trade execution impossible and…

  • What Is Front-Running?

    Front-running is an unethical and illegal trading practice in which a broker with advance knowledge of a specific market order in a currency or other financial security for a client earns a profit by placing an order for their own account in advance of the client's larger order. Front-running is akin to insider trading, in that the perpetrator has advance knowledge of the larger client order and buys ahead of…

  • Energy CFDs: A Look At UKOIL And USOIL

    Commonly referred to as the economic lifeblood of a nation, crude oil is a sought-after commodity and popular mode of trade. The global oil markets are premier destinations for traders and investors the world over. Featuring robust liquidity and consistent volatility, oil is an ideal product for individuals interested in capitalising on long- or short-term fluctuations in pricing. While determining crude oil's relative value may be complex, trading it on…


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