BoE Warning on Dismissing Brexit Threat (January 20, 2017)

BoE Chief Economist warns of ‘Michael Fish’ moment Andy Haldane, the Chief Economist at the Bank of England, has warned the financial profession that they are facing a ‘Michael Fish’ moment with regards to the likely impact of Brexit. Michael Fish was infamous for incorrectly dismissing fears that the UK was facing a large hurricane […]

IG Move To Digital 100’s (January 15, 2017)

The leading UK brokerage company, IG Index (part of IG Group), has given their online binary options products a new name. The company has switched to calling the product ‘Digital 100s‘, a reference to the trade outcome from the contracts. The product remains an exchange traded ‘binary’ outcome contract, offered over the huge range of […]

Can Regulation Change Boost US Oil? (January 10, 2017)

Leading US oil industry group lobbies president-elect for lighter regulation At a recent event in Washington, the president of the American Petroleum Institute, Jack Gerard, took the opportunity to list deregulation, increased access for offshore drilling, and more support for pipeline construction as priorities for the president-elect’s administration. Speaking at a recent forum, he claimed […]

GBP Forecast for 2017 (January 5, 2017)

2016 was a tumultuous year for the pound, with its darkest days seeing it fall to a shocking 31-year low. With Brexit catalysing months of prolonged uncertainty and dramatic destabilisation, sterling struggled, the dollar rallied, and traders were unsettled. As 2016 and all of the twists and turns it saw has now ended, we look […]

UK Growth Set to Stall – More Woe for GBP? (December 30, 2016)

To many economic forecasters’ surprise, the UK economy has continued to grow following the surprise result of the summer’s referendum on EU membership. In fact, it is anticipated by the British Chamber of Commerce (BCC) that GDP will grow by around 2.1% this year, an improvement on the 1.8% forecast by the body only three […]

Trading Hours over festive period (December 23, 2016)

With markets closing over the festive period, different underlying assets will be available through different trading hours. In general, brokers will be taking trades in line with the market opening hours, but some may differ. Each have provided information on their own trading times, so if in doubt, check with your broker. For the avoidance […]

Oil Price Spike – Rally set to continue (December 22, 2016)

Over the last few months, talk of the first global oil pact in 15 years has been making headlines. Now, following its realisation, crude oil prices have soared, with the value of the black stuff reaching a welcome 18-month high. Spike Driven by Non-OPEC deal The announcement by OPEC of their decision to cut fuel […]

Banking Sector to leave UK? (December 19, 2016)

Is the banking sector, after years in London, considering a move away? What might this mean for those bank stocks directly affected, and any banking sector etfs? Major financial institutions in the UK consider making move to France Some of the biggest banking institutions in the UK are now in the advanced stages of discussions […]

OPEC Boost Oil Prices (December 12, 2016)

According to industry sources, oil organisation OPEC could soon be set to cut production in an attempt to halt another dramatic drop in crude prices. The move, confirmed in part last week, is first of its type since the financial crisis. This week also saw announcements of cuts from the non-OPEC oil producers too. Oil […]

Investment and Wealth Management Awards 2016 (December 7, 2016)

Two of the most well known financial publications in the UK, Investors Chronicle and the Financial Times, come together each year to ask their readers to cast votes in a range of financial categories, including among others, the “Best CFD Provider“, “Best Trading App” and “Best Forex Provider“. The Investment and Wealth Management awards cover […]

Low wage growth threat to GBP (December 4, 2016)

A think-tank has announced that Britons are facing at least a decade of hardship and loss of wage growth. The findings indicate that by 2021 UK workers won’t be earning any more than they were in 2008, and that the workforce is currently facing their worst period in terms of pay for at least 70 […]

FANG Stocks Outlook (November 29, 2016)

FANG stock prices (Facebook, Amazon, Netflix and Google) have dominated portfolios across the globe, and growth has been spectacular. But is this particular tech bubble about to be burst? The winners and losers are becoming clear in the wake of Donald Trump’s shock election victory. With markets anticipating deregulation, massive tax cuts and huge infrastructure […]

Energy prices post Trump (November 23, 2016)

After revisions of certain Trump policies after his victory, will Donald Trump stick to his pledge to move oil into an era of deregulation? If so, what will that mean for the price of oil, and how might the OPEC nations react? What a Trump presidency could mean for oil With the appointment of global […]

Gold Outlook – Has Donald Trumped Gold? (November 18, 2016)

What does the Trump victory mean for Gold prices? The expectation following Donald Trump’s victory in the US Presidential election was that gold prices would surge, perhaps as high as $1,500 an ounce. However, in the second full trading session after the vote, gold slid to $1,280 and dipped even lower on the London Stock […]

Nintendo share price post Pokemon Go (November 14, 2016)

What does Pokémon Go’s decline mean for Nintendo? When it comes to tech investment, one should always tread carefully. Nothing underpins this notion more than Nintendo’s rapid rise and fall following its initial release of Pokémon Go. According to industry experts, one of the reasons for Pokémon Go’s perceived impact on Nintendo was that many […]

Scottish Independence to affect binary trading? (November 9, 2016)

Scottish independence and its effect on binary options With the Scottish government publishing a draft bill outlining its second independence referendum, the finance industry is left wondering what sort of effect Scottish independence would have on trading, particularly if Brexit occurs. In response to Brexit, CySEC immediately asked for its licensed brokers to inform them […]

GBP ready to rebound versus USD? (November 3, 2016)

Is the Pound ready to rebound? At first, it seemed that fears of a British Pound crash immediately post-Brexit were unfounded. Looking back, despite a slight wobble, the Pound’s value held relatively steady for a couple of months or so following the decision for Britain to leave the EU. However, the Pound began to slump […]

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