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IG Community Newsletter Announcement!

Hello IG Community,   A new addition to the IG Community The IG Community Newsletter will be ready to view soon, we have upcoming market events, updates on what the community has been and will be up to, market news updates and how community members can get involved with the next newsletter.   Why have a Community newsletters? It will contain important news and updates to make the Community aware, as well as our products updates and other significant informatio

Trading the London Session: Guide for Forex Traders

- Reviewed by James Stanley, Nov. 24, 2021 The London trading session accounts for around 35% of total average forex turnover*, the largest amount relative to its peers. The London forex session also overlaps with the New York session throughout the year. Key talking points in this article: What time does the London forex market open? Top three things to know about the London trading session What currency pairs are the best to trade? How to trade breakouts du

Fibonacci Confluence on FX Pairs

Talking Points: - As looked at earlier in this module,Fibonacci retracements can help traders to identify possible support/resistance. - We’ve previously discussed how a trader can use Fibonacci retracements on long-term-charts, and by focusing on multiple major moves traders may be able to glean confluent areas of support/resistance. This can provide multiple reasons for buyers or sellers to defend these key spots on the chart, keeping the door open for reversals or retracements.

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How Risky is Shorting a Market with Futures?

Feb 8, 2022 By:Frank Kaberna, tastytrade One of the most frightening sights in trading is the infinity symbol that appears next to the potential loss on a position that is short the underlying market. Selling futures, calls, and even shares of stock short can give you both the ability to profit from a market moving lower and the theoretical chance of losing multiples of your money if the market’s price approaches infinity. SMO \ Small Crude Oil But prices rarely reflect a sid

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Becoming a Better Trader – Fixing Mistakes, Working on Weaknesses

- Reviewed by James Stanley, Nov. 24, 2021 SMALL FIXES CAN ADD UP TO BIG CHANGE This may sound obvious, but this is an overlooked area of trader development – identifying weaknesses and turning them into strengths. It’s one of the reasons many trading mistakes are made over and over and over again. Even fixing the little stuff, making tweaks here and there can add to up to a big difference. Fixing a mistake in one area can help remedy a problem in another, and so on, it’s a process.

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Top Stocks to Watch in February 2022

Feb 1, 2022 By James Blakeway. Tastytrade Despite the aggressive two-day rally to close out January, the Nasdaq-100 (NDX) is still down 8.5% so far in 2022. Additionally, the index is 10.9% off all-time highs, set on November 11th of last year. This all comes after a stellar 2021 which saw the Nasdaq rise over 26%. Many of the nation’s top companies reported earnings in January, including some key stocks in the Nasdaq-100. These names included Microsoft (MSFT), Apple (AAPL), Netflix (N

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How Forex Traders Use ISM Data

- Reviewed by James Stanley, Nov. 24, 2021 The ISM manufacturing index plays an important role in forex trading, with ISM data influencing currency prices globally. As a result, the ISM manufacturing, construction and services indicators can provide unique opportunities for forex traders, which makes understanding this data (and how to prepare for its monthly release) essential. Talking points: What is ISM? How ISM impacts currencies How forex traders use ISM data

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Three Easy Ways to Buy Gold and Silver

Jan 31, 2022 By Frank Kaberna, tastytrade. The descent in metals following last week’s FOMC could present an interesting opportunity for those looking to add long gold and silver exposure to their portfolio or at least try their hand at trading this unique asset class diversified from equities on a historical extreme.   Futures have long been a low-cost, direct route to gaining precious metal investment without having to either physically own the commodity or pay a high capit

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Inoculating the World Against Recession

This story ran in April 2021 and may have dated references, but it remains relevant and a fascinating read for traders. The Covid-19 pandemic plunged the world into deep recession as nations retreated into lockdown to contain the viral spread. But monetary and fiscal officials responded to the crisis swiftly and powerfully, based on the collective wisdom they gained during the 2008 global financial crisis and its aftermath. This time, world leaders took bold action to avoid a sluggish recov

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What the MACD Indicator is and How it Works

MACD INDICATOR – TALKING POINTS: What is MACD? What does MACD measure? How is MACD calculated? Limitations of MACD WHAT IS MACD? The Moving Average Convergence Divergence (MACD) is a technical indicator which simply measures the relationship of exponential moving averages (EMA).The MACD displays a MACD line (blue), signal line (red) and a histogram (green) - showing the difference between the MACD line and the signal line. The MACD line is the diff

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200 Day Moving Average: What it is and How it Works

Reviewed by Nick Cawley on December 8, 2021 WHAT IS A 200 DAY MOVING AVERAGE The 200 day moving average is a technical indicator used to analyze and identify long term trends. Essentially, it is a line that represents the average closing price for the last 200 days and can be applied to any security. The 200 day moving average is widely used by forex traders because it is seen as a good indicator of the long term trend in the forex market. If price is consistently tradi

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Improve Your Trading Bias

- Reviewed by James Stanley, Nov. 24, 2021 Trading bias allows traders to make informative decisions when dealing in the market. This relates to both novice and experienced traders alike. This article will cover: What a bias is in trading Why traders need a bias How to develop trading bias using technical indicators Further reading to develop a successful trading mindset WHAT IS BIAS IN TRADING? Trading bias is a predisposition or perspective of the fina

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Trading Earnings Season: 3 Steps for Using Earnings Reports

Earnings season can be a great time for a trader to get insight on their equity investments, as well as benefit from short-term volatility. But in order to maximize this trading opportunity, there are some key considerations to make before diving in. Read on for our three steps to follow when using earnings reports for trading. 3 STEPS FOR USING EARNINGS REPORTS IN YOUR TRADING Preparing for earnings season involves choosing the companies to focus on and undertaking thorough resea

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3 Triangle Patterns Every Forex Trader Should Know

- Reviewed by James Stanley, Nov. 24, 2021 Triangle patterns have three main variations and appear frequently in the forex market. These patterns provide traders with greater insight into future price movement and the possible resumption of the current trend. However, not all triangle formations can be interpreted in the same way, which is why it is essential to understand each triangle pattern individually. Forex triangle patterns main talking points: Definition of a triangle pa

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What is the Dow?

What is the Dow? Jan 19, 2022 By:James Blakeway, tastytrade. The Dow, known formally as the Dow Jones Industrial Average, is made up of 30 large U.S.-listed companies and is an indicator of how these companies have traded during a standard trading session. “Dow Jones Hits 30,000”, or whichever milestone the index is finally reaching, is an extremely common headline in mainstream financial and general news media. The index is known around the world as the barometer for the U.S

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6 Popular Technical Indicators for Stock Trading

Reviewed by Nick Cawley on December 23, 2021 Traders with a strong understanding of technical indicators are usually better equipped to navigate the financial markets than those that lack this knowledge. While personal investing goals, risk appetite and trading style will help to determine a strategy and trading plan, knowing what technical indicators to use in your approach can help to determine possible entry and exit points. Hundreds of technical indicators exist, and clear signals

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How Do You Trade Crude Oil?

Jan 18, 2022 By:Frank Kaberna, tastytrade To many, crude oil trading looks like the wild west: it’s a singular marketplace lacking diversification seen in other risk-on markets like equities; its traditional futures products can swing $1,000s per day; and the energy source’s options boast twice the volatility of the S&P 500.* /SMO \ Small Crude Oil Futures Source: dxFeed With all of that being said, it’s still one of the most popular assets among active traders

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Forex Trading Journal: A How-To and other Forex Trading Tips

- Reviewed by James Stanley, Nov. 24, 2021 A forex trading journal is a log of your trades that can help you refine your strategies based on learning from previous experiences. Just as a business owner tracks inventory, a trader should also keep up with their closed positions. While keeping a trading journal may be difficult at first, recording your trades can help answer some critical questions about your trading techniques. It can increase the consistency of your trading, keep you ac

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Natural Gas Trading: Natural Gas Trading Drivers

Natural Gas is a highly popular commodity, particularly amongst day traders. The spread is reasonable with high liquidity, making it easy for traders to get in and out of trades with little difficulty. Nat gas also appeals to longer term traders because this macro asset has been known to trend for extended periods of time. Furthermore, natural gas is susceptible to pockets of volatility which lead to massive price spikes. The good news is these spikes tend to have a seasonal component to them wh

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Top 3 Technical Analysis Charts for Trading

- Reviewed by James Stanlely, Nov. 24, 2021 TECHNICAL ANALYSIS CHARTS: TALKING POINTS Technical analysis of charts aims to identify patterns and market trends by utilising differing forms of technical chart types and other chart functions. Interpreting charts can be intimidating for novice traders, so understanding basic technical analysis is essential. This article reveals popular types of technical analysis charts used in forex trading, outlining the foundations and uses of these cha

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Morning Star Candlestick: A Forex Trader’s Guide

- Reviewed by James Stanley, Nov. 24, 2021 The Morning Star candlestick is a three-candle pattern that signals a reversal in the market and can be used when trading forex or any other market. Correctly spotting reversals is crucial when trading financial markets because it allows traders to enter at attractive levels at the very start of a possible trend reversal. This article explores the following talking points: What is a Morning Star candlestick? How to Identify a Morn

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How to Learn Technical Analysis with DailyFX

LEARN TECHNICAL ANALYSIS: MAIN TALKING POINTS Technical analysis is a popular field of study for FX and commodities traders as it can help to make trading decisions with an eye on risk management. At DailyFX, our analysts and strategists share several different technical analysis methodologies and practices in their reviews of the markets, which can inform trading strategies and help to shape key decisions. DailyFX technical analysis also includes a plethora of research and e

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A Guide to Trading Psychology

TRADING PSYCHOLOGY: BEYOND THE BASICS The psychology of trading is often overlooked but forms a crucial part of a professional trader’s skillset. DailyFX is the perfect place to learn how to manage your emotions and hone your trading psychology; our analysts have already experienced the ups and downs, so you don’t have to. Keep reading to discover their top tips, and to learn more about: What is trading psychology How to get in the mindset of a successful trader The

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Using Margin in Forex Trading

- Reviewed by James Stanley, Nov. 24, 2021 Using margin in forex trading is a new concept for many traders, and one that is often misunderstood. To put simply, margin is the minimum amount of money required to place a leveraged trade and can be a useful risk management tool. Closely linked to margin is the concept of margin call - which traders go to great lengths to avoid. Not knowing what margin is, can turn out to be extremely costly which is why it is essential for forex traders to

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