29 June 2022

Are index sector weightings too different between the UK and the US?

Many day traders seem to focus on US markets with a particularly strong information technology sector. But, excluding the NASDAQ - solely based on the technology sector - do the sector weightings vary much between mainstream UK and US indices?

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27 June 2022

Do virtual trading platforms prepare you for real trading?

Whether you are just starting your investment journey or perhaps looking at execution-only services in different markets, there will be a virtual trading site to suit your needs. These virtual trading sites are now more complex than their historic counterparts, offering trade execution using real-time prices. However, does virtual trading prepare you for real trading?

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24 June 2022

How do stock markets perform in times of high inflation?

There is a general misconception that high inflation will always mean a fall in stock markets. While not to say this does not happen on numerous occasions, the connection between inflation and stock-market performances is not as straightforward as you might assume. A recent report on the S&P 500 index and the impact of inflation has cast a fascinating light on this subject.

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22 June 2022

The secret to success as a professional trader

While we often hear the term “professional trader”, what differentiates a professional trader from a trader? Is it the level of funding available? Strategy, targets and time spent trading? Is professional trading a career?

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20 June 2022

The history of LCH (London Clearing House)

Many people will be aware of the LCH, and the services provided but are unlikely to know it has a history dating back to 1888. The company is now 82.61% owned by the London Stock Exchange Group and one of the largest clearinghouses in the world, offering clearing services across the globe.

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17 June 2022

What is the Misery Index?

While there are many economic and sentiment indicators in the modern world, the so-called “Misery Index" is a helpful indicator. Using the combined rate of inflation and unemployment, the index is used to measure people's misery. Even though this sounds a little far-fetched, it is essential to look at the components. How they interact and how the index has fared in the past.

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