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  1. Forex trading robots have become a popular tool in the personal forex market. They’re often attractively priced and are marketed as ‘Expert Advisors’ that can operate on many of the favoured trading platforms. However, an increasing number of traders have been left disappointed with the purchase of their automated forex trading program that ends up performing well below expectations, which leaves them feeling cheated and even results in claims of fraud. Sold on profits Anybody with a product to sell will focus on the product’s most attractive features to get you to buy it, and that is especially true about automated trading products. Often, they’re presented as offering the path to financial freedom and being easy to use; claims that are backed up by historical trading profits and glowing testimonials from seemingly satisfied users. In reality, the evidence of their success is just a small sample of trading when the software enjoyed a profitable spell and leaves out the less impressive other periods which more accurately reflect its true capabilities and how it performs for most of the traders who buy it. The disclaimer makes it alright Every forex trading robot is sold with a disclaimer (sometimes well hidden) that denies any responsibility for how it will perform in the future. The words may be different each time, but the message always amounts to the same thing: there’s no guarantee this software will trade profitably based on its historical performance and is there to protect the vendor from potential fraud claims. Get a refund but not your money back In an effort to placate customers who were unhappy with their trading robot purchase, many vendors would simply offer a refund. But while the purchase price of the forex trading software would eventually end up back in their bank account, the money they lost using it was gone. Trawl through any online trading forum and it won’t be long before you come across a thread full of unhappy traders who feel they’ve been misled by false advertising about forex trading robots that fail to deliver profits. For more detail : Avoid the pitfalls of forex trading robots
  2. A zombie bank is an alarming characteristic of the modern economy. The term zombie bank refers to a financial institution that has an economic net worth which is less than zero; basically, it signifies that this financial institution is in debt. A financial institution that is in debt itself should no longer be called a financial institution as it does not have any money that it can provide to other people; in addition, it should not be trusted with people’s money as this money may actually be used to pay off debts. Nevertheless, even though zombie banks are in debt, they are continued to be called financial institutions. They can continue performing in this capacity because their debts are being settled through credit provided by the government. Liquidity is a term used to describe a market’s ability to sell an asset quickly without having to lower its price. This generally happens when the specific asset is in high demand, and will be sold off quickly regardless of the market’s requirements. For example, gold is an asset that is almost always in high demand; therefore, the gold market has a high market liquidity. One asset with the highest market liquidity is cash. Cash can be used instantly to buy virtually anything and the speed with which it is used has no effect on its value. You don’t have to wait for someone who wants to accept cash as cash is the basic medium of financial transactions all over the world. For more detail : Do zombie banks provide real liquidity?
  3. What is the advantage of Automated Forex System Trading? Forex trading now offers millions of people with an automated Forex system trading so that traders can employ a pre-programmed trading system for their Forex trade. There are many advantages to these automated trading systems in Forex market. However, it is essential to understand how it works before using an automated trading system. Idea of Automated Forex System Trading An automated Forex system trading is the trading in Forex market that is performed on the basis of computerized programs. These programs are developed on the basis of best strategies for trading. This program can be developed according to the trading approach. This would be a customized automated trading in Forex market, but you can also get the pre-programmed automated systems that can be installed on the computer. These automated systems can run on the basis of robotic Forex trading. In addition to this, these programs can also be created on the basis of signal based trading. Fore more detail : Automated forex system trading For more detail :
  4. Bulls and Bears characterizes and defines the volatile market conditions. Bulls and Bears is a term which is common in the trading world, increasing the hopes of traders as well as shattering their expectations! But what do they really represent? Bulls and Bears actually describe market conditions, whether stocks and/or currencies are increasing or decreasing in value. They also demonstrate the mood of the investor, and indicate subsequent market trends. A bull market describes a market that is increasing which is shown by an increase in market share prices. This situation causes a psychological boom installing faith in investors and resulting in a positive long term trend. This tends to happen in countries with strong and solid economies with high employment levels. A bear market causes the opposite psychological effect; it characterizes a falling market with share prices continuously falling, so results in a downward trend persuading investors that this market decline will continue over the long term. It leads to an increase in unemployment as employers begin to dismiss workers. Characteristics of the Bull and Bear Markets Even though the Bull and Bear markets are mainly marked by the movement of stocks and currencies, they respond to other characteristics which investors should be informed about. The following factors are affected by both market types: Supply and Demand for Securities – the bull market exhibits a strong demand and weak supply for securities. Some investors purchase securities although a few sell; as a consequence, share prices increase as investors compete to secure available equity. In a bear market, the opposite happens as more people want to sell rather than buy. Supply is substantially higher than demand, and share prices fall sharply as a result. For more detail : Adapting to bulls and bears
  5. Making profits through stocks and shares is not an easy job. Inadequate trading methods, lack of confidence, patience and discipline can lead to a lack of success in the stock market. A trader should really know the tricks of trading. Inexperienced traders, who lack insight, risk all their money in one stock without planning before investing. Planning is a necessary standard in the stock market as complex trading techniques and lack of planning will contribute to the failure of the trader; therefore, successful traders always develop a plan. Lazy Traders will definitely fail Without significant planning a trader will fail. Many traders are too lazy to develop a successful trading plan as it requires a lot of effort. Effort is necessary for success in the stock market, not just luck. Traders who are too confident and lazy are always in a hurry to chance their luck, which results in failure. Too much Trading Most of the traders have an addiction to the stock market and invest too much money. In the process of trying to win more and more money, greedy traders can lose a significant amount of money. Good traders should not act like gamblers as trading in Forex is more skilful than gambling at the casino. For more detail : Why most traders do not succeed in forex Trading?
  6. The key to success is confidence. The Foreign Exchange Market is a decentralized market that is meant for trading currencies. It is the Forex that determines the value of currencies. The magnetic power of money has motivated the investors to invest in stock markets. Earning money through equities is not an easy task. You need extensive research and lots of discipline, patience and confidence. You need to be able to interpret the market. Due to the volatility of a market, investors are in a continuous dilemma whether to invest or not. Market volatility causes the investors to lose trust in the stock market and shut themselves off from stock markets. Ideal investors must know how to deal confidently with this volatility. People who lack confidence cannot sustain the highs and lows of the marketing trends. Thinking about the winnings You need to be confident in order to trade efficiently. Trading efficiently helps to develop confidence. Confidence and perfect trading habits are almost equivalent. Low level of confidence can negatively affect trading performance. Thinking about your winnings can make you a winner. It is necessary to think about your wins, and it is necessary to consider the factors that result in the win. Important factors must be noted in a trading journal to record the trading policies that prompted the win. You must memorise trading techniques in order to acquire trading skill which will make you more confident in trading. Move from smaller amounts to bigger amounts If you are a developing investor, you should trade with small amounts of money to acquire the trading skill. Only then will it be possible to trade with bigger amounts. Acquiring trading skills will enable you to gain confidence. For more detail : Rule the market through a confident trading approach
  7. CME Group’s announcement on Tuesday (October 31) that it intends to offer futures on Bitcoin this month sent the cryptocurrency surging past $6,400 for the first time; the group’s move has been viewed as bringing Bitcoin a step closer to acceptance within mainstream finance by placing it alongside the CME’s stable of futures on interest rates, stock indices, commodities and currencies. Bitcoin’s price has soared from $966 at the start of the year, breaking through the $5,000 mark for the first time on October 11 before settling at $6,362.65 in afternoon trading on October 31, up by 4% for the day. Futures are derivatives contracts that investors and companies typically use to speculate on prices or hedge risk against turns in the market. Other major markets like stocks, bonds, commodities and currencies all have derivatives based on them. CME’s futures option would allow investors to hedge bets that the price of bitcoin will rise, something that is difficult at present. CME Group, the world’s largest derivatives exchange, explained that the futures will be cash-settled and based on the CME CF Bitcoin Reference Rate, a Bitcoin price index it launched last year. The news comes as a surprise because in September CME president Bryan Durkin told Bloomberg: “I really don’t see us going forward with a futures contract in the very near future.” However, Terry Duffy, CME Group chairman and chief executive officer, explained that they were simply responding to increased interest in Bitcoin and that the new vehicle “will provide investors with transparency, price discovery and risk transfer capabilities.” Garrett See, chief executive of DV Chain told CNBC that CME’s announcement showed “cryptocurrencies are gaining more legitimacy in the financial marketplace. It’s really exciting. I think it’s going to bring a lot of liquidity.” The launch of Bitcoin futures contracts is contingent on CME receiving regulatory approval from the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). Duffy said on CNBC’s “Closing Bell” that he is “confident” the CME’s self-certification process at the CFTC and full application process will go through. “We’ve been working with the regulator. They understand our application. And they understand our model very, very well.” The CFTC declared bitcoin and other virtual currencies a “commodity” in 2015, enabling it to police futures contracts based on them. The agency recently warned that unregistered cash bitcoin markets are susceptible to “bucket shop” schemes, “Ponzi schemers” and “fraudsters seeking to capitalise on the current attention focused on virtual currencies”. For more detail : Bitcoin takes a big stride away from fringes of finance
  8. FXB trading have introduced Skrill as a payment method for funding and withdrawing from your account. If you already have a Skrill account, you’ll be aware that Skrill is an international electronic wallet that you can maintain in your local currency and fund by transferring funds from your bank account, cheque, credit/debit cards or via alternative payment methods available in your country. You can use Skrill for secure online purchases without worrying about disclosing your credit card information. It’s a safe and efficient online payment method that does not require its users to send payment information every time they make a transaction. The option to use Skrill is just one of many trusted, international payment service providers that are available to traders at FXB Trading. How do I fund the Skrill account? Please see Skrill’s fees for the list of funding methods available in your country as well as respective fees. How can I make a purchase using Skrill? Skrill is fully integrated via the ‘Deposit Methods’ screen. While in the members area, click on ‘Deposit Funds’, you will see an option to use Skrill. Please click on the ‘Select’ button located on the Skrill payment method. You’ll be redirected to the ‘Payment Form’ page. Enter the amount you wish to deposit, check the privacy policy check box after reading it, then on the ‘Continue’ button. The Skrill login screen will be displayed. Login and follow the on-screen instructions. Skrill offers several ways to fund the deposit: · Pay from your Skrill balance, or deposit money into your Skrill account, if you do not have sufficient funds · Pay via bank transfer (which may take 2-3 days) · Use a credit/debit card Once you have made your selection, the site will guide you through the remaining steps to transfer the funds to your trading account. Please keep in mind that you have 10 minutes to complete the transfer. If you exceed this time, the transaction will timeout and any Skrill funds you attempted to transfer will be returned to your Skrill account. You will need to start again by selecting Skrill from the ‘Deposit Methods’ screen. For more detail : Introducing Skrill at FXB Trading
  9. The common denominator for everyone who invests in stocks is to make predictions on the price evolution in order to capitalise on market movements and consequently make money. But how they go about it is dependent on how risk averse they are, and the time frame over which they want to realise profits. Investing in the stock market is both an intellectual challenge and a reflection of your own character. Before you decide which stocks to pick you need to understand what kind of investor you are. Growth investors tend to focus on a company’s potential for future profits, and whose earnings are rising the fastest. Since growth-oriented investors are interested in big future earnings, they are often willing to pay a high price for a stock relative to what it earns right now. The metric used to value stocks here is the price-to-earnings ratio (commonly referred to as the P/E). Value investors hone in on the current value of a company’s assets (factoring in its debts), and look for stocks that are cheap compared to those assets. Optimistic forecasts for profits are less important for them so they end up buying stocks with lower P/E ratios. Taking the value approach sounds like a more conservative approach, but there is the risk that these stocks go out of style for long periods of time. What may have initially looked like a bargain may turn out to a bad investment which other investors avoided because they identified serious problems with the business. For more detail : How to choose technology and industrial stocks
  10. Demo Trading Account

    Exceptional Benefits and Minimal Requirements of Demo Trading Account As Forex trading has become popular, a lot of people are gaining the practice for trading by opening a demo trading account. Forex market offers individuals all the resources required to help them acquire experience for online Forex trade. For this reason, it has allowed a large number of official financial partners to help their clients begin with a free demo account for Forex trade. By using the facility of this account, you can become a professional trader and investor by updating with market trends all the time. Why Use Demo Trading Account? Demo trading accounts have a number of advantages: • Not required to invest money. • Opened for free with leading brokers. • Market trends can be observed. • Buying and selling prices can be seen live. • Experience of Forex trading without investing any money. • Trade 24 hours a day during the 5 working days of Forex trade. • Provides up to $100,000 of virtual money. For more detail : Demo Trading Account
  11. If you’re already a Netflix (NFLX) subscriber you probably don’t need too much convincing about how good it is and will appreciate why analysts are predicting that its share price is set to rise even higher, despite the fact that it has already grown 59% this year as it teases the $200 per share mark. You will notice from the chart that Netflix share price has a tendency to reach a peak as quarterly earnings figures are announced followed by a drop before picking up on its overall upward trend. If you’re not a Netflix subscriber then you’re one of the reasons why these analysts expect its share price to keep on rising – they expect that you soon will be. Streaming is the present and the future. It’s a service that meets the entertainment needs of our increasingly demanding lives and once you’ve subscribed it’s hard to live without. Think of it as having unlimited access to one of those old video stores that you used to rent DVDs from. Only with Netflix you never need to leave your home to get your viewing entertainment and you watch what you want, when you want and as many times as you want. Opt for the premium service and you can also view the content simultaneously from another screen, tablet or smartphone and enjoy your favourite show while other members of your family watch what they want. And most important of all, Netflix offers some of the best shows and movies around in an app that’s very easy to use. So far, they’ve produced hits like “House of Cards”, “Orange is the New Black”, “Narcos”, “Peaky Blinders” and “The Killing”. Last week Netflix announced a price rise which immediately boosted stock prices. And they are not worried about losing subscribers because it’s still value for money. By comparison, the monthly subscription for the premium service is about the same as it costs one person to go to the cinema. Wall Street firm UBS has told its clients that Netflix will report a third-quarter subscriber growth, and this has been achieved without the addition of any compelling new content. For more detail : Prime time to trade Netflix
  12. The Forex market is quickly becoming the focus of attention for millions of new entrants as a result of its unique advantages. A large number of people have learnt how to make clever investment choices in order to take advantage of the market. Two strategies in Forex are going long and going short – once you understand these two strategies you will be able to make important decisions in order to be profitable. The two main strategies will be examined below. Going Short This trading strategy is when the base currency is sold in order to buy it at a later stage when the price begins to fall, resulting in a return from the transaction. For example, if the current GBP/USD is 1.5345 meaning we pay 1.5345 Dollars for one Pound Sterling, and we have $1000 dollars, we would sell the Dollars in order to purchase the Pound Sterling. This is carried out when the cost is expected to fall again in a short period of time. When the price GBP/USD falls to 1.5350, this means that more Dollars can be purchased with the same amount of Pounds that were obtained at the start. The additional dollars can be kept as profit which were earned by considering the dollar as the base currency. Risk in Short Position As with all financial markets, forex involves the same amount of risk. If the prices go in the exact opposite direction than originally expected, there will be a loss instead of a profit. For example, if the GBP/USD goes to 1.5340, you would not even get the same amount of Dollars that you sold initially. This strategy is only profitable if prices drop. For more detail : Strategies for Successful Trading Decisions – Going Short or Long
  13. On Sunday the people of Catalunya voted overwhelmingly for independence, some 2 million from 2.3 million votes cast (5 million were eligible to vote), in what the Spanish government had already declared an illegal vote. Days of tensions erupted into a day of extended violence as over 850 were injured as the authorities attempted to block entry into polling stations and riot police were called in to quell tensions. The area is famous for its football team and Antoni Gaudi’s haunting Sagrada Familia but this vote will have ramifications not just for Spain but for the European Union. Catalunya effectively subsidises the rest of Spain, generating 20% of the country’s GDP. One third of all investment into Spain occurs in the region and it is responsible for one third of its worldwide imports. Without the region’s revenues Spain would be heavily weakened. By comparison Scottish independence would result in the UK losing 7.5% of GDP. Long before declaring Sunday’s vote illegal the Spanish government had already made it abundantly clear that it would resist Catalunya being part of the EU if it achieved independence. And it has the legal right to exclude the Catalans. But the EU is in a phase where unity and economic viability is a priority, something that including Catalunya makes more viable. The European Commission issued a statement on Monday (October 2) which effectively ruled out an independent Catalunya being part of the EU. However, if the rift between Spain and Catalonia cannot be repaired the economic impact on the EU could be greater that Brexit. A unilateral declaration of independence is expected this week or early next week by Catalan President Carles Puigdemont. Independence may be declared on October 6, exactly 83 years since Puigdemont’s predecessor Lluis Companys was executed by the Franco dictatorship after declaring independence. Spain’s economy, which had staged an impressive recent recovery, may now stall if the minority government struggles to get anything done and Catalunya remains the centre of attention. For more detail : Why Catalunya’s battle for independence is a bigger problem for EU than Brexit
  14. On Sunday the people of Catalunya voted overwhelmingly for independence, some 2 million from 2.3 million votes cast (5 million were eligible to vote), in what the Spanish government had already declared an illegal vote. Days of tensions erupted into a day of extended violence as over 850 were injured as the authorities attempted to block entry into polling stations and riot police were called in to quell tensions. The area is famous for its football team and Antoni Gaudi’s haunting Sagrada Familia but this vote will have ramifications not just for Spain but for the European Union. Catalunya effectively subsidises the rest of Spain, generating 20% of the country’s GDP. One third of all investment into Spain occurs in the region and it is responsible for one third of its worldwide imports. Without the region’s revenues Spain would be heavily weakened. By comparison Scottish independence would result in the UK losing 7.5% of GDP. Long before declaring Sunday’s vote illegal the Spanish government had already made it abundantly clear that it would resist Catalunya being part of the EU if it achieved independence. And it has the legal right to exclude the Catalans. But the EU is in a phase where unity and economic viability is a priority, something that including Catalunya makes more viable. The European Commission issued a statement on Monday (October 2) which effectively ruled out an independent Catalunya being part of the EU. However, if the rift between Spain and Catalonia cannot be repaired the economic impact on the EU could be greater that Brexit. A unilateral declaration of independence is expected this week or early next week by Catalan President Carles Puigdemont. Independence may be declared on October 6, exactly 83 years since Puigdemont’s predecessor Lluis Companys was executed by the Franco dictatorship after declaring independence. Spain’s economy, which had staged an impressive recent recovery, may now stall if the minority government struggles to get anything done and Catalunya remains the centre of attention. For more detail : Why Catalunya’s battle for independence is a bigger problem for EU than Brexit
  15. The MetaTrader4 (usually known as the MT4) is the most common choice of traders around the world. As Forex trading becomes more popular, software companies are continually launching new forex trading platforms to compete with MT4, but so far it is still the leading FX trading platform worldwide. The MetaTrader4 is a full cycle trading platform that includes back-office elements as well as front-end terminals. Therefore, with the MetaTrader4, a broker does not need any additional software to run the brokerage business. The MT4 is totally user-friendly for traders and offers a wide range of powerful tools such as financial instruments, databases, data feeders, and many others. The following advantages proves its popularity and increasing success. API –Application Program Interface, this allows the software to extend its functionality and integration with other systems. It also grants access to ready plug-ins designed to ease smooth operation of the platform. ML4 language- this is the programing language of the MT4 which is immensely popular as it allows the creation of new scripts, and integration of EAs, enabling full automated trading The platform has the benefit of a strong security system on the online operations as the MT4 employs 128 bit encoding A full set of technical analysis tools and graphics are available The platform offers multi-lingual and multi-currency support The MT4 server can serve over 10,000 traders working with multiple accounts simultaneously. The server has the ability to process several different financial instruments with quote history which go back years. For more detail : MetaTrader 4 UK- The Major FX platform
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