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  1. December 1, 2013

    Spread betting shrinks by 8% as confidence in market grows

    The pool of people spread betting in the UK has shrunk by 8 per cent this year, in a sign of renewed investor confidence in...

  2. September 19, 2013

    Social media helps traders keep up with market moving factors

    In April, US markets suffered a brief but sharp sell-off after a fake tweet from the hacked Twitter account of newswire AP...

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    Obsession with ‘tapering’ is making it harder to digest key economic data...
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  1. September 19, 2013

    Smartphones mean never having to worry about your portfolio

    In 1995 Bill Gates, the founder of Microsoft, gave a newspaper interview explaining what he believed the future would be...

  2. August 26, 2013

    All to play for in search for star traders and spread switchers

    The scene sounds familiar: eight rookie traders battle each other for several weeks to win a £100,000 cash prize and compete...

  3. May 24, 2013

    European stocks take sharp turn lower

    European markets took a sharp turn lower as concerns over a global growth slowdown prompted continent-wide losses. The FTSE...

  4. March 25, 2013

    Growth opportunity surfaces in European periphery

    Traders looking to take advantage of any recovery in the global economy could place bets on peripheral European indices, but...

  5. March 25, 2013

    Interest rates: Making economic strengths count

    The sovereign debt problems in the eurozone have helped boost the popularity of trading government bonds, a market...

  6. February 26, 2013

    Italian banks lead heavy European sell-off

    Italian banks led a heavy sell-off across European markets as political deadlock in the country rekindled fears of crisis in...

  7. February 21, 2013

    An app for that ‘techie’ trading strategy

    When Apple launched its 3G iPhone four years ago its tag line was: “There’s an app for that.” Smartphone users soon learned...

  8. January 17, 2013

    Cruddas takes the helm at CMC Markets

    Peter Cruddas, the former co-treasurer of the Conservative party and founder of CMC Markets, is taking over as chief...

  9. January 16, 2013

    FXCM looks to China for growth

    FXCM, the US foreign exchange agency broker, is expecting China to be its biggest growth market this year, boosted by huge...

  10. December 28, 2012

    Insurers lead FTSE 100 declines

    The FTSE 100’s fall from some of its best levels of 2012 broadened on Friday, as traders continued to sell riskier holdings,...

  11. December 6, 2012

    Frankfurt stocks near 4-year high

    German stocks were edging up towards multiyear highs on Thursday, while Italian stocks fell sharply amid domestic political...

  12. November 23, 2012

    Amadeus misses out on European rally

    Spain’s Amadeus was one of a dozen stocks on the FTSE Eurofirst 300 to suffer heavy selling this week amid surging European...

  13. November 21, 2012

    KPN benefits from consolidation hopes

    Dutch telecoms provider KPN shook off its 10-year low amid consolidation hopes for the wider European sector. Shares rallied...

  14. October 30, 2012

    Tokyo export stocks lower on ‘timid’ BoJ

    Shares in Tokyo fell on Tuesday after the Bank of Japan acted largely as expected by expanding its asset purchases in an...

  15. October 22, 2012

    Stocks end week in negative territory

    Friday 21.10 BST. Stocks ended the week in negative territory, as mixed economic data and a series of weaker-than-expected...

  16. September 14, 2012

    Financials lead as FTSE pushes past 5,900

    Confirmation of fresh stimulus in the US sent the FTSE 100 back over 5,900 points on Friday for the first time since March,...

  17. September 6, 2012

    Evraz tops rally for London-listed miners

    Evraz was the biggest riser on the FTSE 100 as London-listed miners had their biggest rally in three months. The Russian...

  18. August 24, 2012

    ENRC leads miners down as FTSE flatlines

    Fears of a cash call pushed ENRC to a new three-year low in a flatlining London market on Friday. The Kazakh miner dropped...

  19. August 14, 2012

    Eurozone edges back towards recession

    The eurozone edged closer towards its second recession in three years after a resilient economic performance from Germany...

  20. July 27, 2012

    How you can invest in the Olympics

    The 2012 London Olympics is upon us and many people are hoping that the influx of tourists and professional athletes into...

  21. June 17, 2012

    Spread betting groups turn to new markets

    Spread betting operators are fighting to boost revenues from existing customers and find high-growth new markets, amid...

  22. May 25, 2012

    US stocks haunted by European fear

    European shadows continued to hang over Wall Street this week with technology stocks falling as several high-profile...

  23. April 19, 2012

    Chinese insurers outperform cautious Asia stocks

    Asian stocks eased on Thursday as investors sat on the sidelines ahead of a Spanish debt auction later in the day. The FTSE...

  24. April 19, 2012

    Upbeat earnings help London equities

    Stocks in London were traded cautiously on Thursday but earnings news was broadly supportive, helping keep the FTSE on an...

  25. April 4, 2012

    London joins global flight from risk

    A sharp market sell off took the FTSE 100 back to the 5,700 mark on Wednesday, with riskier banking and mining stocks...

  26. March 25, 2012

    PM’s fundraiser quits over cash for access

    David Cameron was on Sunday night under pressure to disclose fully which Conservative party donors he had wined and dined in...

  27. March 19, 2012

    Worldspreads fall sparks oversight plea

    Three of the UK’s largest spread betting companies have called for stricter oversight of their industry after the collapse...

  28. March 8, 2012

    Fear factor: Beginners need to be afraid

    New spread betting clients fall into two categories according to industry analysis: the scared and the not scared enough....

  29. March 8, 2012

    Asian stocks rally on US job hopes

    Asian stocks were lifted by improving prospects for a Greek debt swap deal and a recovery in the US labour market, while a...

  30. February 27, 2012

    Oil price rise sparks profit concerns in Asia

    Asian equity markets fell on Monday after concerns were raised that rising oil prices could have a damaging impact on...

  31. December 20, 2011

    Top Tips for trading contracts for difference

    Nearly 100,000 UK investors have made use of financial spread bets or contracts for difference (CFDs) in past year but it...

  32. December 19, 2011

    Big banks tumble as BofA breaches $5

    Bank of America shares fell beneath $5 for the first time since 2009, as bank stocks suffered heavy selling, pushing the S&P...

  33. December 8, 2011

    Inflation: How to profit from rising prices

    Savers, pensioners and cash-strapped households have all been hit hard by the rising Consumer Price Index, but there are...

  34. December 8, 2011

    Risk reduction: Diversifying assets is not as easy as it was

    Having a spread of investments has long been the approach favoured to minimise risk, but the rise in volatility across asset...

  35. December 8, 2011

    Gold prices: Yellow metal was a surprise casualty

    The gold price is often seen as a barometer of investor sentiment: the worse the outlook, the higher the gold price, as...

  36. December 2, 2011

    US luxury retailers lose some lustre

    US equities enjoyed their best week since March 2009 but chinks appeared in the emerging market consumer thesis that has...

  37. November 29, 2011

    Tiffany sales warning hits luxury stocks

    Investors dumped shares in luxury retailers after Tiffany forecast “weakness” in fourth quarter sales in Europe and the...

  38. November 22, 2011

    Netflix fundraising sets negative tone

    Netflix shares slumped 5.4 per cent per cent to $70.45 on Tuesday, as investors reacted to plans for a $400m capital raise,...

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