Markets Update Monday 12/08/2019 – Uber and Lyft in reverse gear

Frankfurt – 12/08/2019 The stock markets in the Far East are trading on Monday with different signs. At the beginning of the week, the stock markets in the Far East are showing signs of recovery following last week’s discounts. Nevertheless, market participants remain cautious. In particular, the uncertainties in the China-USA trade dispute continue to keep traders on their toes. …

Forex Trading and Economic Indicators

The publication of economic data is the be-all and end-all of fundamental data in trading. However, not all indicators are equally important. In this article, we will discuss the most important indicators. Important in this context means market moving. Check the economic calendar of IC Markets in our review What are economic indicators? Economic indicators are statistics on economic activity. …

What are Swaps?

In swap transactions, trading partners exchange debt securities with different interest rates, currencies and maturities. The purpose of swap transactions is to reduce financing costs. Swaps are not traded on exchanges, and retail investors do not generally engage in swap transactions. Instead, swaps are over-the-counter (OTC) contracts primarily between businesses or financial institutions that are customised to the needs of …

Demo Accounts in Forex Trading

Getting to know the trading environment and trading platforms is always recommended before making a deposit and start trading with real money. Therefore, many online Forex brokers offer demo accounts to their customers. These accounts allow users with no experience to try trading on the markets without the risk of losing money. But not only novice traders benefit from demo …

Markets Update 09/08/2019 – Stock Markets gain strength again

Frankfurt – 09/08/2019 Stock Markets gain strength again On Thursday, prices in the New York stock market continued to catch up impressively with the previous day. The market-wide and thus particularly meaningful S&P 500 made up for its losses accumulated this week with a plus of 1.9 per cent to 2,938 points. The leading index Dow Jones Industrial was also …

Markets Update Thursday 08/08/2019 – No clear direction in America

Frankfurt – 08/08/2019 No clear direction in America The Dow Jones index dropped 0.1 per cent yesterday to around 26,007 points. The broader S&P 500 gained 0.1 per cent to 2,884 points. The composite index of the technology exchange Nasdaq rose 0.4 per cent to about 7,863 points. Analysts see hesitant investors, among other things due to the surprisingly significant …

Markets Update Tuesday 06/08/2019 -Further down it goes

Further down it goes The most important US stock markets continued to work their way into the red yesterday. After all, they ended trading slightly above their daily lows. The Dow Jones index closed 2.9 per cent lower at 25,717 points. The broader S&P 500 fell by around three per cent to 2,844 points. Both stock indices lost more than …

Markets Update Monday 05/08/2019 -The markets are bleeding

Frankfurt – 05/08/2019 USA – China ping pong continues Only last week US President Donald Trump announced new punitive tariffs on Chinese goods. But the Chinese central bank is taking Trump’s efforts ad absurdum. On Monday, the Chinese yuan slides to its lowest level for eleven and a half years. For the first time since 2008, a dollar costs more …

Futures & Forwards

Futures are financial contracts that require the buyer to purchase an asset (and the seller to sell an asset) at a specified price at a future date. Futures are also referred to as futures contracts. Futures are an excellent way for commodity companies to stabilise their prices and thus their operational and financial performance. Futures (exchange-traded) and forwards (over-the-counter) are …