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What is blockchain all about?

Blockchain is one of those words you hear all the time but not always entirely sure what it is. We all want blockchain technology explained. So here goes: In simple terms Blockchain is a digital ledger that can be programmed to record not just financial transactions but virtually everything of value.

David Burrows

How to trade a symmetrical triangle

A symmetrical triangle pattern, also referred to as a wedge, is a consolidation phase before the asset price either breaks out to the upside or downside.

James Hester
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Anchor bias and stop loss orders

Most people display a stubborn streak at times, but in trading, refusing to budge from a position is known as an anchoring bias. This is when traders fixate on one main piece of information (the anchor) to make a decision even when at times it can mean fighting against the market.

Alison Bloomer

How to invest in artificial intelligence

Artificial intelligence is everywhere – the paranoid will tell you it is taking over – but does the widespread use of AI present an investment opportunity over the long and short-term?

Claire Veares
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The importance of overnight fees

An overnight fee is an interest charge we have to make when you hold a leveraged position open overnight.

Claire Hunte

5 CFD trading strategies to help you trade a volatile market

Trading CFDs in volatile markets presents additional challenges, but also opportunities. This article covers 5 CFD trading tips to help you through these times.

Henry Lancaster
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How to trade a descending triangle

Traders use the descending triangle chart pattern to help capture shorting opportunities. While generally categorised as a bearish pattern, the descending triangle is typically a continuation formation. It can also be observed as a reversal pattern following a pronounced upward price trend.

James Hester

How to trade a pennant

One of the classic chart patterns that technical analysts look for is the pennant. Traders following technical signals typically implement new long or short positions following a breakout from the pennant pattern.

James Hester

How to trade an ascending triangle

Traders use the ascending triangle chart pattern to help capture buying opportunities. While generally categorised as a bullish pattern, the ascending triangle is typically a continuation formation, as a consolidation phase within an upward price trend.

James Hester

How to conquer your fear of investing

Research has shown that confidence in owning stocks is poor compared with other investments. For many, the fear of investing hard-earned cash into a volatile stock market and the risk of watching it disappear is too great.

Alison Bloomer

Smart money management: how to trade with a risk-reward focus?

Explore the essentials of money management in trading. Find out how to use the risk-to-reward ratio together with stop loss orders to improve your trading performance. News
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A wider world of commodities

Commodities trading tends to be dominated by fluctuations in the price of gold and crude oil, but the global economy runs on a much wider spectrum of commodities. Many more of them are being added to the app service.

Graham Buck

Lords defeat will not derail Brexit, vow ministers

The horrific nerve agent on attack Yulia and Sergei Skripal in Salisbury could spell the start of a new cold war – but it may be the catalyst for warmer relations between the UK and EU on Brexit.

Richard Reed

Banking revolution can be good news for developing countries

World Bank welcomes upheaval in banking landscape but urges developing countries to upgrade legal and regulatory systems. Those that rise to the challenge will benefit the most, it says.

Dan Atkinson

Syrian crisis puts political risk back on the agenda

Traders factor in rising tensions as they await the outcome of western intervention in the Middle East. Political risk adds to market uncertainty and changes the relative attractions of different asset classes.

Dan Atkinson