It's a rare professional trader who sticks only to shares and doesn't try the derivatives markets. Obviously, both trading mediums have their distinct advantages. The key differences between equity and derivatives lie in leverage, risk, yield and volatility, and in some situations equity derivatives win their place in a portfolio over equity dealing.
Brent Crude surpasses the $81 mark as equity markets recede
Sterling was again under pressure today as uncertainty continued to surround the outcome of Brexit negotiations. The pound was lower against the euro and flat against the dollar as both the ruling Conservative Party and its Labour opponents were divided on how to proceed.
The big index numbers – inflation, unemployment, growth and the rest – are traditionally a focus of keen interest to traders in the financial markets, and great efforts are made accurately to forecast them. But do they offer a reliable route to trading success, or ought traders to concentrate on assets and markets, leaving official data to take care of itself?
Catch up with the market highlights of 20 September and discover the latest levels for oil, gold, major indices and Forex pairs.
Have a look at the latest commodities, stocks and Forex levels.
Catch up with the market highlights of 18 September and discover the latest levels for oil, gold and major indices.
Monday had quite a busy trading schedule. Have a look at the market highlights.
Inflation-adjusted US hourly wages inched forward by just 0.5% in the year to August, and most of this resulted from longer working weeks. The other side of the buoyant labour market shows people are pricing themselves into jobs by accepting depressed living standards.
Learn more about trading derivatives. Find out the key differences: CFDs vs equity swaps.