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There are few things in life as certain as death, which gives funeral parlour operator Dignity exceptional visibility. So while the number of funerals dropped by 3.5% last year, the company is now set to benefit from the 23% rise in deaths registered over the first eight weeks of this year. In 2014 unfulfilled pre-arranged funeral plans grew by 25,000 to 384,000, providing a secure pipeline of future business.
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Weekly claims for unemployment benefits in the States rose to their highest in nearly 10 months last week, according to data from the Labor Department on Thursday. 45 minutes ago
The cost of employing a worker in the United States increased at the end of last year after output growth came off the boil much more quickly than workers' hourly compensation, revised government figures revealed on Thursday. 22 minutes ago
US markets are poised to open on a brighter note Thursday as market participants adopt an upbeat stance ahead of Friday's US non-farm payrolls report despite a rise in weekly jobless claims. 1 hour ago
NATO is using the Ukraine crisis to encroach on Russia's borders, according to the Russian deputy defence minister Anatoly Antonov. 1 hour ago
Ahead of its proposed takeover by larger peer Aviva, insurance group Friends Life Group (FLG) smashed expectations with its 2014 results on Thursday as profits surged and cash generation exceeded guidance. 2 hours ago
Investors and analysts overlooked stiff currency headwinds buffeting steam systems specialist Spirax-Sarco Engineering last year and instead focused on the strong underlying progress and a whopping 120p special dividend. 5 hours ago
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Trading Expansions of Range and Volume
Equity market cycles provide opportunity in every phase of liquidity. The greatest possibilities are evident when expansion-of-range-and-volume (XRV) price activity propels a stock rapidly higher or lower. XRV moves occur when institutions have directed their traders to buy or liquidate large equity positions. The stock in trade overwhelms supply or demand, pushing price in a rapid directional move higher (in the case of buying), or lower (in the case of selling). The resulting XRV chart pattern affords traders the opportunity to capitalize on institutional activity, which tends to continue over the course of several trading sessions.
For investors or traders who have always restricted themselves to shares and maybe perhaps funds, might never have thought about the possibilities available by broadening their trading horizons into the curreny markets, and even to day trading rather than long-term investing. This guide looks at the basic function of the forex market and the advantages and disadvantages of day trading in forex.
Forex trading is the act of buying or selling one currency in exchange for another with the aim of benefiting from the differential in value between both currencies within a given period of time.
Steve Ruffley is a professional market strategist and trading mentor. He has been involved in financial markets for well over a decade and is author of the soon to be published “Ruff Guide to Trading” .
Ruffley (@SteveRuffleyInter on Twitter) is the CEO of iViewcharts.com and is chief market strategist and head of education at Intertrader.com where he has presented over 800 live trading webinars over the last four years. He is in the running for FXStreet.com presenter of the year 2014.
Normally, when you make investments, you buy assets on the open market – for example, you might buy stocks, commodities or currency pairs. However, it is also possible to make investments without owning an asset at all – in fact, this is becoming an increasingly popular way of investing.
This type of investment is known as a contract for difference (CFD), and is essentially a contract between yourself and a CFD broker.
In my last lesson you learned about trading a long straddle, using the example of WTI crude oil. In this lesson, you will learn to use the power of an options strategy to execute more than one option at the same time for news announcements and major economic events. A popular strategy to take advantage of an expected increase in volatility is that very same long straddle.
For example, on Thursday February 26, the second estimate of UK gross domestic product (GDP) for the fourth quarter of 2014 will be released. This is an event that will move markets, but is not a major event but can often lead to higher volatility in the immediate aftermath.