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(ShareCast News) - IG Group posted a 13% drop in full-year pre-tax profit, as the online trading company took a hit from the surge in the Swiss franc in January when the Swiss National Bank announced without notice that it was ceasing intervention in the franc exchange rate.2 weeks ago
(ShareCast News) - IG Group chief executive officer Tim Howkins will retire from his post at the company's annual general meeting in October.2 weeks ago
Although forex trading has made its mark around the world, it’s astounding to see just how quickly the forex market has taken off in China over the last few years.
Forex offers an alternative for Chinese investors who are looking to diversify their portfolios and reduce their exposure to the overinflated local stock markets. There are also significant concerns about the long-term value of the yuan, as China may consider devaluing its currency to remain competitive in European markets as the US dollar soars – forex trading may offer the opportunity to hedge against this risk.
This week it has been difficult to avoid news about the Chinese stock market crash. On Monday the Shanghai Composite Index fell by more than 8% and over the last three months it’s down by more than 30%.
However, is this really all that surprising? I don’t think it is.
We’ve all heard the phrase “markets were extremely volatile today” or similar. But what does volatility actually mean when it’s related to the financial markets?
Volatility is the amount a price can change over a given time period with no regard for direction.
Just before the dawn of 2015, Bullbearings gathered together eight trading experts (plus me) to select some stock tips and top trades for 2015. This is a half-time report, with a top-10 leadboard (someone had two tips) and each tipster giving an update on their chosen recommendation (apart from one who's gone AWOL).
Safe to say, I'm propping up the table and making the rest of them look good - but as I said at the time, picking one share to buy is a notoriously difficult thing to do - especially if you take a speculative punt on a small cap. It's been an unusual year and there's still five months to go...
Nasstar (NASA), which I highlighted at 8.5p at the end of last year, had made good progress in its first 18 months as a quoted company but the loss of a major customer will have a negative effect on the second half of 2015.
The news, in a recent trading statement, is bad news for the current financial year and the performance of the share price in 2015 but the underlying attractions of the cloud-based IT services and hosting provider remain.
This is a daily global markets overview for the 3rd August 2015 from the analyst team at Accendo Markets providing a snapshot of overnight activity and what can be expected in the markets today. The information is straight from the traders’ desks, with news and insights on equities markets, commodities, and forex.