William Hill Day Trader – Accessible Financial Markets

International investment Exchanges are in a continual state of flux during the course of their trading hours. Regional events may impact on share prices. This will have a knock-on effect on market indices in addition to futures prices, such as precious metals and carbon fuels. The successful trader understands that while he can’t predict the future, by following events, he will be able to react faster than rival traders. William Hill Day Trader provides a strategic focus on the shifting patterns of the globe’s financial markets for dealers that want to stay ahead of the online betting competition.

Gains are available by estimating whether the financial markets will either rise or fall within a set forecasting timeframe. With eleven separate markets to speculate on, new dealers can begin in a lower priced market before graduating on to a higher one. Bets can be placed on several time-based windows. The five-minute betting window provides a snapshot of how the trading floor operates. There are one-hour betting windows as well as day-to-day markets. Day Trader allows buyers and sellers to keep an eye on their bets whenever they like on their own desktop or laptop. Traders can quit while they’re ahead any time prior to close of business or allow their stake to roll over for another day.

Day Trader gives customers the freedom to use the more common fixed odds method of betting or the more cautious Binary Betting system. Essentially fixed odds winnings are multiplied by the fixed price at the time when the bet was laid. For example, if a £50 trade is ventured at odds of 1.25, the profit realised would be £125. Binary betting shows odds settled by index from 0 – 100. The more chance an event occurring the higher the odds will go. For instance, odds of 74-76 forecast a 75 per cent likelihood of an event happening.

William Hill Day Trader offers a safe and user friendly way of entering in to the challenging world of currency and commodities trading. Its £25 new player bonus means that new players can become acquainted in the flurry of the world’s financial markets without the risk of getting their fingers burned.

Capital Spreads City Insider

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To give our clients a different and uniquely informed perspective on the financial markets, Capital Spreads introduces “The City Insider”, a fortnightly view from a City expert, with a senior network of influential bankers, investors, economists and analysts. The identity of the Insider is anonymous – and a closely guarded secret – in order to allow our expert to express forthright, personal views and to protect the identity of the City figures upon whose opinions the Insider draws.

GEORGE Osborne must have felt like Harry Houdini last week after the UK economy escaped falling into the dreaded triple-dip recession so many people had feared.

The Chancellor took to his new Twitter account to declare that growth of 0.3pc in the first quarter of the year was a sign that “the economy is healing”. The stronger than expected rise in GDP was undoubtedly good news and City sources I know say it lessens the likelihood of further monetary policy easing from the Bank of England.

The view from the square mile is that Osborne must now turn this modest growth into a sustainable recovery.

My economist chums reminded me that first-quarter growth was driven by the services sector, while manufacturing and construction fell. There is still some way to go until the Government achieves its ambition of rebalancing the economy, so that manufacturing plays a bigger part in driving growth.

Growth on the other side of the Atlantic meanwhile disappointed during the first quarter, which I’m told by City contacts is likely to delay the US Federal Reserve’s withdrawal of stimulus.

Closer to home, the eurozone remains on edge, with diminishing consumer confidence and signs that the region’s economy is likely to contract again in the second quarter. I’m told to expect a further cut in interest rates, possibly as soon as Thursday’s ECB meeting.

Events have been even more exciting in the world of commodities where gold has dominated most of the headlines.

Gold always divides people. Gold bugs point to current monetary policy and the devaluing effect it has on currencies while bears argue that it’s a non-yielding asset that costs to own so there are better homes for your cash.

Of course the bears are right and it costs to own physical gold but that doesn’t matter if the price carries on rising, as it has done for the last 12 years.

The recent plunge and partial recovery in the gold price has split views in the market even further. What is really interesting is the complete dislocation in the paper gold market (ETFs) and the physical market. Gold coins in the US are flying off dealers’ shelves and queues have formed in India and China to buy jewellery after the price dip. It’s a mug’s game trying to forecast the price in this sort of environment but the strength in the physical market will be easing nerves for gold advocates.

Elsewhere in commodities it is quite gloomy.

Prices have been heading south, with copper prices on the LME falling below $7,000 a tonne on one day last week. There could be further falls ahead. This is true for agriculturals too, as grain stocks are finally starting to rise in the major food producing nations. All these price falls are gloomy portents for the global economic recovery.

That’s all for now. Time to perform a disappearing act of my own for a week in the sun. I’m told Corfu is rather nice at this time of year – I might even bump into Osborne or Peter Mandelson who we all know enjoy holidaying there. Take our poll and have your say.

Until next time….

Bitcoin Trades Available at Spreadex

Spreadex have become the second spread betting firm to allow betting through the use of bitcoin – a virtual, decentralised currency that has been growing rapidly in popularity. Bitcoin first became available in July 2010 when it began trading through a dedicated exchange at MtGox.com; the currency was adopted by speculators and those wishing to make transactions outside of government control. This popularity saw several rises and falls, none quite as big as the recent fluctuation in price where bitcoin grew a staggering 2000% in a matter of weeks.

These price movements were dramatic, and resulted in bitcoin making the news across multiple global platforms including the front page of the FT. Since then, IG adopted bitcoin as a method of placing binary bets; and now Spreadex have offered bitcoin as a funding method for trades.

At this moment in time, Spreadex only accept bitcoin bets made over the phone.

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IG Adopts Bitcoin Virtual Currency

At the start of April, bitcoin hit the front page of the Financial Times after it was speculated that the virtual currency was experiencing an enormous bubble. The bitcoin price (BTC) rose from $33.89 on March 1st to $234.25 on April 9th before crashing to $99.62 in just 2 days. This rise and fall has boosted the currency to the world stage with the latest adoption in a long line of investments coming from the UK’s leading financial betting company, IG.

With such a volatile price, bitcoin has become the perfect betting market for punters looking for big wins. A USD/BTC bet placed on bitcoin just 2 months ago would have seen returns of as much as 1200%. IG are now offering a limited risk binary option for those interested in speculating on the currency.

This couldn’t have come at a better time for IG. Binary betting on the price of bitcoin does not require any funds to be held in the high-risk currency, but in the casino and poker markets where chips are held in bitcoin, activity has all but dried up – the risk is just too high.”

Binary bets, also called binary options, are placed in the form of a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ bet. A predicted future price of BTC is set by IG and the punter agrees or disagrees by betting ‘yes’ or ‘no’.

IG chief executive, Tim Howkins, commented: “While Bitcoin is still a relatively new phenomenon it has surprised many in the financial markets with its popularity. We’re delighted to offer our clients the opportunity to benefit from its price fluctuations using a binary – while limiting their risk exposure”.

Win an iPad with ETX Capital

ETX Capital has just launched an exciting new addition to TradeEdge featuring Head of Trading, Joe Rundle. Joe will be running an open trading portfolio starting today for the next four weeks whilst writing his new daily blog Trading places.

You will be able to see how Joe runs winning trades and limits losses whilst sticking to strict risk management rules. Joe will be noting everything down from bringing in profits to how it feels taking losses.

To access Joe Rundle’s trading platform and view Joe’s trades and trading history, you can log in to the ETX Capital platform using the below details:

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ETX Capital are celebrating the launch of their new iPad trading app by giving their clients the opportunity to win a brand new iPad! Over the coming weeks ETX will be hosting four competitions giving away an iPad with retina display each week.

Follow Joe’s trading journey and enter ETX’ exclusive competition open to clients only to guess Joe’s weekly closing PNL. The closest guess will win an iPad! The competition will start the week commencing 22nd April 2013 with further details to follow in the coming week.

In the meantime, you can win a free iPad with retina display in ETX’ next Facebook contest.

Starting tomorrow, you will have the chance to win a brand new iPad by ‘liking’ the ETX fanpage and correctly answering this week’s question:

What will be the UK 100 level at 16:30 GMT on Friday 19th April 2013?

Your prediction needs to be down to one decimal place to be considered, for example: 6250.5. If you have already ‘liked’ the ETX Facebook page, you can enter straight away! Simply add your prediction in a comment to the post to submit your answer.

Want to make an extra prediction? If you ‘share’ the post on Facebook, you can earn yourself a second prediction on what level you think the UK 100 will be. That’s two free chances to win a brand new iPad!

This contest is open to everyone and it does not require you to have an ETX Capital account, please bear in mind that terms and conditions will apply. For more information on the competition’s terms and conditions click here.

The competition will close at 15:00 GMT on Friday 19th April 2013, so you will need to post your predictions before then.

Spreadex Gets A Makeover

The spread betting market has seen several big rebrands over the last 12 months with IG Index moving to ‘IG’, Finspreads getting a complete overhaul and Capital Spreads stripping back their design to something far cleaner. Spreadex has followed suit, but this time on a much more modest scale. The site has updated its design to include a mascot amongst other things, and has revamped certain areas of their sports and financial spread betting sections. If you’re not familiar with the spread betting platform, take a look at this brief review:

Spreadex began trading in the year 2000 and have since built a very competitive and successful financial spread betting product. Spreadex has featured in the Sunday Times Profit Track 100 for three years running and are unique in that they are the only company to provide financial and sports spread betting from the same account.

For financial traders, Spreadex offers all the standard markets, FX, Shares, Bonds, ETFs, Commodities, Indies and even Options. However they have carved a niche into the spread betting market as they are one of the few firms to offer a comprehensive small cap stock service, for any firm with a market cap of £1m+. So if you want to trade AIM, Spreadex are the company to look for. Credit is also widely available and margin requirements can be as low as 5% or less (dependent on your own financial circumstances). While this does increase your risk, low margin requirements give you the chance to bet without the need to liquidate your current portfolio.

Spreadex won Best Customer Service in the highly-regarded Investment Trends awards for the last two years. And they have an experienced dealing desk which is only a telephone call away. The company is also much more competitive than they used to be with most spreads being in line with the rest of the industry (view our full market comparison). Their platform is also excellent and is fully-customisable to your requirements with mobile access from the App Store.

Overall Spreadex is at least worth a look. They may be a smaller firm, but they have a competitive offering and know how to look after their clients.

ETX Capital Launches New iPad App

ETX Capital have recently launched a new iPad trading app which is available to download for free in the App store!

We don’t believe in innovating for the sake of it which is why our iPad app has been specially developed by traders for traders after carefully listening to client feedback.

The new iPad trading app gives you the flexibility to take advantage of every market move: effortlessly open and close trades, monitor positions and more whilst you’re out and about. With a simple multi-pane layout, unique drag and drop functionality and dynamic Trade-through Charts, ETX Capital’s intuitive iPad app makes trading on the move even easier.

  • Open and close trades – place a trade in an instant with one tap trading and trade directly from the chart.
  • Monitor your positions – monitor open positions and key markets with ease. Simply drag and drop markets into your customised watchlists.
  • Access thousands of live prices – quickly swipe through your account to access our entire market range.
  • View your portfolio, balances and P/L – with 24-hour access to your portfolio, account balance and trading and transaction history.
  • Set limits and OCOs – the ETX Capital iPad app provides all the trading functionality of the web platform which means it takes only seconds to add and amend your stops and limit orders.
  • Trade-through Charts with technical analysis – dynamic Trade-through Charts allow you to trade directly from the charts. Technical analysis indicators are also included such as: Moving Averages (MA), Bollinger Bands (BB), Moving Average Convergence Divergence (MACD) and Stochastics.

ETX Capital’s iPad app let’s you seize every trading opportunity. You can download the app today or find additional information on our new iPad app on our website.

Spreadex Strengthens its Client Base with Acquisition

Spreadex announced in a press release earlier in the week that they had acquired Cantor Index’s non-equities client base. The news comes after the St Albans-based spread betting company reported pre-tax profits of £11.5 million. Cantor Index will continue to operate as an equity-only trading platform, however the acquisition will come as a knock to their position in an evermore competitive financial spread betting market.

Acquisitions are nothing new to Spreadex, last year the company purchased the client-base of MF Global and ShortsandLongs.com; Managing Director, Jonathan Hufford stated that “these are exciting times for Spreadex and we have other plans to further expand the company into 2014 and beyond.”

This move will see Spreadex eat up some more market share, however the company is still a long way off the industry leader, IG Index, who currently dominate with over 40% of the client-base.