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Recently, the Global Banking and Finance Magazine awarded their prestigious Best Customer Service Europe 2013 Award to the binary options trading website OptionsClick. That’s because OptionsClick offers people what amateurs and professionals want to see the most: customer service.

EN_336x280_60sec_Banners_02When dealing with your money in binary options, you’re looking for a few key things: does the service provide a high ROI? Does it offer industry standard trading platforms? Does it help you along the way to make the right kind of decision? And how reliable are they when it comes to their service? Can you trust them handling your money? All of these things are answered by going to the OptionsClick site and seeing why they won this prize.

In an industry which deals with money, trust is something you need to look to first. That’s because not only are you dealing with your own money, but you’re also trying to make an investment, and investments require care and foresight. The last thing you want to do is give this money to a site which can’t be trusted.

And at OptionsClick, you get the best of all worlds. That’s not only a claim that they and others make, but one which you can test out for yourself. In fact, they’ll invite you to do so. Simply go there and make an account in under a minute for free. Then you can read up on their advice and strategies for the day, provided as a completely free service. That’s a major investment in time right there for your benefit.

So how do you know it’s reliable? Well, they’ll invite you to try it, or any other strategy you wish. You get to play in a sandbox with “play” money all you want. Test out their strategies, see how they pan out for you. Speak to a customer service representative online who knows a thing or two about investing and learn how it’s done. Testing it all out, and testing how their ROI (up to 89%) pans out for you, won’t even cost you a single cent.

Try it for a few minutes, a few hours, or even a few days. There’s no time limit. They’re banking on the fact that you’ll love what you see. And they’re going to be right, because a company which makes a claim like that has to back it up. What they’ll also show you, if you’re new to binary options trading, is why binary options is such a great way to invest your money. That’s because with binary options trading, you can invest from almost anywhere in the world and double your options for making money. This is because binary options allow you to trade and make a profit even when a company stock is going down instead of up. No matter how badly a company might be doing, you can make just as much money by correctly predicting the outcome ahead of time. And you don’t need thousands of dollars to do it with.

Binary options were created by industry professionals who wanted simpler options to make just as much money, if not more money, by investing just a few dollars. You don’t have to be rich to buy into binary options trades. A few dollars will do the trick, presenting you a wide range of possibilities when it comes to diversifying your portfolio.

Everyone knows how important it is to keep a diversified portfolio, because you never want to put all your eggs in one basket. Instead, you want to spread out your options so that if one fails you have many other backups. That’s what wise investing is all about. And binary options not only allow anyone to do that, it also allows them to do it at far greater risk with a much greater profit return. This is why so many people have been turning to binary options trading and investing online the world over, and why platforms such as one touch, range, high/low, and even short term trading have become so popular.

It’s simply a matter of trying to predict where the stock will be at the end of the trade. If you’re right, even if you predicted the sock going all the way down, you’ll make a huge return on your investment. Whenever you’re looking for a site that can help you figure all of this out, you should head over to OptionsClick. By chatting free with their online help representatives, you not only can gain an understanding of what to do and when to do it, but on what strategies work best for you.

Perhaps you’re better at one kind of trading platform – say, high/low – instead of another. But don’t risk your hard earned money on finding that out. That’s why using a sandbox is so invaluable. With that, you can test out your ideas and predictions without risking any real money at all. You only put down real money on an investment when you’re ready to do that, and when you’re much more confident about the outcome.

OptionsClick also allows you to try out various ways of spreading out your investments and seeing how well that works for you. Some people even learn what kind of industries they’re better at predicting, because not everyone knows everything about every company in the world.

This is why a company such as OptionsClick should interest you in a very big way. They not only provide you with the tools you need to make the right kind of investment, but they’ll give you the right kind of tools to make sure that you will most likely succeed. And when you’re dealing with real people who know what they’re doing and are putting their reputation on the line in a very public way, you’ll feel very good about investing your real money by using their site. It’s a site that you can know and trust pretty easily. They’re looking to keep you as a long term trader, so make sure that you take them up on their free offer and sign up whenever you’re ready to dive into the exciting world of online trading.

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Cryptocurrencies: the new gold?

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By Gerald Moser, Chief Market Strategist, Barclays Private Bank

Time to add to a portfolio?

There has been a lot of talk about bitcoin, and cryptocurrencies in general, being a “digital” gold. Similar to gold, there is a finite amount, it is not backed by any sovereign and no single-entity controls its production. But for bitcoin to be considered in a portfolio and to become an investable asset, similar to gold, the asset would need to improve the risk/return profile of that portfolio. This seems a tall order.

While it is nigh on impossible to forecast an expected return for bitcoin, its volatility makes the asset almost “uninvestable” from a portfolio perspective. With spikes in volatility that are multiples of that typically experienced by risk assets such as equities or oil, many would probably throw the cryptocurrency out of any portfolio in a typical mean-variance optimisation.

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Poor diversifier

And while bitcoin’s correlation measures are relatively supportive, it seems to falter when diversification is most needed, such as during sharp downturns in financial markets. Looking at weekly return correlations since 2016 shows that bitcoin is not strongly correlated with any assets (see below). It is however only second to US high yield in its correlation with equities. US Treasuries, gold and US investment grade were better diversifiers than bitcoin when it comes to equities.

Source: Bloomberg, Barclays Private Bank

Source: Bloomberg, Barclays Private Bank

Furthermore, looking at global equity corrections since 2015 (see below), it is noticeable that bitcoin has performed even worse than equities over the last three corrections. And while gold and fixed income provided some relief during those corrections, bitcoin compounded the loss that investors would have incurred from equities exposure.

Source: Bloomberg, Barclays Private Bank

Source: Bloomberg, Barclays Private Bank

The fact that cryptocurrencies also fluctuate alongside equities suggests that investment in bitcoin is more akin to a bubble phenomenon rather than a rational, long-term investment decision. The performance of the cryptocurrency has been mostly driven by retail investors joining a seemingly unsustainable rally rather than institutional money investing on a long-term basis.

Several studies around market structure have shown that emerging markets with high retail/low institutional participation are more unstable and more likely subject to financial bubbles than mature markets with institutional participation. And while more leading financial houses seem to be taking an interest in cryptocurrencies, the market’s behaviour suggests that the level of institutional involvement is still limited. Another issue is around its concentration: about 2% of bitcoin accounts control 95% of all bitcoins.

In summary, difficulty to forecast return, lack of diversification and high volatility makes it hard to consider bitcoin as a standalone asset in a diversified portfolio for long-term investors.

An inflation hedge?

Another point widely quoted in favour of cryptocurrencies is that they provide an inflation hedge. This might be a valid point, if inflation stems from fiat currency debasement. As mentioned above, a currency’s worth comes from the trust economic agents have in it. If unsustainable amounts of debt and large money creation shatter belief in sovereign-backed currencies through spiralling inflation, cryptocurrencies could be seen as an alternative.

Regardless of its price, bitcoin’s production is set on a precise schedule and cannot be changed. If oil or copper prices go up, there is an incentive to produce more. This is not the case for cryptocurrencies. In a very specific and highly hypothetical scenario of all fiat currency collapsing, this could be positive. But other real assets such as precious metals, inflation-linked bonds or real estate usually provide a hedge against inflation.

Other considerations

Bitcoin’s technology should theoretically make it extremely secure. As there is no intermediary, each transaction is reviewed by a large number of participants which can all certify the transaction. However, there have been frauds and thefts from exchanges. Another point to consider is the risk of “losing” bitcoins. According to the cryptocurrency data firm Chainanalysis, around 20% of the existing 18.5m bitcoins are lost or stranded in wallets, with no mean of being recovered. As there is no intermediary, there is no backup for a lost bitcoin.

From a sustainability point of view, adding cryptocurrencies to a portfolio will make it less green. Mining and exchanging them is highly energy intensive. According to estimates published by Alex de Vries, data scientist at the Dutch Central Bank, the bitcoin mining network possibly consumed as much in 2018 as the electricity consumed by a country like Switzerland. This translates to an average carbon footprint per transaction in the range of 230-360kg of CO2. In comparison, the average carbon footprint of a VISA transaction is 0.4g of CO2.

Beyond energy use, the mining process generates a large amount of electronic waste (e-waste). As mining requires a growing amount of computational power, the study estimates that mining equipment becomes obsolete every 18 months. The study suggests that the bitcoin industry generates an annual amount of e-waste similar to a country like Luxembourg.

Cryptocurrencies are here to stay

Innovation in digital assets continues rapidly and will likely drive increased participation, both from retail and institutional investors. The underlying blockchain technology behind bitcoin was meant to disrupt a few different industries. While results have not lived up to the initial hype, more sectors are investigating the use of the technology.

And with Facebook announcing a stablecoin, or a cryptocurrency pegged to a basket of different fiat currencies, central banks have accelerated the movement towards central bank digital currencies. Those could improve payment systems resilience and facilitate cross-border payments.

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Energy stocks drag down FTSE 100, IG Group slides

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By Shivani Kumaresan

(Reuters) – London’s FTSE 100 slipped on Thursday, weighed down by falls in energy stocks as oil prices slid after a surprise increase in U.S. crude inventories, while IG Group tumbled on plans to buy U.S. trading platform tastytrade for $1 billion.

The blue-chip FTSE 100 index lost 0.4%, while the domestically focussed mid-cap FTSE 250 index also slid 0.4%.

Energy majors BP and Royal Dutch Shell fell 3.2% and 2.5%, respectively, and were the biggest drags on the FTSE-100 index. [O/R]

“What is holding back the UK is a lack of tech stocks to capture the ‘rotation’ back into tech seen since Netflix results,” said Chris Beauchamp, chief market analyst at IG.

“Stock markets overall are much quieter today, looking so far in vain for a new catalyst for further upside.”

The FTSE 100 shed 14.3% in value last year, its worst performance since a 31% plunge in 2008 and underperforming its European peers by a wide margin, as pandemic-driven lockdowns battered the economy and led to mass layoffs.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said it was too early to say when the national coronavirus lockdown in England would end, as daily deaths from COVID-19 reach new highs and hospitals become increasingly stretched.

IG Group tumbled 8.5% after announcing plans to buy tastytrade, venturing into North America after a stellar year for the new breed of retail investment brokerages.

Ibstock jumped 7.3% to the top of the FTSE 250 after the company said fourth-quarter activity benefited from better-than-expected demand for new houses and repairs.

Pets at Home Group Plc rose 2.2% after reporting an 18% jump in third-quarter revenue, boosted by higher demand for its accessories and veterinary services as more people adopted pets during lockdowns.

(Reporting by Shivani Kumaresan in Bengaluru; editing by Uttaresh.V and Mark Potter)

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Wall Street bounce, upbeat earnings lift European stocks

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By Amal S and Sruthi Shankar

(Reuters) – European stocks rose on Wednesday after Dutch chip equipment maker ASML and Swiss luxury group Richemont gave encouraging earnings updates, while investors hoped for a large U.S. stimulus plan as Joe Biden was sworn in as president.

The pan-European STOXX 600 index closed 0.7% higher, getting an extra boost as Wall Street marked record highs.

All eyes were on Biden’s inauguration as the 46th U.S. President, with traders betting on a bigger pandemic relief plan and higher infrastructure spending under the new administration to boost the pandemic-stricken economy.

Tech stocks rallied to a two-decade peak in Europe after ASML Holding NV rose 3.0% to all-time highs on better-than-expected quarterly sales and a strong order intake for 2021.

Meanwhile, Richemont rose 2.8%, after posting a 5% increase in quarterly sales as Chinese splashed out on Cartier, its flagship jewellery brand.

Britain’s Burberry jumped 3.9% after it stuck to its full-year goals, saying higher full-price sales would boost annual margins, while Asian demand remained strong.

The pair boosted European luxury goods makers that are heavily reliant on China, with LVMH and Kering gaining between 1% and 3%.

“Any sign that retail spending is picking up in China is going to be a boost to the Western markets and those heavily exposed to it,” said Connor Campbell, financial analyst at SpreadEx.

The European Central Bank is set to meet on Thursday. While no policy changes are expected, the bank could face more questions about an increasingly challenging outlook only a month after it unleashed fresh stimulus to bolster the euro zone economy.

“With the new round of easing measures fully in place and no new forecasts to be presented tomorrow, it should be a fairly uneventful day for the euro,” ING analysts said in a note.

Italy’s FTSE MIB gained 0.9% and lenders rose 1.6% after Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte won a confidence vote in the upper house Senate and averted a government collapse.

Conte narrowly secured the vote on Tuesday, allowing him to remain in office after a junior partner quit his coalition last week in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Daimler AG jumped 4.2% after its Mercedes-Benz brand unveiled a new electric compact SUV, the EQA, as part of plans to take on rival Tesla Inc.

Germany’s Hugo Boss added 4.4% after Mike Ashley-led Frasers said it boosted its stake in the company.

(Reporting by Sruthi Shankar and Amal S in Bengaluru; Editing by Shailesh Kuber and Arun Koyyur and Kirsten Donovan)

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