Top 5 Advantages of Trading Forex vs. Stocks
By Kiana Danial
1. The Forex Market Is The Most Liquid Market and Is Open 24 Hours A Day
The forex market is the largest market in the world, with approximately $4 trillion in liquidity each day around the globe. That means the currency market is over 53 times larger than the New York Stock Exchange’s daily stock trade volume of $74 billion. The enormity and liquidity of the forex market means that you can get in and out of trades at almost any time of almost any size with fast, smooth execution.
While stock trading forces you to trade only when the stock markets are open the forex market doesn’t stop at four o’clock. The forex market is a non-stop 24-hour market, starting on Sunday at 5 p.m. (ET) with the opening of the market in Sydney and Singapore and closing on Friday at 4 p.m. (ET) in New York. You can trade around the clock with the market open followed by Tokyo, London, and finally New York; therefore, you can get in or out of the market at anytime, without waiting for an opening bell or encountering a market gap.
2. Only A Few Major Currencies Pairs vs. Thousands of Stocks
It’s practically impossible to follow all thousands of stocks listed on the NYSE and NASDAQ while deciding on the best stock to invest in. Following a currency pair is much easier since there are only seven major currencies in the world. Currencies are traded in pairs, which means forex trading is a simultaneous buying of one currency and selling of another— so you will be comparing one currency against another. The limited number of currency pairs enables you to manage your time more effectively, focusing on each of the seven major currencies and finding out which is the most suitable for you.
3. Equal Opportunity For Bears And Bulls
In the forex market, trading opportunities exist regardless of the market movement. In other words, you can be short or long and still have equal potential for profit and risk. There is no shame in short selling. This is because currency trading always involves buying one currency and selling another at the same time, and you can buy (sell) either side of that pairs and remain a bull (bear) at all times.
Furthermore, with the new Dow Jones FXCM Dollar Index, you can be either a bull or bear on only one currency— the safe haven US dollar—without the necessity of trading the US dollar in a pair. So when you have an opinion only on the USD, you can go bull or bear on US dollar only.
4. Get A Bigger Fish With Smaller Bait
In the forex market, a smaller deposit is needed for a larger contract value. Leverage, or a loan that is provided to a trader by a broker, is more than fifty times higher in forex trading than in the stock market*. In stock trading, your maximum leverage is only 2:1, but in the forex world it can vary from 50:1 to 200:1. A higher leverage can result in a significant return, but it’s also important to remember that leverage is a double-edged sword. Leverage has the potential to enlarge your losses and profits by the same magnitude.
5. Free Forex Education/Training Easily Accessible
You don’t have to go into debt and get a college degree to become a master in forex trading. Most forex brokers offer demo accounts for free to help new traders build trading skills before they actually enter the market. Additionally, free research, analysis, educational articles, and videos are available on the Internet.
*Leverage is a double-edged sword and can dramatically amplify your profits. It can also just as dramatically amplify your losses. Trading foreign exchange with any level of leverage may not be suitable for all investors.
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Energy stocks drag down FTSE 100, IG Group slides
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)
Wall Street bounce, upbeat earnings lift European stocks
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)
Miners lead FTSE 100 higher on earnings cheer
By Shivani Kumaresan
(Reuters) – UK’s FTSE 100 rose on Wednesday as miners gained after a strong production forecast from BHP Group, while encouraging updates from luxury brand Burberry and education group Pearson drove optimism about the earnings season.
BHP Group Ltd climbed 2.8% after it forecast record iron ore production for fiscal 2021, helped by high prices for the commodity. Other miners Rio Tinto, Anglo American and Glencore rose more than 2%.
Global markets rallied in anticipation of more fiscal spending as Joe Biden prepared to take charge as the 46th U.S. president.
“There is a view in the markets that more spending is in the pipeline, after all, Mr Biden will want to start his presidency on a positive note,” said David Madden, market analyst at CMC Markets UK.
The FTSE 100 index rose 0.4% and the domestically focussed FTSE 250 index added 1.4%.
The FTSE 100 has recorded consistent monthly gains since November after the sealing of a Brexit trade deal and hopes of a vaccine-led economic recovery, but has recently lost steam as tighter business restrictions sparked fears of a slow rebound.
Burberry rose 3.9% as it stuck to its full-year goals and said higher full-price sales would boost annual margins and Asian demand remained strong.
Global education group Pearson jumped 8.6% after its global online sales grew 18% in 2020, helped by strong enrolments in virtual schools.
WH Smith Plc surged 10.4% to the top of the FTSE 250 index as its trading during Christmas was ahead of its expectations.
(Reporting by Shivani Kumaresan in Bengaluru; editing by Uttaresh.V, William Maclean)
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