Trading Basics


Trading with leverage: Everything you need to know

Leverage can be a valuable tool in your trading operations, and can be used to help you make the most of an unfavourable or unprofitable situation. But what exactly is leverage, and how can you best use it when trading? Read on to find out more.   What is leverage? The clue is in the […]

Types of traders: who’s who in the trading world

As a trader, you’ll come into contact with various other traders, as well as various individuals and bodies; in some cases you may need their services to gain access to the markets. Read on for a look at these market participants, their functions and their motivations – and importantly your relationship with them.   Retail […]
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Financial instruments- what they are and how they work

Financial instruments are an essential part of the trading experience, but what are they and how do they work? Read on to find out more.   What are financial instruments? Put simply, financial instruments are monetary contracts between parties- they are the things that are bought and sold in financial trading. People and companies often […]

Stock market indexes- the basics

Stock market indexes are a valuable tool for any trader, allowing traders to get a comprehensive view of sectors and markets in order to make educated and informed trading decisions. But what is a stock market index, and how do they work? Read on to find out the essentials on stock market indexes. What is […]

Types of stocks

The stock market is a complex and multi-faceted place, and there are a number of different ways you can trade stocks as well as a number of different types of stocks. It’s important to be well-informed before you start trading on the stock market, so here are the basics on every type of stock you […]

How to analyse a company’s financial statements

A company’s financial statements can be a valuable source of information when considering where to invest, with these documents containing a lot of useful qualitative and quantitative factors that will inform your analysis. But making sense of financial statements can be tough, and they often contain a lot of dense information and statistics. Here are […]

The 11 Sectors of the Stock Market

The stock market is a multi-faceted and diverse site of trading, with 11 sectors classified under the Global Industry Classification Standard (GICS). Here are the basics on the 11 stock market sectors, to help you make informed decisions about where and what you want to trade.   What is a stock sector? Put simply, a […]

Exchange-traded funds (ETFS): A beginner’s guide

Exchange-traded funds (ETFs) can be a useful way to diversify your portfolio, speculate on markets and track the value of given assets. But what are ETFs, and how can you use them in your trading? Here are the essentials on ETFs, to help you make the most of your trading operations.   What is an […]
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Market orders: the essentials

Market orders are the simplest type of order on the trading markets, generally considered one of the quickest and easiest ways to enter or exit a trade, and an essential part of money management techniques. But what exactly are market orders, and how do they work? Read on to learn the basics on market orders. […]

Metrics to evaluate bank stocks

Investing in bank stocks can be a good long-term financial investment, as banks serve an important societal need and are heavily regulated. However, owing to the unique nature of banks as an institution, investing in bank stocks also comes with its own risks, modes of analysis and unique dynamics to take into account when making […]