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Implied volatility screams higher ahead of tomorrow’s BOJ meeting

Overnight implied volatility for yen pairs have risen to their highest level since Brexit, on the eve of tomorrow’s highly anticipated BOJ meeting.

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January 17, 2023 01:08 PM
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European Open: Buckle up, we could be in for a bumpy session

The volatile moves seen across yen pairs overnight does not bode well for risk appetite today, given traders across Europe and the US are yet to react to the BOJ.

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December 20, 2022 07:28 AM
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European Open: GBP implied volatility spikes ahead of UK CPI and FOMC

Implied volatility for FX majors has risen ahead of today’s FOMC meeting - and most notably GBP as it also has UK CPI to contend with within the hour.

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December 14, 2022 06:47 AM

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European Open: EUR/USD implied volatility spikes ahead of mid-term results

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European Open: Implied volatility rallies ahead of US inflation report

There are two tell-tale signs that an important event is looming; realised volatility has died a quiet death whilst implied volatility has sprung alive.

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October 13, 2022 07:21 AM
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European Open: Implied volatility rallies ahead of US inflation report

There are two tell-tale signs that an important event is looming; realised volatility has died a quiet death whilst implied volatility has sprung alive.

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October 13, 2022 07:21 AM
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What is scalping? A beginners’ guide to scalping trading strategies

Scalping is a popular short-term trading style that involves taking small, but frequent, profits. Discover what scalping is and how you can start to scalp financial markets – including forex and stocks.

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October 5, 2022 08:30 AM
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Implied volatility in options trading explained

Implied volatility is a key factor when it comes to pricing options – it helps traders understand the market’s expectation of changes to underlying prices over a given period. Let’s take a look at what implied volatility is and how you can use it in your trading strategies.

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September 29, 2022 10:45 AM
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The VIX (volatility index) is on the rise ahead of the Jackson Hole Symposium

A combination of rising volatility levels, market sentiment and pending events such as US inflation and Jackson Hole has seen a pickup in volatility and selloff across stock market indices.

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What are defensive stocks: definition, examples and stocks to watch

Defensive stocks are a popular tool for investors looking to diversify, but are they as useful for speculative traders? Learn everything you need to know about defensive stocks and why traders still choose these low-volatility assets.

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August 1, 2022 10:15 AM
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What is a reverse stock split?

A reverse stock split is the opposite of a stock split, undertaken when a public company reduces its outstanding shares by merging those it has on the market. Learn all about how reverse splits work here – including how they affect your shares positions.

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May 26, 2022 11:37 AM
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Stock market volatility: how to calculate the beta of a stock

Stock market volatility is measured using a measurement known as beta. It’s a useful metric for both traders and investors looking to make decisions about the risk and reward of a company’s shares. Find out what a stock’s beta is and how to calculate beta.

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April 21, 2022 01:00 PM
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How to trade low volatility: strategies for quiet markets

We talk a lot about how volatility creates opportunities for traders. But what happens when there’s only a little market movement to take advantage of? Find out what to trade when there’s low volatility and what the best low volatility trading strategies are.

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April 12, 2022 10:45 AM
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A guide to volatility trading, its causes and the most volatile markets

Markets are always on the move, but the speed and size of price changes is what creates excitement (and risk) for traders. So, let’s take a look at how to trade volatility, and which markets experience the highest levels of volatility.

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A guide to volatility trading, its causes and the most volatile markets

Markets are always on the move, but the speed and size of price changes is what creates excitement (and risk) for traders. So, let’s take a look at how to trade volatility, and which markets experience the highest levels of volatility.

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Index in Focus: S&P 500

The S&P 500 has been extremely volatile over the last few weeks, primarily due to rising interest rates and the Russian/Ukraine war.

March 14, 2022 09:41 PM
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Short squeezes: why do they happen and how do they work?

A short squeeze is a phenomenon in financial markets when prices rise sharply, forcing short sellers to close their trades. Take a look at what defines a short squeeze, the causes of the dramatic price move and how you can find the next short squeeze.

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February 15, 2022 10:50 AM

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Asian Open: Conflicting headlines around Russian Invasion sparks volatility

It was another volatile day’s trade on Wall Street with the US closing its embassy in Kyiv and Ukraine President announcing a Russian invasion could be on Wednesday.

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A guide to trading stock market corrections

Stock market corrections can sound scary – but with preparation and research, they become just another part of the trading cycle. Here, we’ll talk you through everything you should know about a correction and how you can be ready when one hits.

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February 10, 2022 04:30 PM
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The ‘Aw Shucks’ 200 braces itself for the open

Whilst many were celebrating Australia day on Wednesday, investors were likely filled with trepidation given the ASX 200 was in free-fall leading into the public holiday.

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What’s in store for EUR/USD into yearend?

EUR/USD posted a false breakdown at the bottom trendline of the channel in late November near the 61.8% Fibonacci retracement level

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December 22, 2021 05:32 PM
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The impact of market volatility on performance for retail traders

Do traders perform better when markets are moving, or when they’re calm? We studied over 10,000 retail traders to uncover any trends when volatility was high – and when it wasn’t.

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December 8, 2021 11:30 AM

Asian Open: Volatility Erupts as US Inflation Hits a Multi-Decade High

There were some big moves across all major asset classes overnight as US inflation rose to its highest level in 30-years.