How has ESMA affected CFD trading volumes?

When the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) came into force on August 1, it signaled widespread changes and restrictions on retail electronic trading. It impacts how certain leveraged financial instruments, such as CFDs, can be offered by brokers and traded by retail investors. The restrictions impose leverage limits on CFD trading opening positions. The […]

Adapting to new regulations to maintain the CFD and Forex market pace

The rules and regulations in the forex and CFD markets continue to change and develop as the markets grow. These changes not only create volatility in the markets but also affect the list of actions forex and CFD brokers might carry out ­– or not. Because of this constant unpredictability, it is vital for traders […]

  • By Harrison Cole
  • October 5, 2018
  • 6:48 pm BST

Four reasons for investors to consider trading in CFDs

Traditional investors, such as those who buy into stocks, will have noticed the boom occurring in the CFD industry. The CFD market is currently attracting many new traders, some of whom have never traded before and others who are moving from another market. For those who have invested or currently invest in stocks, your best […]

  • By Harrison Cole
  • October 1, 2018
  • 10:26 pm BST

Why CFD traders are likely to jump to unregulated brokers

The restrictions implemented by the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) on August 1, 2018, may be detrimental to the trading industry and the providers involved. The regulations have limited the advertising and sale of contracts for difference (CFDs) provided to retail traders. In particular, trading CFDs on forex currency pairs has seen a limit […]

New European regulations set to target the rising CFD market

Over the past several years, the CFD market has seen a tremendous boom, with the European market reaching a value of €1 trillion. Thanks to marketing and endorsements, more retail traders have been drawn in to learn CFDs and other markets. However, as the market continues to grow, European financial regulators have set their targets […]

Four broker features that are not worth the hype

Every broker offers a range of features they deem exclusive to attract potential clients. Many of these features are extremely useful and beneficial, but there are a few that aren’t all they’re made out to be. The additional features offered aren’t necessarily harmful, but many of them aren’t nearly as useful as suggested. The following […]

  • By Harrison Cole
  • September 26, 2018
  • 11:34 pm BST

Market cycles and how to incorporate them into your trades

It is a common practice to follow the market cycles as each year presents them and set up trades accordingly. Traders do this every day on smaller scales, following the economic calendars provided by forex and CFD brokers. The markets change each year according to cycle systems. Each cycle is influenced by large and small […]

  • By Harrison Cole
  • September 20, 2018
  • 7:00 pm BST

Interest rates: A major factor influencing financial markets

One of the major factors affecting financial markets is interest rate changes. The market would certainly be less exciting without them, not to mention less profitable. Any minor changes to these rates, even by as little as 0.25%, can result in significant price swings with good trade-placing gaps, especially in the forex trading market. What […]

The effect of holding costs on your CFD positions

Each trading day closes with the end of the New York trading session. If you still have positions open in your account, most Forex and CFD brokers charge what is known as a holding fee. The direction of your trades – if you are buying or selling – at the end of the trading day […]

Should social be reserved for media – not trading?

Social trading has followed the same route as social media over the last few years – in that the trend has grown substantially. In the past, many traders were reliant on discussion forums and groups as a means of picking up trading ideas and perhaps a signal or two. In the current age of social […]

  • By Harrison Cole
  • August 10, 2018
  • 6:49 pm BST