Trading guides

Browse trading-related articles aimed at all levels of experience, covering trading essentials through to more technical and strategy-based topics.

Article library

Our article library has been organised into six categories below: trading strategies, trading essentials, trading definitons, technical analysis, assets and platform features

Trading strategies

Learn about different trading strategies, how they can help your trading and how to develop them.

Learn how-to build a trading strategy

A simple trading strategy is an effective way of catching significant moves when spread betting or CFD trading. Find out more.

Trading strategy

Day trading guide

Learn to day trade with our beginner's guide, we cover key aspects such as strategies and the psychology of day trading.

Trading strategy

Trading penny stocks in the UK

Penny stocks often have a low share price, which gives a higher scope for breakouts and growth. Find out how to trade penny stocks or penny shares in the UK.

Trading strategy

Trading bitcoin in the UK

Trade bitcoin with a spread betting or CFD trading account. No need for an exchange account or wallet. Learn how to trade bitcoin in the UK.

Trading strategy

How to swing-trade stocks

Learn swing trading basics and gain valuable insights into five of the most popular swing trading techniques and strategies.

Trading strategy

How to trade gold

Learn how to trade gold through spread betting or CFD trading with some of the best tips and techniques for gold trading.

Trading strategy

Forex day trading

Forex day trading is the buying and selling of currency pairs within the same trading day. It is a type of short-term trading.

Trading strategy

Trading news releases and economic announcements

Many traders wait for major economic data and news releases to trade forex. View some of the economic data releases which may affect the forex trading markets.

Trading strategy

Trendlines and technical analysis in forex

Trendlines and technical analysis allows you identify trade entry and exit points by adding trendlines to your charts.

Trading strategy

How to trade the bear market

The definition of a bear market is one that has fallen in value by more than 20% for over a two-month period, during a period of widespread market pessimism. Find out how to trade these markets here.

Trading strategy

Simple day trading strategies

Day trading is a short-term strategy involving the buying & selling of financial instruments to profit from small price movements. Find out more here.

Trading strategy

Trading news releases and economic announcements

Making trading decisions based on news releases and economic announcements is a common trading strategy. Find out more here.

Trading strategy

What is copy trading?

Copy trading allows traders to copy trades executed by other investors in the financial markets. Find out more here.

Trading strategy

Fibonacci trading strategy

Find out how you can use Fibonacci retracements to predict future potential price support & resistance levels in the financial markets.

Trading strategy

What is social trading?

Social trading involves the free sharing and using of information amongst a group of traders. Find out more here.

Trading strategy

Trading basics

These articles cover trading basics, from risk management to common mistakes and tips from experienced industry analysts.

Choosing the right chart timeframes for your trading instruments

Learn about choosing the right chart timeframes for your trading instruments here.

Trading essentials

Fundamental analysis of stocks

Learn about how to analyse company fundamentals to understand whether share price has the potential to rise or fall.

Trading essentials

How-to set trading goals

Discover some considerations when defining your trading goals

Trading essentials

Creating a trading strategy template

A trading strategy template is a set of defined rules and steps that a trader can follow for every trade that they place. Discover how to create one here.

Trading essentials

Introduction to our financial markets

You can trade many CFD & spread betting instruments with us, including FX, indices, commodities, shares & treasuries. Lean more here.

Trading essentials

Top 10 important trading tips

Navigate the financial markets with our 10 trading tips and devise a sensible and stable day trading strategy.

Trading essentials

Money and risk management

Discover how trading with risk management is essential when placing a CFD trade or spread bet.

Trading essentials

Risk management guide

Risk management is the key to successful trading. But what does managing risk actually mean? Broadly speaking there are two types of risk management we should be thinking of: the risk on any individual trade; and the financial risk to an account. Find out more.

Trading essentials

Identify support and resistance levels

Identifying support and resistance levels is one of the most fundamental skills involved in technical analysis. Learn how here.

Trading essentials

Top 3 trading mistakes

Find out what the top 3 trading mistake are and how to avoid them.

Trading essentials

Top trading tips from successful traders

If you have done even a little bit of research into the world of trading, you will know that there are many books on how to become a better trader. Discover some top tips from experienced traders here.

Trading essentials

Why trade on margin?

Margin trading can be a good way of diversifying a portfolio and allows a way for traders to leverage their exposure to the financial markets.

Trading essentials

Learning from your mistakes when trading

In this trading review we will cover a fundamental part of trading: how to improve learning from your mistakes. See more here.

Trading essentials

Technical analysis vs fundamental analysis

This article explains the difference between fundamental and technical analysis so you can pick a form of analysis that is best suited to your trading personality.

Trading essentials

What to do with big wins

It's important to know how to handle big trading wins in a way that won't negatively affect your trading strategy and future trades.

Trading essentials

Technical analysis

Learn how you can incorporate technical analysis into your trading to identify trading opportunites on charts. We cover some of the most popular chart patterns and explain some of the most common indicators that guide technical analysts.

What is technical analysis?

Technical analysis is the evaluation of a financial asset through the study of historical market statistics. Find out more here.

Technical analysis

11 most essential stock chart patterns

Identifying stock chart patterns in financial markets is a key element as part of your technical analysis. Discover the most essential chart patterns here.

Technical analysis

Recognising trading patterns

See how recognising trading patterns can help you identify potential trading opportunities, where to enter trades & set risk management. Learn more here.

Technical analysis

8 popular forex candlestick patterns

Forex candlestick patterns allow traders to identify potential trading opportunities. Learn about eight popular candlestick trading patterns used in forex.

Technical analysis

Advanced technical analysis

Technical trading strategies can be used as part of your spread betting and CFD trading decisions. We explore 5 key techniques through diagrams and examples here.

Technical analysis

Dow theory: explained

The Dow Theory, a financial markets theory developed by Charles H. Dow, rests on six basic tenets that were a precursor to modern-day technical analysis.

Technical analysis

Elliot wave theory: explained

Elliott wave theory breaks down the price fluctuations of financial markets into cycles, each comprising of eight waves. Find out more about this theory.

Technical analysis

Fibonacci retracement: explained

Fibonacci retracement is a popular technical analysis tool used when trading. It is used by traders to identify future price movements when investing in their trade.

Technical analysis

Ichimoku cloud: explained

Ichimoku cloud, or simply Ichimoku, is a trading system that was developed by Japanese journalist Goichi Hosada in the 1930s, and published in the 1960s.

Technical analysis

Relative strength index (RSI): explained

The relative strength index (RSI) is a popular momentum oscillator. In trading, it is used to determine the future direction of a market.

Technical analysis

Simple moving average (SMA): explained

Simple moving average also known as SMA is a popular technical analysis tool. Learn how to use and calculate this analysis to use in your SMA trading strategy.

Technical analysis

Bollinger bands: explained

What are Bollinger Bands? A popular technical analysis tool, Bollinger Bands indicates whether an instrument's price is high or low on a relative basis.

Technical analysis

Stochastic indicator: explained

The stochastic indicator is a popular technical analysis indicator that is useful for predicting trend reversals.

Technical analysis

MACD: explained

The MACD is used to determine the strength and momentum of a trend, and is calculated on price data which is plotted as a time series. Learn more.

Technical analysis

Definitions

Discover definitions and explanations to some of the most common acronyms in a trader's vocabulary here.

Bid price and ask price: definition

Find out the difference between the bid and ask price. How does the bid price and ask price affect liquidity spread and markets? Find out with our training guides.

Trading definitions

Financial exposure: definition

Discover what leverage is and how it can help to gain exposure to a larger trading position. We also explain how to calculate leverage and the risks involved.

Trading definitions

Leveraged trading: definition

Chart patterns are used by traders and analysts to identify potential entry and exit points in the markets.

Trading definitions

Direct market access (DMA): definition

DMA stands for direct market access. DMA trading enable you to place buy and sell trades directly on the order books of an exchange or a liquidity provider.

Trading definitions

Over the counter (OTC): definition

OTC stands for over-the-counter. In trading terms, over-the-counter means trading through decentralised dealer networks. Discover how OTC markets work here.

Trading definitions

Exchange delivery settlement price (EDSP): definition

EDSP stands for exchange delivery settlement price and refers to the settlement price of derivative contracts on an exchange. Learn more about EDSP here.

Trading definitions

Regulatory news service (RNS): definition

The regulatory news service (RNS) is part of the London Stock Exchange. It is the leading provider of regulatory and non-regulatory information in the UK.

Trading definitions

Non-farm payrolls (NFP): definition

Non-farm payrolls (NFP) figures can be used to build an effective spread betting & CFD trading strategy. Learn about how they can impact your trade here.

Trading definitions

Forex currency pairs: definition

The foreign exchange market, also called the currency or forex (FX) market, is the world's largest financial market. Find out what forex currency pairs are and how they are used here.

Trading definitions

Percentage in point (PIP): definition

Traders use pips to measure price movements in forex trading. Determining the number of pips in a certain price movement is a straightforward process. Click to read more.

Trading definitions

GAFAM companies: definition

Technology giants Google, Amazon, Facebook, Apple and Microsoft reign supreme over the global economy. Despite this, several dark clouds began to loom during 2018.

Trading definitions

Assets

Find guides here to improve your knowledge on specific asset classes including stocks, shares, commodities and indices.

Share dealing vs spread betting shares

Our article explains the difference between buying individual shares and spread betting on them. Find out more here.

Assets

What are indices?

Indices are a measure of a section of shares in the stock market. Indices are created by combining the value of several stocks to create one aggregate value. Find out more here.

Assets

What is a commodity?

A commodity is a physical good that can be bought or sold on the commodity market either through futures contracts, or as a physical asset, via an exchange. Find out more here.

Assets

What is an exchange traded fund (ETF)?

Exchange traded funds (ETFs) are investment funds which hold a collection of underlying assets, such as shares, commodities and bonds.

Assets

What is equity trading?

Equity trading is the buying and selling of company shares or stocks on the financial market. Find out more about equity trading here.

Assets

What is share trading?

Share trading is the buying and selling of company stock with the aim of making a profit. Find out more in our share trading guide here.

Assets

What is commodity trading?

Discover what commodity trading is & the process of how to trade in the market. Our platform offers over 100 commodity instruments such as oil, gas, gold & sugar.

Assets

Top 10 best-yielding dividend stocks in the UK

Discover the 10 best-yielding dividend stocks in the UK. Having high yielding dividend stocks increase your portfolio’s diversification. Learn more here.

Assets

Complete guide to gold trading

Read our guide on how to trade gold within the commodities market. Find the best tips, strategies and products with which to trade on gold.

Assets

Platform features

See our guides on platform features for our Next Generation trading platform and the MT4 trading platform. Covering topics from fundamental analysis reports and resources to risk-management features, our platform features guides cover anything platform-related.

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