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City Index Asia Wins Best CFD Provider for 2013

SINGAPORE–(Marketwired – April 28, 2013) – City Index, a leading provider of CFD and forex trading has been awarded ‘Best CFD Provider‘ by the Global Banking and Finance Review, a widely followed independent online information portal.

This prestigious award follows an extremely successful year for City Index, which launched several key products and campaigns over the last twelve months — including its cutting edge CFD trading platform Advantage Trader.

Catered especially to seasoned traders, Advantage Trader offers an impressive range of customisation options, a plethora of built in trading strategies, a variety of powerful trading tools such as Deal Through Charts, and risk management tools. Clients can now trade CFDs and leveraged forex using some of the industry’s slickest mobile trading applications on popular smartphones and tablet devices.

City Index is also leading the path for investor education. The firm offers unrivalled expert support, incisive market insights and technical analysis, as well as a recently launched whitepaper penned by some of the best analysts in the business.

If you’re looking to start trading CFDs or leveraged forex, you should thoroughly research the market you wish to trade. Never invest more than you can afford to comfortably lose. With margin trading, losses may exceed your initial deposit.

CFD trading and FX are leveraged products & can result in losses exceeding your initial deposit

Contact:
Joshua Raymond
City Index
+44(0)20-7107-7002
joshua.raymond@cityindex.co.uk

How Will You Trade Forex After Currency Wars Dominates G20 Summit

LONDON–(Marketwire – February 19, 2013) – Currency trading seems to be on the top of traders’ minds and portfolios, with the British pound experiencing volatile swings just days after world leaders resolved to stand firm against currency wars in the G20 Summit held in Russia over the weekend.

The week opened with the Queen’s currency sliding to a seven-month low against the US dollar and also traded at a 15-month low against the euro on Monday, February 18, over renewed fears about the health of the UK economy and concerns that the UK may lose its AAA rating this year.

Spread betting could be a way of taking a position on the future direction of a country’s currency, with investors able to profit irrespective of whether a currency (for example the British pound) rises or falls against a basket of currencies, such as the euro or US dollar.

Where next for the Queen’s currency?

Sterling’s tumble follows comments from BoE policymaker Martin Weale over the weekend that the currency may need to weaken further to make the UK more attractive for exports.

Spread betting can be a great alternative to conventional forex trading, enabling investors to profit from any movement in currency prices, with all gains being free from UK Capital Gains tax*. With spread betting, you can profit irrespective of whether a currency, such as the British pound or US dollar, rises or falls in value against another currency. If you expect a currency to rise in value against, say the US dollar, you simply go long or buy GBP/USD. Alternatively, if you expect the pound to fall in value, you go short or sell GBP/USD.

You will make a profit so long as prices move in the direction you had anticipated. However, if prices move against you, you would net a loss that could exceed your initial deposit if you do not manage your risk with tools such as guaranteed stop losses.

Find out more about spread betting with financial spread betting provider Finspreads.

With spread betting your losses are magnified in the same way as your gains if the market moves against you and can result in losses exceeding your initial outlay. Please ensure you fully understand the risks involved.

*Spread betting is exempt from UK Stamp Duty. All profits are also currently free from UK Capital Gains tax. However, tax laws are subject to change.

Contact:
Joshua Raymond
City Index
+44(0)20-7107-7002
joshua.raymond@cityindex.co.uk

Technical Analysis in 60 Seconds With City Index Singapore

SINGAPORE and LONDON–(Marketwire – February 15, 2013) –  Many traders of CFDs and FX choose to ignore the whispers of major news stories and economic events when trading the financial markets. Instead, they look at the charts themselves, analysing the peaks and troughs in order to determine future trends. They’re called technical analysts, and this article will sum up the basics of this type of trading analysis — hopefully in about 60 seconds.

Technical Analysis vs. Fundamental Analysis

Technical traders only consider the historical movement of prices when opening a position in the market. They’re not interested in news events or economic data in the same way a fundamental analyst would be. Instead, they owe themselves to the opinion that all the insight is contained in the price itself. Technical traders therefore rarely stray from the charts, a strategy criticised by some who feel the approach is too shallow.

Chart Patterns

When analysing the charts, technical analysts typically look for signals and patterns in the price movement that help them to determine entry points.

These patterns often signal potential reversals in the market, and provide technical analysts the rhyme and reason to open a trade. Common patterns include the head and shoulders, the reverse head and shoulders, the double top/bottom, and the ascending/descending triangle.

Support and Resistance

The concept of support and resistance forms a key part of strategic and effective technical analysis.

The support price acts as a floor, and stops a price from falling any lower. Each time a price approaches or ‘tests’ a support price without breaking below it, the stronger the support is considered to be.

Therefore, technical analysts can use support prices to ascertain the price range of a given market. The reverse is true for resistance, which acts as a ‘roof’, containing rising prices in a period of uptrend.

Whichever type of trader you are, the financial markets can be volatile and risky. Ensure you read up on your chosen market beforehand, utilise strict risk management and never invest more than you can afford to lose. With margin trading, losses may exceed your initial deposit.

CFDs and margined Forex contracts are leveraged products and may result in losses exceeding your initial outlay.

Contact:
Joshua Raymond
City Index
+44(0)20-7107-7002
joshua.raymond@cityindex.co.uk

Coca-Cola and PepsiCo Post Results — Is the Fizz Running Out of the Food & Beverage Sector?

LONDON–(Marketwire – February 14, 2013) – The food and beverage sector has been at the forefront of traders’ minds this week, with the world’s largest soft drinks maker Coca-Cola announcing results on Tuesday, 12 February, and peer PepsiCo reporting later today.

Coca-Cola shares fell following its results announcement, with the company missing analyst expectations for fourth quarter revenues. Revenues grew 4% to $11.46 billion, missing consensus forecasts for a sharper rise to $11.53 billion. Despite the miss, Coca-Cola remains confident that it will meet its full-year global volume growth targets of between 3% and 4%. Analysts are widely expecting PepsiCo to announce a 0.8% rise in revenue to $19.7 billion, and a 9% slide in earnings per share to $1.05 — its fourth consecutive quarter of declining profit growth.

The Pepsi Challenge

If PepsiCo’s results slide below analyst estimates, this could disappoint investors and put downward pressure on the stock, pushing prices lower in the coming days. However, if the results beat expectations, this could have a positive impact on Pepsi’s share price.

Spread betting can be a great way of taking advantage of the share price moves of companies such as Coca-Cola and PepsiCo, especially during earnings season. With spread betting, you can make a profit irrespective of whether a company’s share price moves up or down. If you expect prices to rise, you go long or buy the company’s shares. If, however, you expected shares to fall, you simple need to go short or sell the company’s shares. If you were right and prices move in the direction you had anticipated, you would net a profit. However, if prices move against you, you would net a loss that could exceed your initial deposit if you do not manage your risk.

To potentially profit from any positive or negative price movement in PepsiCo shares when it posts results today, all you need to do is determine whether you expect prices to rise or fall following the results announcement and take a position accordingly.

Find out more about spread betting with financial spread betting provider City Index.

With spread betting your losses are magnified in the same way as your gains if the market moves against you and can result in losses exceeding your initial outlay. Please ensure you fully understand the risks involved.

Contact:
Joshua Raymond
City Index
+44(0)20-7107-7002
joshua.raymond@cityindex.co.uk

Fundamental Analysis in 60 Seconds With City Index Singapore

“Charts Are Great for Predicting the Past”

SINGAPORE–(Marketwire/ Asianet Pakistan – February 11, 2013) – Whatever type of trader you are, it’s crucial to gain as wide and accurate a picture as possible before opening a position in your chosen market.

Where technical analysis looks at price movement and patterns in the charts, fundamental analysts aim to ascertain the overall value of a market by looking at the surrounding factors.

This article aims to give you a 60-second brief on the basics of fundamental analysis.

Determining value
Fundamental analysts pay close attention to news briefings, economic data and earnings reports, as these types of information help them to determine the value of a particular market. Typically, they’ll want to know how much a company earns, whether it’s in debt, its dividend structure and profit forecasts.

Earnings
In order to determine the true value of a market and to better understand the potential movement of its price, fundamental analysts hold earnings in important regard.

If a company earns more than it originally projected, its market price is likely to rise. Once these earnings figures are released to the public, positions can be opened to take advantage of any uptrend that emerges. Higher earnings figures mean a higher intrinsic value of a market which is of interest to fundamental investors.

Economic Health
The health of a nation’s economy is crucial to fundamental analysts, particularly for those trading foreign exchange.

If a country announces higher than expected unemployment figures, market prices typically take a tumble. If a Government announces measures that may affect GDP, spending, interest rates or other economic factors, prices may also make big moves.

Fundamental analysts keep thoroughly up to date with broader global commercial events, and often use them in conjunction with basic technical analysis to ensure they’re opening the right positions.

Unfortunately, there are times when the market moves against us. Never invest more than you can afford to lose, employ tight risk management and never let your emotions get the better of you when trading CFDs or forex.

CFDs and margined Forex contracts are leveraged products and may result in losses exceeding your initial outlay.

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Contact:
Joshua Raymond
City Index
+44(0)20-7107-7002
joshua.raymond@cityindex.co.uk

Trading the Head and Shoulders Pattern With City Index Australia

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA–(Marketwire / Asiante-Pakistan – February 4, 2013) – For technical analysts, when the head and shoulders pattern emerges on a given chart, you can almost sense the excitement in the air.

It’s one of the most unanimously popular and tried technical trading patterns, and normally signifies a strong reversal in the current price trend.

But how do you read, identify, and trade the head and shoulders pattern? Let’s take a brief look.

Typically, the head and shoulders pattern is characterised by the following:

A price rise

A subsequent decline

A price rise that achieves higher highs than the previous rise

Another decline

A price rise that matches the high of the first price rise

Emergence into strong downtrend that takes out the support or ‘neckline’

Once the head and shoulders pattern is complete, a common method by technical analysts is to place buy orders just outside the ‘neckline’ to capitalise on potential breakouts to the upside. However, throwbacks can often occur, whereby the price fails to make its big move anticipated by the pattern and undergoes a brief but nonetheless alarming reversal.

Just like any other trading method, the head and shoulders pattern should only be used as an indicator, and not an exact science.

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Contact:
Joshua Raymond
City Index
+44(0)20-7107-7002
joshua.raymond@cityindex.co.uk