CQG: Professional Trading Software and Datafeeds (2022)

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Trading software comparison – which is the best? In this article we introduce CQG. What is CQG? CQG, Inc. is an independent software vendor that provides integrated solutions for trade routing, market data and technical analysis.  The company was founded in 1980 and expanded to Europe in 1988 and to Asia in 1998. CQG is …

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Skilling.com: experiences | test | introduction (2022)

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Skilling.com is a still relatively young fintech company founded in the beginning of 2016 by the Scandinavian technology experts Henrik Persson Ekdahl, André Lavold and Mikael Riese Harstad. Interested investors and traders can use this online broker, whose head office is in Cyprus, to trade over 800 currencies and CFDs at this point in time. …

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Order Book Trading: DOM, Level 2, Time & Sales (2022)

This image shows a screenshot of DAX-Future order book with the ten best bids & asks.

In this article I’d like to take a closer look at the terms “DOM,” “Level 2” and “Time & Sales.” I’d also like to describe order book trading. The most common order types All buy and sell orders are collected and matched in the order book. In this way, market price is continually established.  Order …

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IronFX Forex/CFD broker – review | test (2022)

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IronFX is the trade name of Notesco Limited, which is a company based in Bermuda. The online broker was founded in Cyprus in 2010 and offers interested investors and traders a broad and diversified range of trade instruments from 6 different assets classes. IronFX lets you choose between live and STP/ECN trading accounts, with variable …

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Tastyworks: review of broker for options & futures (2022)

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Broker comparison – who is the best? In this article, we are introducing tastyworks from the USA. Who is tastyworks? Tastyworks is an online broker from the USA, where it is based in Chicago. The idea since its inception in 2017 is to make option and futures trading affordable and effective for retail investors. To …

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How many CFD Traders are in Germany? (2022)

I read an interesting article today (Aug. 19, 2015) in the FAZ about how many CFD traders there were in Germany. Here is a brief summary of the numbers mentioned: There are 47,000 active traders in Germany. Eighty-three percent think about investments (trading) on a daily basis. That compares to around 10 percent for the …

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COT: Understanding Data and Reports as a Trader (2022)

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In this article you’ll learn all you need to know about the COT report and the COT data contained therein. COT data are regularly published by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) in its Commitments of Traders (COT) report. The COT report is available on the CFTC’s website. The COT data provide insight into the …

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Arbitrage: How to take Advantage of Price Differences? (2022)

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I’ve worked for various trading companies and would like to share my experiences with arbitrage in this article. As suggested by the headline, classical arbitrage involves taking advantage of price and interest rate differences in trading. What are the different types of arbitrage? We can classify arbitrage based on asset class, strategy and markets (spot …

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Currency Correlations in Forex Trading (2022)

This image shows the long-term correlation of GPB/USD & EUR/USD from 2014 to 2021 in a weekly chart.

In this article I’d like to take a closer look at correlations in the forex market. Correlation is a measure of association. It can arise because of causal or stochastic relationships. A distinction is made between positive and negative correlation. In this article I’d like to share some thoughts on currency correlations. The correlation between …

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Securities Examinations and Licenses in the United States

In this article, I’d like to provide an overview of the most common financial securities examinations needed to work as a licensed securities professional in the United States. Series 3 The Series 3 is one of the best-known examinations. Successful completion entitles you to sell commodity futures as well as options on commodity futures. The …

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