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Educational Videos

Simple news and training videos to explain, teach and educate new and advanced traders alike.

Weekly Markets Hot Topic

What’s happening in the markets and what may traders want to watch out for.

Join your easyMarkets analyst for a look at the financial market movers and shakers in this week’s HOT TOPIC.

25+ Videos in playlist. Length per video approx. 2½ minutes
 

What is forex? (playlist)

Learn the forex basics; what is a currency pair, what is a pip and how leverage works,

4 Videos. Approx length 3 mins.

How to... (playlist)

Learn how to register, use the website, use dealCancellation, upload your documents and make a deposit or a withdrawal. Learn how to use our easyMarkets platform.

8 Videos. Approx length 4 mins.

Why easyMarkets (playlist)

Are you getting all the tools you need to trade better, safer and easier? Watch these and more of our short videos to find out how easy it is to trade with easyMarkets.

4 Videos. Approx. length 3 mins.

Introduction to options

You trade options to speculate on currency price moves, to hedge a spot trade, or like importers, to secure a future income. Discover the ease of option trading.

1 Video. Length 3½ mins.
Forex eBook

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Educational eBooks in PDF format. Forex beginner guides, vanilla options and plugin guide books.

 

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Getting Started

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FX, the most exciting, $5 trillion-a-day financial market. Learn the who, what, where and when of forex and how to get started trading.

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Learn Analysis

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Understand how economic events drive the markets. Learn how to read and analyse charts, a major trading tool, and their patterns.

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Trading Psychology

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Train your brain to get the right mind-set. Understand how trading on emotions affects the outcome. Build yourself a simple plan.

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Options Manual

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A comprehensive guide to vanilla options. Basic terms, measuring risk and getting started.

 

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MT4 User Guide

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easyMarkets offers some of the most competitive industry advantages to MT4 traders. Learn more with our user guide.

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MT4 Options CFDs

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You can now trade options alongside your spot and futures trades within your MT4 account. Learn how.

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Trading Central

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Users' guide to Trading Central indicators for MetaTrader MT4. What are signals indicators, installation, features and upgrading.

 

 

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Options Manual

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A comprehensive guide to vanilla options. Basic terms, measuring risk and getting started.

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Options FAQs

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Detailed, common vanilla options questions and answers in PDF format.

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Options Strategies

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A look into sixteen of the most common vanilla options strategies. Definitions, the risk and reward model, scenarios and tips.

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MT4 Options CFDs

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You can now trade options alongside your spot and futures trades within your MT4 account. Learn how.

 


Economic Indicators

Economic Indicators

All the key indicators to be aware of during economic events & announcements.

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Account funding

Account Funding

Our online cashier makes deposits and withdrawals a breeze!

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Compare platforms

Compare Trading Platforms

A simple features comparision table to choose your platform.

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A-Z glossary

Markets Glossary

A comphrensive A-Z of industry terms, acronyms and abbreviations.

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FAQs

FAQs

A collection of the most common questions people ask us:

 

A contract for difference (CFD) is a contract between a buyer and a seller. When you open a trade you are either buying or selling a contract with easyMarkets. CFDs are the easiest and most popular way to trade currencies, metals, commodities and indices due to their simplicity, ease of trade, leverage, ability to short sell and cost effectiveness. You can diversify your portfolio by trading CFDs on all our platforms as both day trading (spot) deals and options.

CFD trading is cash-settled. When you buy a CFD you are buying a contract for a certain price; you don’t take possession of the physical product, e.g. when you buy 100 barrels of oil these will not be delivered to your door. And when the time comes to sell it back, you make a profit (or loss if the market is not in your favour).

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easyMarkets charges no fees or commissions. However you do trade on a spread between the buy and sell price. Each product has its own spread depending on its trade characteristics. We have some of the most competitive spreads on the market. Please contact your account service manager for further information.

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Futures contracts, on which our Commodities and Indices are based, have an expiration date and our traders will be able to close their positions any time until that date. The expiration of each CFD and option deal is displayed in your easyMarkets’ platform trade ticket, open positions. And on the MT4 Market Watch, hover over the specific product to get more detailed information.

Like forex, when you trade CFDs you don’t take possession of the physical product, e.g. when you buy 100 barrels of oil these will not be delivered to your door. However as CFDs are based on the underlying oil market, each contract has a set delivery date. Once we reach that date, trading stops for that contract and the next contract starts trading immediately. However any positions on the expired contract will be closed on that date, in either profit or loss.

Please check expiry dates before opening any positions. We will also send you an email notifying you of upcoming expirations of your open trades one day before.

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By trading CFDs, you can potentially profit whether a market moves up or down. If you believe an asset’s price is going to rise, you open a buy position (known as ‘going long’). If you think the asset’s price is going to fall, you open a sell position (known as ‘going short’). The performance of the market governs not just whether you make a profit or loss, but also by how much. So let’s say you think a particular market will rise, and you buy a CFD - your profit will be greater the further the market rises, and your losses greater the further it declines. The same rule applies if you expect a market to fall; you’ll make more the further the market drops, and lose more the further the market rises.

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We have a wide range of major and exotic currencies available as day trading and vanilla options. Our commodities include a selection of the most tradable instruments from the agricultural and energy sectors as well as precious metals and copper. Access equity indices from across the globe including the most popularly traded from USA, UK, Europe, Asia and Australia.

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Vanilla options are simply a different way of trading currencies and commodities. With easyMarkets vanilla options you are not charged rolling fees and can never be stopped out. Your risk is limited to your investment (the premium) in the position you have opened, whereas you potential profits are unlimited. Your positions can be closed at any time up to the expiration date.

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No! There are similarities but many differences. Vanilla options are a professional trading instrument. Some examples include:

  • payouts – in binary options (if the trader wins) payout amounts are fixed, whereas with vanilla options the amount has no limit
  • expiry dates – vanilla options provide full flexibility and tailored by the trader however binary expiries are typical in minutes or even less
  • execution – our traders can exercise their option with no obligation at any time within the life of the contract, this is not the case for binary traders, who have no option once a contract is entered into.

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Forex currency pairs can be traded as vanilla options, plus metals and commodity crosses.

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Options are used to speculate on a variety of market characteristics such as future exchange rates and price volatilities, hedging and even contract time decay.

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Strategies are free to use at your own discretion, and are available in the easyMarkets strategies marketplace. Strategies provide pre-set parameters such as: call/put, buy/sell, strike price, expiry date, and amount.

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This depends on what product you are trading and your deal size, however most products can be traded with only USD 25.

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Yes, we provide special trading accounts which adhere to the Islamic law (Sharia). With Islamic trading accounts, when traders extend their day-trading deals to the next day, no rolling fee is charged. Accordingly, the maximum duration offered for day-trading deals is limited (usually 1 month but it can also be shorter or longer depending on the currency pair traded). For more information please contact your customer service manager or your personal dealer.

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Different products have different trading hours. For more details, please click here.

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On Web platform, you will be charged a daily rolling fee at 22:00 GMT when your deal is still open. This is charged seven days a week. On the MT4 platform, you will be charged a daily rolling fee at 00:00 GMT when your deal is still open. This is charged five days a week, however on Wednesday you are charged three times (to cover the costs of the weekend).

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From the popular MT4 platform you can trade a wide selection of our most popular currencies, all commodities, options and most indices. We are constantly working to add all of our products to the MT4.

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Department of Labor; The first Friday of each month, 8:30am EST, covers previous month data.

The data intended to represent changes in the total number of paid U.S. workers of any business, excluding the following:

- general government employees;
- private household employees;
- employees of nonprofit organizations that provide assistance to individuals;
- farm employees.

The total non-farm payroll accounts for approximately 80% of the workers who produce the entire gross domestic product of the United States and is used to assist government policy makers and economists determine the current state of the economy and predict future levels of economic activity. It is a very big market mover mainly due to the high deviations in the forecasting.

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The meeting of the US Federal Bank representatives, held 8 times a year. The decision about the prime interest rate is published during each meeting (around 14:15 EST).

The FED (the Federal Reserve of USA) is responsible for managing the US monetary policy, controlling the banks, providing services to governmental organizations and citizens, and maintaining the country’s financial stability. There are 12 Fed regions in the USA (each comprising several states), represented in the Fed committee by regional commissioners. The rate of interest on a currency is in practice the price of the money. The higher the rate of interest on a currency, the more people will tend to hold that currency, to purchase it and in that way to strengthen the value of the currency. This is very important indicator affecting the rate of inflation and is a very big market mover. There is great importance to the FOMC announcement, however – the content of the deliberation held in the meeting (and published 2 weeks afterwards) is almost as important for the market players.

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Institute for Supply Management; The first business day of each month, 10:00am EST, covers previous month's data.

The PMI is a composite index that is based on five major indicators including: new orders, inventory levels, production, supplier deliveries, and the employment environment. Each indicator has a different weight and the data is adjusted for seasonal factors. The Association of Purchasing Managers surveys over 300 purchasing managers nationwide who represent 20 different industries. A PMI index over 50 indicates that manufacturing is expanding while anything below 50 means that the industry is contracting. The PMI report is an extremely important indicator for the financial markets as it is the best indicator of factory production. The index is popular for detecting inflationary pressure as well as manufacturing economic activity. The PMI is not as strong as the CPI in detecting inflation, but because the data is released one day after the month it is very timely. Should the PMI report an unexpected change, it is usually followed by a quick reaction in market. One especially key area of the report is growth in new orders, which predicts manufacturing activity in future months.

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Bureau of Labor and Statistics; The second full week of each month, 8:30am EST, covers previous month data.

The PPI is not as widely used as the CPI, but it is still considered to be a good indicator of inflation. This indicator reflects the change of manufacturers’ cost of input (raw materials; semi-finished goods; etc.). Formerly known as the "Wholesale Price Index", the PPI is a basket of various indexes covering a wide range of areas affecting domestic producers. Each month approximately 100,000 prices are collected from 30,000 production and manufacturing firms. It is not as strong as the CPI in detecting inflation, but because it includes goods being produced it is often a forecast of future CPI releases.

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BEA (Bureau of Economic Analysis); Last day of the quarter, 8:30am EST, covers previous quarter data.

The US Commerce department publishes the GDP in 3 modes: advance; preliminary; final. GDP is a gross measure of market activity. It represents the monetary value of all the goods and services produced by an economy over a specified period. This includes consumption, government purchases, investments, and the trade balance. The GDP is perhaps the greatest indicator of the economic health of a country. It is usually measured on a yearly basis, but quarterly stats are also released.

The Commerce Department releases an "advance report" on the last day of each quarter. Within a month it follows up with the "preliminary report" and then the "final report" is released another month later. The most recent GDP figures have a relatively high importance to the markets. GDP indicates the pace at which a country's economy is growing (or shrinking).

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dealCancellation is a feature on the easyMarkets trading platform that gives you the right to cancel the trade up to the expiration time and save your invested amount.

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Trades with active dealCancellation cannot be cancelled. You may close the position and realise any profits.

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Your deal is covered for a set amount of time as shown on the trading ticket. By default this is one hour (60 minutes).

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Yes, a small fee based on recent market volatility.

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You can apply dealCancellation to many of our day trading products including currencies, gold, silver and oil. Note, these are subject to change.

Simply check your trading ticket for the dealCancellation icon to see if it is applicable.

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To reset your MT4 password, simply contact us either via live chat (click icon) for immediate assistance or email us.

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We are an international company with offices around the world. Our headquarters is based in Limassol, Cyprus and in Europe. Internationally, we also have offices in Sydney, Warsaw, Australia and a marketing office in Shanghai, China.

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To close your account, simply send us a written instruction via email and we will process your request immediately. We may also request additional information as to the reason(s) that have led you to close your account.

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If you need to get in touch with your relationship manager, simply email us with your username and we will have them contact you as soon as possible.

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For easyMarkets platform your username is your email and you will be prompted at login in case you forgot your password. For MT4, if you have forgotten your login details, please contact us either via live chat (click icon) for immediate assistance or email us.

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Information Articles

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Further information and reading articles to get you started.

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