The #TradingRevolution and #FreeStockTrading in the Media

Media coverage of #TradingRevolution

As we continue rolling out our zero commission stock trading service, we’ve attracted the attention of leading media from London and the City.

Here’s what the they’re saying about our trading revolution and bringing down the barriers to stock investing.

The Telegraph:

“A new entrant to mainstream share dealing is driving trading costs down to a new low – in fact, to zero.”

Independent:

“Online trading startup Trading 212 is hoping it can provide the next stock market revolution.”

Forbes:

“There’s no doubt that the commissions charged by the large brokers in the UK are significantly more expensive than those from Trading 212.”

City A.M.:

“Brokers beware: The UK’s first ever no-commission share trading service launches today.”

proactiveinvestors:

“New share trading platform launches with zero commission deals.”

banking technology:

“Brokers are jokers with Trading 212 zero commission service.”

 

We are proud that our service has been recognised for exactly what it is – a new way for everyone to invest in UK and global companies. The plaudits and praise across the financial community speak for themselves.

Stay tuned, there’s more to come!

£0 Commission Stock Trading is Here!

0 commission stock trading

We are proud to announce that Trading 212 is the first and only broker in the UK and Europe that offers stock trading with no commission!

For the first ten trades you make every month there will be no commission and for the ones after that there will be a fee of £1.95 +0.05%!

This is nothing short of a trading revolution – we are enabling millions of people to trade and invest in real equity with the best possible execution, directly on the stock exchanges without paying any commission. And all this is possible with a beautiful and easy to use mobile and web app.

Here’s how things stand right now when it comes to fees:

Broker fee comparison stocks

As you can see investing in real stocks can be pretty expensive. This has been acting as a glass ceiling for a great many individual traders and investors from becoming shareholders and benefiting from the progress of companies. Profits from rising stocks and dividends paid out by successful companies have been reserved for a chosen few. But we’ve been hard at work to find ways to cut costs and democratise trading. And we’ve done it!

This rate is now active for over 1500 equities in the UK, U.S. and Germany. You will see these clearly marked in the platform with an “EQ” label, so that they can be distinguished from contracts for difference that now have a CFD label. (We’d like to note that the same company can be both an equity and CFD on our platform.)

Trading 212 platform stock trading no commission

So now you can invest directly in companies from all sectors. Carmakers like Tesla and BMW, banks like Lloyds and Deutsche Bank, tech giants Amazon, Facebook, Google and Apple can all be traded in Trading 212.

There’s more.

  • Your orders are executed directly on the London Stock Exchange, New York Stock Exchange, NASDAQ and Deutsche Boerse
  • There is no rerouting, execution is super-fast and we don’t sell your order flow
  • No margin or leverage requirements
  • No fees for holding positions overnight

Sound good? Let us know in the comments and give us your questions, we’ll reply right away.

 

Trading 212 is the most downloaded trading app in the UK!

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We are very happy and proud to announce that Trading 212 is the most downloaded app for trading in the UK! Not only that – we have been at the top spot for quite some time now.

Since January 2016 we have been the overall front-runner with a sizeable lead over all of our competitors. Our rapid rise to the summit of mobile trading has proven that the shift to on the go trading needed a superior app that bridges the gap between the ubiquitous smartphone users and global markets.

Our numbers speak for themselves – number one over the course of the last six months for iOS!

Trading 212 is the most downloaded trading app in the UK! iOS

Number one since January for Android!*

Trading 212 is the most downloaded trading app in the UK! Android

We thank all of you for downloading and trading with us and we’re quite sure you’ll like the amazing new features we have in store. Stay tuned!

*All data is publicly available and can be accessed at App Annie

Explaining How Star Wars and Avengers Impact Disney’s Stock Performance

Explaining How Star Wars and Avengers Impact Disney’s Stock Performance

The Force Awakens and Age of Ultron are expected to easily break the one billion barrier

With Avengers: Age of Ultron coming out last week and the high expectations for the sequel to the original trilogy – Star Wars: The Force Awakens, traders are wondering how their success, or lack of it, will impact the stock price of one of the entertainment giants – Walt Disney Co.

Avengers is looking to make between $1-1.5 bln in revenue, the the bar is set higher for the Force Awakens, despite some negative feelings created by the last three installments in the franchise. Some even expect the movie to surpass the current record holder Avatar, that has grossed approximately $2.7 bln.

The sums themselves aren’t actually that big when you compare them with the overall company performance. 75% of Disney’s revenue comes from its media division, where the ESPN network and ABC are the main cash cows. But the remaining 25% are what drive emotion trading.

Not only Star Wars (purchased with the acquisition of Lucasfilm for $4 bln in 2012), but the Marvel Universe and other hits like Frozen and Pixar’s Big Hero Six, bring in some serious cash. Even more importantly, they provide revenue streams for many more years to come (for more on the method of creating films at a set price and managing the duds among them you can read here). These come from three main sources:

Amusement parks and rides – the potential for creating something that attracts families to visit theme parks and immerse themselves in the atmosphere of a movie, interact with its heroes is what makes the difference between spending hundreds to thousands on a family trip and tickets.

Merchandise – Toys are a high margin business, but the challenge there is to find a scalable line that has enough appeal to warrant mass production. George Lucas’ famous deal to keep ownership of Star Wars toys before the first movie came out, is one of the main sources of his personal wealth

Cross media products – With more channels popping up where spinoffs and “by-products” can be promoted, this revenue stream has increased its importance. 3D animated cartoons over Cartoon Network and now NETFLIX, as well as TV series like The Flash, Green Arrow and Daredevil are turning into steadier and more predictable products. They can even boost the previous two sources.

While expectations for this part of the business are, let’s say optimistic, things aren’t so rosy for the rest. The media business is facing some new threats from the development of cable tv distribution and how it’s sold to customers, mainly in the US. With TV packages sold in bundles the consumers pay a certain amount in order to get the most desired content, but they get the feeling of overspending for channels that don’t necessarily watch.

For operators this is a good deal, as there are still clients that expand their viewership and get exposed to more advertising. But in an age of on-demand viewing the math isn’t adding up.

Verizon, another company available in Trading 212, recently announced an “unbundling” of how they will be selling viewing packages, responding to consumer pressure. Disney are currently suing them to stall this development, as they pitch their whole media package to advertisers and create content that can be used (and recycled) across multiple platforms, but it seems like the tide has turned.

The main impact of movies, and especially such a large universe like Star Wars, is that it promises to attract the money of an extremely large audience who will be making purchases based on emotion. Buying based on emotion is what sells for larger margins and looks good on a balance sheet. It has its risks though – the first hint of disappointment among fans of either movie might limit the force’s impact on trader’s sentiment. But come December 18th, we sense a strong presence of moviegoers.

Book of the Month – “Technical Analysis of the Financial Markets” by John J. Murphy

Book of the Month - “Technical Analysis of the Financial Markets” by John J. Murphy

Book of the Month - “Technical Analysis of the Financial Markets” by John J. Murphy

Our review of what many consider the “Bible” of technical analysis

Although there are books with more statistical analysis on how indicators are built and how they perform, this particular one remains a favourite among all readers who are looking for a understandable description of what technical analysis in trading is.

In this expanded edition (although it can seem a bit dated at times) we truly have all the bases covered for what technical analysis, what the thinking behind it is and it’s packed with examples.

It has a well laid out content and arrangement and for many it doubles up as a reference book long after they’ve read it for the first time.

The chapters cover charting, identifying trends, key patterns and behaviours of different instruments, moving averages, oscillators, cycles, etc. These act as the building blocks of the technical analysis, but the mortar that makes it all click is the way the author serves the information to the reader. There is no bias towards a specific indicator or style based on one of them. The language is clear and although it doesn’t lack its fair share of terminology things don’t get too deep into particularities that are hard to understand and make the more inexperienced switch off.

Explanations about how markets interact between each other, as well as the distinction between which indicators are suitable for markets that are trending and markets that are in a range, would be of great help to traders that have limited time. Money management and other aspects of trading that aren’t directly related with technical analysis are also touched upon, adding even more credibility to the overall message.

We can’t find many faults with the book, but keep in mind that it employs examples that suit its purposes and wouldn’t show cases that wouldn’t add value to the content itself. Intuition and experience still have a role to play for those that have studied the book and mixed with the excellent foundation provided here, that is what leads to building a solid trading style.

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