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Stock market

The stock market, or equity market, is a series of exchanges where shares in public companies are issued, bought and sold. Its role is to give private investors a way to own a stake in a listed compan...

Spread betting

Spread betting is a leveraged financial derivative. When spread betting, you are making a bet on the direction in which a market will move. The accuracy of your bet determines the profit or loss when ...

Smart-beta

A smart beta is an investment strategy used by a certain type of exchange traded fund (ETF) that takes more factors into account when choosing assets for the benchmark than a traditional ETF.

Shares

Shares are the units of the ownership of a company, usually traded on the stock market. They are also known as stocks, or equities.

Securities lending

Securities lending is related to short selling, and is usually conducted between brokers rather than individual investors. An investor borrows securities with the view of selling them immediately, and...

Securities

Financial securities are tradeable financial assets, including stocks and bonds. Traditionally, they are divided into debt and equity securities. Debt securities include corporate and sovereign bonds,...

S&P

S&P Global is a US-based ratings, indices, and market intelligence provider. It is one of the big three providers of ratings for investment instruments, alongside Moody’s Investors Service and F...

Smart Order Router

A smart order router (SOR) is an automated process used in online trading that follows a set of rules when looking for trading liquidity. The goal of an SOR is to find the best way of executing a trad...

Stop Order

A stop order is an instruction to your broker to execute a trade if the market price moves past a particular level: one which is less favourable than the current market price. The meaning of a stop or...

Trailing Step

A trailing step is a measure of price movement and a key component of a trailing stop order – a type of stop-loss order that follows your position if it earns you profit and closes if the marke...