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How does trading work? Free online course

Course overview


In this course we give you some key insights into the mechanisms of the trading world. We start with who’s who: the people who make things happen and how you’re connected with them. Then we take a look at market prices, showing you how they work, before finally explaining why even falling prices can create exciting trading opportunities.


40 min




Short, easy-to-digest lessons
Practical, interactive exercises
Engaging videos and graphics
Free demo account for practising your new skills
Quiz to check your understanding

Example lesson: supply and demand in trading

In this course you’ll find exercises, charts and illustrations to help guide you through the start of your trading journey.  To give you a flavour of what to expect, here’s an extract explaining how supply and demand influence the price of a market:

Suppose you were buying a car – you'd look for the lowest price on the model you wanted. And if other buyers were thin on the ground you might strike a good deal. On the other hand, if you were trying to bag a rare and sought-after vehicle, you might have to pay the seller a high price.

In the same way, the balance of demand from buyers and supply from sellers influences prices in financial markets.