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'Psychology in Trading' is brought to you by IG
IG is an award-winning, multi-platform trading company, the world's No.1 provider of spread betting and CFD trading,1 and a global leader in forex. It provides leveraged trading products with negative balance protection,2 and an execution-only share dealing service. A range of affordable, fully managed investment portfolios completes IG's comprehensive offering.
The company is a member of the FTSE 250, and has offices across Europe, North America, Africa, Asia-Pacific and the Middle East. It also offers on-exchange limited risk derivatives via the Nadex brand in the US.
About the project
The content of this project was researched and created by IG's financial writers and is supplemented by third-party academic research. We have also referenced two surveys throughout, the details of which are below.
The first survey asked IG clients, a group of analysts and LR Thomas – author of the 'Trading psychology made easy' book series and traderselfcontrol.com – to complete 20 open ended questions on the topics we have covered throughout the project. This survey was completed in April 2019 and the results provided the quotes that you will find on each article.
We have also included statistics from a second survey, commissioned by IG and carried out by YouGov. The survey was completed by 1012 investors and non-investors over the age of 18 with an income of over £50k. The participants were asked to answer questions on a range of issues, including the impact of emotions on investing and trading. This survey was completed in January 2019.
IG Group accounts data
Throughout the project, we have included charts that show the results of over 30 million closed trades conducted by IG Group clients worldwide across 15 of the most popular markets. The data was collected from IG Group live accounts – excluding clearing accounts, money managers, and eligible contract participants – between 1 January 2016 and 31 December 2016.
Below, you will find these charts available for download.
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1 Based on revenue excluding FX (published financial statements, February 2018); for forex based on number of primary relationships with FX traders (Investment Trends UK Leveraged Trading Report released August 2018).
2 Does not apply to professional traders.