Product & Instrument Coverage

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As an Institute trader you will have access to the widest variety and coverage of financial instruments and products anywhere in the world.

Why is Variety and Coverage Important?

In the world of professional trading we know that the most important thing is NOT how the platform looks, how many flashing lights, alerts and noises the platform makes and what buttons to press to buy and sell an asset. Firstly, the most important thing to a professional trader is deciding what to buy and sell and why. No trading platform can do this for you. You have to learn how to do this and do it for yourself. You have to be taught and mentored correctly to learn how to do this properly. For more information on this go to the area of this website entitled "Trading and Portfolio Management Education" or to be redirected to this area click HERE. Secondly, instrument and product variety of coverage is critical. Why? because the wider the variety and coverage of financial products you have as a trader, the larger your "opportunities" to make money are. In professional trading circles we call this a traders "Opportunity Set" - There are roughly 45,000 tradable assets globally. As a trader you want to have access to all of them or as many of them as possible. This means having access to a platform that covers the most financial instruments as possible.

One Dimensional Retail Traders

The vast majority of Retail Traders concentrate on trading less than ten instruments. This usually includes trading say 4 indices, 4 stocks and possibly 2 currency pairs. Retail Traders that consider themselves as "advanced" Traders, may even trade 1-2 commodities such as Oil or Gold. Unfortunately, this is NOT a professional traders approach. By doing this Retail Traders typically restrict themselves to only a few opportunities per year and miss a multitude of opportunities that occur in thousands of assets globally every day. This restrictive approach limits opportunities and encourages over-trading and attempting to "force" opportunities that dont actaully exist. This is a very one dimensional approach and is simply a recipe for disaster! This is not the fault of the Retail Trader. It is simply because they have not been educated in Trading correctly. Unique trading opportunities in these assets typically never occur. Professional traders know this and seek out situations in assets and financial instruments that present them with opportunities that the rest of the market may not have already seen. For these reasons it is vitally important that Retail Traders realise this, get a proper trading education AND focus on the important things when it comes to the platform they trade on. Choice and therefore "Opportunity Set" is vitally important to a traders long term profitability and success.  

Product Coverage on the Institutes Trading Platform

Institute Traders use several Trading platforms, not just because of the superior protection our traders receive from a regulatory perspective, but also because they provide the largest financial instrument and product coverage and therefore "opportunity set" available to retail traders globally. There are over 40,000 financial instruments and products available for you to trade across asset classes. Our brokers are also flexible if what you want to have exposure too isnt available, you can ask them to make it available. If your request is reasonable, they will create the product for you. The amount of instruments available to you and the flexibility offered by the platform allows you to take advantage of multiple opportunities globally that the "normal" Retail Trader would never even consider.

A Broad Overview of the Financial Instruments and Products Available

Contracts for Differences (CFD's) - Contracts For Differences (CFD's) are a derivative instrument who's price mirrors one for one the price of the underlying asset that the Contract has been written on. For more information on exactly how CFD's work, please go to the area of the website entitled "Contract For Difference Trading" or to be redirected to this area please click HERE.

CFD's on Stocks - The trading platforms provide Institute traders with over 36,000 CFD's on stocks globally. Regions covered include the United Kingdom, United States, European Union, Eurozone, Asia and most Emerging and even Frontier Markets.

CFD's on Indices - The trading platforms provide Institute traders with CFD's on over 40 indices globally. Regions covered include the United Kingdom, United States, European Union, Eurozone, Asia and most Emerging and even Frontier Markets.

CFD's on FOREX - The trading platforms provide Institute traders with CFD's on over 160 FOREX pairs globally. 

CFD's on Commodities - The trading platforms provide over 40 CFD's on major commodities covering all major commodities exchanges globally. Contracts can be traded in the term of the underlying "on exchange" futures contracts and rolled at the end of the term of the underlying futures contract, or can be traded as "Rolling Contracts" which mirror the price of the underlying futures contracts excluding the "Time Value of Money." Commodities can also be traded on CFD derived from underlying ETC's (Exchange Traded Commodities) and ETF's (Exchange Traded Funds). The platform provides access to over 1,000 CFD's on ETC's and ETF's. The choice is vast!

CFD's on Industry Sectors - Institute traders can also get access to a multitude of CFD's that mirror the underlying price of Industry sectors across major stock markets. These can be traded on CFD derived from underlying ETF's. For example, if you are looking to go long the U.S. Homebuilding Sector (XAB US), the platform provides a CFD that mirrors the underlying ETF price one for one. If you want to short the Eurostoxx 600 Pan European Banks Sector (SX7P), the platform provides a CFD on this ETF as well. There are over 1,000 CFD's that track the price of underlying ETF's covering Industry sectors. The possibilities are almost endless!

CFD's on Bonds and Rates - The platform also gives Institute traders access to a multitude of Fixed Income CFD's that can be traded to take advantage of rising and falling Sovereign Bond yields and Bond Prices, across the United States, Europe and Asia. Multiple CFD's on ETF's can also be traded that mirror the price of underlying Bond prices and Yields. There are several hundred of these instruments available on the platform.

Physical Stocks / Shares - Positions in physical Stocks / Shares can also be taken using the platform. Infact, if you currently hold a physical Stock / Shares portfolio you can transfer your entire portfolio at no cost into your Institute trading account and use this as collateral to trade on CFD. Our brokers recognise Stocks and Shares as "currency." You can also transfer your portfolio AND continue to only trade in physical Stocks and Shares if you so wish to do so. If you would like to know more about the benefits of transferring your physical stocks and shares portfolio's into your Institute trading account then please visit the area on this website entitled "Transferring existing Portfolios." If you would like to be redirected to this area of the website then please click HERE.

Physical Bonds / Fixed Income Positions - If you already hold Physical Bonds, then similar to Stocks, these positions can be transferred into your trading account to be used as collateral too. Our brokers also recognise Physical Bond positions as "currency." You can also trade physical Bonds using the trading platform. If you would like to know more about the benefits of transferring your physical Bond portfolio's into your Institute trading account then please visit the area on this website entitled "Transferring Existing Portfolios." If you would like to be redirected to this area of the website then please click HERE.

Taken together, as an Institute Trader, you will have acceess to the largest "Opportnity Set" available to the Retail Trader anywhere. If you intend to take a professional approach to trading this is the best way for you to start!

To watch the training videos of the features within the trading platform click HERE and go to the bottom right hand corner of the page.

If you have any other questions regarding the product coverage of the trading platform then please go to the contact form on this website and get in touch. If you want to be redirected to this area, please click HERE.

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CFDs are a leveraged product and can result in losses that exceed your initial deposit. Trading CFDs may not be suitable for everyone, so please ensure that you fully understand the risks involved.

 

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