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  • RoboForex adds several useful improvements and new instruments to R Trader

    We’ve expanded the list of Stocks and CFDs on stocks of American companies available for trading in R Trader, and improved the platform’s functionality. Benefit from all opportunities the updated web terminal has to offer to make your operations with over 12,000 trading instruments more efficient.
    More about updates to R Trader:

    1. Over 650 new assets
    The list of instruments available for trading has been added with over 650 Stocks and CFDs on stocks of the companies that had their IPOs recently, such as Affirm (AFRM), Airbnb (ABNB), Bumble (BMBL), Coupang (CPNG), Roblox (RBLX). In addition to that, there is an opportunity to invest in SPAC, which has been hyping all over the stock market recently.

    2. Corporate actions – right on the charts
    Major corporate actions can be now tracked right on the charts. This new feature makes following the news of the companies you’re interested in more convenient.

    3. Opportunity to hide accounts
    Now you can see only those accounts that are frequently used, while all other accounts can be hidden from the terminal panel. It won’t have any influence on their activity as you can unhide them at any moment and they will be displayed on the screen again.

    4. New languages and analytical tools
    Within the frameworks of the update, we’ve added such analytical tools as UK Top Losers, Gainers, Volume leaders. Also, the terminal is now available in new languages – Portuguese and Thai.

    5. More flexible settings
    • History of orders and transactions can be filtered by instruments.
    • Server time is now displayed at the bottom of the screen, while the client time – in the “Contract specification” section.
    • Watchlists can be now navigated from a keyboard.
    • Any indicator or other technical analysis element can be removed with the “Delete” key.
    6. Enhanced capabilities of the mobile version
    • More convenient Watchlists management.
    • New graphs and indicators in Charts.
    • Corporate actions

    Add new assets to your investment portfolio and benefit from all opportunities of the updated platform to improve your trading results. If you’re unfamiliar with the multi-asset platform, open an account and get access to trading more than 12,000 instruments.

    RoboForex team


    • What an NFT is and How One can Make Money on It

      Author: Eugene Savitsky

      The stock market is so dynamic that sometimes investors find it difficult to keep track of all tendencies. To avoid such an exhausting race, many of them turn to long-term investments but there are some who always crave adrenaline and try to jump into all possible reckless ventures.

      Last week, I wrote an article about SPAС, shares of which skyrocketed by hundreds of percent and now the time has come for Non-Fungible Tokens (NFT).

      What is a Non-Fungible Token?

      A Non-Fungible Token is a digital unit, which certifies the right of ownership and uniqueness of digital assets. An NFT can also be created for things in the real world.

      What is a distinctive feature of an NFT?

      Here’s an example: an artist is doing a painting, which can be later photographed and uploaded online. This photograph will be copied by other users in the same quality, in which it was initially uploaded. As a result, it will be difficult to see the difference between the original digital painting and its copy, and the original will be only the painting from the real world.

      An NFT allows the creation of a unique code of the painting, which can help to define its original and the true owner in both real and digital worlds. At the same time, an asset can be created in the virtual world without binding it to the same object in the real one.

      But there are some who took it a step further. They destroyed the original painting leaving only its digital copy. It’s difficult to accept but that’s the reality.

      Injective Protocol burned the original painting “Morons (White)”

      Injective Protocol bought a famous Banksy painting from the New York gallery Taglialatella Gallery for $95,000 converted it into an NFT, and then burned the original. As a result, only a virtual asset with a unique code is left. Now the painting doesn’t require any alarm systems, specific storage conditions, and other things to accompany it in the real world.

      A tokenized asset will continue its existence in the digital environment, all the people will have to do is to relocate into the virtual world and everything will fall in its place.

      Where can an NFT be used?

      As you have already understood, one of the applications of tokens is artwork-collecting. An NFT is created for originals of paintings and sculptures, and when the owner wants to sell a physical object, they can place an NFT on auction and it will be enough for proving the authenticity of the asset and the right of ownership.

      In online games, users often buy clothes, lands, weapons, characters, and other gaming accessories. Creating NFTs for virtual objects will allow arrogating the right of character ownership for example, and this right will be beyond the game developer’s power. Such objects could be exchanged or bought for real money. This might fuel further development of the gaming economy

      Personal identification can also be one of the areas of potential NFT usage. Passports, driving licenses, birth certificates, and other personal documents can be assigned with NFTs, which can be used for approaching different institutions in your country or outside it without personal attendance. Probably, the coronavirus may lead to the creation of COVID-passports using NFTs.

      Read more at R Blog - RoboForex

      RoboForex team


      • Types of Corporate Actions Every Investor Should Know

        Author: Maks Artemov

        The stock value is influenced not only by economic, political, or geopolitical events but corporate as well. What are corporate events and which of them investors might find interesting?

        We should note that some actions from the list below can have a rather insignificant influence on the stock value, while the others, on the other hand, may force it to plummet or skyrocket.

        Financial statement release

        A Non-Fungible Token is a digital unit, which certifies the right of ownership and uniqueness of digital assets. An NFT can also be created for things in the real world.

        What is a distinctive feature of an NFT?

        Companies publish their financial statements over the previous reporting period. Statements are usually published in the morning before the trading session starts or in the evening after it is over. This is done to avoid significant surges in prices.

        After financial statements are released, investors and traders have enough time to prepare for trading and make decisions on their further activities. As a rule, trading sessions after financial statement releases are opened with a price gap. Periods for reports are the following:
        • Quarterly statements
        • Half year statements
        • Annual statements
        Financial statements published by companies influence their stocks in direct proportion to the profit they received. If the numbers are good, the share price starts rising and vice versa. In theory. In the real world though, it might happen in the opposite wave, and the reason is that companies try to overstate or understate their financial performance. They do it for different purposes and one of them is to attract investors.

        Meetings of the board of directors

        Just like financial statements, meetings of the board of directors also have a significant influence on stocks. During the meeting, a lot of important decisions are made, such as Ex-dividend date, dividend distribution, mergers and acquisitions, stock splits. Boards of directors discuss companies’ current state and their future.

        The date and agenda are usually reported at least 3 days before the meeting, while the results are published after 3 days it was finished.

        Dividend distribution

        On this day, traders or investors receive dividends payable to their accounts. The sum depends on the decision made during the meeting of boards of directors and is calculated based on the company’s financial performance. Dividends can be paid not only when the company performed well but also when its financial statement is negative.

        Closing thoughts

        It’s quite difficult to keep track of all corporate actions when looking for a company to invest in but one can choose the most important of them and focus on them. It often happens that the price of shares may rise or fall before the ex-dividend date or dividend distribution. Investors can monitor the payment schedules of different companies and make an investment decisions based on them.

        Read more at R Blog - RoboForex

        RoboForex team


        • How to Forecast Economic Crises?

          Author: Andrey Goilov

          The history of market development and the world’s economy shows that when it comes to an economic crisis, it never comes alone: one crisis will definitely be followed by another one, quite different from its predecessor.

          Analysts and politicians agree that this is a serious problem threatening all the countries of the world. Financial crises are so harmful because people rely on the work of financial institutions every day. Banks give loans and credit cards so that their clients could afford more and buy things with maximal comfort, while insurance companies protect homes and cars from accidents and stealth – but in crises, all these processes get paralyzed and fall apart like a house of cards, pulling along stock markets.

          In this article, I will speculate on the bright economic crises of the past and try to formulate the signs of an economic crisis that might happen in the future.

          Why do economic crises happen?

          In the market, you constantly see the dollar fall, or oil prices fall, and all this due to economic trouble in certain countries. There are plenty of reasons for another collapse to happen, and some of them seem absolutely absurd.

          One frequently raised example is the “tulip-mania” that happened in the Netherlands in 1636. While the price of bulbs kept growing, people spent all their savings on those bulbs. At some point, the price stopped growing and began an aggressive decline, which led to unbelievable losses and a general slow-down of the development of the country’s economy.

          The crisis of 2020, also called “the pandemic crisis”, was provoked by the emergence of the new coronavirus disease. Economic activity shrank all over the globe, unemployment sky-rocketed, while the earnings of people fell to record levels.

          In the first case, you see an example of the so-called “crowd effect” when private investors become euphoric about something, invest massively in this, and inflate a bubble that later bursts and harms the economy of the whole country. This is a good illustration of the saying: “When a shoe shiner starts buying stocks, it is time to leave the market”.

          In the second case, a very random reason made economies all over the world collapse, so that oil futures dropped below zero, which is a record decline in the history of the asset.

          How to forecast an economic crisis?

          There are several ways of making such forecasts, and some of them are already in our blog.

          Time cycles

          A collapse of the stock market and impressive growth of the USD happen every decade. After the Dow Jones index collapsed in 2008, a similar crash happened at the beginning of 2020.

          Hence, you can calculate the date of the next economic crisis with a minor time lag. Based on this version, we should expect the next major crisis somewhere between 2028 and 2030, while the present growth of the stock market must be just speeding up.

          Bottom line

          Unfortunately, economic crises have always been around and will happen in the future. Every next such event is likely to be different from the previous one. However, several types of signals warn you of an approaching crisis, so that an experienced investor can leave the stock market and start buying the USD and gold.

          One of the easiest ways to predict a crisis in advance is to analyze the bond’s yield: this chart predicted the two latest collapses of the Dow Jones and the stock market. This is an easy but informative and efficient way.

          Read more at R Blog - RoboForex

          RoboForex team


          • How to Use Bollinger Strategy for Trading in Forex, Stocks, and Futures Markets

            Author: Timofey Zuev

            Among the most popular indicators for stock trading, there are the Bollinger Bands. They are very sensitive to market volatility and might act as not only support/resistance levels but as target levels as well. The Bollinger strategy is based exactly on these peculiarities of the indicator. It is applicable to periods from M1 to MN, for any instrument in Forex, stock, or futures markets.

            A signal to buy by the strategy

            To use the strategy, you need two price charts:
            1. The first one reflects your working timeframe.
            2. The second one represents a TF 3-5 times larger than your working TF.
            Hence, the strategy can be used with such pairs of TFs as MN and W1; W1 and D1; D1 plus H4; H4 plus H1; H1 and M15; М15 plus М5; М5 and М1.

            The efficacy of the Bollinger strategy on timeframes smaller than H1 depends on the size of the spread in your instrument. For a signal to buy to appear, the following conditions must be fulfilled:
            • On the chart with the older timeframe, one of the two events must happen. The first option is a bounce off the middle Bollinger band of a widespread candlestick pattern (Pin Bar, Engulfing, etc.). The second option is the price crossing the indicator band and closing on the opposite side from that where it opened. Depending on the direction of the bounce/crossing of the middle Bollinger band, we set the direction of trading on the smaller TF. This trend is considered actual before it reverses, i.e. the Bollinger band gets crossed in the opposite direction. There are more special conditions: if, for example, the candlestick that is crossing the middle Bollinger line touches the upper line, do not start looking for a trading signal on the smaller TF.
            • After you detect the trend on the larger TF, look for a Bollinger trading signal on the smaller one. A direct signal to buy is a bounce off the middle or lower indicator line.

            Enter the market by a Buy Stop type order placed a bit above the high of the signal candlestick on the smaller TF.

            An example of a signal to buy


            Money management for the Bollinger strategy

            You should risk by a comfortable deposit/lot percentage. This is the rule of thumb. If you still feel uncomfortable, increase your TFs. Personally, I recommend to risk the same percentage of a fixed deposit in each trade; the percentage should be below 2%.

            However, as long as I do not have trustworthy statistics about the efficacy of the trading strategy, I strongly insist on backtesting. If you have never used this indicator before, train yourself on a demo account and feel the character of the Bollinger bands.

            Read more at R Blog - RoboForex

            RoboForex team


            • How to Trade Commodities: Guide for Beginners

              Author: Andrey Goilov

              Speculating commodities is yet another opportunity for investors to make money. Such goods are most often resources that sustain the world economy, and any changes in the latter lead to commodity price fluctuations.

              Many traders are discouraged from trading commodities because trading principles are hard to perceive, while a simple habit of trading currency pairs is strong. If you do decide to take up trading commodities, from this article you will get to know what these goods are, what influences their price, and how to trade them.

              What are primary commodities?

              In this article, I am going to use primary commodities and just commodities as synonyms. Commodities are raw materials meant for further processing and producing some products. Commodities include the results of agricultural work, such as grain, or mineral resources, such as oil, gas, gold, and a much longer list of goods.

              This type of asset is characterized by lengthy trends. Currency pairs get into flats sometimes (which means the quotations demonstrate no clear direction), while oil demonstrates directed movements most of the time. This peculiarity is to be kept in mind when trading such assets. Experienced traders advise opening positions with at least a 6-months perspective.

              What commodities are there?

              All commodities can be split into categories, which are as follows.


              Energy carriers are WTI and Brent oil, natural gas, fuel oil, gasoline, etc. Note that Brent has been in a stable uptrend since April 2020. At that time, the quotations were as low as 16 USD per barrel while by now they have reached 70 USD.


              Economic stimulation during the coronavirus pandemic made oil prices grow all over the world. Large banks have already started talking about the renewal of a long-term cycle of oil price growth with the aim above 120 USD per barrel. If you are particularly interested in this commodity, I recommend an article devoted to it:


              This group contains gold, silver, platinum, copper, and other precious and mined metals. In crises and turmoil, investors often put their money in gold because it is considered a protective asset.


              This metal has, indeed, been growing since mid-2018, and in 2020 it renewed another all-time high. The world economy is now coming back to normal, which means oil prices have shrunk somewhat; the danger of a crisis has passed, but traders are still expecting another attempt of growth in the nearest future. We also have an article about gold in our blog, with examples and details:

              Closing thoughts

              Trading commodities is peculiar in several ways. Such instruments are characterized by strong trend movements and increased volatility. Quite probably, the analysis of commodity markets by Ichimoku or Simple Moving Averages will give you better entry ideas than graphic instruments of tech analysis.

              One point of gold or oil costs more than that in currency pairs, so it will be wise to start with a demo account and a strict system of risk management. However, risks are no reason for leaving these instruments unattended as you can always opt for a conservative trading option.

              Read more at R Blog - RoboForex

              RoboForex team


              • Top-7 Forex Trend Indicators

                Author: Victor Gryazin

                Trading indicators have long become reliable helpers to traders. This article presents seven popular indicators that help define the trend direction and find good entry signals.

                1. The Moving Average

                The Moving Average shows the changes in the average asset price during a certain period. This is one of the simplest and clearest trend indicators, frequently used as a part of more complicated indicators. There are various methods of calculating Moving Averages: Simple, Exponential, Smoothed, Weighted.

                A Moving Average is drawn automatically on the chart as a colored line (the color and width are customizable). Moderate growth of the Moving Average indicates an uptrend, while a decline points at a downtrend. If an MA with a large period (such as 200) crosses the price chart from below, this means a downtrend is changing for an uptrend; if the crossing happens top-down, this means an uptrend is reversing, becoming a downtrend.


                2. The Average Directional Movement Index (ADX)

                The ADX indicator helps you to see whether the market is trading in a trend or a flat. This indicator is based on two simpler ones: the Positive Directional Index (+DI) and the Negative Directional Index (-DI).

                The indicator is displayed in a separate window under the price chart; it consists of three colored lines: ADX, +DI, and -DI. The beginning of a trend is indicated by the ADX line going upwards and crossing the two Directional lines. If the growth of the ADX line is confident, this means the trend is stable, while the other two lines indicate the direction of the trend: ascending or descending.


                3. Ichimoku Kinko Hyo

                Ichimoku Kinko Hyo is a popular trend indicator designed by a Japanese analyst Goichi Hosoda, known under his pen-name Sanjin Ichimoku. The indicator consists of five lines with different calculation methods; two of them construct a so-called Ichimoku Cloud. Ichimoku is a trend indicator showing the direction and potential of the current trend.

                The indicator is displayed right on the price chart, its lines serve as support/resistance levels and give opening and closing market signals. The indicator is mostly recommended for daily and weekly timeframes, alongside candlestick analysis. However, you can set the indicator for smaller timeframes, such as H4 and H1.

                Read more at R Blog - RoboForex

                RoboForex team