Markets data shed light on extent of ETF trading

Markets data shed light on extent of ETF trading

© FT One of the longest-running mysteries of financial markets is surrendering its secrets. The true scale of trading activity across Europe’s $782bn exchange traded fund sector has been a subject of speculation and debate. Most ETF dealing in Europe takes place via private over-the-counter transactions that were not required to be reported until the start of this year. This obscured the breadth and depth of the ETF market but a far more accurate assessment is possible following the introduction of strict disclosure requirements in January. The value of reported…

Should private investors ever buy direct equities?

Should private investors ever buy direct equities?

Six pitfalls to avoid when trading company stocks Following fashion Investing is cyclical, buying last year’s winners often means holding this year’s losers. Losing your balance You end up with too much exposure to an individual company or sector that has taken your fancy. Being over active If you chop and change your portfolio too often, dealing charges will eat up your gains. Running your losers Investors hate admitting mistakes and hold onto bad stocks hoping they will come good. Selling in a panic If you sell up when the…

European markets close higher to cap wild week

Stateside, Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said the U.S. economy was doing very well, shortly before the release of November employment data. Stocks traded lower on Friday as shares of major technology companies move lower while Wall Street parsed through the U.S. jobs report that missed expectations. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 200 points, while the S&P 500 dipped 0.7 percent. The Nasdaq Composite dropped 1 percent. Shares of Facebook, Amazon, Netflix and Google-parent Alphabet all traded lower. Apple’s stock also fell 1.5 percent after Morgan Stanley cut its price…