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NEW FOREX AND CRYPTO APP FROM FCA-REGULATED FINTECH & TRADING GIANT LAUNCHES TO EDUCATE NEW GENERATION OF TRADERS

Finatext UK, part of Japanese big data and trading app giant the Finatext Group, has launched a new trading app that aims to improve financial literacy and make trading more accessible to a new generation of users. The Financial Conduct Authority regulated company has released mobile app, Pipster, as a simplified, smarter trading platform, promoting responsible Forex and Cryptocurrency trading, as well as introducing new users to the fundamentals of the financial world.

 

Finatext UK has launched Pipster, a consumer-friendly currency trading app, available on iOS and Android, which will provide a simpler, smarter and more responsible way of trading for both Forex and Cryptocurrencies; markets that can otherwise be perceived as overly-complex by those with little trading experience.

 

Pipster can be downloaded from both the Apple and Android app store and has unique features powered by Robota Intelligence, Finatext’s unique sentiment analysis technology. The Bitcoin Social Sentiment Indicator (SSI), in particular, monitors social media posts in near-real time. For more information on how Pipster uses this powerful new tool to identify upcoming trends, click here.

 

The insight provided by the tool gives Pipster users indicators of when may be a good moment to both buy or sell, maximising returns by allowing profits to be made in both rising and falling markets. Pipster also has a virtual ‘Pioneer’ mode, enabling users to practice trading, familiarise themselves with the markets and develop their strategy risk-free using virtual funds before trading any real money.

 

Pipster goes above and beyond new regulations which limit leverage and trade values, allowing even lower entry and trade sizes for new investors. This helps new users to trade without having to invest large values at high-risk. Full transparency with pricing is also a significant element of Pipster’s pledge.

 

In-app video and tutorial content, alongside user forums, will enable users to discuss strategies and trends on a peer-to-peer basis, opening up what has traditionally been a very closed community. It is hoped that this open forum will promote healthy discussion and support networks between traders, mitigating the errors and common pitfalls that many conventional investors and market watchers can suffer from.

Finatext UK recently announced its partnership with Z.com Trade, which is an affiliated company of the world’s foremost provider of Forex, GMO CLICK Securities Inc., who as a group process around one trillion dollars in trading volume every month. Their provision of world-class executions services, global reach and experience serving as a perfect match to help Pipster’s arrival in the sector be as seamless as possible.

 

CFD trading, as it is with Pipster, is designed to supplement an income as part of an investment portfolio, rather than replace a full-time job. Most trades are quick, short-term and low-maintenance activities completed within a few hours or days, as opposed to longer-term strategies that require investment to be locked up for months or years with more modest risks and returns.

 

Rob Brockington, CEO of Finatext UK, said:

 

“With Pipster and our unique Robota Intelligence SSI, Finatext UK, backed by Finatext Japan, believes that the trading industry stands to be changed for the better by creating a more inclusive and integrated crypto and forex market. As a company regulated by the FCA, we’re acutely aware of and are committed to the need to instil financial literacy in new users and traders, responsibly. That’s why we are focussing on the app’s virtual mode, community chat forums and video tutorials to familiarise new users with the sector before encouraging them to trade in live mode.

 

 “Our platform is designed with the user in mind. Incorporating new technology and simplification of previously complex features like technical analytics, Pipster opens the market up to a new generation of traders. With a solid understanding of the underlying market and trading principles, the advantages we can provide with our unique trading indicators, the intuitive platform and simplified data gives everyone a better opportunity to do well from forex and crypto trading.”

 

“This industry has already changed beyond recognition in just the last couple of years. These are exciting times, and Pipster is the next phase of this change.”

 

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STOP THE CONFUSION: HOW TO KNOW IF YOUR BUSINESS MAY BE INSURED AGAINST COVID-19

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By Alex Balcombe, Partner at Harris Balcombe

 

The last few weeks has seen businesses in hospitality, tourism, retail, leisure and more forced to close their doors following the Government’s orders that they should close to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

While this is expected to flatten the curve and reduce the number of coronavirus cases, it will of course have an impact on businesses and employees alike.  For small businesses especially, there are many concerns about how they can claim on their insurance to weigh the fall of this impact.

 

Mixed Messaging

In response to calls to help struggling businesses, the Government has informed the public that companies who are facing turmoil will be able to claim on their business interruption insurance during this difficult time. For most, this is wrong.

Alex Balcombe

The insurance industry has also been extremely vocal that there is no cover for any coronavirus-hit businesses during this tough financial period. This isn’t strictly true either.

How can businesses see through the mixed messaging and best secure their future and their livelihoods and reduce money worries? It’s an extremely stressful time for many companies, and confusion over whether or not they can be covered can only cause more unnecessary stress.

Since it’s a new disease, most businesses will not be covered for business interruption due to COVID-19. In fact, the vast majority of policies do not cover anything related to COVID-19.

That said –  don’t rule out the idea that you may be covered. There is a chance that you will be covered against COVID-19, but not know it. This is a very small chance, but your current cover may already protect your business against the consequences of coronavirus, and the nationwide response to it –  though those with this cover are unlikely to realise it.

 

How Could I Be Covered?

Not everyone has business interruption insurance, as it’s not a legal requirement. It is entirely up to the policy holder to weigh up the benefits of having it, and their ability to trade should a disaster happen.

To be considered for cover for COVID-19, there are two types of policy extensions to your business interruption cover that can potentially cover you for this situation:

Infectious Disease Extension 

Many policies expressly state which diseases fall within the realm of being an infectious or notifiable disease. If this is the case, your policy will not provide cover. As it is a new disease, these policies will not have included COVID-19.

Other infectious disease extension policies will define the disease with reference to the actions of the government. Since the UK Government has named COVID-19 as a notifiable disease throughout the UK, it is possible that your business may fall into this definition, thus meaning you may be able to make a claim.

However, again, it’s not always that simple. Many policies require the disease to have been on your premises, while others specify a radius from your premises in order to qualify.

 

Denial of Access Extension (non-damage)

Denial of Access Extension (non-damage) policies may cover you if you’re prevented from accessing your property. This could be due to an event, or by the actions of a competent authority, which could cause your business interruption cover to engage.

If covered by this clause, there are often very subtle differences in wording in your policy. This could depend on the insurer or policy. You may well be covered, but it will depend on your particular circumstances, and the specific policy wording.

 

What now?

It’s clear that the Government needs to do more in ensuring there is clear messaging for businesses, and to help the insurance market look after policy holders. This is an unprecedented situation, and with many people looking to claim on their insurance, we’re already seeing major delays which could have a domino impact.

People throughout the world are understandably facing all kinds of worries because of the current pandemic. Our ways of living have changed, and many business owners will not have experienced a situation like this in their life times. If you own a business and are unsure about whether you can claim for business interruption, or are confused about ambiguous wording, get in touch with a loss assessor.

These claims are not simple, but loss assessors will be experts in business interruption insurance, and will specialise in large and complex claims. They will be able to help and guide you along the way, check your wording and work on your behalf to make sure you get everything you are entitled to.

 

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HERE’S HOW YOU CAN LEARN TO TRADE RISK-FREE DURING THE COVID-19 MARKET CRASH

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Trading app BullBear has launched new features to support budding investors looking to hone their skills against the backdrop of the COVID-19 stock market plunge. The risk-free financial game aims to empower the next generation of investors to learn how to trade stocks and shares by playing with dummy chips as opposed to real money. The app updates come as investors pull back from a volatile stock market rocked by the coronavirus outbreak.

 

At a time when some fresher investors are experiencing their first-ever stock market crash and seasoned investors are reluctant to invest new capital in the market, BullBear is empowering a whole new cohort of traders by teaching them how to trade effectively at no risk.

 

App users can engage in both short-term and long-term trading games using real-time market data from popular stocks enabling them to build investing confidence, making the app both engaging and educative.

 

With over 35,000 downloads, the app provides a free, fun way for thousands to learn how trading works by offering a practice arena in which trades take place and where no real money can be lost. Users can also enter into duals and competitions with other players. Whilst the app incorporates dummy chips to invest with, players can still redeem prizes by winning ‘bulls’ when they rank high in games. These bulls can be used to redeem rewards, such as gift cards from retailers like Amazon, Apple, Google Play and Netflix, at the in-app store.

 

Co-founder of the BullBear app, Anurag Saboo, stated

 

“I realised just how lacking the support for young investors was when my cofounder and I wanted to invest some money in stocks whilst at university. We had no idea where to start and so spent a couple of months trying to find a platform through which we could learn the basics before we risked any cash. But it simply didn’t exist. The resources that did were dull and theoretical. Paper trading can be very boring, and no-commission trading helps only if you make money out of your portfolio. Social methods of learning can help, for example, Etoro’s copy trades, but they still don’t let investors explore the markets themselves before putting money down. Combine this with the fact that only a small percentage of young investors make money through the market, and others end up staying away or are pushed away through losses, we decided to launch BullBear to offer a free, fun alternative.”

 

During a time of crisis accompanied by a turbulent stock market, the BullBear app provides a fail-proof way for budding investors to develop their trading knowledge, helping them to make more informed investments.

 

The BullBear app is available to download now on Google Play and the App Store.

 

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