SG Market Master Trading Challenge

As Worldwide Partner to Rugby World Cup 2015, Societe Generale is offering you the chance to win money can’t buy rugby experiences and much more. Build the ultimate virtual portfolio from our range of fixed risk trading products, and you could win one of many prizes.

First prize – the ultimate Rugby World Cup 2015 weekend at the opening England game

This is a prize for real Rugby fans. You and a guest could be dining with Rugby World Cup winning legend Matt Dawson the night before the opening England game. Having enjoyed a night in a luxury London hotel, you will be transported to Twickenham for England’s first game of Rugby World Cup 2015.

What’s included in the prize?

  • Two tickets to England’s opening game
  • Two nights in a luxury hotel for two
  • Fine dining with Matt Dawson
  • Signed Rugby World Cup 2015 goodies

 

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2nd Prize – Dinner, tickets and hotel for England Vs France at the RBS VI Nations

You and a guest could be enjoying dinner at one of London’s finest restaurants before England take on Les Bleus at Twickenham in the RBS VI Nations. This amazing prize includes one night in a luxury London hotel and tickets to the big match.

What’s included in your package:

  • Two tickets to England V France at the RBS VI Nations
  • 2 Nights accommodation in a 5 star hotel
  • Transfers from the hotel to Twickenham stadium
  • Fine dining for two the night before the game
  • Signed Rugby World Cup 2015 goodies

 

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3rd prize– A weekend in Paris and France V Wales in the RBS VI Nations Rugby

You and a guest could be enjoying a weekend in Paris with the added benefit of tickets to see the big match between Wales and France at the RBS VI Nations. Travel in style from London to Paris, stay in a 4* hotel and be match side for a game which rarely disappoints. After the game the winners will join Societe Generale in our hospitality room.

What’s included in your package:

  • Eurostar from London St Pancras to Paris Gar du Nord
  • Return transfers between Gare du Nord and the hotel
  • 2 nights with breakfast at a 4* Hotel
  • 2 Tickets to France v Wales at the RBS VI Nations
  • Access to SG corporate Hospitality after the game
  • Signed Rugby goodies for two

 

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4th prize- Eurochallenge Supercars for two

It’s not all about rugby. You and a guest could drive four of the most famous supercars in the world. You’ll start with an introduction and briefing on circuit driving techniques, before settling in with three demonstration laps of the 1.8 mile circuit in a performance car, driven by your personal instructor. Next it’s time for you to drive four laps in each supercar. The stunning V8 Vantage and DB9, the unmistakeable Ferrari F430, the brutal and uncompromising Lamborghini Gallardo and fantastic rear-engined Porsche 911.

What’s included in your package:

  • Start with a safety briefing and demo laps in a Subaru
  • Drive an Aston Martin Vantage or DB9, Lamborghini Gallardo, Ferrari F430 and Porsche 996
  • Includes a driving assessment and certificate
  • Depending on what’s available on the day, enjoy either a free Segway or karting taster session

 

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5th Prize – Overnight stay with dinner for two at Gordon Ramsay’s York and Albany, London

One for food lovers. You and a guest could enjoy an indulgent one night stay at the stylish York and Albany by Gordon Ramsay, an inviting townhouse a stone’s throw from London’s Regents Park. Spend the night in an elegantly furnished en suite classic room with tasteful decor, luxurious fabrics and a host of modern amenities. On the evening of your stay, sit down to a succulent set three-course meal for two at York and Albany’s chic restaurant which boasts exceptional standards of service and a selection of fresh and delicious dishes.

What’s included in your package:

  • An indulgent stay at Camden’s York and Albany by Gordon Ramsay
  • Sit down to a delicious set three-course meal in the hotel restaurant
  • Explore Regents Park or pay a visit to Camden’s famous Stables Market
  • A full English or continental breakfast is included

 

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The FTSE 100 is trading near its extremes as we move closer to the New Year

The FTSE 100 is trading back above the 6,700 points again after a volatile last week that saw the UK index changing direction a few times. We have now witnessed an overextended uptrend during the last month that allowed the FTSE to cover a 300 points’ distance and the question that usually comes to mind after such rallies is whether this has gone too far.
Technical indications suggest that the London benchmark index is trading pretty near the top of its channel and as we get closer and closer to such extremes a further continuation of the current price action becomes more difficult. The momentum to the upside has been fading and one could suggest that the last upswing during the previous week was a last attempt to drive the index as high as possible before it reverses.
Apart from the technicals however we need to consider the fundamental environment as well and take into considerations investors’ state of mind. I think that as we move closer to the end of the year and start to discuss the outlook of the domestic economy going into the next the discussion around a higher interest rate policy will become more frequent.
We have seen that during the past few weeks the issue of when the BoE will hike the interest rates’ levels has been pushed further into 2015 by some discouraging economic reports but remember that markets are primarily fueled by expectations and speculation. And by that I mean that as soon as investors start to think that they’re entering a period where rates will rise they will want to protect themselves against this development and they will want to do it ahead of time.
So what I think is going to happen in the week to come is a correction, a move towards lower levels where the current support levels lie. I believe that a pullback towards the 6,650 points area would be justified at this time as I regard this area as an important pivot point for the short term. I wouldn’t go as far as suggesting that a push below this level should be expected but I believe that traders should be prepared for this contingency as well.
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The miss in the NFPs slow down FTSE’s momentum and the focus is now on the Inflation report

The FTSE 100 has found enough support during the previous week to make its way towards its recent highs and actually took a step further and hit the 6,600 points barrier. It seems that the fuel added by Fed’s bullish comments over the US domestic economy was more than enough to sustain the momentum in the stock markets.

However an interesting development occurred last Friday and I believe it is worth mentioning it and also explaining the way that I think it will affect the stock market during this week. As we know the Non-Farm Payrolls report is scheduled for the first Friday of each month and on Friday it was time to find out how many jobs the US economy added during the previous month.

Analysts expected a robust printing this time, not as strong as the really impressing figures of the previous report but nevertheless traders were prepared for another encouraging NFP printing. However the actual numbers printed below expectations and it didn’t take long for investors to start wondering whether the US domestic economy can continue on the same path of growth now that the QE3 stimulus package is over.

We’re starting to see some evidence of these doubts during today’s session and it is my view that with the first NFP report of the post-QE3 era missing its mark the stock market might take a step back and wait for more data. I think that the week ahead will be marked by some consolidation at least until Wednesday.

During the first 2 days of the week the calendar is extremely barren but on Wednesday the Inflation Report from the Bank of England means that the FTSE 100 can pick up momentum towards either side so the safe bet would be to wait and see how bullish or otherwise the report will be before committing into any serious trades.

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Round-the-Clock-Investor Launches

In response to the hugely successful series of Round-the-Clock-Trader events we have held this year, we have now set a date for the first Round-the-Clock-Investor on-line conferences.  We recognise that traders and investors will have different objectives, methods and interests.  This is why we´ve created a separate event for traders, and a separate event for investors.

With a focus more on shares, funds and structured products the Round-the-Clock-Investor event offers investors the opportunity learn from 12 experts on a variety of assets and strategies.  Every two months our experts comment on their best picks for the Growth, Income and Value portfolios and explain why.

We also showcase the latest tools, platforms and services for investors and highlight key lessons.

These events are never the same twice – not only do the speakers and content change every two month – so do the markets!  What might have been working one month, may not still be working in two months.  Only by attending the Round-the-Clock-Investor events will you be assured of keeping yourself ahead of the markets.

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New website for Round-the-Clock-Trader goes live!

rtct website front page imageWe are pleased to announce the launch of the new site for the Round-the-Clock-Trader events.  This new site is dedicated to the event which improved navigation and more content about the speakers and talks at these fabulous events!

In 2015, the Round-the-Clock-Trader event takes place every 2 months.  New technology allows us to now accept up 1,500 traders at the event simultaneously, but demand is very high so please reserve your seat early to avoid disappointment.

Visit www.londoninvestmentweek.com/rtctrader for details of the next event.

 

 

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The FTSE 100 follows the US markets higher but can it sustain these gains?

The FTSE 100 is trading above the 6,500 points this morning boosted by the Fed’s bullish views over the domestic economy last week. One may wonder what does the Fed have to do with the UK index but as I have explained in my previous notes the correlation between the global stock indices is high in this new age and area.

The Fed expressed their optimism over the domestic job growth and durability of the economy to continue progressing without any added stimulus. It goes without saying that the US stock markets benefited from these comments and dragged the FTSE along with them.

So the question now is whether the FTSE can maintain its highs and possibly go even higher. The answer is not that simple and has to do with many things, certainly the bias of the current uptrend is to the upside even though this morning the index is on a correction lower but whether the momentum can be sustained is another discussion.

Personally I wouldn’t be surprised if the FTSE corrected even lower with the 6,400 points area coming into focus. The PMI reports scheduled for release this week are expected to show a mild slowdown across all sectors which means that all bets are off since a surprise can’t be ruled out.

At the same time we have the Bank of England’s Rate Decision mid-week and even though expectations are set for no changes on the central bank’s guidance there is a possibility for something new. With the Fed done with their QE program it is possible that some members of the UK Monetary Policy Committee might want to signal something different.

So to sum it up, I think it will be an interesting week ahead, the FTSE is on a correction course this morning but it’s exactly this lack of certainty in direction that leaves room for doubts. I would suggest that you look to play the ranges in the UK index this week, my pivot point lies at the 6,475 points and any moves lower should drive us to the 6,400 points support.

Otherwise, if the FTSE holds above the 6,500 points then we could see more gains towards the recent highs. As always keep your trades short and focused and avoid being dragged into longer term bets for the time being.

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