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Swing trading is a type of trade meant to capitalize on market volatility. While positions are typically held longer than a day (normally falling between one and four days), many day traders also engage in this type of strategy. Swing trading, which can be utilized in both short and long positions, involves buying or selling an asset near the top or bottom price of the known volatility. Rather than focusing on the intrinsic value of an asset, swing trading uses technical analysis to determine trends. It is a speculative strategy, and trades are often completed using margin. Margin, of course, can multiply gains and losses and must be used carefully.

A swing trading strategy can be used on any type of asset, including equities, bonds and commodities. Regardless of the type of asset used, it is the market movements that are important. Highly volatile markets, for instance, are extremely well suited to this type of trade as they offer many entry and exit point.

While less common, swing trading can also be successfully used when markets are less volatile. The trader should be especially aware, however, of market trends in this scenario. Also, certain industries will be more suited to swing trading, depending on where they lie in their economic cycle.

Stock market trends, which are often found using chart analysis can be either upward, downward or range bound.  In an upward trend, stocks move upward over time, with a positive rate of change. However, this upward movement is intermediated with negative consolidations against the trend. The opposite is true for a downward trend. In longer period of time, upper and lower limits can be determined.  Swing trading utilizes these intermediate consolidations, and limits as these are the points at which trading should occur. A moving average cross over, for instance is a very strong trading signal. When a short-term average crosses below a long term one, this is a sell signal. A strong buy signal is evident when a short-term trend line crosses above the long-term trend line.

It is important to manage risks when swing trading. This can be done be ensuring the asset is liquid, diversifying your portfolio, monitoring the asset closely, and using stop orders. Limiting your position size based on an absolute ceiling determined by capital willing to lose will also be helpful. If, however, the market and industry are trending there are clear indicators that a trade could be successful.

Swing Trading requires up to date charting and information so these trends can be determined and acted upon. The trading platforms at Accendo Markets are particularly well suited for this type of strategy, as they offer chart analysis and real time data. While swing trading is heavily based on chart analysis, it is important to take fundamentals into account as well. Accendo Markets offers free guides on swing trading, including chart analysis, trend spotting and financial report analysis. Get your free guide today.

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Spread bets and CFDs are complex instruments and come with a high risk of losing money rapidly due to leverage.
Spread bets and CFDs are complex instruments and come with a high risk of losing money rapidly due to leverage. 78% of retail investor accounts lose money when spread betting and/or trading CFDs with this provider. You should consider whether you understand how spread bets and CFDs work and whether you can afford to take the high risk of losing your money.
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since signing up for Accendo I have had two traders, Mark and Sam. I have found both of these to be very informative about how CFD's work and they have made it very easy for me. Since working with Sam (last four months) my trading knowledge has improved and I can make more informative decisions about which Company's to invest with. Keep up the good work Sam.

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Since I have been trading with Accendo Markets I have experienced much greater success than has been my experience with other trading companies mainly due to the help given by, what I consider to be my terminal with the trading floor, Mark, who has been most helpful in reminding me of the progress of my positions throughout the day and keeping me in touch with those positions so that I can more easily make successful trades when appropriate instead of missing out on opportunities through lack of attention. He draws my attention to the situations and enables me to make profitable trades. I am very happy with the situation at the moment and am enjoying the experience. Thomas Irving.

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I have been trading with Accendo Markets and James Abbott my account manager for coming on 5 years now, James Abbott the senior trader of Accendo Markets provides me with up to minute information when I need it and find him very easy and professional to deal with. Whenever I need to trade or am not sure about anything James is always their to help with any queries I may have. The Accendo Platform I find very easy to use and navigate although it has been slightly changed over the years but definitely for the better. Personal when I do trade 90% of the time, I rather telephone call to place my trade dealings and if James is not there to take my call I find others at Accendo like Sam, Lee take my trades and are. All in all everyone at Accendo Markets are amazing to deal with and my relationship with Accendo is just as I like it. Peter Petrou

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Brian R

I have been with Accendo for a long time now, ten or twelve year's, probably more . As I told Sam (my trader) I thought that CFDs were better than sex . I stopped trading for a few years and only started back about a couple of months ago. But it is as if I had never been gone , so to speak. Sam has helped me every step of the way, at my age one forgets things. I have only praise for Accendo and as far as I am concerned the platform is the best . Now I am back trading at 71 years of age, I might even try sex again. Brian Robertson.

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Well, I would not be trading without the help of my trader, Sam Alnakkash. He provided a really great overview of Accendo Markets, an insight into trading in general and how to get started in trading online. His advice, support and training has been fantastic all along the way, enabling me to start trading earlier than I would have done had I not had the support. He has also been very adept at understanding me as a client in order to help me achieve my trading goals. I still have a lot to learn and hope I will get there.

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Muhammed S

Accendo markets are great for trading cfds and their research is second to none! Aymen manages my account is extremely helpful and always keeps me updated on market info. Thanks again

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Stephen B

Aymen Azizi keeps an eye on what is happening in the market and informs me with timely relevancy, email call, and txt.

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