Trading for beginners

Trading for beginners

Trading for Beginners – how to trade online?

Our UK trading for beginners’ section has been designed to give you the necessary information required to trade forex and CFDs online with AvaTrade. We will provide you with effective tools and the relevant trading resources to assist you on your trading journey. If you are new to the online trading world and have questions about how to trade online, this guide is for you. We will cover a wide range of topics including:

  • Forex
  • Contracts for differences
  • Technical and fundamental analysis
  • Trading platforms
  • Currency trading
  • Trading Bitcoins
  • And much, much more.

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Moving Average Indicator

Moving Average Indicator

Moving Average (MA) is probably the most widely used technical indicator in online trading. There are several types of moving averages, (simple, exponential, smoothed, linearly weighted), which can be used by themselves, or in conjunction with other indicators.

What is forex?

Currency pairs, or Forex are currencies that are traded against one another. Forex is always traded in pairs – you buy one currency in the pair and you sell the other currency in the pair. The global Forex market contains dozens of major, minor, and exotic currency pairs.


What is MetaTrader?

Forex is traded on a trading platform. The most popular Forex trading platform, and the most reliable is MetaTrader. It comes in different varieties including MetaTrader 4 and MetaTrader 5, commonly abbreviated as MT4 and MT5.
What is PIP

What is a PIP?

Currency pair quotations are quoted to multiple decimal points. Currency pair price movements are visible in terms of points up or down. These are known as pips and pipettes. These are the smallest possible price movements in a currency pair.
How to read a forex chart

How to read a forex chart?

AvaTrade will introduce you to multiple price charts for Forex trading. These include candlestick charts, bar charts, and line charts. Once you study these charts, you’ll understand information in a much more meaningful way.

Trading platforms comparison

Trading platforms comparison

We offer you third-party trading platforms and proprietary trading platforms. You can choose your preferred Forex trading platform based on your preferences. We encourage you to thoroughly review each of the features of these platforms so that you can make the best decision.
Currency trading

Currency trading

Our currency trading section delves into the interactions between different currencies. Recall that you buy one currency and sell another currency in the same pair. We will teach you everything you need to know about exotic currency pairs, minor pairs, and major pairs.
Derivatives trading is a novel way to trade financial instruments. The popularity of CFD trading is a case in point. Now, you can trade stocks based on their price movements without taking physical possession of these financial instruments. Trade stocks like Facebook, Google & more.
Technical analysis

Technical analysis

Intelligent trading decisions cannot be made without a thorough understanding of technical analysis. Whether you are trading cryptocurrency, commodities, Forex, indices or stocks, technical analysis is important.
What are CFDs

What are CFDs?

CFDs are derivative trading instruments. These are important financial instruments that allow you to speculate on the rising/falling prices of stocks, currencies, commodities, indices or cryptocurrencies. You don’t own the underlying asset – you simply speculate on its price movement.
What are CFDs

How to trade Bitcoins?

Everyone’s favourite digital currency – cryptocurrency – is now available for trading purposes at AvaTrade UK. Forex Bitcoin is our signature digital currency. It is traded against the USD 24/7. There are plenty of opportunities in this highly volatile market, and the popular BTC/USD.

What is spread betting

What is spread betting?

Spread betting is legal and popular here in the UK and in Ireland. All profits generated through spread betting are 100% tax-free. Click this link for more information on spread betting. With this type of trading activity, you forecast whether the market will rise or fall based on trends.
How to spread betting

How to spread betting? (Examples)

The best way to understand spread betting is by seeing an example of it. The real-life application of this trading option is fascinating.
How To Trade Cryptocurrency

How To Trade Cryptocurrency?

At Avatrade you can trade a range of popular cryptocurrencies, including Bitcoin & Bitcoin Cash, Litecoin, and Ethereum.Learn how to trade cryptocurrency without the need for maintaining e-wallets and without the exposure to cyber threats associated with cryptocurrency exchanges.
What is Short Selling

What is Short Selling?

When you borrow a financial asset from a broker and then you sell it in a bear market, you are engaging in short selling. But to complete the short selling process you must purchase it back at trend reversal and then return it to your broker. The price difference is your profit.
What is Copy Trading

What is Copy Trading?

Copy Trading is an exciting way to profit off the wisdom of professional traders. New and experienced traders can benefit from this trading activity. You simply copy the traders with the best performance and profit accordingly.
What is paper trading

What is paper trading?

Demo trading is known as paper trading. It’s the best way to introduce new traders to the CFD and Forex trading market. You’re basically trading for free on a practice account. Once you gain the requisite experience, you will feel a lot more confident to trade for real money.
What Are vanilla Options

What Are vanilla Options?

Contracts that permit traders to buy/sell a specific amount of a financial instrument at a specified price, at a predetermined time are known as vanilla options. When you trade these options, you can control the amount of trades you make & much more.
What is Leverage Trading

What is Leverage Trading?

Margin trading or leverage trading allows you to invest a fraction of the position price by using leverage to cover the rest of the price. The broker provides the leverage to the trader. This is commonly expressed as a ratio, for example 400:1. Margin is a percentage of the entire position.
Trading strategies

Trading strategies

There are several types of traders in the financial markets. You could be a scalper, a day trader, or even a swing trader. It’s important to examine your unique trading style to make sure that you derive maximum benefit from the financial markets.
Online Trading Psychology

Online Trading Psychology

There are many skills, that are required for forex and CFD traders to reach success. These include the understanding of basic trading principles, technical and fundamental analysis, markets, etc., and proper trading psychology is one of them.
Derivatives trading

Derivatives trading

This may sound like a strange concept, but derivatives trading is hugely popular here in the UK. CFD trading, futures contracts, swaps, forwards and options are all examples of derivatives trading instruments. Find out more about derivatives trading.
What is a trading plan

What is a trading plan?

There is no failsafe trading strategy that works for all traders. Your trading plan is unique. Since there are a multitude of elements to consider, you should construct your trading plan based on your preferences. We can show you what is needed in a trading plan.
Money Management

Money Management

When you’re trading, nothing is more important than money management. You must learn to manage your money when you’re trading currency pairs on the markets. Capital management is a key discipline to learn.
What is the Stock Market

What is the Stock Market?

Do you want to know more about a stock market? Learn about primary markets and secondary markets, and how to purchase shares on these markets. For detailed information on stock exchanges and their structures, click the link.
How much money do I need to trade forex

How much money do I need to trade forex?

There is a trade difference if you start with $100 versus $2000, and yes it does matter. One of the more significant problems new traders face is being under-capitalised. When you start trading you goal is to have some sort of profit or income from your investment.
How to Trade Online

How to Trade Online?

AvaTrade UK lists everything you need to know about trading Forex online. We will walk you through the process, step-by-step whether you’re a beginner, intermediate-level trader or an advanced trader.

Expand Your Trading Knowledge with AvaTrade UK

At AvaTrade, we offer access to comprehensive information on how to trade online. You can also delver deeper into trading concepts and analysis as well as use our educational centre, with our collection of free trading information and insights. Being able to trade effectively requires one to understand the financial markets as well as the factors that impact asset price changes. With this understanding, you are able to better gauge when you should enter or exit a trade.  No matter if you are new to the world of online trading, or a seasoned professional, everything you need to trade effectively can be found under the AvaTrade umbrella.

Trading Videos

Feel free to access our complementary library of video tutorials which are ideal for both beginner and advanced traders and cover a vast range of topics, including forex trading strategies, a MetaTrader 4 guide, advanced trading tools and much more. These videos can be accessed with ease from the AvaTrade site and will give you important insight into trading the financial markets with the UK’s #1 regulated and award-winning forex and CFD broker.

Economic Calendar

We also provide our traders with access to an Economic Calendar which will help you to keep up to date with all the latest global financial events. It is important to follow these events as they impact movements in the markets and will give you insight as to the direction that asset prices are likely to move. Trading based on the information provided in the economic calendar will help you to understand the market and to stay on top of market movements. Using an economic calendar is the first step in fundamental analysis.


To assist you on your trading journey, we also offer our traders direct access to the AvaTrade eBook. Simply complete your details in the request form, and we will send you our comprehensive eBook that covers a wide range of important trading topics.

Economic Indicators and Earnings Releases

In addition, we provide you with information on economic indicators. These indicators are scheduled economic data releases and announcements, which come from leading factors in the financial arena. There are many different indicators and each one of them differs in terms of their effect on the various financial markets. For example, in the US, some of the important economic indicators include the unemployment rate, interest rates, new building permits and changes in the Gross Domestic Product (GDP), to name a few. Each one of these indicators can impact the market in numerous ways. For example, if the US releases a positive report on their unemployment rate, this often has a positive impact on the markets. Job growth is highly correlated with improvements in consumer confidence, which in turn often prompts increases in spending. Spending accounts for over two-thirds of economic activity, making the labour market an important indicator for traders and analysts worldwide.

Earnings releases are also an important part of trading online. The earnings season lasts several weeks and occurs four times per year. During this time, the vast majority of US corporations report their quarterly sales and earnings. Many traders pay close attention to these announcements in order to get a clear understanding of whether companies are performing well in general and whether results are meeting, exceeding, or lagging behind the expectations of analysts. Geared with this information, you are able to make informed decisions when trading the financial markets.

Sharp Trader

To give our traders even more access to educational trading resources, we provide direct access to Sharp Trader, a premium educational website that contains exclusive educational content for our traders. This includes access to trading videos for new and advanced traders, trading analysis, access to the latest news as well as information on how to trade forex, stocks, indices and commodities. Detailed information is also provided on the different trading platforms available at AvaTrade including MetaTrader 4, Mirror Trader, DupliTrade, Mac trading and even mobile trading.


When you trade online, there are different types of orders available. This refers to how you will enter or exit a trade. For example, you may decide to enter a trade at the current market price of an asset, or you can create a conditional order which means the trade will only be entered into when specific conditions are met. Detailed information on the different order types can be found on the AvaTrade website.

At AvaTrade UK, we fully understand the importance of education when it comes to trading online. As a result, we have dedicated a lot of time and resources to providing our traders with a wide choice of educational materials and tools. As your trading partner, we want to ensure that you are equipped with all the necessary information and knowledge in order to trade with confidence.

We encourage you to register for a free demo account and to enjoy risk-free trading under real market conditions with us at AvaTrade. Our dedicated team of support staff is also available and can be contacted via Live Chat, email and telephone. At AvaTrade, you are our number one partner!