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The distinct advantage a trusted financial platform can bring

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Whenever you are outlaying any form of capital, you want to ensure that the person or institution you are paying will be around, well and truly after the transaction has been completed, and for many years to come.

This can provide you with the comfort you desire.

The last thing a person wants to feel is insecure, especially when handing large quantities of hard-earned money to invest in a product or company.

So, what features should you look in a broker for when wanting to acquire stocks in a publicly company such as those on the stock market, no matter their location around the world?

Firstly, you want to check that your broker has a strong capital position, meaning it can handle the transaction and the order execution. You wouldn’t want to place your money into a broker account that can’t guarantee your funds will be safe, or that the order will be completed as per your wish.

Holding over $10billion in capital gives Interactive Brokers a distinct advantage, as they are one of the biggest handlers of equity and capital worldwide. And also having $7.1b in excess regulatory capital means you can rest assured the company won’t be going anywhere, any time soon.

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Seeing if the broker is also listed on the stock market exchange can provide extra confidence, as many regulatory hurdles have had to be jumped through, just to list. In the case of Interactive Brokers (NYSE:IBKR), the company is listed on the Nasdaq.

If a company listed on a stock exchange, and operating around the world, it also means that anywhere there is an outlet, they have to be regulated and comply with that jurisdiction’s terms and conditions.

Knowing there are 1.7million clients all over the world who use the Interactive Brokers service also instills confidence, that the financial management company will be around, not only after your stock order is executed, but also after it is sold (hopefully a long time down the track).

Performing around 2.5m daily average revenue trades (or DARTs) also gives assurances that you are not the only person to rely on Interactive Brokers for their services.

For more information about Interactive Brokers, head to this website.

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Apple on its own as U.S. stocks make comeback

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U.S. markets have rallied after a disappointing week for investors. But what is Apple doing?

The Dow Jones is up around 548 points, marking a big comeback from its recent 2022 lows.

Overall, it was a broad-based rally, with Apple as an outlier.

The tech giant’s stocks were down about 1.3 per cent after reports the company is ditching plans to increase new iPhone production, as demand falls short of expectations.

The broad-based rally follows the Bank of England announcing it would buy bonds, to stabilise financial markets, a huge reversal in policy implemented by most institutions this year to tackle soaring inflation.

The move caused the pound to become more stable, after it had tumbled to a record low against the U-S dollar earlier in the week.

U-S yields retreated from their highest level in more than a decade – easing concerns that rates were growing too quickly and could damage the economy.

But what does this all mean for the future? It’s hard to say, but this move by the Bank of England could signal a change in policy for central banks around the world.

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We know how the crypto market will recover, but when?

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$2.2 Trillion Institutional Crypto Price Prediction Reveals Bitcoin And Ethereum Could Be Poised For Recovery

The crypto market took a huge hit after the Federal Reserve’s announcement of quantitative easing, but one analyst is predicting that both bitcoin and ethereum could stage a recovery in the near future.

According to a report from investment firm JP Morgan, the two largest cryptocurrencies by market capitalization could see prices rise to $14,000 and $3,900 per coin, respectively.

This would represent a significant rebound from their current levels of around $10,000 and $200.

The report cites the recent influx of institutional investors into the crypto space as a key driver of this price growth.

With more and more big money players getting involved in crypto, JP Morgan predicts that the market could soon see a “new paradigm” of price discovery.

So far, crypto has been largely driven by retail investors, who are often more prone to emotional buying and selling.

With institutional investors coming in, there could be more stability in the market and less volatility.

JP Morgan’s report is just one of many bullish crypto predictions that have come out in recent months.

With more and more mainstream companies and financial institutions taking crypto seriously, it seems that the once-niche market is finally coming into the mainstream.

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Virgin Atlantic ditches gender uniforms

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Virgin is now the most inclusive airline in the skies, thanks to its new gender-neutral uniform policy.

Pilots, cabin crew and ground staff are now free to wear whatever they feel expresses their individuality, whether that be traditional men’s or women’s clothing, or something more unique.

Previously women had to wear a red uniform and men wore burgundy and the airlines says that the change makes it “the most inclusive airline in the skies”.

The move away from gendered uniforms has been applauded by staff, and sets Virgin Atlantic apart as an airline that is championing inclusivity.

Jaime Forsstroem, a member of Virgin cabin crew, said: “The updated gender identity policy is so important to me. As a non-binary person, it allows me to be myself at work and have the choice in what uniform I wear.”

The airline is amending its “trans inclusion policies” which include time off work for medical treatments related to gender transition,.

It is also introducing an option to include pronouns on workers’ name badges.

 

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