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Introduction - what is trading.co.uk?

trading.co.uk is a real time financial analytics platform for investors, traders and researchers. It covers a broad range of indices, sectors, constituents and their non-traded entities that could affect an investment.

Exclusively using Digital Contact’s proprietary big data analytics engine, ensures that trading.co.uk delivers an unparalleled depth of financial information, including: live price data, social media volume, sentiment analysis and keyword extraction and much more. All information is contained in an easy-to-use interface, providing you with the latest insights on companies, markets, and sectors.

Whether an individual trader looking for insights, a market observer wanting information which may affect longterm investments or a broker, trading.co.uk condenses the information you need to make informed and intelligent trades.

Note: In order to get the most out of this interactive interface we highly recommend that you register, as there are areas of the site which cannot be customised until the user creates an account.

Navigation bar

The navigation bar running down the left hand side of the screen contains links the following, please refer to the breakdown of each section for more information:

  1. Dashboard

    A quick link to your customised dashboard, (you must be logged in to customise your dashboard) see the dashboard section for more information.
  2. Browse

    Browse is the one place allowing you to find your way around any part of the trading platform;
    • Find a company:
      A search bar to allow you to search for any company listed on trading.co.uk.
      Users can search either by company name (i.e. Royal Mail) or by Stock Code (i.e. RMG)
    • Markets:
      A list of quick links to the top markets covered on trading.co.uk.
    • Sectors:
      A list of quick links to the top sectors covered on trading.co.uk.
  3. Watchlists

    Your Watchlists allow you to store all of the companies you are monitoring in one place, you can store an unlimited number of companies in as many watch lists as you like.
    • Find a company:
      A search bar to add company to a watch list.
    • Watchlists:
      A list of all your watch lists
      [Please refer to the Watchlist section below for more information].
  4. My Account

    This is where you can administer all of the details we hold on your account.
    • Change Your Password:
      A blade to allow you to change/update your password, should you wish.
    • Edit Account:
      A blade to allow you to change/update your personal details, including:
      • First Name.
      • Last Name.
      • Company Name.
      • Type of Investor.
    • Edit Your Investments:
      A blade to allow you to edit/update your trading/investment interests, such as (but not limited to): CFDs, Binaries, ISAs, Property, Equities, etc…
    • Manage External Logins: A blade to allow you to edit/update your external login sources - these include the top social media sites, such as Facebook, Twitter and Google Plus.
    • Log off:
      Clicking this link will log you out of your current session on trading.co.uk and bring you back to the home screen as an unregistered/logged out user.

    Note: To continue using all the features of trading.co.uk, you will need to log back in. To log in again, click the ‘My Account’ icon and select the ‘LOGIN’ button and enter your details.

  5. Help

    Opens the Help Section blade, this is what you are reading now.

    If you feel that an item is missing from this section please do email us and we will review it.

Date range picker

The date picker allows you to edit the date ranges for all data on trading.co.uk - enabling you to look at historical data from a specific date.

To change the date range of the data displayed on the site click on the calendar symbol in the bottom left corner.

  1. Using the date picker

    To select a range using the date picker click on the day you'd like to start from, then click the day you'd like to end on. You can navigate through the months using the arrows at the top of the calendars.
  2. Using pre-selected ranges

    Below the date picker are a number of pre-selected date ranges. Simply click on the range you'd like to use and the dates will be automatically selected on the date picker

Once you have selected your preferred range click the 'Apply Date Range' button. You will then observe that the data on the blades changes to reflect the selected range (with the exception of the current price components).

My Account

How to register

To get the most out of your experience on trading.co.uk, we recommend that you register for a free account. Please follow the steps below, it’s very quick and painless!

  1. Click on the My Account icon from the left hand navigation bar
  2. You will see two options: Register and Login
  3. Click Register to see the account creation fields
  4. Enter an Email and Password [both are required to create an account]
    • Optional: Check the ‘Send me updates about trading.co.uk’ check box to receive the latest information about trading.co.uk and any upcoming features and additions to the platform.
  5. Click Register
  6. You User will see a confirmation message and two options to choose from:
    • Improve your experience
      By selecting this option, you will be taken to a new blade, from which you will be able to add additional information and tailor your experience on trading.co.uk to better suit your needs.
      See steps 7 to 9, below for more information.
    • Start using trading.co.uk now
      By selecting this option, you will directed to your personal dashboard. Which is now ready for you to customise and begin your trading.co.uk experience.

      Note: We do highly recommend users enhance their experience by filling in the ‘About You’ and ‘About Your Investments’ sections, so your trading.co.uk experience can be tailored to better suit your needs.

      These can be filled out at a later time, via the ‘My Account’ options - see Edit Account and Edit Your Investments, below.

Change password

Should you find the need to change or update your password, you can do so at any time.

  1. Click on My Account in the navigation bar
  2. Click Change Your Password
  3. You will see the following fields:
    • Enter current password
    • New password
    • Confirm new password

    Note: You must complete all fields in order to change the password.

  4. Click Submit to save your changes.
  5. You will then see confirmation that your changes have been saved.

Edit account

The Edit Account option, allows you to add/update your personal details to your trading.co.uk account.

  1. Click on My Account in the navigation bar.
  2. Click Edit Account.
  3. You will see the following editable fields:
    • First Name
    • Last Name
    • Company Name
    • Type Of Investor
  4. Click Save to record changes.
    • Optional step: Upon clicking Save, you will be taken directly onto the next step, Edit Your Investments. This is an optional task. If you do not wish to edit your investments at this time, you can either click Save or on any other link in the navigation bar.

Edit your investments

  1. Click on the My Account selection in the navigation bar.
  2. Select the ‘Edit Your Investments’ link.
  3. The list of Investments available when you registered is displayed. You can edit your trade or hold investments by clicking on the checkboxes to select or deselect items.
  4. Click Save to record your changes

Log off

  1. Click on My Account in the navigation bar
  2. Click Log off link
  3. You are now logged off and will be returned to the homepage screen as an unregistered/logged out user.

Note: To continue using all the features of trading.co.uk, you will need to log back in (see below).

Log in

  1. Click on My Account in the navigation bar.
  2. Click on the Login button.
  3. Select your login method (Email, Google, Facebook, Twitter)
  4. If email and password fields are blank, enter your details.
    • Depending on your settings, some browsers will automatically auto-fill login details.
  5. Click Sign-in button.
  6. You will now return to your previously saved dashboard layout.

How do I close my account

Please email support@digitalcontact.co.uk if you would like us to close your account.

Blades & Components

What are blades?

To explain them simply, blades are like pages of a website, but with a twist. Like most sites, each one contains different information on a particular subject/section of the website.

However, unlike normal web pages on other sites, you can have multiple blades (as many as you want/need) open at any one time; trading.co.uk features infinite horizontal scrolling, so you can open as many blades as you like, till your heart’s content.

Blades can be ‘pinned’ (so they stay on your screen at all time), closed (if you feel your screen is becoming too overwhelming with financial information) and even popped out into a new window (great for users with multiple screens). [More information on this can be found below]

Each blade holds multiple squares/containers of of information, which we call ‘components’ (see Components section below for full details).

The purpose of the blades is to enable the user to see multiple types of financial information, from a variety of sources, through these components - such as: financial topics, products, companies, people, indices and sectors.

We have designed them to be a great way to follow a path deeper into a subject and even compare subjects side-by-side. You can specify and view all component data within select date ranges (see Date Range Picker, above) across the entire system, ensuring that every blade is consistent.

What are components?

As briefly mentioned above, components are containers/squares situated within the blades on trading.co.uk.

Each component holds a specific type of financial data - such as (to name a few) real-time pricing, company/product sentiment, or the latest breaking news story around a company, person or product, etc.

These components enable us to communicate a vast amount of financial data to you in a bitesize format; so that it is easy to read at a glance and so that you can fit it all onto one screen, without having to flick between different windows or tabs within your browser, like you might need to do on some other sites.

What’s more, each component is customisable. You can resize them to one of five different sizes, which are all responsive to any device (desktops, tablets, mobile or wearable devices), and you can rearrange the components’ layout in each blade - so the information is displayed in the order that works for you.

Plus, if you need to see the information contained within a component in all its glory, every component can be expanded into its own full-sized blade, so you can see the complete context of the data before you.

Opening a blade

Blades are opened with almost every click on trading.co.uk.

For example, clicking on an icon in the navigation bar will bring up a blade related to that specific icon, such as ‘Browse’ when you want to search for a company.

In this example we will open up a company blade and then a component blade:

  1. Select Browse
    • The Find A Company blade will appear
  2. Search for and select your desired company (for example Royal Mail)
    • The company blade will slide over (replacing the search blade).
    • The Company Blade in this instance is (essentially) your main/key blade.
  3. From here, each component that you select will pop up a new, secondary blade, each one sliding across next to the main/key blade (replacing the secondary blade).

Note: Should you wish to keep a secondary blade on screen, but bring up another one, all you need to do is ‘pin’ your desired blades and they will remain on screen until you unpin or close them [see Pin Blades section below, for more information]

Closing a blade

  1. Click on the cross symbol in the top right hand corner of the blade you wish to close.
  2. Done! Simple as that.

Note: If you only have a main/key blade open, the blade will close and you will be returned to your dashboard.

Note: If you have pinned a blade it will not close. You will need to unpin the blade before the close function works [see Pinning a blade, below]

Pinning a blade

The pin symbol allows you to view blades side by side to allow for easy comparison. It’s a useful tool to save a blade for later review, especially if you have an invested interest in a particular company.

  1. Click on the pin symbol.
  2. The symbol will change and the blade which has been ‘pinned’ will stay on screen.
  3. Click on the symbol again to remove the pin functionality.

Note: You can pin an unlimited number of blades, use the horizontal scrollbar to navigate between them.

Pop out a blade

An alternative to pinning a blade (see above), is popping out a blade. Blades can be popped out, so they are in a separate window to your main trading.co.uk dashboard.

  1. Click on the pop out symbol (represented by the two little squares) in the top right navigation on any blade.
  2. The blade will now open in a separate window. Where you are free to move it around your desktop and resize it, like any other browser window.
  3. Just like with pinning blades, you are free to open as many pop-out windows as you wish.

This allows you to keep a closer eye on select blades, such as companies or news stories you are interested in and want to keep a close eye on.

Customise a blade

Components within a blade can be customised to suit your personal preference. You can: alter the size of each component, rearrange the placement of components within a blade and even delete any components that you don’t find useful.

  1. Click on the three dots in the top right navigation on the blade you wish to customise.
  2. Select customise.
  3. The components will ‘wobble’.
  4. Select the boxes to change the size.
  5. Click and drag to change position of each component.
  6. To delete a component, click the cross symbol on the unwanted component.
  7. Click save to retain changes.

Reset a blade layout

If you are unhappy with your blade customisation (for example, you deleted a component that you now need), you can reset the blade and all its components back to its original state.

  1. Click on the three dots.
  2. Select the Reset to Default option
  3. The blade will automatically reset to it’s default layout.

Note: This will undo any changes to the blade you have previously made.

Blades & Components in detail

Here we give you an overview of each blade type, it's components and what the data means, to help you better understand the purpose and power of each blade and component.

Company blade summary

All company blades contain 12 components:

  1. Price chart

  2. Pulse chart

  3. Sentiment chart

  4. Volumetric chart

    If you click on any chart component the detail blade will slide out containing a large line chart and you can select to remove or add items to it, please see the Chart customisation section for more detail.

    Note: The price component is the only component which will always show the latest price, all other components display data from the date range selected.

  5. Latest story

    The latest story from the date range selected is displayed. These are stories which are created by our system.
  6. Total number of stories

    The count of stories for the selected date range
  7. Hot Topics

    The Hot Topics are displayed in the tag cloud, the size of the words reflect how often they are used (most used have the biggest font size).
  8. Common words

    The common words for this company from the date range selected are displayed, (the highest number is reflected by the size of the blocks).
  9. Related Companies

    The related companies component displays companies in the same sector alphabetically.
  10. Key Stats and Ratio

    We display the following Key stats and ratio data for each company to assist you in making your decision with regards to each company:
    • FisCal Year Ends
    • Most Recent Quarter
    • Profit Margin
    • Operating Margin
    • Revenue
    • Revenue Per Share
    • Qtrly Revenue Growth
    • Gross Profit
    • EBITDA
    • Qtrly Earnings Growth
    • Enterprise Values
  11. Number of Markets/Indices this company sits in

  12. Number of Sectors this company sits in

Index blade summary

All index blades contain 12 components:

  1. Price chart

  2. Pulse chart

  3. Sentiment chart

  4. Volumetric chart

    If you click on any chart component the detail blade will slide out containing a large line chart and you can select to remove or add items to it, please see the Chart customisation section for more detail.

    Note: The price component is the only component which will always show the latest price, all other components display data from the date range selected.

  5. Rising companies

    The top rising companies by price, [companies with the highest percentage rise] during the selected date range.
  6. Falling companies

    The top falling companies by price [companies with the highest percentage drop] during the selected date range.
  7. Latest story

    The latest story from the date range selected is displayed. These are stories which are created by our system.
  8. Total number of stories

    The count of stories for the selected date range
  9. Total number of companies

    The count of companies in the selected index

Sector blade summary

All sector blades contain 10 components:

  1. Price chart

  2. Pulse chart

  3. Sentiment chart

  4. Volumetric chart

    If you click on any chart component the detail blade will slide out containing a large line chart and you can select to remove or add items to it, please see the Chart customisation section for more detail.

    Note: The price component is the only component which will always show the latest price, all other components display data from the date range selected.

  5. Rising companies

    The top rising companies by price, [companies with the highest percentage rise] during the selected date range.
  6. Falling companies

    The top falling companies by price [companies with the highest percentage drop] during the selected date range.
  7. Heatmap of companies

  8. Latest story

    The latest story from the date range selected is displayed. These are stories which are created by our system.
  9. Total number of stories

    The count of stories for the selected date range
  10. Total number of companies

    The count of companies in the selected index

Story blade summary

All sector blades contain 5 components:

  1. Story

    The full details of the story are displayed here

  2. Referenced companies

    A table of companies cited in the story
  3. Related Tags

    This component contains a list of related companies by relevance within the tag cloud component.
  4. Sources

    The total number of sources used to create the story are displayed.
  5. Shares

    The total count of shares for this story

Your Dashboard

Using your dashboard

The dashboard displays a convenient overview of all of the companies on all of your watchlists. Each block contains the company's stock code, current pulse and the most recent article. Additionally the companies which be coloured either green, red or grey, signifying whether the pulse is currently rising, falling or has no change.

Use the menu in the top right to filter the companies that are shown:

Get more out of charts

trading.co.uk’s charting system allows you to see a new depth of data around a traditional pricing graph.

As well as monitoring the live price or a company (for example), trading.co.uk’s charting system also provides you with positive and negative sentiment scores and our unique pulse graph.

You can customise each chart, by activating and deactivating each of these options. In this example, we look at the price chart from the LON100 Index:

Customise composite graph

  1. Click on the pricing chart.
  2. The detailed pricing blade will slide out.
    • At the top of the chart you will see a key describing what each part of the graph represents: Price, Pulse, Positive Sentiment and Negative Sentiment.
  3. Click on any of options in the key to activate or deactivate that visual on the chart.

What are Hot Topics?

What are Common Words?

What is Volume?

What is Pulse?

What is Sentiment?

Watchlists

Watchlists are a great way to monitor a group of companies that you have an interest in. You can create multiple watch lists, allowing you to group specific companies as you see fit, for example: technology companies, industrial goods or utility companies you might have a vested interest in.

Create a Watchlist

  1. Select Watchlists from the left-hand menu.
  2. Click Create New Watchlist
  3. The Create Watchlist box will pop up.
  4. Enter the name you’d like to call your Watchlist (example: ‘My Watchlist’)
  5. Click the Create button
    • A confirmation message will appear
    • You should now see the Watchlist in your Watchlists menu
    • If your Watchlist has not been created, please contact support@trading.co.uk

Note: Your watch list will, at this point, be empty. You will then need to add companies to your empty watch list (see below).

Add companies to your Watchlist

Using the Watchlists menu

  1. In the Search Bar, above the list of Watchlists, enter the name or stock code of a company you would like to watch (example: Microsoft)
  2. Click on the company desired company in the results list
    • If you have just one watch list, the company will automatically be added to it. A confirmation message will appear and it will be available to view from your watch list.
    • If you have more than one watch list, when you select the company you want to add, you will be asked which watch list you want it to be added to.

Using the blade menu

  1. Open the blade of the company you want to watch
  2. Click the eye symbol in the header of the blade
    • If you have just one watch list, the company will automatically be added to it. A confirmation message will appear and it will be available to view from your watch list.
    • If you have more than one watch list, when you select the company you want to add, you will be asked which watch list you want it to be added to.

If the company has not been added to your Watchlist, please contact support@trading.co.uk

Remove a company from a Watchlist

  1. Open the Watchlists menu
  2. Click on the cog symbol next to the list you wish to edit
  3. A box listing all the companies within your watch list will appear
  4. Click on the red cross next to the company use wish to remove
  5. The company will disappear from the list and the change is saved automatically.

Rename a Watchlist

  1. Open the Watchlists menu
  2. Click on the cog symbol next to the list you wish to edit
  3. A box listing the watch list details will appear
  4. Click on title of the watchlist
  5. The title will change to a textbox, allowing you to edit the name.
  6. When you are finished, click the Update button to save the changes

Delete a watchlist

  1. Open the Watchlists menu
  2. Click on the cog symbol next to the list you wish to delete
  3. Click on the Delete List button
  4. A confirmation message will appear to confirm your watch list has been deleted.

If the watch list has not been deleted, please contact support@trading.co.uk

Open a watchlist

  1. Open the Watchlists menu
  2. Click on a watchlist title and the watchlist blade will slide out. You can view a list of all of your companies in the watch list [showing price, value and percentage for each company]
  3. You can open the company details blades by clicking on one of the companies

FAQs

How can trading.co.uk be free?

Free account holders will be able to use the platform at no cost, with carefully placed adverts appearing on the dashboard. We want your experience on trading.co.uk to be as painless as possible and while we realise that online advertising isn’t always well received, it does allow us to deliver the platform to you for free.

How can I remove adverts?

Trading.co.uk is currently in Beta. An ad-free experience will be coming soon with our Enterprise accounts...

For more information, or be the first to sign up for an Enterprise account, please contact us: support@trading.co.uk

Where do you generate your volume of social mentions from?

Trading.co.uk utilises Digital Contact’s big data analytics engine. Able to scan millions of sources, including social media and financial news sites, trading.co.uk is able to gauge the volume of social mentions around a company (including key personnel and subsidiaries).

What functions are available on mobile?

Everything. trading.co.uk has been designed to be fully accessible across all devices, including: desktops/laptops, tablets and mobile devices.

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