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Can You Make a Living Trading Forex?

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Forex trading has a certain appeal to people who would like to be their own boss and work at flexible hours.

In the past, the market was restricted to big companies; however, the internet made it possible for everyone to trade currencies.

Although some people might call it an easy way to make a living, it is a huge risk, especially if you are trading a lot of cash. If you are a risk-taker and want to participate, read on for some tips on how to start making a living trading forex.

Trading forex

Before jumping into the market, you need to understand the concept of forex trading. It takes place between two parties in an over-the-counter market that is controlled by different banks in the major trading centres.

You can trade any time of the day at any hour that you see fit because there is no central location restricting you. It is all about buying currencies and selling them when their value hits the roof.

Amount of Capital Needed

Some people worry about the capital needed to start trading because they think that they must have a considerable amount of cash.

However, it is easier than they think as you can trade forex with any capital because of the availability of micro-accounts. You just have to make sure that you can afford to lose that amount without risking your ability to pay the daily bills.

Furthermore, the more you risk, the higher your earnings will be. Consider starting as a part-time trader, then become a full-timer when you are confident that you can make a living from it.

The Importance of Brokers

Making it into the world of trading on your own may be a bit hard. That’s why brokers, or middlemen as they are called in the forex market, are needed. They are the third party that makes the transactions easier and helps you find good bids. The number of brokers in the market is growing, and that’s why researchers at Observer recommend checking testimonials and looking for the most reliable brokers.

This is especially because no rules are governing the market. You should also ask the broker about the way to withdraw your earnings and the ease of navigation of their website.

Another reason why hiring forex brokers is necessary is because they can offer you a fixed or variable spread according to your deal. The perks of a variable spread are the ability to adjust your bid depending on the volatility of the market. However, volatility is a double-edged weapon because you can lose money if the value of the currency drops.

Putting a Successful Strategy

Understanding yourself and your goals will help you put a successful strategy. Before you start trading forex, you have to include the possibility of losing and winning in order to keep your expectations in check. Many factors affect your strategies such as your capital, patience, and degree of dependency on the trading money.

You get to choose the type of forex market according to your plan and whether you would like short or long-term profits. For instance, the spot forex market takes place as soon as you choose the currency pair you want to exchange.

On the other hand, if you want to earn profit in the future, you can choose between forwarding or future forex markets. The difference between them is that the future one will bind you with a legal contract regardless of the price of the currency at that time.

Consider checking the available strategies to help you in making up your mind. Some of the methods are day trading, scalping, and arbitrary trading. It is better to be flexible when it comes to changing plans after realizing that the initial one isn’t paying off anymore.

Certain factors can affect your plans such as the ratio between the risk and win rates. Even though trading forex is flexible, you have to teach yourself discipline and commitment to make money.

Predicting the Market

Although it is hard to guarantee the full return of your money, amount of profit, or cash you may lose, you can learn how to predict the market’s volatility. Some surprise moves may take place raising the value of the currency or dropping it to the ground. This can help some traders become millionaires while leaving others bankrupt.

Periods of sudden volatility are not that common, so there is always room for prediction. The most important risk possibility that you need to take into consideration is slippage. You should also know when you have achieved an edge on the market. This will help your capital grow and lead to great profits.

Understanding the industry will help you minimize the risks and increase the probability of making huge sums of money. It is better to start as a part-timer and test the market before throwing away a job that provides you with a stable income. Trading forex can be quite profitable in the long-term, especially if you put a sound strategy and deal with a smart broker.

Aduragbemi Omiyale is a journalist with Business Post Nigeria, who has passion for news writing. In her leisure time, she loves to read.

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FBN Holdings Confirms Otedola as Shareholder with 5.07% Stake

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By Dipo Olowookere

Mr Femi Otedola now controls a 5.07 per cent stake in FBN Holdings Plc, the company has confirmed.

This is coming barely 24 hours after the financial institution said it was not aware of the businessman being a major investor in the organisation.

There were reports a day earlier that the former Chairman of the defunct Forte Oil Plc was now the single largest shareholder of the firm, which owns First Bank of Nigeria Limited.

“The attention of FBN Holdings Plc has been drawn to media reports today, October 22, 2021, purporting that a certain individual has acquired a significant shareholding interest in FBN Holdings Plc, therefore, making him the majority shareholder in the company.

“As a listed company, the shares of FBN Holdings Plc are publicly traded, and sale and acquisition of shares is expected in the normal course of business. We operate in a regulated environment, which requires notification of significant shareholding by shareholders to the company, where shares are held in different vehicles, further to which the company will notify the regulators and the public as appropriate.

“The company is yet to receive any notification from the individual mentioned in the media report, of such acquisitions.

“FBN Holdings Plc will always notify the appropriate agencies and authorities whenever it receives any notice of significant shareholding by the shareholders and the company’s registrars,” the statement released by the firm on Friday had stated.

But today, the company issued another statement, informing the investing public that Mr Otedola now owns 5.07 per cent of the company’s equities. This is coming after it was reported that he acquired N30 billion worth of FBN Holdings stocks on the Nigerian Exchange (NGX) Limited.

The financial institution said it received a notification today concerning this development.

“We refer to our communication to the market dated October 22, 2021, on the above subject wherein we stated that we would inform the public of any substantial acquisition, upon receipt of notification from the shareholder.

“This morning, October 23, 2021, FBN Holdings Plc received a notification from APT Securities and Funds Limited, that their client, Mr Otedola Olufemi Peter, and his nominee, Calvados Global Services Limited, have acquired a total of 1,818,551,625 units of shares from the company’s issued share capital of 35,895,292,791.

“Based on the foregoing, the equity stake of Mr Otedola Olufemi Peter and his nominee in the company is now 5.07 per cent,” the disclosure said.

Business Post reports that with this development, Mr Otedola will likely have one of two persons on the board of FBN Holdings to represent his interest. A change in the board of directors of FBN Holdings is likely to happen in the coming days, weeks or months.

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Buhari to Finally Launch eNaira October 25

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By Dipo Olowookere

On Monday, October 25, 2021, President Muhammadu Buhari will formally launch eNaira, the much-awaited electronic Naira, the Central Bank of Nigeria has confirmed.

The digital legal tender for the country introduced by the CBN was initially scheduled for launch on October 1, 2021, but was shelved.

According to the apex bank, the botched introduction was a result of activities clashing with the event and in order not to let other events overshadow the eNaira launch, it was postponed indefinitely.

But on Saturday, the CBN announced next Monday as the new date for the introduction of the electronic currency under the Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC).

A statement issued by the Director of Corporate Communications, Mr Osita Nwanisobi, disclosed that Mr Buhari will perform the formal launch at the State House in Abuja.

It was stated that after the event by the President, the eNaira, which has the theme Same Naira, more possibilities, will become available to Nigerians to use as it would be activated.

The CBN said a structure has been put in place to promptly address any issue that might arise from the pilot implementation of the eNaira, with room for further engagement with “various stakeholders.”

The bank said “the eNaira is a culmination of several years of research work” in advancing the “boundaries of the payments system in order to make financial transactions easier and seamless for every strata of the society.”

According to the central bank, it had robust discussions with “the banking community, fintech operators, merchants and indeed, a cross-section of Nigerians” concerning the eNaira and said it was satisfied with the outcome of the talks, stressing that the eNaira “marks a major step forward in the evolution of money” and would ensure that the digital currency, “like the physical Naira, is accessible by everyone.”

“Given that the eNaira is a journey, the unveiling marks the first step in that journey, which will continue with a series of further modifications, capabilities and enhancements to the platforms.

“The CBN will continue to work with relevant partners to ensure a seamless process that will benefit every user, particularly those in the rural areas and the unbanked population,” it added.

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Friesland Drowns Unlisted Securities Market by 0.33%

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By Adedapo Adesanya

The NASD Over-the-Counter (OTC) Securities Exchange closed in the negative territory at the last trading session of the week on Friday by 0.33 per cent.

It was the first time the market was closing bearish this week and this drowning of the unlisted securities market yesterday was caused by a decline in the equity price of FrieslandCampina WAMCO Nigeria Plc. The price of Friesland went down by 6.7 per cent or N8 to settle at N120.00 per share in contrast to N128.00 per share of the last session.

As a result, the market capitalisation of the exchange dropped N2.04 billion to close the day at N617.59 billion in contrast to N619.63 billion it finished on Thursday.

In the same vein, the NASD Unlisted Security Index (NSI) depreciated by 2.47 points to wrap the session at 747.53 points compared with 750.00 points of the previous session.

Despite the loss recorded yesterday, two securities closed in the positive region led by Central Securities Clearing Systems (CSCS) Plc, which rose by N1.15 or 6.4 per cent to close at N17.95 per unit versus the previous N16.80 per unit.

Also, NASD Plc appreciated during the session by 5 kobo or 0.37 per cent to quote at N13.70 per share as against the N13.65 per share it traded at the preceding session.

At the market on Friday, a total of 292,000 units of securities were transacted by investors in contrast to the 209,300 units of securities transacted at the previous session, indicating a rise of 6.1 per cent.

Equally, the value of shares exchanged by the market participants went up by 14.7 per cent to N4.9 million from N4.3 million recorded at the previous session.

These transactions were carried out in five deals, 16.7 per cent lower than the six deals carried out at the preceding session.

Food Concepts Plc was the most active stock by volume (year-to-date) as it has traded 11.4 billion units of its shares for N14.4 billion. Lighthouse Financial Services Plc occupied the second spot as it has traded 1.1 billion valued at N546.1 million, while Geo Fluids Plc took third place with 1.0 billion units worth N700 million.

In terms of value, Food Concepts Plc also topped the chart with 11.4 million units traded for N14.4 billion, Nigerian Exchange (NGX) Group Plc remained in the second spot with 456.4 million units valued at N9.2 billion, while VFD Group Plc maintained the third spot with 10.4 million units valued at N3.5 billion.

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