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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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95% of Insurance Firms Upload Data to NAICOM Server




By Adedapo Adesanya

The National Insurance Commission (NAICOM) has revealed that 95 per cent of insurance operators have uploaded their data on its platform as instructed within the last one month.

This disclosure was made by the Deputy Commissioner Technical, NAICOM, Mr Sabiu Abubakar, at an event in Lagos. He added that the commission was optimistic that before the end of the third quarter, the remaining 5 per cent will meet up the deadline.

He submitted that online processing of licenses, approvals and data uploading has started for most of the operational requests of the regulated agencies, stressing that issues arising from this application are being addressed promptly and that good progress has been recorded in the uploading of data on NAICOM server.

The insurance regulator official said NAICOM has trained both its staff and the insurance institution on how they use the portal.

On his part, the Commissioner for Insurance, Mr Sunday Thomas, said the NAICOM portal is one of the initiatives the agency was pursuing its efforts to deepen the insurance market and increase the penetration to a level that is consistent with the nation’s economy.

“As some of us may be aware, the Commission in July 2009, embarked on a comprehensive computerization effort tagged project e-regulation that was meant to transform its operational procedures and the conduct of its regulatory responsibilities by providing a robust, world-class ICT Infrastructure to help implement automated business processes internally and for industry-wide supervision via an integrated platform,” he said.

Mr Thomas noted that prior to the development of the portal, the processing of applications required that applicants physically drop off their applications at the commission with their attendant challenges of delays in processing times, and wasted manpower hours due to back-and-forth in application processing as well as ineffective application tracking system.

He then charged those yet to do the required task to help ease operations by uploading their data.

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A Thoughtful Approach to Wealth Management



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By FBNQuest

Across the world, as baby boomers (aged 58-76) near and enter retirement, the attendant transfer of wealth between generations is necessitating a thoughtful approach to wealth management, instigated by common storylines such as this:

“I’m 35 years old and inherited $450,000 this year when my father passed away. I used part of the funds to buy a flat in old Ikoyi, and with the help of a financial advisor, invested the rest ($250,000) in a retirement plan.

“We set a budget so that the interest from the leftover principal could help pay my mortgage. I’m not supposed to touch the investment account…right?”

The coronavirus pandemic has also brought on triple threats to lives, livelihoods, and financial markets, causing individuals and businesses to pause and think about their financial priorities and legacy.

On the minds of wealth managers, therefore, will be a myriad of issues, including:

    Devising new ways of segmenting and serving clients across the wealth spectrum.

    Creating new and more efficient distribution channels by adopting new and enhanced technologies.

    Achieving sustainable and inclusive growth for clients.

    The fact that wealth and health needs will merge, leads to goal-based wealth platforms.

Africa: Wealth Rankings (by Country)

Where in Africa do the well-to-do reside and in what numbers? The recently released Africa Wealth Report 2022 shows that there are currently 136,000 High Net Worth Individuals (HNWIs) living on the continent, along with 5,110 multi-millionaires, 305 centi-millionaires and 21 billionaires. It also illustrates that the total private wealth in Africa currently stands at $2.1trn, an amount that is expected to rise by 38% to $3trn in the next decade.

The Future of Wealth Management

The impact of COVID-19 on wealth management organisations and investors is expected to drive both groups to position themselves to thrive in the new normal. For them, this can mean considering several of the following actions as they seek opportunity amidst uncertainty.

Millennials and the ‘Great Wealth Transfer’: Many young people are in line to become extremely wealthy, in what is referred to as The Great Wealth Transfer. Wealth is expected to gradually change hands from one generation to the next before the year 2030.

Without knowledge of money management, saving for the future and smart investing, Millennials could jeopardise their futures. Financial literacy tools will come into play in reinforcing areas of potential strength, such as Logic vs. Emotion (understanding how to manage money based on the risk and potential return); Frugality vs. Extravagance (adopting delayed gratification); and Saving vs. Spending (think retirement accounts, emergency funds).

Younger investors also tend to feel less confident about how to reach their investment goals, which can lead to cautious investing – an irony, as investors with a longer time frame should ideally have the latitude to take more risk.

AI, Machine Learning: Technology such as Artificial intelligence (AI) will continue to make it possible to do far more in less time, and with fewer resources, while Machine learning can help wealth managers recognise patterns, anticipate future events, and create rules – think client calculation engines, modelling and simulation, and analytics. Robo-advising, the trusted AI-driven, virtual wealth management service, will resonate strongly with the tech-savvy Millennial generation and is essential for future wealth management industry growth.

Human and Digital Hybrids: Millennials are currently between the ages of 25 and 40.  This is an extensive range. Some of them are definitely keen on self-service, but there is also an appreciable number of affluent millennials who are on the verge of making really complex decisions when they will need human interaction to add real value, through strategic planning and advice. For this group, the key is to not only take advantage of the digital space but also to intersperse it with human interactions – a hybrid scenario.

Transformational Web Delivery via Mobile: Following the initial push to move services online, wealth managers are now cementing a second stage, with a particular focus on ubiquity over-mobile. Websites will deliver an even wider range of services where clients are able to view their investments and transactions, invest in Mutual Funds directly, and place orders to purchase or sell shares, regardless of their location, and while on the go. They are also able to access research reports and insightful market data.

In conclusion

The Planning Effect

Uncertainty should not be a reason to put your future on hold or hamper your ability to grow your wealth and keep more of what you earn. Whether you seek effective funds management, long-term planning, or investment strategy, an experienced wealth management professional can help you develop a personalised plan by carefully assessing your investment preferences and risk tolerance.

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CitiTrust Lifts Over-the-Counter Bourse by 0.05%




By Adedapo Adesanya

CitiTrust Holdings Plc played the central role in lifting the National Association of Securities Dealer (NASD) Over-the-Counter (OTC) Securities Exchange by 0.05 per cent on Thursday, August 11.

This raised the NASD market capitalisation by N550 million yesterday to N1.007 trillion from the previous day’s N1.006 trillion as the NASD Unlisted Securities Index (NSI) went up by 0.41 points to wrap the session at 765.28 points compared with 764.87 points of the previous session.

On Thursday, the stock price of CitiTrust Holdings Plc rose by 55 Kobo to N11.90 per share from the N11.35 per share it was sold in the Wednesday session.

A look at the trading activity indicated that there was an 86.5 per cent increase in the volume of securities traded at the bourse yesterday to 111,021 units from the previous trading day’s 59,538 units.

However, the value of shares transacted by market participants went down by 41.7 per cent to N2.7 million from N4.6 million just as the number of trades reduced by 43.8 per cent to nine deals from the 16 deals executed a day earlier.

AG Mortgage Bank Plc remained the most traded stock by volume on a year-to-date basis with the sale of 2.3 billion units worth N1.2 billion, (Central Securities Clearing System) CSCS Plc stood in second place with the sale of 686.5 million units worth N14.2 billion, while Food Concepts Plc was in third place with the sale of 147.8 million units valued at N128.4 million.

Also, CSCS Plc was the most traded stock by value on a year-to-date basis with a turnover of 686.5 million units valued at N14.2 billion, VFD Group Plc was in second place with the sale of 11.1 million units worth N3.3 billion, while FrieslandCampina WAMCO Nigeria Plc in third place has transacted 13.9 million units valued at N1.7 billion.

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