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How a Small Business Owner Can Invest in Forex

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Elevate your small business by increasing your available capital through our guide on how business owners can invest in the forex market.

How to Invest in Forex as a Business Owner

Most people who are building a retirement nest egg or hoping to make a big purchase may want to grow their savings through investment. Forex is very useful for such a purpose, as there are few barriers to entry and the learning curve is not very steep.

What many do not realize, however, is that small businesses can also benefit from trading forex. Using platforms such as OANDA, small business owners can ensure they have access to money in other currencies while investing their capital with the hopes of turning a profit on most trades.

Below is a guide that explains how you can start investing in currency today as a small business owner.

Why Currencies Fluctuate in Value

The key to investing in any asset or security is to predict whether the asset in question will rise or fall in value. Stocks fall and rise based on the perceptions of a company and its performance. Currencies rise and fall in value based on supply, demand, and other factors.

Currencies with high inflation are likely to see a drop in the value of their currency, as the country has less purchasing power due to inflation. Higher interest rates can also impact currency values, raising them, as investors who have money in that currency can now get higher returns on their funds. Lower interest rates usually see a drop in currency value.

Political stability, government debt, and the amount of foreign currency the central bank of the country in question owns can also impact the value of that country’s currency. If there is instability, the currency is likely to fall in value, while central banks can use foreign currencies to weather volatility in their currency’s value.

Why Trade in Currencies?

Many business owners may wonder why they need to trade in currencies. There are two primary reasons: having access to money in other currencies and making a profit on your existing capital.

If you have money sitting in your business account, putting it to use in the forex market is a great way to increase returns. Rather than keeping it in a company checking or savings account, you can get better returns through trading forex a few times a week.

Even if you are not interested in growing your capital through forex, but you plan to do business in other countries, using the market is useful. The forex market can help you access the best exchange rates while accruing small profits on trades.

Types of Forex Trades

There are two significant forms of trading foreign currencies, spot trading and futures trading. A spot trade is extremely simple, as you agree to exchange currencies with another party at a set price. The exchange rate is determined by the present value of both currencies.

A futures trade is a little more complex, as it involves buying or selling a currency for another at a set future date. A trader may engage in a futures trade if they believe the value of a currency will rise or fall within a set period of time.

Currency Pairings

Currency Pairings

When you first create an account at a site that allows you to trade on the Forex market, you will likely see a lot of currency pairings. You are trading in pairings, such as GBP/USD or EUR/USD. The pairings signify the two currencies you are exchanging, such as exchanging a Great British Pound for a United States Dollar or a Euro for a US Dollar.

The currencies that make up most of the Forex market are the US Dollar, Canadian Dollar, Great British Pound, Euro, Japanese Yen, Australian Dollar, and the Swiss Franc. You can trade other currencies, but finding other investors to complete spot trades and futures trades may be a little more difficult.

Liquid, 24-Hour Market

A significant advantage of the Forex market is that you are taking part in a highly liquid market that is active nearly 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Trading in foreign currencies opens on Monday morning in Australia and Asia and is ongoing 24 hours a day until Friday evening in the United States or South America.

The Forex market is extremely liquid, as you can complete spot and futures trades in a matter of seconds. If you are trading major currencies, finding a buyer that takes the opposite view of your investment is extremely easy.

Business Through Forex

Grow Your Business Through Forex

Business owners need to take advantage of every available resource if they are to grow their capital. Whether you are accessing capital through business loans, investors, or other means, you can increase the money available to your operation through trading.

While you may not have time to become an expert in stocks, the forex market is a lot easier to learn.  Trading Forex allows you to access foreign currencies, which may be useful for doing business in other countries. You can also make a profit on most trades, provided you have some understanding of how the forex market works, and why currencies rise and fall in value.

If you are self-employed or running a small business, leveraging the forex market is a great way to put your capital to use.

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NASD OTC Market Remains in Bearish Territory With 0.01% Loss

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Nigeria's Unlisted Securities Market Sheds 0.78%, NASD Shares up 8.31%

By Adedapo Adesanya

The NASD Over-the-counter (OTC) Securities Exchange recorded a 0.01 per cent fall on Friday, September 23, as it dropped for the fourth straight day. This further dampened investors’ confidence.

In the session, the bourse, which admits unlisted securities, recorded the decline following a loss recorded by Food Concepts Plc as the company saw its equity value drop 1 Kobo or 1.1 per cent to sell at 90 Kobo per unit versus the previous day’s 91 Kobo per unit.

As a result, the market capitalisation of the NASD OTC exchange went south by N60 million to close at N952.51 billion compared with Thursday’s N952.57 billion.

Also, the NASD Unlisted Securities Index (NSI) dropped 0.05 points to finish at 723.56 points, in contrast to the preceding session’s 723.61 points.

Friday’s market data revealed that there was a slump in the units of securities exchanged by investors by 4.4 per cent to 60,420 units from the 63,219 units traded a day earlier.

The value of securities traded amounted to N57,125.00, 99.3 per cent lower than the N8.4 million achieved a day earlier, while the number of deals carried out during the session went down by 28.57 per cent to five deals from the seven deals carried out on Thursday.

AG Mortgage Bank Plc finished the session as 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 Systems (CSCS) Plc also retained the second spot with the sale of 687.6 million units valued at N14.3 billion, while Mixta Real Estate Plc was in third place for trading 178.1 million units valued at N313.4 million.

Also, CSCS Plc maintained its position as the most active stock by value on a year-to-date basis with a turnover of 687.6 million units valued at N14.3 billion, VFD Group Plc was in second place with 27.7 million units worth N7.4 billion, while FrieslandCampina WAMCO Nigeria Plc retained the third place with the sale of 14.3 million units valued at N1.7 billion.

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Naira Crashes to N720/$1 at Black Market, N738/$1 at P2P, Trades N436.33/$1 at I&E

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By Adedapo Adesanya

The exchange rate of the Naira to the United States Dollar moved in different directions on Friday, depreciating in the black market and the Peer-to-Peer (P2P) segments of the foreign exchange market and gaining in the Investors and Exporters (I&E) window.

In the P2P category, the local currency declined by N13 against the greenback to sell at N738/$1 compared with the preceding session’s N725/$1, and in the black market, it lost N7 to trade at N720/$1 in contrast to Thursday’s value of N713/$1.

However, in the spot market, the domestic currency appreciated against the American currency by 17 Kobo or 0.04 per cent to close at N436.33/$1 in contrast to the previous day’s N436.50/$1.

Data from the FMDQ Securities Exchange indicated that the turnover for the session increased slightly by $4.37 million or 4.3 per cent to $106.11 million from $101.74 million.

In the interbank segment, the value of the Naira to the Pound Sterling remained unchanged at N487.99/£1 and against the Euro, the local currency also traded flat at N425.66/€1.

In the digital currency market, it was a mixture of ups, downs and flats, with Dogecoin (DOGE) recording an 8.1 per cent rise to trade at $0.0657.

Solana (SOL) appreciated by 6.9 per cent to $34.16, Litecoin (LTC) went up by 4.0 per cent to trade at $54.92, Binance Coin (BNB) recorded a 2.9 per cent rise to sell at $281.86 while Ethereum (ETH) saw its value go up by 1.4 per cent to sell at $1,326.76.

On the other hand, Ripple (XRP) recorded a loss of 1.8 per cent to quote at $0.4939, Bitcoin (BTC) slid by 0.2 per cent to $19,035.94, Cardano (ADA) recorded a 0.1 per cent slide to trade at $0.4599, while the US Dollar Tether (USDT) and Binance USD (BUSD) closed flat at $1.00, respectively.

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Equity Market Sheds 0.33% as Investors Sell off BUA Cement, 21 Others

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By Dipo Olowookere

Twenty-two stocks ended on the losers’ chart on Friday at the Nigerian Exchange (NGX) Limited, outweighing the 11 equities that finished on the gainers’ log.

The weak investor sentiment further plunged the market into the danger zone by 0.33 per cent at the close of transactions, data from the exchange indicated.

It was observed that the equity market has remained bearish despite the recent gains in banking shares. The sustained sell-offs in the industrial goods space have continued to put the bourse under pressure.

The industrial goods sector depreciated yesterday by 1.61 per cent, the insurance counter lost 0.46 per cent, the energy index declined by 0.46 per cent, while the banking and consumer goods sectors appreciated by 0.85 per cent and 0.10 per cent, respectively.

The All-Share Index (ASI) decreased at the close of business by 163.72 points to 49,026.62 points from 49,190.34 points as the market capitalisation went down by N88 billion to N26.445 trillion from N26.533 trillion.

A total of 169.2 million stocks worth N3.2 billion were transacted on Friday in 3,206 deals compared with the 126.8 million stocks worth N1.8 billion traded in 3,117 deals on Thursday, indicating an improvement in the trading volume, value and number of deals by 33.38 per cent, 79.16 per cent and 2.86 per cent, respectively.

Courteville ended the day as the busiest stock after it transacted 27.7 million units valued at N12.5 million, NGX Group traded 24.5 million units worth N417.4 million, Zenith Bank transacted 20.8 million units worth N416.8 million, Transcorp exchanged 11.2 million units valued at N11.6 million, while Jaiz Bank sold 10.9 million units for N8.7 million.

The worst-performing stock was CWG as its value depleted by 10.00 per cent to 81 Kobo, Berger Paints lost 9.85 per cent to N5.95, Eterna went down by 9.45 per cent to N5.75, Sunu Assurances declined by 8.57 per cent to 32 Kobo, while Chams dropped 6.90 per cent to 27 Kobo.

The best-performing stock yesterday was Vitafoam, which grew by 6.90 per cent to N22.45, followed by RT Briscoe, which appreciated by 6.06 per cent to 35 Kobo. Access Holdings improved by 6.02 per cent to N8.80, Cornerstone Insurance expanded by 3.70 per cent to 56 Kobo, while Fidelity Bank rose by 3.00 per cent to N3.78.

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