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Forex trading is no longer a term used exclusively by banks where it was used by them to make money for themselves. Forex trading is now a viable option for every individual who wants to earn money from it.

The internet has brought in a new wave of investors in this type of trading. Individuals can now trade with as little as $100 that too right from the comfort of their bedroom.

A physical location is no longer a barrier. This becomes all the more vital during the pandemic wherein people have lost their jobs and are now looking for opportunities to work from home to make a living.

If you are new to forex and are looking for trading in the same from Nigeria, below mentioned are some tips to help you get started.

Understanding Forex Trading

The online currency exchange trade of buying and selling currencies from different countries is called forex trading. The economic condition of that particular country that you want to trade in plays an important role. This is because the economic condition is never static, therefore, the forex market is never stagnant at any given time. You have to be alert and trade when the currency goes up and refrain from trading when it goes down. Prepare yourself with some serious training about forex trading and markets.

Find A Reputable Broker

After you have got a grasp on how everything works, the next step is the most vital one. You will have to search from a list of forex brokers in Nigeria to find one that you can work with. You must be careful before finalizing one.

A broker that is not online is an absolute no-no. The online ones must be reputable and have the necessary license to prove that they are properly regulated. They must also have enough capital funds to support you. Their website should have all the necessary features to make your trading easier. The website should also be friendly with all gadgets so you don’t skip any important update and can access it from your mobile phone if the need be.

Start With A Demo Account

Once you know in theory all that is necessary, the next step is to apply it practically. While you may still be new to the concepts, creating a demo account will be helpful.

Many online broker platforms provide users with a chance to create a demo account free of charge. With this account, you will be able to practice what you learned in theory in an environment that looks like real-time trading.

The accounts have virtual money that you can trade with. This will give you an idea of how to use your funds wisely to make profits and avoid losses. You will, however, make no real profits or losses when you use the demo account.

Attention To Details

You should be sharp when you are trading in the forex market. This starts when you are opening your account itself. Check if the signup process is easier. If the initial investment is too high then refrain from signing up.

Also, check to see if the broker platform has given all the details of the costs involved. Some trades are costlier than others and you may end up paying more fees for trading than the actual amount of money you make. Make sure the website is legit as you will be disclosing sensitive information like your passport copy, credit card details, and so on. When this data goes into the wrong hands, you could face a lot of losses for a long time.

Trade Methodically

There are many online tutorials and TV shows wherein how to trade in the forex market is expansively discussed. Practice your due diligence and find your own methods and techniques. Do not be lured by every piece of advice.

There are no hard ad fast rules that work the same for everyone. Limit your daily trades. There are many people who are making lots of money from forex trading in Nigeria but it all depends on their skills. You have to learn and enhance your skills at the same time to be able to make the same numbers.

Know Your Limits

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Sometimes when you make a small profit, you may be tempted to reinvest it continuously. Know your limits and learn when you need to stop. You don’t have to rush into everything. Sometimes the stock may appear like a good investment but may actually be preparing for a plummet. So be careful and take your time when you trade.

Dipo Olowookere is a journalist based in Nigeria that has passion for reporting business news stories. At his leisure time, he watches football and supports 3SC of Ibadan. Mr Olowookere can be reached via dipo.olowookere@businesspost.ng

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Market Gains 0.12% on Interests in Guinness, FBNH, Cadbury Nigeria

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By Dipo Olowookere

Interests in the shares of Guinness Nigeria, Cadbury Nigeria, FBN Holdings and others lifted the Nigerian Exchange (NGX) Limited by 0.12 per cent on Friday.

From analysis of the trading data, the consumer goods, banking and energy sectors saw significant bargain hunting activities during the session, leaving their respective index closing higher by 0.57 per cent, 0.41 per cent, and 0.03 per cent.

However, the insurance counter witnessed a pocket of profit-taking as its index went down by 0.09 per cent, while the industrial goods sector closed the way it opened for the session.

When the bourse finish for the day, the All-Share Index (ASI) was up by 59.33 points to settle at 49,024.16 points compared with the previous day’s 48,964.83 points as the market capitalisation finished N32 billion higher to N26.452 trillion from N26.420 trillion.

The market breadth was positive yesterday, with 17 price gainers and 10 price losers, indicating a strong investor sentiment.

RT Briscoe appreciated by 9.68 per cent to trade at 34 Kobo, May and Baker rose by 9.63 per cent to N4.10, Guinness Nigeria improved by 9.29 per cent to N82.90, Jaiz Bank climbed higher by 8.43 per cent to 90 Kobo, and UPDC expanded by 8.42 per cent to N1.03.

At the other side of the table, Ikeja Hotel was on top after its value crashed by 9.68 per cent to N1.12, Sovereign Trust Insurance fell by 6.90 per cent to 27 Kobo, NAHCO dropped 3.51 per cent to sell for N5.50, UPDC REIT went down by 3.13 per cent to N3.10, and Neimeth depreciated by 2.10 per cent to N1.40.

Business Post reports that the level of activity improved on the last trading session of the week as the trading volume, value and number of deals increased by 61.58 per cent, 65.96 per cent and 3.67 per cent, respectively.

This was because investors transacted 356.7 million shares worth N3.7 billion in 3,219 deals as against the 220.8 million shares worth N2.3 billion transacted on Thursday in 3,105 deals.

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Nigeria at 62: Buhari Says Borrowing Necessary for Growth

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By Adedapo Adesanya

In what would be his last Independence Day address, President Muhammadu Buhari, on Saturday, defended his government’s borrowing policy, describing it as a necessary step to provide the infrastructure that would expand opportunities for the growth of the Nigerian economy.

Mr Buhari stated in the address to the country on October 1, 2022, that, “The federal government is already expanding port operations to ensure that they provide opportunities for the growth of the Nigerian economy.

“We have also continued to accelerate our infrastructure development through serviceable and transparent borrowing, improved capital inflow & increased revenue generation by expanding the tax bases and prudent management of investment proceeds in the Sovereign Wealth Fund.

“To further open up our communities to economic activities, we have continued to boost our railway infrastructure with the completion of a good number of critical railways and at the same time rehabilitating as well as upgrading obsolete equipment.”

The President also noted that no village in the country was left behind in the regime’s Social Investment Programmes such as N-Power, trader-moni, market moni, etc.

“I am pleased to inform my fellow citizens that besides our emphasis on infrastructural development with its attendant opportunities for job creation, employment generation and subsequent poverty reduction, our focused intervention directly to Nigerians through the National Social Investment Programme is also yielding benefits.

“There is hardly any ward, village or local government in Nigeria today that has not benefited from one of the following: N-Power, trader-moni, market moni, subsidized loans, business grants or Conditional Cash Transfers.

“All the programmes mentioned above along with various interventions by the National Social Investment Programme, direct support to victims of flooding and other forms of disasters have provided succour to the affected Nigerians,” Mr Buhari said.

He also promised Nigerians that he would ensure free and fair elections come 2023 and called for more youth and women participation in the electoral cycle.

He said, “Having witnessed at close quarters the pains, anguish and disappointment of being a victim of an unfair electoral process, the pursuit of an electoral system and processes that guarantee the election of leaders by citizens remains the guiding light as I prepare to wind down our administration.

“You would all agree that the recent elections in the past two years in some states, notably Anambra, Ekiti and Osun and a few federal constituencies, have shown a high degree of credibility, transparency and freedom of choice with the people’s votes actually counting. This I promise would be improved upon as we move towards the 2023 general elections,” he said.

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CSCS, NASD Lifts Unlisted Stock Market by 0.61%

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By Adedapo Adesanya

The final trading session on the NASD over-the-counter (OTC) Securities Exchange in September 2022 ended on a positive note on Friday, with the bourse closing 0.61 per cent lower.

Business Post reports that the bullish performance was buoyed by the rise in the share prices of Central Securities Clearing System (CSCS) Plc and NASD Plc.

Consequently, the market capitalisation of the unlisted stock market increased by N5.83 billion to close at N968.60 billion versus Thursday’s N962.77 billion as the NASD Unlisted Securities Index (NSI) expanded by 4.44 basis points to end the day at 735.79 points as against the 731.35 points it recorded in the previous session.

Yesterday, CSCS Plc improved by N1.07 to sell at N14.17 per share compared to the N13.10 per share of the preceding session, while NASD Plc gained N1 to close at N13.00 per unit in contrast to the preceding day’s N14.00 per unit.

But the bullish trend did not extend to the activity chart as the volume of securities traded by investors decreased by 55.1 per cent to 105,440 units from the 725,984 units transacted a day earlier.

In the same pattern, the value of transactions went down by 96.1 per cent to N1.6 million from N41.5 million, while the number of deals increased by 50 per cent to six deals from the four deals recorded on Thursday.

At the end of the session, AG Mortgage Bank Plc remained the most traded stock by volume (year-to-date) with 2.3 billion units valued at N1.2 billion, CSCS Plc stood in second place with 687.6 million units valued at N14.3 billion as Mixta Real Estate Plc was in third place with 178.1 million units valued at N313.4 million.

CSCS Plc was also the most traded stock by value (year-to-date) with 687.6 million units worth N14.3 billion, VFD Group Plc was in second place with 27.7 million units valued at N7.4 billion, and FrieslandCampina WAMCO Nigeria Plc was in third place with 14.3 million units worth N1.7 billion.

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