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6 Steps to Start Online Trading in Kenya for Beginners – HapaKenya

Online Trading has been growing rapidly since the start of 2000. This has been made possible by the improvements in technologies behind the trading & investing ecosystem. Most exchanges, capital markets and commodities markets have gone online through the use of centralized electronic systems.


Online Trading has been growing rapidly since the start of 2000. This has been made possible by the improvements in technologies behind the trading & investing ecosystem. Most exchanges, capital markets and commodities markets have gone online through the use of centralized electronic systems. 

Many low-cost new brokerages have opened in the past decade to offer low cost services with fast execution with the help of online trading tools & technologies like Bloomberg Terminal, Refinitiv Electronic Trading, MetaTrader, cTrader, web trader & mobile apps; large liquidity providers like Citi, UBS, Barclays etc. have made it easier to get liquidity for any instrument from Stocks, indices, Forex to Cryptocurrencies by these brokerages.

Online Trading has got a lot of attention from younger population namely millennials who are savvy about investing and trading. Millennials today believe taking things in their own hand by educating themselves of the trading basics and investing online. 

Trading in Bitcoin & Forex has seen a lot of demand and they have become very popular in Kenya, Rest of Africa & also around the world – such that FX is highly regulated & Cryptos trading is being considered by governments around the world for legalization. 

While stock trading is also seen picking up among millennials globally with the availability of global stocks, IPOs through online trading apps like: FXPesa, Etoro, Plus500, Hotforex, XM, IG as these new investors are keen on investing in new age tech stocks like Amazon, Apple, Google, Facebook.

We look at the basic steps you would need to get started with online trading in Kenya.

1) Research the Available Instruments & Investment/Trading Options

The first step of online trading involves research and analysis of the financial trading instruments and investment options that are available for online traders in Kenya. 

While most of the investment instruments including mutual funds, indices, commodities like oil, precious metals like gold, stocks, forex/currency trading, cryptocurrencies are now available online; you need to check which one suits your long-term goals including returns and experience level before investing in them. You must also assess your risk level involved in trading of that instrument before investing in it. 

Like Mutual Funds is most suited for beginner investors and requires lower experience & involves least risk when compared to other investments.   

On the other hand, Stocks, Indices, Commodities, Forex, Cryptos require extensive market research & understanding of market terminology and knowledge of tools required in trading & analysis.

Emmanuel of Trade Forex Kenya explains: “The financial instruments depend on various complex factors including economic, political, supply, demand etc. which result in their price movements. You should be able to research, and make an informed, educated decision on the instrument that you want to trade.”

“There are a variety of instruments that are available in the market which can follow different trends at any time. Like for example: Stocks of a particular sector generally show similar price movements, while currencies of emerging economies follow US Dollar trends like: weakening or strengthening against USD based on the strength or weakness of the Dollar.” 

Education & experience is extremely vital to your success & making an informed decision in the online trading environment. Trading in the financial markets are subject to risks. You should also be able to understand the risks and mitigate them before investing.

2) Choose an Online Broker Suited to Your Requirements

You cannot directly trade in the financial markets including capital markets, forex market, commodities market or derivatives market. The buying and selling of instruments in the financial markets are executed through a middleman called a broker. 

Individuals in Kenya need to open an account on a registered and well-regulated broker to take part in online trading activity. There are different regulations for different financial markets, your broker must have the required license to provide the access to the particular markets.

Like for example – for stock trading, the broker needs to be licensed by NSE. While for forex & CFD trading, brokers need to be licensed by CMA to offer forex trading & CFDs on Commodities, Foreign Shares. Few such CMA licensed brokers that offer Forex Trading and CFDs on Foreign Shares, Commodities are FXPesa, Scope Markets, PepperStone Kenya. 

There are multiple brokers in the market that can be regulated to offer same instruments. You need to compare multiple factors like their fees, number of instruments on offer, deposit/withdrawal options, history & reputation in the industry, number of regulators the broker has license from etc. 

You have to choose a broker that suits your trading needs at lowest cost and also ensure that the broker is highly regulated.

3) Open an Online Trading Account

After choosing a broker, the next step is to open a suitable account. There are different types of accounts that are offered by brokers depending on the needs, requirements and types of the traders. 

For example – ECN accounts are offered by forex brokers to offer direct market execution of your currency and commodity trades at lowest fees & commissions. 

There are also some forex brokers that offer trading accounts in local currencies like Ksh Accounts for traders to be able transact & trade in their own currency. 

Moreover, many brokers also offer demo accounts for you to test the trading environment. You get virtual funds to trade and test your strategy in the markets. Its best to start with a demo account.

So, you need to be able to differentiate in different accounts offered by the brokers and the fees they charge on each account for the instruments you want to trade.

After you have selected the account type you need, you need to click signup for the account type you need and fill your details in the form on the broker’s app or website.

4) Complete the KYC

After you sign up with the broker, next thing is to complete the verification of your account. Verification is mandatory and is required by law to trade through any broker. Most brokers call this as KYC (Know your Customer). 

Before you can start executing any trade order or start investing in the market, it is required to complete the KYC verification which requires submitting identification documents, age and address proofs to the broker. 

Then broker will activate your account after they complete the KYC which can take 24-48 hours, depending on the brokerage. After which you can download their platform to start trading.

5) Start Trading

Once your trading account is active and then you need to decide on the order that you want to place like buy order on EUR/USD or buy order for 100 Apple Stocks, after which you place trade on that financial instrument through your broker’s platform.

Before executing the trades, it is important to understand the basic terminologies & tools like limit orders, stop- loss, indicators, and many other terms, so that you can trade actively based on informed decisions.

6) Keep track of Market News, Updates & Data

The financial markets are volatile and the prices of various instruments i.e. stocks, currencies, commodities fluctuate almost every second during the active market hours.

Any economic, political, national, or international news can trigger price movements in the market. Hence, it is important to keep a track of the market updates and news concerning the stock, commodity, currencies etc. that you are looking to trade. 


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Statements about Cryptocurrency

Statements about Cryptocurrency

Cryptocurrencies are in a bubble and regulators could burst this at a whim.

  • Eight years after the introduction of Bitcoin, there are now over 900 cryptocurrencies and their prices are at all-time highs.
  • Richard Schiller categorizes bubbles as an underlying story driving the market forward, as opposed to the fundamentals of the assets. Cryptocurrencies are riding on a narrative of economic empowerment and freedom.
  • Despite the widespread attention that cryptocurrency receive, many of the actors involved in the market are not fully informed. Debate tends to turn to hype and naive investors are buying crypto-assets without fully understanding what they are.
  • Banks spend 73% of the market capitalization of Bitcoin each year on regulatory compliance. Crypto-assets are currently unregulated and free of these restrictions. As such, the market has thrived but also developed some bad habits.
  • Regulators cannot necessarily shut down cryptocurrencies, but they can restrict liquidity into them from fiat currencies and hamper their growth. The global derivatives market, for example, is worth $1.2 quadrillion, dwarfing Bitcoin’s $100 billion market cap.

Statements about Cryptocurrency

Market manipulations in crypto markets are undermining their credibility.

  • Due to low liquidity, no regulation, and a lack of clear understanding of the markets, pump and dumps are widespread in crypto markets. This is where a speculator can artificially sell while concurrently buying their own currency, wait for the market to rise, and then dump their holdings.
  • Frontrunning is also a common occurrence in ICOs, where early investors—who are used to show initial faith in the enterprise—buy discounted tokens before immediately selling them on.

As with historic bubbles, scams are exploiting naive investors.

ICOs can have the characteristics of vaporware. Entrepreneurs are raising hundred of millions of dollars purely on concepts. Money is being raised from investors who do not truly understand the technical concepts being proposed to them, let alone whether they are feasible.

  • The actual asset structures of ICOs are not only complex but also new forms of assets in their own right. This further confuses investors, which is compounded by the “FOMO” mentality of rushing into investments and following the crowd.
  • The use of celebrities to promote ICOs further demonstrates the use of manipulative marketing techniques used to cajole immature investors into participating in ICOs.
  • The current ICO craze is reminiscent of the South Sea Bubble of the 18th century, a speculatory period that involved crazed investment into enterprises in the New World. Once one of the highest valued companies of all time, the South Sea Company’s bubble burst and the company disappeared almost as quickly as it appeared.

Blockchains are still not proven technology, and more work is required.

  • Blockchains are still new concepts and their technology has not yet been proven on a consumer-wide scale. Attention should be focused on developing this, not speculating on short-termist projects.
  • The security of blockchains is a concept that most investors in crypto-assets do not understand. The onus is on them to protect their assets, which, on the basis of the amount of thefts and frauds in the space, is not being done properly.

There are some solutions to these issues.

  • A less polarized mentality of “us against the world” is needed; this could be enforced by the promotion of self-regulatory standards. These could also help to highlight the bad actors in the ecosystem.
  • More development is required into the underlying technology of blockchains. In the long run, this would be far more valuable than ICO moon-shot projects.
  • Awareness and discussion needs to be promoted. Conferences should present balanced debates from both sides of the crypto-view and more emphasis should be placed on educating investors instead of soliciting their investments.

Originally Published here at https://www.toptal.com

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CMStrader Signals provider, the number 1 signal provider 4 years in a row

CMStrader Signals provider, the number 1 signal provider 4 years in a row.

CMStrader, the number 1 signal provider 4 years in a row, is now offering free signals to new clients!  Reliable trading tools are fundamental part of successful trading.

cmstrader for the Best Trading Signals

cmstrader for the Best Trading Signals

 

CMStrader’s signals success rate is estimated in 91% this should be enough to take a look and decide for yourself. since this is their biggest feature and drives this broker towards success, it is opretty afe to say that they do their utmost to provide you with quality forex signals.

This broker also entered the cryptocurrency market and offers several cryptocurrencies.  in short they act on the market and engage their clients directly.

when you start trading at CMSTrader, you can choose from a extended list of currencies, indices, commodities, gold and oil.

CMStrader Signals for better Trading

CMSTrader sends trading signals to traders’ accounts when there is an opportunity to buy or sell orders at specific points; an overview of the speculated price or loss ratio is included.

CMStrader Signals the number 1 signal provider among brokers

CMStrader Signals the number 1 signal provider among brokers

The signals are sent directly via SMS to a cellphone for major currencies traded on the stock exchange, foreign goods and precious metals.

In addition, signals can be sent to an e-mail address and or traders can be notified directly over the phone.  This service is available 24/5.

Like with Most proper signal services don’t expect 50 signals a day as simply there are not that many. you will get maybe a few good ones a day on which you could and most of the time should act.

Earn profits with CMStrader Signals in the forex market – the biggest trading scene in the world. Enjoy our unique benefits, trading education, minimum margin and best leverage! Start with a demo account and enter the amazing world of forex with CMStrader.

More about CMStrader Signals & Forex Broker

  • Name :CMSTrader
  • Website :cmstrader.com
  • Established :2013
  • Regulation :FSP
  • Country :United Kingdom
  • U.S. Clients Allowed ?  :No

CMSTrader is a leading investment advisor specializing in personal wealth management and growth and is a somewhat a newcomer to the Forex market.

they started in 2013 and since then have won several awards 2 including one for having best customer service in 2013.

CMSTrader “CMStrader Signals” is authorized under the name of CMS Ventures Limited which is a New Zealand Registered Financial Service Provider (FSP).

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Supreme Court Sides With Bits of Gold in Bank Dispute

Supreme Court Sides With Bitcoin Broker “Bits of Gold” in Israeli Bank Dispute

Upon appeal, the Israeli Supreme Court has rejected the closure of Bits of Gold’s banking facilities at Leumi bank, Tel Aviv.

The Israeli cryptocurrency brokerage’s appeal followed a previous ruling against it that has now been set aside by the higher court.

As Israel and many other countries struggle with the accelerated phenomenon of virtual currencies, Leumi Bank recently made the news for being a particularly blunt in its rejection of Bitcoin.

We should of course not be surprised with the banks attitude towards bitcoin or any other cryptocurrency for that matter. keep in mind that the banks become more and more obsolete because of them. Bits of gold versus leumi

They will keep on loosing money which now they make with ridiculous commissions of work that is fully automated. so they will try to see how they are able to make the operation and acquiring cryptos  as hard as possible knowing that they will never be able to stop them.

There is widespread anticipation that the upcoming G20 Summit in March 2018 will produce a global, moderate framework for a regulatory approach. Set against that are persistent hostile stances the world over from banks, asset managers and even governments towards cryptocurrencies.

Now that the countries understand there is money to be made with Taxation in cryptocurrencies they might want to make sure that the banks stay within their lane. 

Apart from the Israeli revenue service opting to tax cryptocurrency assets as “properties” and other more positive developments dating back to mid-2017, Israel remains a strange mix of genteel acceptance alongside wildly opposing voices.

There is thus Hope But no decision

Bits of Gold has fought a David and Goliath battle since their banker decided it wanted to steer clear of all cryptocurrency-related business.

On record as recently telling another bitcoin-related trader that they simply don’t want the business, Leumi Bank’s hard-line stance is accumulating bad press. The second-largest bank in Israel appears as discriminatory when analyzing virtual currency traders and other digital coin businesses.

During 2017, a customer made a bank transfer to the Kraken exchange site for buying bitcoin worth $1000. The bank identified the request, halted it, and started investigating.

The elated CEO of Bits of Gold, Youval Rouach said that “The court’s decision enables us to focus on the growth of the Israeli cryptocurrency community.”

 

The February 26 Supreme Court ruling granted Bits of Gold a temporary injunction against their account closure pending further scrutiny by the bank and other parties. The presiding bench declared that the company had “acted transparently and did not violate any provision of law.”

Calling the bank’s concerns “speculative” and turning an unsympathetic ear to the plaintiff, the ruling does, however, allow for the bank to still close the account on any small technical detail that defies legislation. As a record of a public spat around cryptocurrency’s right to be recognized in many ways, the ruling is seen as a victory for the local cryptocurrency community.

One Small Step Forward

Although not as absolute as nations like China that has opted for draconian bans, Israel is a front line for digital coins’ right not just to exist, but also become assets in the true sense of the word. The Supreme Court noted in its written ruling that Bits of Gold had not made itself guilty of the violation of any standing laws since opening its doors for business.

 

The Bits of Gold v. Leumi Bank case might become something of a test case once the bank applies its mind in scrutinizing the company’s accounts against the backdrop of existing legislation. The outcome will also be informed by sentiment post the G20 Summit due in March as well as other global regulatory trends.

Now that the countries understand there is money to be made with Taxation in cryptocurrencies they might want to make sure that the banks stay within their lane.

This was First Published by coindesk

 

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