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Though forex trading is still largely unknown throughout Djibouti, it’s possible to trade forex as a resident of Djibouti.  Because forex trading in Djibouti is still unrestricted, it’s easy to open an account and place your 1st currency trade. However, there are a few precautions you’ll need to take to ensure that you don’t get…

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Though forex trading is still largely unknown throughout Djibouti, it’s possible to trade forex as a resident of Djibouti. 

Because forex trading in Djibouti is still unrestricted, it’s easy to open an account and place your 1st currency trade. However, there are a few precautions you’ll need to take to ensure that you don’t get involved in a forex scam. Our guide will help you trade forex in Djibouti securely. 

Get Started with Forex in Djibouti

Most retail forex trading is now done entirely online, which has made it possible to trade the forex market form nearly anywhere on Earth. However, before you can begin trading, you’ll need to open and fund a brokerage account. Here’s how to get started.  

Step 1: Connect to the Internet

Many forex trades rely on minute-to-minute exchange rate movements. A fast, stable connection to the internet is a must-have before you trade. Run a speed test on your device and ensure that your connection is private before proceeding. Do not trade from a public internet connection like those available at internet cafes or libraries.  

Step 2: Choose a Broker

You can’t trade the forex market directly. Instead, you’ll need to work through a forex broker, which is an entity you authorize to execute trades on your behalf. There are many international brokers offering services to traders in Djibouti. Some of the characteristics you might want to consider when you compare brokers include:   

  • Accounting currency availability
  • The currency pairs you can trade
  • The level of technical knowledge you’ll need to use the broker’s platform, if offered
  • Account and trading fees
  • Regulatory status

Local brokers operating from inside Djibouti are overseen by the Banque Centrale de Djibouti (Central Bank of Djibouti). International brokers are overseen by independent, nation-specific oversight bodies. Choose a broker that offers the services you need and open an account. Depending on your broker, you may also need to download a 3rd-party trading platform like MetaTrader 4 or 5. 

Step 3: Fund Your Account

After your broker opens a trading account for you, select a mutually-acceptable payment method to deposit funds you can use as margin to trade with. Most brokers support a variety of transfer methods, ranging from debit card withdrawals to direct bank transfers. 

It might take a few days for your first deposit to appear in your account, and you might need to verify that you own the account that the funds are coming from before you can make any deposits. 

Step 4: Place Your First Trade

When your funds arrive in your online forex trading account, you can officially trade forex by placing an order through your broker.  

Djibouti Forex Trading Strategies

Technical analysis is a form of market analysis that attempts to predict how currency pairs will move in the future. Let’s take a look at a few of the most common technical analysis chart patterns and how you can use them. 


After a sharp and significant directional movement, a currency may experience a consolidation period during which a new support or resistance level is established. When you draw trendlines through the resistance and support levels, a “pennant” formation may form. 

A breakout occurs when the currency again moves sharply in the same direction as the initial movement and breaks one of the subsequent consolidation’s trend lines in the process. 

Triangle Patterns

Triangle patterns are good patterns for beginners and are relatively easy to spot, as the peaks and valleys on the support and resistance converge together at a single point. There are multiple types of triangles, and the convergence point of the triangle may indicate a bullish or bearish signal depending on where it converges. 

Forex Trading Example in Djibouti 

How do forex traders earn money? Forex traders capitalize on fluctuations in the relative value of different currencies. Let’s take a look at an example.

Imagine that you open a brokerage account and fund it with 100,000 Fdj. You believe that the value of the Djiboutian franc (DJF) is soon going to fall in comparison to the United States dollar (USD). Your broker offers you 10:1 leverage when purchasing USD, so you decide to take a position worth a total of 1 million francs.

1 USD is currently worth 177.72 DJF.  You use your margin to take a position of $5,620.00. You keep your eyes on the value of both currencies as the USD continues to rise in value against the DJF. When 1 USD is equal to 180 DJF, you decide to close your position.

After you close your position, you’re left with a position worth 1,011,600 DJF. This means that you’ve profited about 11,600 DJF on this trade.

Making Money with Forex in Djibouti 

Forex trading in Djibouti is legal, and there are very few restrictions that traders must follow. You are free to deposit as much money as you’d like into an international brokerage account, you can freely convert your native franc to foreign currencies without any special permission from the government, and you can make as much profit as possible. 

However, these lax restrictions also mean that current market regulations in Djibouti aren’t fully equipped to regulate local brokers to the extent that international organizations can.

Making money by trading forex in Djibouti is possible — but you’ll need to take a few precautions to protect yourself. Use these best practices before you trade:

  • Know your forex broker’s regulatory status. The Central Bank of Djibouti regulates the local forex market of the country, but not every broker you’ll see is registered with the Central Bank. In many cases, it can be a better idea to work with an international broker licensed with a regulatory body like the Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission.
  • Trade with a demo account first. Most brokers offering services in Djibouti also offer demo accounts. Practice your trading strategy before you enter the market to avoid unnecessary losses. 

Best Online Forex Brokers in Djibouti

There are many forex brokers that can allow you to trade forex from Djibouti. However, not every broker you’ll have access to is equally as reputable. If you aren’t sure where to begin, consider a few of our top picks for forex traders in Djibouti below.  

Forex Terminology

Understanding the unique terms that forex traders and brokers use to describe the market can help you learn from your fellow traders. Let’s take a look at a few of the most common terms you’ll hear when you invest in the forex market:

  • Pip. A single pip is the smallest amount that a currency pair’s exchange rate can move. In most cases, 1 pip is equal to 0.0001 of a currency pair’s exchange rate.
  • Lot size. A lot size is a standardized trading amount equal to 100,000 units of your base currency.
  • Orders. When you’re ready to make a trade, you’ll do so by entering an order through your broker’s platform. An order is a specific set of instructions that tell your broker which currency pair you wish to trade in what amount, an exchange rate that the order should be executed at and when the order should be executed (if you’re not using a market order). There are multiple types of orders, and the types available can vary depending on the broker you choose.
  • Margin calls. If you use leverage to trade, be very wary of margin calls. If you receive a margin call, you’ll need to close out at least part of your current position or deposit more money into your account to correct your deficit margin status. Margin calls can be costly, so be careful when you use leverage to trade. 

Master the Forex Market

Though it’s becoming easier to trade forex in Djibouti, you should never jump into the market without learning about trading, the indicators you’re going to use to buy and sell and your base currency. 

Be sure to use a demo account to practice your trading strategy before you invest any real money and never deposit more money than you can afford to lose into your online trading account. Taking steps to protect yourself before you trade can help you trade forex without falling into a forex scam. 

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Don’t Count On JPY Correction; Staying Long GBP/JPY

The path of the potential pace of the JPY decline may still be underestimated by markets, which continue trading the JPY long.

While the 10% USDJPY advance from September lows looks impressive from a momentum point of view, it may no thave been driven by Japan’s institutional investors reducing their hedging ratios or Japan’s household sector reestablishing carry trades.

Instead, investors seemed to have been caught on the wrong foot, concerned about a sudden decline of risk appetite or the incoming US administration being focused on trade issues and not on spending. Spending requires funding and indeed the President-elect Trump’s team appears to be focused on funding. Here are a few examples: Reducing corporate taxation may pave the way for US corporates repatriating some of their USD2.6trn accumulated foreign profits. Cutting bank regulation could increase the risk-absorbing capacity within bank balance sheets. Hence, funding conditions – including for the sovereign – might generally ease. De-regulating the oil sector would help the trade balance, slowing the anticipated increase in the US current account deficit. The US current account deficit presently runs at 2.6% of GDP, which is below worrisome levels. Should the incoming government push for early trade restrictions, reaction (including Asian sovereigns reducing their holdings) could increase US funding costs, which runs against the interest of the Trump team.

Instead of counting on risk aversion to stop the JPY depreciation, we expect nominal yield differentials and the Fed moderately hiking rates to unleash capital outflows from Japan.The yield differential argumenthas become more compelling with the BoJ turning into yield curve managers. Via this policy move, rising inflation rates push JPY real rates and yields lower, which will weaken the JPY. Exhibit 12 shows how much Japan’s labor market conditions have tightened. A minor surge in corporate profitability may now be sufficient, pushing Japan wages up and implicity real yields lower.

JPY dynamics are diametrical to last year . Last year, the JGB’s “exhausted”yield curve left the BoJ without a tool to push real yields low enough to adequately address the weakened nominal GDP outlook. JPY remained artificially high at a time when the US opted for sharply lower real yields. USDJPY had to decline, triggering JPY bullish secondround effects via JPY-based financial institutions increasing their FX hedge ratios and Japan’s retail sector cutting its carry trade exposures. Now the opposite seems to be happening. The managed JGB curve suggests rising inflation expectations are driving Japan’s real yield lower. The Fed reluctantly hiking rates may keep risk appetite supported but increase USD hedging costs.Financial institutions reducinghedge ratios and Japan’s household sector piling back into the carry trade could provide secondround JPY weakening effects

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Mexico raises interest rates, cites Trump as risk

The head of Mexico’s central bank says U.S. Republican candidate Donald Trump represents a “hurricane” sized threat to Mexico.

Banco de Mexico Gov. Agustin Carstens told the Radio Formula network Friday that a Trump presidency “would be a hurricane and a particularly intense one if he fulfills what he has been saying in his campaign.”

Trump has proposed building a wall along the border and re-negotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement.

Mexico’s central bank raised its prime lending rate by half a percent to 4.75 percent Thursday, citing “nervousness surrounding the possible consequences of the U.S. elections, whose implications for Mexico could be particularly significant.”

Mexico’s peso had lost about 6 percent in value against the dollar since mid-August. It recovered slightly after the rate hike

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Africa’s first Fairtrade certified gold co-operative offers hope to gold miners living in poverty

Syanyonja Artisan Miners’ Alliance (SAMA) has become the first artisanal small scale mining co-operative in Africa to become Fairtrade certified, bringing much needed hope to impoverished communities who risk their lives to mine the rich gold seam that runs around Lake Victoria.

SAMA is one of nine previously informal groups from Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania which has benefitted from a pilot project launched by Fairtrade in 2013. This innovative program aims to extend the benefits of Fairtrade gold to artisanal miners across East Africa.

In that short time, SAMA has undergone training in business and entrepreneurship, as well as safe use of mercury, internal control systems, labour rights and better working conditions, health and safety and more. Previously, daily contact with toxic chemicals used to process gold meant members risked disease, premature births and even death.  Fairtrade gold was first launched in 2011, and SAMA now joins Fairtrade certified gold mines MACDESA, AURELSA and SOTRAMI in Peru.

The co-operative produces just 5 kg gold per year, but nevertheless has the potential to significantly benefit many people in the local community through better conditions through certification. It is expected that Fairtrade and organizations like Cred Jewellery will support the miners, ensuring their gold can be refined and made available to jewellers in the UK and other markets.

Gonzaga Mungai, Gold Manager at Fairtrade Africa said: “This is a truly momentous and historical achievement and the realisation of a dream that is many years in the making. Gold production is an important source of income for people in rural economies. Congratulations to SAMA, it sets a precedent which shows that if groups like this can achieve certification, then it can work for others right across the African continent.”

The Fairtrade Gold Standard encourages better practice and changes to come in line with international regulation around the production and trade of so-called ‘conflict minerals’. Under the Standard, miners are required to:

  • Uphold a human rights policy preventing war crimes, bribery, money laundering and child labour
  • Clearly represent where the minerals were mined
  • Minimise the risks of conflict minerals through robust risk assessments and collaboration across supply chains
  • Report to buyers and trading partners regarding the risks of conflict minerals

Now in its second phase, the programme will focus on supporting other mining groups in the region to access affordable loans and explore a phased approach to accessing the Fairtrade market, allowing more mining co-operatives across Africa to participate in the programme.

Gonzaga added: “Sourcing African metals from smallscale miners in the Great Lakes Region is the responsible thing to do. For a long time companies have avoided buying gold from this region, with devastating consequences for impoverished communities who were already struggling. It has driven trade deeper underground, as unscrupulous buyers pay lower prices and launder illegal gold into legitimate supply chains. That’s why we have chosen to work with these groups to help them earn more from their gold within a robust compliance system that offers social, environmental, and economic protections.”

The Fairtrade gold programme offers a small but scalable solution to sustainable sourcing of gold from the region in line with Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Act in the US, OECD Due Diligence Guidance and recent EU Supply-Chain Due Diligence proposals which could come into effect in 2016. This means that up to 880,000 EU firms that use tin, tungsten, tantalum and gold in manufacturing consumer products could be obliged to provide information on steps they have taken to identify and address risks in their supply chains for so-called ‘conflict minerals’.

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