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Forex Trading: Tips, Hints and the Scams to Look Out for While Betting Online

The pound seems to be falling down a bottomless pit as we hurtle towards Brexit. Despite knowing absolutely nothing about the financial markets, I wonder if I can turn this to my advantage? Reports suggest hedge funds could make a killing from “shorting” – betting on a fall in value – of the pound in…

The pound seems to be falling down a bottomless pit as we hurtle towards Brexit. Despite knowing absolutely nothing about the financial markets, I wonder if I can turn this to my advantage?

Reports suggest hedge funds could make a killing from “shorting” – betting on a fall in value – of the pound in the event of no deal. This sounds like a piece of piss, so I’m going to see if I can blag my way to becoming a profitable trader in one month.

Thanks to the internet, in recent years trading has become possible for anyone with a computer and a few hundred quid to spare. The foreign exchange market (usually shortened to forex or FX) is responsible for trading the world’s currencies, and is the largest market in the world – dwarfing even the global stock market. It is open 24/5, with trades taking place across the globe. It’s possible to take part at any hour of the working week with just a few clicks from your phone.

On the face of it, the trading process is pretty simple. Currencies, such as the pound, US dollars and Japanese yen, are organised into pairs. When you place a trade you predict whether one currency will rise in value (buy) or fall in value (sell) against another. This is called a contract for difference (CFD). Get it right and you make a profit, get it wrong and you lose money.

Of course, more often than not, consumer traders lose. Trading platforms therefore carry warnings like this: CFDs are complex instruments and come with a high risk of losing money rapidly due to leverage. Between 74-89% of retail investor accounts lose money when trading CFDs. You should consider whether you understand how CFDs work and whether you can afford to take the high risk of losing your money.

“It’s important to go in with realistic expectations and accept that if you’ve never done it before, chances are you’re going to be part of the 75 percent who lose,” David Jones, chief market strategist at Capital.com, tells me. “Definitely don’t go in thinking it’s easy money.”

With David’s words of warning ringing in my ears, I shop around the various trading platforms and practice with a few demo accounts. Most give you £10,000 of Monopoly money, so it doesn’t really feel like you’re risking anything. I finally settle on Plus500 for my real account, because the minimum deposit of £200 is as low as I find and I don’t have a lot of money to throw away.

For my first real money trade I sell the pound (GBP) against US dollars (USD), thinking that Boris Johnson’s failure to get a Brexit deal through Parliament that day should impact the price of the pound. Traders rely on strategies like this to make money from the foreign exchange market. These vary from studying currency charts for patterns and favourable signals that can be used to predict price movement, to the less nerdy option of using news events as indicators. Really, though, it’s a coin flip.

David says I should trade as small as possible, which sounds like sensible advice, but leverage means this is not as easy as I first thought. Because it’s not actually possible to trade with sums as low as the ones most consumers can afford to invest, retail forex accounts offer high leverage, which involves borrowing the funds needed to enter the market from a broker. On Plus500, my leverage is 1:30, meaning that every £1 I trade is magnified by 30 – increasing potential profits and, of course, losses.

With leverage, the minimum I can trade is £1,000, but this only requires a £33 margin, meaning I’m not risking a huge amount of the £200 I have in my account. I also set a stop loss order – the safety mechanism that ends the trade if it loses a certain amount of money – then I cross my fingers. The trade starts in the red and gets worse from there. It lasts no more than a couple of minutes and I’m already down.

I brush it off and place more trades in the next few days. I try different strategies, setting wider stop loss and take profit orders (the reverse of a stop loss – it cashes you out once you hit a certain profit). I gain a few wins, but these are outnumbered by losses and my initial £200 investment slowly starts shrinking. I chase my losses from my desk at work. I really thought about my first few trades before committing, but I gradually get more impulsive. My early optimism is crumbling. I fairly sure I’m going to be one of the vast number of rubes who lose money.

“It’s the age-old problem: people take their profits too quickly and let their losses run too far,” says David. As well as working within the industry, he also trades off his own back and is under no illusions about how hard it is to turn a profit. “As human beings we’re pretty crap when it comes to trading, because our brains aren’t really geared up for thinking that way.”

With my losses mounting, I look for help the only place I know: Google. Fortunately, there are a huge number of people on the internet willing to help inexperienced forex traders get profitable. Unfortunately, most of them are scammers.

There are a few places to look for help for free, including YouTube tutorials and babypips.com, but retail forex has a whole scam industry orbiting it. Ultra-aspirational social media culture – think Wolf of Wall Street memes and traders posting pictures of them standing next to other people’s Ferraris – has fed the idea that there is easy money to be made in forex. Scammers prey on this by offering “signals” for a fee to novice traders, or signing them up to fake trading platforms and falsifying profits. They promise big returns if you follow their trading tips, but many offer bad advice or simply vanish after taking your money.

“Even if the firm is genuine and not a scam, there are still huge risks in forex trading for retail consumers, particularly if they are promising high returns, because forex dealing is one of the riskiest types of trading you can engage in,” Mark Steward of the Financial Conduct Authority – the body in charge of regulating financial services – tells me. He also points me to the FCA’s ScamSmart page, which has information on how to spot and avoid investment scams.

Searching for help, I find a number of forex accounts on Instagram offering unrealistically high profits in exchange for signals or commission fees. One account, @forex_syndicate, says he can offer average returns of £180 per week on a £300 investment. With a consistent 60 percent return rate like that, your £300 would grow into £1,416,709 after just 18 weeks if you reinvested all your earnings.

When I confronted him, the person running the account would not reveal his identity, but denied running a scam and said: “We simply provide training and share tips on how to trade the financial markets, which reduced the chance of people losing money if they were to start trading blind.”

Another account, @finemariam_, offered me a return of £1,500 to £2,000 on an investment of £500 and said she could not be a scammer because she is a practicing Muslim, before sending over a copy of her ID. She then ruined all the hard work she had done in winning me over by saying her trades are 98 percent accurate, higher than any legitimate trader could guarantee.

Finally, @theonlykeke offered me a £3,000 return on a £600 investment by “buying US dollars for under a third of the original value” on my behalf. If only trading forex were that simple. Neither account replied to multiple requests for comment after I suggested they were running scams.

“I was following signals from an individual and it would be a real rollercoaster – not just in terms of emotions, but results as well,” Tom, an experienced forex trader, tells me. He lost money on dodgy signals when he was a rookie, but continued paying out of a misplaced sense of pride. “It was only after a while I thought: ‘This guy doesn’t know any more than I do. I might as well be throwing darts at a dartboard.'”

Tom has been trading for 15 years and he now does it full-time after quitting his HR job at a bank and moving to Mexico. Although he has been profitable for the past five years, he says it is only really in the last two years that those profits have given him consistent returns. He also supplements his forex income with matched betting and other remote work. “You can go to work and come back poorer than you started,” he says. “That’s probably the biggest hurdle to get your head round.”

With the scams too much of a minefield to navigate, I push forward alone. My biggest win comes off the back of a piece of news: an MRP poll, which is seen as a reliable general election result predictor, forecasts a Conservative majority and GBP rises quickly against the Euro because markets tend to prefer the Tories to Labour. This is as close as I get to my “big short” moment – but it’s not enough to make up for my losses.

I had stopped trading by the time the general election rolled around, and it was probably for the best. I thought Labour might do better than expected, perhaps snatching another hung parliament, but in the end they were crushed by the Tories. In the immediate wake of the exit poll the pound surged more than 2 percent, its biggest one day rise since January of 2017. At the time of writing, Brexit anxiety has crept back in to dampen the gains, but would I have predicted any of this accurately enough to make money from the turbulence? Probably not.

Before I started trading forex, I thought I’d either scrape a profit, or lose it all in a blaze of glory. Either would have made for better copy, but in the end it turned out to be far more dull than that. My £200 ebbed away, only for a few winning trades to edge it back up again slightly. I finished with £172.89, 8.5 per cent down on my initial investment. I made 35 trades in total – 15 were profitable and the rest lost money. Like three-quarters of retail forex traders, I proved to be a flop.

“People coming into it are quite naive,” says David. “If you can make 1.5 percent month-in, month-out, you’re a superstar hedge fund manager. I’m not saying it can’t be done – clearly there are people who make lots of money – but if you’ve never done it before, why do you think you’re going to be making money hand over fist?”

@HaydenVernon / @lilylambie_kiernan

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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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easyMarkets launches Ethereum and Ripple.

easyMarkets launches the crypto-markets’ best kept secret – Ethereum and Ripple.

The crypto markets are the new frontier of trading, we have seen unprecedented movement – from astonishing peaks to abrupt crashes – behaviors and easyMarkets launches Ethereum and Ripple.movements no other instrument experiences or has experienced previously.

Bitcoin was immensely popular when we introduced it to our customers in 2017. After closely following the innovative cryptocurrency markets we found two more immensely interesting (but less visible) cryptos to add to our offerings – Ethereum and Ripple.

easyMarkets launches Ethereum and Ripple.

Ethereum is a blockchain based cryptocurrency like Bitcoin, whereas Ripple is a cryptocurrency payment protocol, touted as a solution to perform payments for institutional clients. Although Bitcoin was undeniably the markets’ star in 2017 – these two crypto-counterparts had equally impressive movements.

Ripple towards the end of 2017 had a notable 33014% overall climb with a market cap of $83.6 Billion. This was assisted by Ripple’s collaboration with institutional users like American Express.

Ethereum had climbed an astounding 8,885% from the beginning of 2017 until the end of that year with a respectable market cap of 69.3 billion. Purely as a cryptocurrency it seemed to even outdo its forefather – Bitcoin – by completing transactions quicker and more effectively.

they have also lowered our spreads on Bitcoin!

Of course, all of their cryptocurrencies include easyMarkets great trading conditions:

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  • There’s  zero slippage on the easyMarkets web platform meaning your Ripple trades will be executed at the price you see on your screen.
  • You can trade Ripple during its most active times, around the clock, five days a week.
  • They got you covered with an in-depth eBook and plenty of other trading education resources.
  • Make sure you have an exit plan in place by taking advantage of our 100% guaranteed Stop Loss and Take Profit.
  • They cover your deposit and withdrawal fees, so that the amount you deposit or withdraw is the amount you receive.
  • Negative Balance Protection means you can never lose more than you invest when you trade Ripple CFDs at easyMarkets.
 easyMarkets launches Ethereum and Ripple.
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