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The advantages of having a Forex Trading demo account | London Business News |

While forex trading provides you with unlimited possibilities for profiting, it is not a child’s play since it involves a large amount of risk. This is why brokers everywhere typically warn their clients, because when it comes down to leveraged products, losses may exceed your deposited money. For this reason, Rakuten forex advices new traders…

While forex trading provides you with unlimited possibilities for profiting, it is not a child’s play since it involves a large amount of risk. This is why brokers everywhere typically warn their clients, because when it comes down to leveraged products, losses may exceed your deposited money. For this reason, Rakuten forex advices new traders take full advantage when brokers offer them to test their platforms and practice for free using forex trading demo accounts.

By using your forex trading demo account over a set period of time, you will learn to master the specifics of the market exit and entry. This will be done by seeing how frequently changes in the forex market occur. Keep in mind that by approaching things slowly you will get to see exactly how much the forex market is active and ever-changing. Eventually, this will help you improve your knowledge of the forex trading market.

Also, the more you practice on your demo account the better you become at making target goals. In this regard, a target is referred to as the amount of money you want to spend and how much you are willing to lose in an investment regardless of what direction the market moves. Here are some of the advantages of using a forex trading demo account.

Offers a learning experience

Demo trading platforms are specifically created to offer new traders with learning experiences. They enable everyone to learn how to enter and close foreign exchange positions without the risk of losing money.

Helps you gain techniques and strategies

If you want to trade lucratively in the forex market you need to know all the techniques and strategies involved. Learning these tricks is essential since you cannot experiment with them using real money. If you are not fully aware of the repercussions that come about applying certain strategies you might end up losing a lot of money in currency trading.

Rakuten traders therefore advice that you learn all these strategies and techniques and get to know the results of applying them in the forex market using your demo account first.

Allows you to practice

The biggest advantage of using a forex trading demo account is that it allows you to practice your sills without risking any money. Since you will have no fear of loss, you’ll be able to perform all kinds of transactions and see how they work for you. In the event that you lose your virtual money, you don’t have to take it as a failure because it is not real money. However, you will need to consider that transaction as a vital lesson which you should avoid in future when you are using a real forex trading account.

Let’s you get comfortable

Using a forex trading demo account allows you to get comfortable with the Rakuten Forex trading platform. Most trading platforms may seem difficult at first but once you master their fundamental functions and learn their trading techniques, you will find it quite convenient to trade on them with a real account.

Through virtual trading, one learns to read and understand and interpret chart patterns. This will allow you to trade favourably thus resulting in greater chances of profit than loss.

Allows you to refocus your trading

You have opened a live account and after a few wins you may start to become over confident resulting in reckless trading mistakes which need quick correcting. The perfect remedy for refocusing your skills on the right habits before you start trading live again is by reverting to your demo account.

All things considered, Rakuten brokers believe that it is essential for all forex traders to start with a forex trading demo account. Remember your emotions in demo trading will be completely different when you eventually trade live because trading with money invokes real emotions. Therefore, ensure that you are as keen with demo trading since you will be needing the lessons, trick and techniques learned here when trading live.

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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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