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What you need to know about Online Forex Trading in Zimbabwe

The Foreign Exchange Market is the largest financial market in the world. Bloomberg, a global leader in financial data and analysis, reported a daily currency trade volume of over $6.6 trillion, back in April 2019. This was a 29% increase in volume compared to April 2016.

The Foreign Exchange Market is the largest financial market in the world. Bloomberg, a global leader in financial data and analysis, reported a daily currency trade volume of over $6.6 trillion, back in April 2019. This was a 29% increase in volume compared to April 2016.

24/5 availability, low capital requirements, high liquidity and zero low-entry costs are one of the few factors that has made retail forex so popular among investors.

With the rise of 3rd-party trading platforms like – MT4 and MT5, many low-cost retail brokers have opened in recent times which resulted in the growth of retail forex trading globally. In Africa too, retail FX trading has grown in the past few years and presently there are estimated to over 1.3 million African forex traders that trade in forex daily.

The trading in forex market is done on currency pairs. Traders can buy, sell or exchange currencies based on the current exchange rate of a currency pair like EUR/USD. FX trading involves a lot of risks and traders have to take risks related to leverage, interest rate, economy and counterparty into account before starting forex trading. Also, there are other risks related to human emotions and insufficient knowledge of the financial instrument & market uncertainty.

We take a look at some of the aspects of retail forex trading, the reasons behind its increasing popularity among African investors and the risks involved.

What is Retail Forex Trading?

 

Retail forex trading is a part of the larger forex market where banks, government and companies transact. Retail forex traders speculate on the exchange rate fluctuations of different currencies. Speculators buy currencies with the aim to sell them off at higher price later on.

 

Speculation can result in gains for the traders but the risks involved are very high. This is because, during the period that an investor holds the currencies they’ve bought, the currencies can fluctuate in value due to various reasons which can be hard to predict for most traders.

 

The forex market trade is done on currency pairs such as – the EUR/USD or Euro/US Dollar pair. Here, the base currency is Euro and the quote currency is US Dollar. Presently, the exchange rate of the EUR/USD pair is around 1.18. This means, in exchange for 1 Euro you can get 1.18 US Dollars. The EUR/USD pair is the most traded currency pair in the world.

Why is it so popular among African investors?

 

Africa has seen an increase in retail forex trading demand over the past few years. Currently, South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya, Tanzania have around 200,000, 190,000, 65,000 and 50,000 forex traders respectively. And Zimbabwe too has reportedly over 45,000 traders in the retail forex market.

One of the main reasons for this impressive growth in the region is the establishment of local forex regulatory bodies in Africa like – Financial Sector Conduct Authority (FSCA of South Africa) and the Capital Markets Authority (CMA of Kenya) which created secure & regulated trading environment for SA & Kenyan traders in which they oversee the conduct of the market participants as well as educate local investors about the risks. The FSCA and the CMA issue brokerage licenses as well as function as financial watchdogs over institutions that provide financial services and products.

Moreover, the startup & regulatory costs imposed by the FSCA and CMA on African brokers are much lower than most other regulatory bodies in EU, UK and Australia. This resulted in many local brokers like CM Trading, BlackStone Futures to open & grow their business in Africa and also encouraged big overseas brokers like FXTM, IG, HotForex, Avatrade, Pepperstone to get forex broker license from FCSA & CMA.

These brokers help build the local ecosystem in Africa for new traders by establishing local IB networks, trader groups, seminars where new investors are educated about forex trading.

Apart from above, African forex investors are attracted to forex market due to its unique nature over the other financial markets. This includes high volume, liquidity, low entry costs, ease of deposit/withdrawal options, 24-hour services and on-the-go trading facilities that can be availed by using just a mobile application or any platform of choice. Further, with the rise of mobile internet, social media and digital communications, more and more young people are coming to know about trading and are turning to online investing.

But, this growth has also caused rise to investment scams in Africa, just as there are genuine brokers who aim to provide safe environment to the investors and build a reputation for themselves, there are also some unregulated entities/persons who want to cheat inexperienced investors with false claims and promises.

Risks of Investing in the Forex Market

 

Most of the risks involved in forex trading arise from trading with insufficient knowledge about the markets.

But, most common risk that new forex investors take is trading with an unregulated broker. Not all unregulated brokers pool money from the public with ill-intent. But, in most cases this is their intent and many new investors fall prey to such persons/entities who make huge promises of returns or never invest their money in the markets. So, it is always wise to choose a regulated forex broker that is licensed by bodies like FSCA, CMA, FCA or ASIC.

In case you run into any disputes with a regulated broker, you always have a dispute resolution body to appeal to for damages and seeking legal aid. But this is not possible in case of unregulated entities. So, it best to avoid them and be safe than sorry!

Apart from above, there are some inherent risks associated with retail forex trading. Such as:

  • Market Volatility and Unexpected Movements

 

The forex market is very volatile in nature. This is because the value of any currency is influenced by various economic, political and natural factors.

Any event, whether of local, national or global significance, can have the potential to crash the markets. This is why investors need to stay highly alert and updated, to be able to make a move in case of any unfavorable development.

For example, in the month of March, almost all currency pairs became volatile and some even dropped upto 35% in value. The cause was the outbreak of novel coronavirus. Developing nation currencies took the worst hit and one of the worst affected ones was the South African Rand – falling by around 32% against the US dollar, in the months of March and April.

 

  • Risks of using High Leverage/Margin Trading

 

Margin based trading allows you to trade with only a fraction of the required capital for an investment. It is expressed as a ratio of the minimum amount of money needed to make the investment against the actual amount of capital required for the investment. Most brokers in Africa offer high leverage with low margin requirements to their clients.

For example, for an investment worth $1000, a leverage of 1:1000 implies that you only need to pay $1 as margin to the broker.

Leverage is a double-edged sword. Higher leverage means higher profits, but only if the trade plays out in your favor. If it doesn’t, you can lose just as much as you stood a chance to gain.

  • Over Trading & Investing more than you are willing to lose

 

Due to the volatile nature of the forex market, any trade can go wrong in seconds. If you invest all your money at once, there is a chance that you might end up losing all of it. This is why one should only invest a fraction of the money from their savings and only invest what they can afford to lose.

Risk Management could help reduce risks of a forex trader where trader can determine his/her risk tolerance and make adjustments to their portfolio based on the same. It can be done through tools provided by brokers like:

  • Negative Balance Protection-

Protects you from incurring losses more than the amount you have deposited.

  • Stop-loss Orders-

Protects you from incurring losses greater than your risk tolerance. A stop-loss order can stop a trade if the losses exceed a pre-defined threshold.

However, even with proper planning and use of risk management tools, investors can still lose a lot of money. This is because the forex is much riskier to invest in than other investments like government bonds or mutual funds. For new investors, it is recommended to start trading in small amounts. This will help you to get accustomed to the market and also determine whether or not it is suitable for you.

Is Forex Trading Legal in Zimbabwe?

There is no clarity on rules relating to Online Forex Trading in Zimbabwe as there is no direct law or directive allowing or banning online forex trading activity.

Foreign exchange transactions are regulated by Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe and exchangers must be regulated by bureau of exchange. And trading is allowed to Regulated Organizations through new forex auction system.

Individual Investors are not allowed to invest online as there are restrictions on online & offline foreign exchange transactions. Yet some investors find their way to do so, which is illegal.

There is no regulation for forex brokers in Zimbabwe making it risky for investors. There is no forex broker that is regulated in Zimbabwe and if anyone claims so, take caution.

If you still want to invest in forex at your own risk, you must do proper due diligence on local Forex laws, online investing restrictions in Zimbabwe and on brokers you want to choose. Most globally reputed forex brokers are regulated under different top tier regulations like FCA, ASIC, FSCA and you must only trade with them.

New forex investors should study, analyze the market and strategize accordingly and before starting off with real money, test their strategy in a demo account. Most reputed brokers provide demo accounts to their clients. Demo accounts can help you familiarize with the effectiveness of your strategy and also help you understand more about the trading platform and tools offered by the broker.

Make sure you understand the laws and regulations in Zimbabwe on online forex trading before you invest any money.

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RoboForex adding EOS Cryptocurrency

RoboForex adding EOS Cryptocurrency

RoboForex announced today adding EOS, a cryptocurrency which is now available for trading with the broker on both MT4 and MT5 platforms.

Roboforex added EOS CryptocurrencyCurrently, RoboForex clients have 7 crypto instruments to choose from.

RoboForex keeps expanding its crypto portfolio.

The latest addition is EOSUSD, which is already available to the clients through MT4 and MT5, alongside with six other crypto pairs:

BTCUSD, ETHUSD, BCHUSD, DSHUSD, LTCUSD, and XRPUSD.

The EOSUSD trading conditions are the following:

  • minimum lot size: 100,
  • minimum increment: 0.01,
  • leverage 5:1.

EOS is a cryptocurrency that was introduced in 2017 and is based on blockchain and smart contracts. Its key features are scalability, decentralized apps, and huge throughput (a few million transaction per second).

This is another step towards developing our crypto portfolio.

Our clients do value the flexibility and state of the art technologies we offer them As for us, our mission is meeting their expectations and constantly improving the trading conditions by opening the door to new instruments and opportunities.

says Denis Golomedov, ;Marketing Director at RoboForex.

Roboforex and Cryptocurrency

This Broker has been on the forefront of crypto trading on the Metatrader 4 and Metatrader trading platforms from the beginning and pushing for more and more trad-able assets to be added to their offering .

it took this broker a little bit of time but now that they got them selves into the cryptocurrency trading arena they come to lead the pack. this in combination with their the trading platforms they are offering makes this a broker to take notice of.

as yet there are not enough brokers that offer metatrader 5 and especially one where you are able to trade bitcoin ethereum, litecoin and now also EOS.

About RoboForex

RoboForex is a brokerage company catering to clients from various countries. The broker’s focus is providing the traders with access to its own financial market platforms.

RoboForex Ltd is a licensed company (License No. IFSC/60/271/TS/17).

 

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Local bitcoin Trader Jailed for Money Laundering

Indicted: Local bitcoin Trader Jailed for Money Laundering

Local Bitcoin trader, Theresa Lynn Tetley, also widely known as Bitcoin Maven has been indicted for indulging in illegal bitcoin-for-cash transactions. According to the Central District of California, the LocalBitcoins.com trader has been sentenced to 12 months in prison.

She has also been handed a three-year supervised release and a $20,000 fine. A former real estate investor and stockbroker, the court ordered her to relinquish $292,264.00 in cash, 25 assorted gold bars, and 40 bitcoin.

money launderingTetley pled guilty to one count of operating an unlicensed money exchange business, and another related to money laundering. Her case is the first of its kind in the Central District of California.

Tetley was procedurally supposed to register her business with the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, an agency of the United States Department of the Treasury.

The agency is responsible for analyzing transactions to curb money laundering and related financial crimes. She also failed to implement standard anti-money laundering protocol, including reporting of certain financial sources as per the requirements of this type of business.

Tetley is said to have traded over $6 million for clients within the United States and charged higher rates as compared to other traders within the LocalBitcoins platform.

Also noted in the court documents was that Theresa Lynn laundered bitcoin for a customer who had been suspected of having acquired the cryptocurrency through illegal activities, including drug sales on the dark web.

She also carried out a bitcoin to cash transaction for an undercover agent who had explicitly declared that his bitcoin was tied to narco-trafficking operations.

According to the report, Tetley’s service was responsible for fueling the growing use of cryptocurrencies to launder money and supported a black market system set up purposely to circumvent the law.

The organizations involved in her investigation included the IRS Criminal Investigation and the Drug Enforcement Administration.

Just One of Many

That said, the government has been committing significant resources to counter the crypto – dark web menace, and earlier this month, a major sting operation was carried out against a major money laundering network. Thirty-five suspects were arrested.

One individual, identified as John Edward Monette, was charged with Conspiracy to Distribute a Controlled Substance. He was also alleged to have carried out numerous bitcoin for cash exchange transactions on the dark web, most of them in 2017 and totaling about $19,000.

Another dark web vendor busted during the operation, Ryan Farace, 34 was indicted for being involved in an alprazolam tablets manufacture and distribution scheme.

He sold the drugs on the dark web, with all transactions being made in bitcoin. Additional digital currency money laundering transactions were made to conceal the sources.

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By ELIZABETH GAIL at Coincentral

 

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Why You Need to Get Onboard With Blockchain!

Why You Need to Get Onboard With Blockchain!

Blockchain tech – so revolutionary in nature that some are calling it the “new internet.” It has applications in just about every industry, and has completely altered the way we think about internet security, the processing of information, and the speed of transactions.

Blockchain is the technology that supports the digital currency  or cryptocurrency called Bitcoin –

however this is not what it is really about as it has a far wider scope of applications and is being commercialized in a growing number of areas.

It has generated much interest in technology circles and beyond, because of the new possibilities it opens up in financial services, the public sector and other areas.

According to sites like BitFortune.net, blockchain tech is definitely worth keeping an eye on due to the myriad of benefits it provides.

Blockchain and Bitcoin are not the same thing – Bitcoin is implemented using blockchain technology, but blockchain technology can be used in contexts much wider than Bitcoin or other cryptocurrencies. so when we are talking about the blockchain we are talking about a combination of a number of technologies, these including:

  • Distributed ledgers.
  • The blockchain data structure.
  • Public key cryptography.
  • Consensus mechanisms.

Part of what makes it so exciting is that it is completely open source. As a result, there are already a number of interesting blockchain apps, and the number is growing daily.

The technology is so secure that it is already being used by DARPA to secure military data. Various governments around the world are working on ways to use the tech to protect their own data.
The tech is tamper-proof, and the data stored within it is permanent. It cannot be erased or altered, and this is what makes it so enticing to those needing more secure networks.

But there is more, folks. (Okay, so that sounds a bit like an infomercial, but the benefits are real nonetheless.) Transactions can speed across the network – taking only as much time as it takes for them to be authorized.

The blockchain cannot be described just as a revolution. It is a tsunami-like phenomenon, slowly advancing and gradually enveloping everything along its way by the force of its progression.

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The system runs without the need for an intermediary, and this reduces the time it takes to execute transactions. This, and the unique way that the tech works, means that costs are significantly reduced as well.

What makes it so revolutionary is that the information is spread across every computer within the network. With Bitcoin, that means the data is securely “backed up” over thousands of computers.

Now, it is unlikely that banks will entrust their data to a public network in the same way, but they have been working on creating networks of their own instead.

The potential savings in terms of cost and time are extensive. If you want to learn more about these savings, check out the infographic below.

 

Why You Need to Get Onboard With Blockchain!


Why You Need to Get Onboard With Blockchain!


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