Until recently, the Forex market was a closed market and trading activities were confined to the “big boys” like the banking sector, the multinationals and the hedge funds. However, with new technological advancement, small retail investors now have the opportunity to participate in this lucrative market as well with online Forex trading. So what is online Forex trading? Essentially online Forex trading is the trading of one currency for another through the use of the internet. The Forex market is actually the largest financial market in the world and it is an over the counter (OTC) market. This means that there is no centralized location like the New York Stock Exchange from which trading activities must take place. Because of this unique aspect of the Forex market, with online Forex trading, one can deal in Forex from any place in the world. In addition, with online Forex trading, it is possible to trade in Forex around the clock five days in a week without having to leave the house. Online Forex trading differs very much from the traditional method of transacting financial instruments in the sense that most trading activities are more or less self-service. With a properly equipped computer and internet access, a trader will be able to basically determine what to buy, when to buy and how much to buy with just a click of the mouse. In addition, the speed with which your orders are executed is almost instantaneous as you will be using a trading platform that is provided by the Forex brokerage firm. Apart from the above mentioned, there are also several other advantages with online Forex trading as compared to the traditional brick and mortar way of trading Forex. One of these other advantages is the lower transaction cost that you will incur with your online Forex trading. As online Forex trading is self-determined by the trader himself, the brokerage firm will be able do away with other higher cost services and just concentrate on “volume based” business strategy by lowering their cost to attract more business. And to help their clients determine what a good buy is charting tools are usually provided on the online trading platform for those who engage in online Forex trading. Once analysis of the Forex market is completed with the charting tools, an online Forex trader will also be able to program his market analysis into the trading platform and automate his transaction activities. It is for these few reasons that online Forex trading is now gaining popularity over the rest of financial activities that retail traders previously usually went for. Online Forex Trading Systems The most important part of a trading system is the stick to the rules and criteria that you put in place. There is no point in spending time and effort creating your system, to then be caught up in the moment and forget everything that you have planned.
Zimbabweans and Online Forex Trading
A lot of Zimbabweans are involved in Online Forex Trading and this has been facilitated by the availability of the internet at affordable rates. The major advantage is that one can deal in online forex trading from the comfort of their homes.
Online Forex Misconception
Most people are not aware of what is involved in online forex trading. The first thing that comes to mind is that online forex trading is Illegal or it involves the buying and selling of forex on the street the way it is done at Road Port in Harare. Not enough information is available to most people with some thinking that it is a Ponzi scheme similar to MMM which collapsed at the end of last year. What makes the situation worse is that there are few people or institutions that can teach Online Forex Trading in a simple way so that first time users can understand.
Who in Zimbabwe can trade online forex?
Traditionally the field has been reserved for finance professionals but with improvements in technology and accessibility of information now everyone can trade provided you obtain sufficient training. You just need to put in some effort in understanding the basics and get mentors and begin your process of trading. Over the last few years professionals with backgrounds in Engineering, Nursing, Teaching, Procurement etc have been participating in the online forex trading field. You just need to get the basics and apply your skills on demo accounts before going live.
How to study Online Forex Trading
Learning to trade online forex trading is expensive with fees ranging from $150-$300. The fees are usually high because trainees would have been equipped with life skills on income generation. Some have been known to resign from their work places inorder to participate on online forex trading. ZBIN is however not a profit making institution which is why we provide training at rock bottom fees or free. Our objective is to enable our members to have options when it comes money making ventures.
How much capital do you need?
You can fund your account with as little as $10 or $250 depending on the broker used. Brokers such as Hotforex allow deposits such as $10 and other brokers such as CM Trading allow a minimum of $250 to be deposited before one starts trading. As a forum we highly recommend Hotforex because of the $10 minimum capital injection required.
How do you withdraw Profits?
You can withdraw profits from your local bank and it is done through transfers, some brokers provide bank cards for withdrawing profits. People attending our training sessions have been able to see evidence of some who have traded and withdrawn profits.
The above picture shows profits and losses from one of our online forex trading members. The trading happened on Friday and our member made profits of $202.41. This was over trading on his part because he usually makes daily trading profits of between $20 and $30. Please note that the profits could have been losses too-no profits are guaranteed in online forex trading!
Learning from Others
New traders can learn on their own through reading material on the internet, videos on Youtube or popular sites such as www.babypips.com. However learning on your own takes a lot of time which is why it is recommended to get professional training. At ZBIN we have a platform for sharing of information, question and answer sessions and opportunities to meet other traders. We will track our initiative that is coming on the 1st of June and share with our members.
Last ZBIN Online Forex Training
The photo above shows some of the 20 members who received free online forex trading in Harare 2 weeks ago. This is the group whose results will be tracked by this forum. Most of them first time traders and coming from various professional backgrounds such as Nursing, Police, Engineering, Accounting, Procurement and Banking. Our follow up training which will be handson is scheduled for next week Friday from 3:00pm to 5:00pm.
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