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  • How to trade forex: An opportunity to profit from the world's major currencies
  • Trading forex is about trying to profit from currency price fluctuations. As a South African forex trader, if you want to trade the world's major currencies, like the dollar, the euro and the pound, the easiest way to do this is by spread trading. So how does this work? And how can you get started? Read on to find out… How to trade forex with spread trading When you spread trad... ››› more
  • [04 June 2015]
  • Currency trading for beginners: Getting to grips with pips
  • Currency trading appeals to many traders. By concentrating on the price movements of the world's major currencies, you can make lucrative profits. So how do you make money trading currencies? It all comes down to the pips. Read on to find out more… How currency trading works All currencies trade in pairs. Determining the value of one currency is its comparison to the value of anot... ››› more
  • [03 June 2015]
  • If you're not already, here's why you should trade forex
  • If you enjoy trading or are seriously considering it, have you thought about trading forex instead of shares? There are a number of reasons why you should think about trading forex. Read on to find out what these reasons are… Six benefits of trading forex There are numerous advantages of trading forex over other financial markets… Benefit #1: The link between the forex market... ››› more
  • [27 May 2015]
  • How you can trade international currencies in South Africa
  • If you're interested in trading international currencies, the good news is it's never been easier. And you don't need to use your offshore allowance. You have a couple of options. It all depends on what currencies you want to trade. Let's take a closer look at how you can get started… What is currency trading? Currency trading involves trading the foreign exchange market. This is ... ››› more
  • [22 May 2015]
  • If you want to trade forex, you need to know how much it's going to cost you…
  • If you want to start forex trading, you'll have to pay to put on trades. So how much will it cost? It depends on whether you opt to trade currency futures or spread trade currencies. Let's take a closer look… The different types of forex trading account available With forex trading, you have two options when it comes to trading accounts: If you want to trade the rand ... ››› more
  • [22 April 2015]
  • How to read the Forex market in just two minutes
  • “Hi Timon, I want to trade Forex but I have no idea how to read the currency table, when I open my Forex platform? Please can you help me understand this better?” K.L I remember when I first started trading Forex. Damn I was excited! I opened an account with a Forex broker, loaded my Forex platform and saw the wonderful world of currency pair prices trading live right before my eyes. Th... ››› more
  • [14 April 2015]
  • The rand falls back through R12/$ as the greenback strengthens
  • After displaying some strength at the beginning of last week, the rand ended the week down against the dollar. The local currency is struggling as the greenback remains the currency of choice as speculation grows about when the US central bank will hike interest rates. Let's take a closer look at what's going on… The rand traded to a new low for April On Friday, the rand hit a ses... ››› more
  • [13 April 2015]
  • Forex trading basics: How to pick the best currencies to trade
  • When you first start delving into forex trading, you'll see the vast number of different currencies that you can potentially trade. But when it comes down to placing trades, you should stick to a select few. So what currencies should you trade? And what currencies should you avoid? Read on to find out… How to decide what currencies to trade With forex trading, one crucial aspec... ››› more
  • [10 April 2015]
  • A 70% drop in two years: The one investment you can't afford to get into
  • I told you, I told you, I told you. Bitcoin is terrible and you need to avoid it! Last year, I wrote about how bitcoin was on its way to failure. And, the trouble for this currency continues to stop its ability to grow. Guess what the worst performing currency against the dollar was last year? Bitcoin! The crypto-currency peaked in late 2013 trading at around $1,150. Since then, it has swi... ››› more
  • [08 April 2015]
  • Forex strategies: How to trade the rand against the world's major currencies
  • The forex market trades 24-hours a day, five-days a week. This financial market is the largest and most liquid in the world. It's where the trading of the world's currencies takes place. So how can you trade the rand against the world's major currencies? Read on to find out… How to use currency futures to trade the rand If you want to trade the rand against a number of the wor... ››› more
  • [08 April 2015]
  • Forex trading basics: Understanding the all-important bid-offer spread
  • Just like when you trade stocks, when you trade forex the prices for buying and selling are different. You buy at one price and you sell at another price. So what does this mean for you when you're trading forex? And what impact does it have on your trading? Read on to find out… How the bid-offer spread works with forex trading When you trade currency pairs, the quote consists ... ››› more
  • [07 April 2015]
  • Forex basics: Understanding currency quotes
  • One fundamental aspect of forex trading are currency (or forex) quotes. Forex quotes tell you the currencies that are in a pair and their value relative to one another. You need to understand how they work so you can put forex trades on. So how do currency quotes actually work? Read on to find out… The difference between the base currency and the quote currency When you loo... ››› more
  • [03 April 2015]
  • If you invest offshore, have you considered currency risk?
  • If you're a South African investor who invests money offshore, either via a fund or directly, you have exposure to currency risk. So what exactly is currency risk? And what do you need to consider? Read on to find out… What is currency risk? As a South African investor, currency risk means that your investment returns depend on how the rand performs against foreign currencies. ... ››› more
  • [30 March 2015]
  • The rand feels the backlash of Eskom's credit downgrade
  • After gaining after the release of the US Federal Reserve's policy statement on Wednesday evening, the rand came under renewed pressure last night. The latest source of worry for the local currency was news that ratings agency Standard & Poor's downgraded Eskom's credit rating status. This caused the rand to dip sharply. Let's take a closer look at what's going on… The rand tumble... ››› more
  • [20 March 2015]
  • Forex trading for beginners: An introduction to pips
  • Forex trading involves the trading of currencies. The currency market is the largest financial market in the world. It trades 24 hours a day, five days a week. And it's the most liquid market you can trade. If you want to start trading forex, you need to get to grips with the basics. When it comes to making and losing money in the forex market, it all comes down to pips. So what are pi... ››› more
  • [19 March 2015]
  • Want to master forex trading? Support and resistance are key to your success…
  • Technical analysis is a fantastic tool for identifying trading opportunities when trading forex. But before you can delve into the array of different technical analysis tools, there are a couple of crucial indicators you must understand. These are support and resistance. Let's take a closer look at why they're so important… What are lines of support and resistance? Lines of suppor... ››› more
  • [13 February 2015]
  • The one major factor standing in the way of Bitcoin's success
  • Bitcoin has amazing potential. It has the potential to revolutionise so many aspects of the finance world. But there is one problem with Bitcoin. And that's the volatility of its price. Let's take a closer look… The price of Bitcoin continues to bounce about Since its launch, the Bitcoin price has been on a roller coaster ride. Just have a look at the chart below. This shows th... ››› more
  • [12 February 2015]
  • Forex trading guide: The spread of currency pairs explained
  • Just like when you trade shares on the stock market, there's a spread between buy and sell prices on the forex market. So what exactly is the spread? Why is there a spread? And what impact does the spread have on your forex trading? Let's take a closer look… The ins and outs of the spread of currency pairs If you’re new to forex trading, one of the first things you may notice wh... ››› more
  • [09 February 2015]
  • An introduction to trading currency pairs
  • If you're new to forex trading, the first thing you'll see is that currencies come in pairs. One currency is always quoted in relation to another currency and this determines its value. So how do these currency pairs work? Let's take a closer look… What’s the difference between the base currency and the quote currency? When you look at trading currency pairs, you need to un... ››› more
  • [05 February 2015]
  • Why digital currencies, like Bitcoin, are here to stay…
  • We are on the cusp of a revolution with money. Thanks to the introduction of digital currencies, the global economy, the financial system and the ways payments are processed are going to change. Digital currencies have the scope to slash financial fees, allow people to use their money without the need for a bank account and bring about a new way for transacting around the globe. And with... ››› more
  • [05 February 2015]
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