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Three Basic Trading Strategies for Beginners

There are many ways to trade the  markets. Prior to risking your capital, you need to determine the type of trading strategy you plan to use to take advantage of the marketYour strategies could be fundamental where you look for changes in the macro-environment to take a view on a currency pair, or you could use technical analysis. This is the study of past price action which helps you predict the future movements of a currency pair. Here are three basic trading strategies that a beginning trader can use.

Trend Following

A trend is the movement of price in a specific direction that continues to perpetuate. The markets in theory only trend 30% of the time, which means that it’s important to jump aboard as soon as a trend starts. One of the easiest trend-following strategies to follow is the moving average crossover strategy. A simple moving average is the average of a specific number of days. For example, a ten-day moving average takes the simple average of the past 10-days. On day eleven, the first day in the averaging period is dropped from the calculation. A moving average helps remove some of the choppiness of day to day changes in an exchange rate.

A Simple Moving Average Crossover Strategy

 crossover strategy tells you to buy an exchange rate when a slower moving average (such as the 10-day moving average) crosses above a longer-term moving average (such as the 40-day moving average). You can see from the chart of the USD/JPY there are several signals that tell you when to purchase the USD/JPY currency pair and when .

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The risk management of this strategy can be as simple as reversing your position when the reverse signal appears.

Exponential Moving Average Crossover

Another similar trading strategy is the exponential moving average crossover strategy. This trading strategy increases the relevance of the recent days, by weighting the current period more than the prior period of the moving average. Since a moving average is a lagging indicator, the exponential moving average attempt to generate a trend signal ahead of a simple moving average crossover trading strategy.

Momentum Trading Strategy

A simple momentum trading strategy is the Moving Average Convergence Divergence Crossover Strategy. The MACD generates a momentum buy and signal.

Momentum Trading

The MACD evaluated momentum by analyzing the difference between a short term moving average (the 12-day moving average) and a longer-term moving average (the 26-day moving average). This is called the MACD line. It then compares this difference (the MACD line) to a moving average of the difference (the MACD signal line). When the MACD line crosses over the MACD signal line a buy signal is generated (green arrows). When the MACD line cross below the MACD signal line (the red arrows), a sell signal is generated. The risk management of this strategy can be as simple as exiting a position when the reverse signal occurs.

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A list of things to consider before you start trading Forex in Nigeria in 2019

So, you have decided to try to find out how to start Forex trading in Nigeria in 2019, but have suddenly realized that you know as much about the industry in the country as you know about how long it takes Pluto to go around the sun. This is not something to worry about at all since this article is dedicated to providing you with a crash course on the subject of Forex trading within the country. If you want information that is more in-depth, you should check out our tips page. The list below will give you the info needed to avoid scams or losing money while furthering your education will help you earn more. So, let’s stop stalling and get into what the best way to start trading within the borders of Nigeria is.

Here’s a bonus: it takes Pluto around 248 years to make a full circle around the sun.

1. Ask yourself why you want to start trading Forex?

So here is the thing. Many people get into the Forex industry just because they think this is where they will be able to get fabulously rich and it’s not wrong of them to do so, but it is also incredibly conceited to think that you are the one that is going to hit the jackpot. Especially if you are going into the market with just a little bit of money. I mean, even some of the richest Forex traders in the world had to invest a boatload of cash in order to make the boatload of cash back. So be careful what expectations you have when you go into the Nigeria Forex industry. The first thing you are going to have to do is set some realistic expectations to how much money you are going to end up making, set some realistic goals and make sure that you stick to those goals. If you don’t, you end up losing a whole bunch of money.

2. Learn about Forex

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How are you going to make money in an industry, if all you know about the industry is that someone made money within it? This is the question that should be bothering you a lot and it is also the question that you should immediately answer with “by learning about the industry”. If you are going to be trying to start Forex trading in Nigeria while being ignorant of the industry as a whole, you are going to be making the biggest mistake of your life. The best way to trade in any place in the world is to know what you are doing, and the best way to learn about something is to find resources to learn about it. All it takes to learn about Forex is to google anything related to “education” and “Forex” and bam, you have dozens and dozens of resources. Some of the ways to learn about the industry are:

  • Online seminars, also known as Webinars, because combining words is cool
  • Online academies
  • Videos
  • Articles, Blogs, and other similar written resources

And if you are not sure that any of those are reliable enough, it should not be too hard to find places that will offer you Forex trading training in Nigeria. The industry is popular enough in the country for multiple brokers and educational institutions to offer you a chance to learn about it. Although, these meetings might not be free to attend and are more likely than not going to cost some money. Learn about them ahead of time by asking around, so that you don’t end up going to a useless course. I mean, come on, there are almost two hundred million people in Nigeria, someone is bound to know about Forex educations courses. And now that there are more and more Forex brokers in Nigeria, it should be pretty easy to start trading

3. Understand the context

And while you are educating yourself about the industry, make an effort to learn about the context that you are going to be working in. This means learning about the Forex industry specifically in Nigeria, and also what is going on in the markets around the world right now. One thing that is true about the Forex industry is that it is constantly changing. I mean, it is stable enough to be appropriately tradeable, but there always something changing. There is always a currency that is on the rise or in freefall, always a country that is struggling to keep up in projected growth and so on and so on. The market is constantly in flux simply because anything at all can affect how much a currency is worth.

The country elected a new president that is more democratic and promises quick GRP growth for the country? Bam, the currency increases in value. Oh, the president got the flu? Bam, the currency falls in value. The country goes through a renaissance while the president is sick and the number of tourists coming to the country increases tenfold? BUY THAT CURRENCY NOW because its gonna explode in value. Oh, wait, the country got into a war? Well, bad news, all that currency you bought is gonna start going down now.

Keep an eye on the news and keep an eye on what other people are doing.  Many Nigerian Forex brokers will allow you to receive this information on their own platforms. That is the only way to guarantee that you don’t end up falling behind. Context makes everything on these markets.

4. Find out which are the best Forex trading platforms in Nigeria

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Okay, so now that you have learned about the industry and about all of the practices associated with Forex, all you have to do is learn about who the best brokers are. Easy-peasy right? Well, you’re wrong. Picking a broker is the most complicated, annoying and most drawn-out process that you will be going through before you can even begin Forex trading, especially in Nigeria. There are many brokers around the world and, since there are so many of them, it is easy for scams and liars to become hidden within the list. If you are not careful, you might end up picking a broker that is terrible for you and for your money. So, in order for you to not end up doing the exact opposite of hitting a jackpot, here is a quick list of things that you need to learn about a broker before you even end up working with them.

  • License
    • One of the most important aspects of determining whether a broker is legitimate or whether it is a scam is finding out whether they have a license. The license should be provided by a reliable financial regulator. Internationally these include Cyprus based CySec, the UK based FCA, South Africa based FSCA, and others. Within Nigeria, the SEC (Securities and Exchange Commission) is the one responsible for providing licensing to brokers. If you do not see an SEC license, you should consider staying away from the regulator. If you do see an SEC license, it might be a good sign that you are working with the best Forex broker in Nigeria.
  • Platform
    • Consider the platform that the broker is offering to you for use. Is it the MetaTrader 4, the MetaTrader 5, CTrader, a browser-based platform or an in-house produced platform? Any of these could have some reliable features that would be useful to most traders, but each of the platforms is different in many ways. Any Forex broker in Nigeria can offer any of the platforms. These differences are the ones you should be considering so that you can make sure that you are getting what you want.
  • Spreads and Leverage
    • Spread is the amount of money you are likely going to end up paying for opening and closing your position on a currency. It is the amount of money you will end up paying, basically. Leverage is the multiplier of the money that will be loaned to you if you decide to take it and trade it. In the end, you need to make sure that both of these quantities are something that you approve of and don’t end up getting in the way of your trading experience.
  • Education and other products
    • You should also consider whether the broker provides you with a chance to get more educated on the subject of Forex and if there are other things they are offering. The more bonuses you get for starting to trade Forex trading Nigeria with a specific broker, the better it is right? Just make sure that those benefits are actually given to you and are not just an empty promise.

5. Try to get a Demo account

Once you have figured out a broker that you might enjoy working with, try to figure out how to get a demo account with them. A demo account will allow you to experience whether you like to work with the broker or not and it will also allow you to try out some trading techniques that might be interesting. You could also go ahead without one and end up on the market without any knowledge of what trading looks like, be confused and lose money, but hey that’s up to you. Some of the best trading accounts allow traders to get imaginary funds that they can apply to the real market and see how their decisions pan out. These help build speed and skill when trading, two of the most important aspects of anyone who wants to start Forex trading in Nigeria or elsewhere in the world.

6. Try to get a bonus

A bonus will multiply your trading capital by adding money to your account for completing an action. Some bonuses even provide bonuses for simply registering with the broker, meaning that you don’t even have to invest money in order to be able to start trading. Not all brokers provide this opportunity though, and some scam brokers end up using bonuses as a way to lure in unsuspecting victims. This is why it is important for you to make sure that you are dealing only with the best bonuses that you can get your hands on. Many Forex trading companies in Nigeria offer the opportunity to get your hands on a bonus such as this.

7. Plan

start Forex trading in Nigeria in 2019It doesn’t matter to us if you are trying to start trading with a Nigeria Forex broker, England or in Poland, I need you to do one thing. I want you to plan ahead. This means that you sit down and think about how much money you want to make. What techniques you are going to use to make this money. What your currency pairs of choice will be. How much time you are going to spend trading. How much money you are going to dedicate to trading. How much money you are willing to lose while trading. All of these things will help you prepare for the life of a trader and prevent you from either losing too much money without stopping or overexerting yourself. Planning is the number one thing that helps any and all Forex traders in the world and in Nigeria to end up making the money they need to be making.

8. Start Nigeria online Forex trading

After all, is said and done, all you have to do is just start trading. This means to register an account, deposit money and start trading. It is that simple. Although, all things considered, it is also going to be the most complicated and complex thing you have ever done in your life, so be careful how you go about it. Trading is a complex subject that involves a lot of learning and a lot of work, so make sure you know what you are doing before you get involved and invested in it. If you do, you should be able to make something of it. If not, you will end up just like the rest of the 90% of all traders on the markets – losing money. But hey, I am optimistic about your future on the markets and you should not be giving up either. The Nigeria broker that you will end up trading with agrees with this too. So go ahead and start preparing!

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What are Equity Indices and How do You Trade Them?

Equity IndicesEquity indices are baskets of stocks that are traded together. The most liquid equity indices are stock indices that cover some of the most actively traded stocks in the world. In the U.S, the Dow Industrials, the S&P 500 index and the Nasdaq 100 are the most popular equity indices. In Europe, the German DAX the FTSE 100 and the French CAC are the most liquid. In Asia, the Nikkei and the Shanghai along with the Australian All Ordinary are the most robust indices.

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Publicly traded Swedish companies to keep an eye on

Sweden is home and birthplace of some of the most successful and innovative businesses in the world. Because of the highly digitally connected economy, Sweden is able to foster innovation and hence the birth of some of the international well-known brands. Below are some of the leading publicly traded Swedish companies that you should keep an eye on in 2018; Continue Reading →

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The most important technical indicators for every forex trader

most important technical indicators Over the years, traders have devised various tools to try and help them successfully trade the markets. Of the hundreds that have been invented so far, only a few have stood the test of time, and that is because they have continued to prove effective in many market conditions. These are the most important ones every trader should know about, and even the software developers know it. That is why the most popular forex trading platforms, including those developed by SpotOption will have them pre-installed. In fact, I doubt you will find any trading platform that doesn’t have all of these available. Continue Reading →

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What is Initial Coin Offering and why should (or not) you invest?

ico-investment-volumesSimilar to an IPO, a process when the company’s stocks becomes available for the general public, an Initial Coin Offering is a process of a company issuing tokens to any retail investor that is willing to buy. Unlike IPOs, the ICOs are a product of the modern technologies, mostly based on cryptocurrencies, especially . When compared to an IPO, we can clearly see that ICOs target a completely different profile of an investor – ICO investors are the ones that are looking into putting their money into a prospective projects, and they want to be the first ones to invest. However, IPO investors are generally the first retail investors, yet they are certainly not the first investors. Typically, before flipping an IPO, a company goes through series of investment rounds. Sometimes as many as six.

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Financial regulation in Sweden

Financial regulation in SwedenIn Sweden, the Financial Supervisory Authority is responsible for financial regulation. In Swedish, the institution is called Finansinspektionen (FI) which is a combination of the former financial and insurance supervisory bodies. The Bank Inspectorate oversaw banking and other financial market operations while the Insurance Supervisory Authority only focused on the insurance industry. In 1991, these two bodies were combined to form FI which covered both tasks under one roof. Continue Reading →

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Forex Terms

Forex Terms FX DictionaryWe have put together an extensive list of forex terms to help you learn trading forex and orient in the world of financial terms.

Knowledge of forex terms is vital, as most of the trading tips, deposit bonus tips and other articles include the trading jargon. Without knowing these fx terms it will be difficult for you to understand the reviews and tips on Forex Bonus Lab.

Learning to trade begins with the definitions and hence we strongly recommend you to browse through the terms.

Check the forex terms displayed in the alphabetical order below and if you are unable to find what you are looking for here – get in touch and we will give you a hand.

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Most Common Forex Trading Mistakes

Most Common Forex Trading MistakesWhen trading currencies on Forex things can potentially go very well, leading to a large degree of financial success. This, of course, is the objective for every trader, but sometimes things don’t go as planned. Traders on the Forex markets are bound to make mistakes from time to time, especially when they don’t know what mistakes to avoid. When you know what the most common types of mistakes are, you can be prepared for them and save your investments. Some of these mistakes can even be considered as “traps” which ensnare the unsuspecting trader. Although beginners who are inexperienced are certainly susceptible to these common mistakes, sometimes skilled traders aren’t always aware of what traps to be aware of either. Avoiding these mistakes often makes all the difference between success and failure on the Forex markets.

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Top 10 Forex Trading Tips

Top 10 Forex Trading TipsThe forex market is a vast, accessible area for the traders around world. It’s essentially open all the time; it has fully accessible use of margin and comparatively low costs of trading.

These are some features that can entice anyone into trading currencies for some extra buck. But the problem is most of you will fail during your first steps as a forex trader. Here’s a list of things you’re supposed to do, many of which you don’t end up doing. Browse through the list of the best Forex tips we have prepared for your to assure successful trading!

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