Monthly Archives: July 2016

5 Crucial Steps You Need To Take to Improve as a Forex Trader

If you’re interested in really starting to improve as a forex trader then it would be best to do so methodically. Assuming you already know the basics of what forex is and how it works, the next four steps that you need to take are undoubtedly the most crucial and you need to follow them – to the letter.

1.Learn about the factors that influence the forex market

Needless to say this is a big step and to be entirely honest the learning never really stops even once you go live and start trading. Still when you first start out you need to at very least learn a bit about the various geopolitical, economic and social factors that can influence the value of a currency. Also you should definitely learn about some of the scheduled events such as data releases that could have a part to play too.

2. Find out more about stop-loss orders and how they work

To put it simply, stop-loss orders are important as they are going to be what prevents you from making heavy losses when you’re trading on the forex market. Before you make your first trade you should already be familiar with what they are and how to set them.

3. Practice on a mock trading account

Most forex brokers nowadays provide mock trading accounts and rather than going ‘live’ right away and risking all your capital it would be a good idea to practice on a mock trading account first. Once you seem to be making a profit on the mock trading account you can then switch over and start really trading.

4. Keep records of your trades

Some trading platforms will automatically keep records of your past trades, but it helps if you keep your own records anyway. At the end of the day by recording your trades (and profits or losses) you can keep track of how you’re performing in the long term and make comparisons when you try a new approach or strategy.

5. Use leverage – carefully

At some point or other you’re going to want to leverage your trades since that’s how you’re going to start making some real money. While amplifying your profits by leveraging your capital is fine, you should always remember that it will amplify any losses you make too and as such should use it very carefully and in moderation.

Assuming you follow these five steps you should be positioned to get off to a good start. Of course there are still bound to be pitfalls and challenges that you need to face, but at least you will be well-prepared to do so.

If you’re looking to start trading on the forex market you should head over to etxcapital.co.uk. It will provide you with an excellent platform to trade not only on the forex market but also in other financial markets such as equities, commodities, indices, and so on. Having that flexibility never hurts, and you may very well decide that you’d like to pursue trading in a different market as well.

Investment tips: How much risk should I take?

Author – Nick Smith

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As they say, nothing great was achieved without risk. In an ideal world, we would be able to invest our money with little danger of anything going wrong, and we would see a big profit in return (…if only). The truth is that all investments carry a degree of risk. No matter what you choose to invest your money in, there is always the chance that your investment could decrease in value. Your job is to decide how much investment risk you feel comfortable with and can afford. With that being said, read on to discover more.

Different types of investment risk:

There are various risks you may subject yourself to by taking out a certain investment. By risk, we mean a situation that could potentially arise and have a negative impact on the value of your investment. But, remember, it’s important to consider risk and return; while there is potential to lose, there is also potential to gain.

  • Taxability risk – This refers to a situation whereby a security that came with a tax-exempt status initially then loses this status. This applies to municipal bond offerings.
  • Credit risk – Credit risk is when a bond issuer cannot make the principal repayment or is struggling to make the expected interest rate payments.
  • Liquidity risk – This type of risk is when limited opportunities mean that an investor cannot purchase an investment when they want to or in the quantities they need.
  • Business risk – Next we have business risk, which is a general term used to describe the risk linked with a certain security. Companies operating within the same sector are going to have similar risks.
  • Interest rate risk – This refers to a situation whereby interest rates increase, which could cause a fixed-rate debt instrument to lower in value. Interest rate risk is something you need to be concerned with if you buy bonds or securities with a fixed rate of return.
  • Market risk – Market risk cannot be controlled by diversification; it is a risk that will impact all securities in an identical manner. This is also known as systematic risk.
  • Reinvestment risk – Finally, reinvestment risk involves a situation when the investor is often forced into buying securities that do not offer the same amount of income as their previous investment. This is because the environment is one whereby interest rates are declining and bonds are due to be called in.

How to determine how much risk to take:

Now you know about the different types of investment risk, the next step is to determine how much risk you should take. There are several factors you need to take into consideration. Nevertheless, it is always advisable to use the services of experts in investment risk management, such as Taylor Brunswick Group. They can devise an investment portfolio that is perfectly suited to your financial situation and your attitude to risk. But, what sort of things are considered when determining what risk to take?

Of course, the cash that you have available to invest is going to be a major determining factor. If you are strapped for cash at present, the last thing you should be doing is putting all of your money into a high-risk investment portfolio. Aside from this, you need to consider how important an investment portfolio is to your financial well-being, and how long you will invest for. Time plays a crucial role when it comes to investment portfolio management. If you have got time on your side, you can afford a greater degree of risk, as your investments will be able to overcome any difficult periods.

Author Bio

Nick Smith

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Managing Partner in Taylor Brunswick Group. A Hong Kong-based wealth-management firm that offers expert wealth management advice that will increase the potential to maximize growth for any individual or businesses.

 

 

Broken British Promises

If the strong British Empire can be brought low during a financial collapse, how safe is your wealth portfolio? From the beginning of its creation, the British pound sterling has been a recording mechanism for the productivity of the nation. Suddenly, after Brexit, it collapsed by 11%. Is Gold now safer than the British pound?
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Carney: “No More Bank Bail Outs!”

In Aristophanes’s The Frogs, the foolish, lies and clownish behavior of politicians was lambasted. Sadly, Aristophanes might have been correct. The British politicians are a prime example.

The sun never sets on the British Empire

British Prime Minister Cameron was arguing against Brexit after it was shown that he had offshore bank accounts to hide his wealth. In 2014, the Bank of England Chief Mark Carney promised – “No more bank bail outs!” The citizens were angry and had their pitch forks ready.

How valuable is the promise of a politician?

After Brexit, the British pound fell 11% in one day, back to levels last seen in the 1970s. That means that three decades of productivity were wiped down in an instant. Are you willing to trust your wealth to those who can’t even defend their own currency?

Broken British Promises

Perhaps, June 24, 2016 was the final setting of the sun on the British Empire. After promising not to support any more bank bailouts, what did Bank of England Chief Mark Carney do after Brexit? He set up a paper money fund to bail out the banks again. Yes, he did.

When does it end?

If a wise stock trader does not throw good money after bad, why would the head of a central bank? To add insult to injury, the British Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne supported money printing after Brexit. Are these Brits insane? Don’t they understand that endless money printing leads to inflation and even hyperinflation?

Fire Up Paper Currency Printing Presses!
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Do You Ever Feel Like Your Money Just Disappears?

If you’re like most people, you’ve felt your money burning a hole in your pocket at one time or other. We often notice this sad phenomenon during childhood. Whether you had allowance or made money through some childhood side-hustle, you probably learned that money isn’t easy to hold onto. It’s exciting to spend it, and fun to use the stuff you spend it on. As you’ve gotten older, perhaps you’ve learned a bit about budgeting and spending-control. But it can still seem like your money just disappears. We’re taught to think that this is still the result of our poor spending habits and impulse-control. But sometimes it’s not – your money may be actually disappearing.

 

Money can be siphoned, skimmed, or snatched from your bank account in many ways. One of the most interesting and relevant, however, is the case of Payment Protection Insurance – an ongoing financial catastrophe in the United Kingdom. Haveigotppi.org.uk can give you more details about what to do about PPI (if you have it yourself), but for the rest of us a simple explanation of the problem will do just fine.

 

The problem started when certain financial lenders worked with insurance sellers to hide insurance plan documentation in complex lending documents. People inadvertently signed up for Payment Protection Insurance when they bought houses or cars or motorcycles. In almost every case, the buyer made the purchase without realizing that he or she had done so. Left for months or even years in many cases, people lost thousands, and all for a service they didn’t want. The great irony of this situation is that PPI was meant to protect these customers in the event that they could not afford to continue paying back their loan, BUT the service was taking away their money so that was exactly the financial state these people were more likely to experience.

 

You may not be able to relate to this situation specifically. Fraudulent insurance marketing isn’t something that’s a huge problem in every part of the world. But there are so many similar kinds of practices which deprive people of their funds, often without their knowledge. Think for instance of the huge wave of subscription goods that have hit the marketplace through retailers like Amazon. It’s so easy to subscribe to goods or services, thinking that the act will make life so much more convenient and interesting. The problem comes later when we forget about the service and it goes disused. We’re still paying $14.99 for your elite online entertainment account, but we haven’t actually watched anything in half a year.

 

The problem is the same regardless of the source of your fund depletion – you have less money in your account than you expect, and you never get it back. The only way to address this concern is to get to know the problem. Look closely at your monthly bank statements, and observe any unusual actions that may surprise you. If you don’t recognize regular payments (or if you do, and you realize you don’t want to go on paying them) follow up with your financial institution and get your finances in order.

Ways to Tune a Guitar

If you are a guitar player, you probably know by now that every guitar needs some tuning from time to time. If this is the case, we will be talking about standard guitar tuning that is not a lengthy process, but one that is definitely worth mentioning here as so many people out there tend to neglect it thinking that they can ignore and hope for the best. Well, the truth is that your guitar needs tuning whether you like it or not.