While not as headline-grabbing as share trading in the light and the rise of a new generation of investors short-selling GameStop options, foreign exchange (forex) trading has long been a safe and reliable way to shore up capital — it just helps to know how best to get start Local may be ‘lekker’ There is no shortage of international trading platforms, and trading forex — contracts for differences (CFDs) — in South Africa has grown into a huge market over the past decade.
In short, by accessing trade in the price move in different currencies across the globe, investors are able to profit. The volatile tussle between the US Dollar and South African Rand has been one such gamble in the country for many years and is likely to remain so.
CFDs are more affordable to access than the stock market and you can also trade large positions; all you need is a device such as a PC, laptop, tablet, or smartphone, and an internet connection. But where to begin? A thorough survey of results yielded by the Google search keywords “trading platforms South Africa” quickly separates the “wheat from the chaff”.
Take some time to sift through the pros and cons the many reviewers offer on the various platforms and take a considered position. Public Finance International, for example, rates eToro the overall best trading platform in South Africa, claiming it is “… great for both beginners and experienced investors alike … and features a broad range of trading strategies to copy. This include
Scrypto currencies, forex, and CFDs trading strategies” Exciting time to be trading the markets’A drawback is that eToro’s forex and CFDs trading fees are extremely high. Local offering Khwezi Trade prides itself on trading on all the major currency pairs — as well as some minor ones — including commodities, and all major indices, and the company hasdecided not to offer derivatives on JSE-listed shares and cryptos. Forty currency pairs are available, seven commodities, 11 indices, and basic trading can begin for as little as R2000.Says Khwezi co-founder Mark Wurr: “This is an exciting time to be trading the markets, and we have gone to considerable ffort to train our clients to trade successfully. We offer online video tutorials, and we haveclients coming to our offices in Bree Street in Cape Town for personal, hands-on training and support. Visit: tradingplatforms.com/za Take a leap in your career with Wits Business School Samsung South Africa boosts SME development with its Accredited Service Centre programme The social change and development skills training essential for the future Top 10 questions parents must ask when choosing a new school A premier lifestyle event carves a corner of Italy into the heart of Jo burg Before we get more fully into how to learn Forex, we must explain and be clear about what Forex is.
Forex, or the currency market (also called FX for short) is the market where currencies are traded. In its simplest form, a currency transaction can be, for example, when you change your local currency to a new one for an upcoming vacation. In the entire market in general, about 5.3 billion dollars are traded daily between governments, banks, corporations and speculators. Knowing how the industry is Africa for the safety of your funds Choosing a broker can be confusing as they don’t charge uniform fees, they don’t give access to the same number of instruments etc. so it is important to compare the features that matter most and also consider your trading style before you settle for a broker