Trading on the Forex Market for Beginners


In recent years, technological innovation has impacted every industry from retail to finance in Africa. In addition to cryptocurrency trends and the rise of electronic wallets, the forex scene has been rapidly evolving to meet consumer needs. One key example of this is the online foreign exchange platform by Equity Group for SMEs and large corporates. As we reported “the tool targets to harness financial markets in the country and offer an improved experience in buying and selling foreign currency”.

With the forex market in Africa growing rapidly and becoming more advanced now is the time to consider trading currencies.

How does forex trading work?

Forex trading consists of a global market that involves the trading of one currency for another country’s currency. This enables businesses to import foreign goods and services and governments and financial institutions to benefit from international trade. When it comes to trading forex CFDs online, the process involves predicting any changes in the value of a currency pair, such as EUR/USD. Buying or selling a specific currency based on its future exchange rate can potentially help you turn a profit.

What are the benefits of forex trading?

One of the largest benefits of forex trading is its constant accessibility. Because it’s available worldwide, trading can be done continuously over the course of 24 hours and 5 days. In addition, it is also extremely liquid in nature. This means that large amounts of money can be moved in and out of currencies with small variances between the bid prices for potential buyers and ask prices for potential sellers. Lastly, transaction costs are relatively low, which means you can maximize your profit. Usually, brokers use these costs as payment for making the trade, as well as a portion of the commission.

How do you select the right broker?

Before you get into forex trading, it’s important that you choose a reputable broker. Here in Kenya the regulatory body is the CMA (Capital Markets Authority), while the biggest regulatory body for the continent is in South Africa and is the FSCA (Financial Services Conduct Authority). Knowing that a forex broker is properly certified and meets their requirements can give you some peace of mind. You should also keep in mind the costs involved when conducting a trade. If your priority is tight spreads, choosing to trade with a specific broker can keep your transaction costs down. For beginners, consider choosing a platform with reliable customer service. This way, you can seek an advisor to help you maximize your profits and gain assistance when necessary.

What are some risks you should be aware of?

Like all investments, trading on the forex market is also accompanied by a set of risks. If you trade online, it can be easy to overinvest if you’re too overconfident. To avoid this, setting stop limits can help you minimize your losses. In addition, trading online requires a reliable internet connection. If you have a slow internet connection, you may lose out on a profitable trade. Furthermore, knowing how to use the online system is key. It’s possible to make certain missteps due to human or system errors, so having verification that your trade has been processed is key.

While the forex market may appear intimidating at first, it offers a host of potential opportunities for first-time investors. Starting slowly and taking the time to learn the ins and outs of online platforms will help you grow your investments.