FSCA : Financial Sector Conduct Authority formerly known as Financial Services Board (FSB) is the regulatory body of financial institutions that provide financial services and offer financial products. These institutions include banks, insurers, market infrastructures and retirement funds/administrators. They are all licenced in terms of the financial sector law.
What Is The Main Responsibility of FSCA?
The FSCA supervises and regulates the conduct of financial institutions. They also help to protect the financial customers by ensuring that they get fair treatment from financial institutions. Their mandate is to enhance, maintain and support the efficiency and integrity of the financial markets. The FSCA also provides financial education and issues warning statements about financial institutions that are under investigations or have their licence withdrawn etc. You can read all about their media release on their website HERE, who knows, you might just see your current financial institution on the news. Those financial services who are treating customers unfairly and breaking the law, are severely dealt with.
Why This Blog Post?
Sometime last week, a story broke out about how the Minister of Finance said Forex trading is illegal in South Africa (which was clearly incorrect information/fake news). From the comments that I was reading online regarding the story, I realised that most people are not aware that they have rights and access to call and verify any financial markets related news with the regulatory body. I obviously did that and spoke to them and they confirmed that if there’s any news like that, it would have been on their website since they are the one who regulate the industry.
It also didn’t make any sense to have a whole minister of finance talking to a newspaper publication about illegalizing Forex trading before speaking to the regulators. I also get a lot of emails, WhatsApp texts and other social media inboxes from people who are scammed by companies simply because they had no information on how to check if those companies are authorized to offer Forex and other types of investments. I then decided to post this information here to educate more people about FSCA because sharing information is my calling. I am hoping that you’ll be kind enough to help me spread this information to as many people as possible because it might save lives. Below are the instructions on how to check if your Forex broker or any other financial institution is authorised to offer the services that they currently offer. Go to the official FSCA website by clicking HERE and follow the steps below.
For the safety of your funds, never trade with an unauthorized broker or give your money to any unauthorised institution or individual, even if they show you their FSP number, always confirm and verify with FSCA if they are authorised to handle public funds. Most Forex Brokers or companies are offering services that they are not authorised to offer. On the last step (step 9) click on “here“ and you’ll find more information on the products. To get to “here” you can click on “key individuals”. If anything confuses you about the products, you can call FSCA or email them.
The broker that I used for demonstration, is one of the brokers that I trade with. I also wrote a review on them. You can check out the review post HERE and if you wish to open an account with them, you’ll find a link on that post and feel free to WhatsApp me for assistance should you get stuck (WhatsApp details at the bottom of this post). Some brokers are trading under a different name. If that is the case, the information should be on the broker’s website and you can still get the FSP number from the website and verify it, the name that they trade under, will definitely show up when you check their FSP number.
I wrote another review on one of the biggest brokers who are also trading under a different name. You can view the post HERE and if you wish to open an account with them, there’s a link on the post to register. I personally trade with both brokers. I hope you found some value in this post. Kindly help me to reach out to as many people as possible by sharing it. Thank you for stopping by and please stay safe. Don’t forget to download the App on Google Playstore to have this content at your fingertips
Hello, welcome back. I hope you are still keeping well and safe during these times, I am also just trying my best to stay alive. In S.A we just moved to alert level 1 of lockdown and our economy is slowly reopening, we are only praying and hoping for the best. OK, I have been answering this question about whether Forex trading is something worth trying or not.
Why Did I Start This Blog?
The aim of this blog is to provide practical and realistic tips and content that can be used by anyone. I am not here to give any form of financial or investment advise. I am basically just listening to the public’s frequently asked questions and answer through these articles. A few weeks ago, I published a blog post addressing the issue of untrustworthy Forex investments and that was after my email and social media were flooded with people asking me a lot regarding these investments. Most people were actually crying.
Why This Topic?
Since lockdown started, most people found themselves working from home and some people actually lost their jobs. There’s been a lot of uncertainty since Covid-19. Most people are constantly looking for alternative ways of making an income. Because of the current situation with Covid-19, the online world has really become an obvious option. Let me try to answer this question in a practical and a realistic manner like I always try to do.
You’ve been thinking about venturing into Forex trading lately. You hear your friends or your colleagues talking about trading and telling you how you can make a lot of money working from home, there’s a lot being said about the unemployment rate and folks on social media are also out there telling you how you can fire your boss in six months etc. You read about it on social media, you see it everywhere, you join every group of Forex traders on Facebook, and you even get those overwhelming inboxes from people who stay overseas (you know those people who are inboxing you daily and they want to turn you into a millionaire, they inbox me too because they never bother to check the profiles, all they want is to get to their next victim’s pockets) You are now thinking that you can actually be a millionaire by next year if you can start as soon as possible, WAIT!!! Let me give you a lesson or two on this subject and then you can decide.
Can Someone Really Make A Million Trading Forex?
Yes, definitely, there’s no lie there, but it won’t just happen though. There’s a process, some learning and investing money that should happen before you get there. Your earning potential is also highly linked to your start up capital. You can ask me all about it via WhatsApp (see the WhatsApp feature at the bottom of this post and chat with me)
Who Can Trade Forex?
Whether you have a full-time job, you’re a business owner, a student, a stay at home mom with no degree, whether you are male or female, you can. The flexibility of financial markets will meet your needs allowing you to trade at the set time that suits you as an individual since the markets are open for 24 hours/5 days a week. The age has caught up with the markets and trading has now shifted from the floor to the computer network which makes it easier for anyone to participate. It is a skill that anyone can learn with absolutely no need for any financial or economics background.
Who Should Stay Away From The Markets?
We all know that nothing is ever suitable for everyone, that’s not how the world works. A person who is looking for a quick buck without putting in any effort should deal with that first before venturing into Forex trading. A person who refuses to work on themselves and is always looking for things or people to blame whenever things don’t go right. A person who has a serious gambling problem. All the above mentioned are the things that can be changed though with the help of a good mentor & coach (that’s what I deal with sometimes) As long as you are willing to unlearn these habits and be coachable, you can get through such issues and start your trading career. I have helped a lot to overcome such issues.
Is There Any Risk Involved?
Of course, a big YES, there is a risk in trading just like risk is everywhere, but as with every other business, risk should always be calculated, and definitely it can be. That is why one needs to invest in education and acquire proper knowledge before investing some money. With proper money management skills, risk can be calculated. I recently published a blog post on this subject, you can check it out HERE. We cannot control the markets, but we can definitely control ourselves. The past few years of being in the markets have taught me that failure is mostly as a result of lack of self control and greed. For that reason, my coaching focuses more on trading psychology. I believe that if we can manage ourselves, we can manage our money.
Yes, Forex trading is worth trying as long as you can get education, mentorship & coaching. I hope this helps. Thank you for stopping by. Please kindly share this post with anyone that you think might need this content. For private lessons, mentorship & coaching, you can check HERE and grab your 20% OFF special for my last training sessions of 2020. Please stay safe and know that we are supported and there’s life after Covid. Keep the faith. You can also download our mobile App on Google Playstore so that you don’t miss out on weekly tips on trading psychology.
Money management refers to the set of rules that we (traders) set for our trading accounts. These rules involve things such as when to exit a loosing trade or cut our losses. So basically it is about how much we are willing to risk in our accounts per trade. I always say that as much as we cannot control the markets, there are a lot of other things that we can control. We can control ourselves, which is the most important part of trading. I recently published a blog post on trading psychology, you can read it here. Controlling ourselves in the markets can be very challenging, but it is something that can be achieved as long as we are willing. It is even better with the help of a mentor or a coach.
How to avoid losses?
You cannot avoid losses in trading, losses are a part of the whole process. If you hear someone saying that you can avoid losses, they are probably trying to sell you some “amazing system”, run (with your bank card). The only way to avoid losses is to stop trading altogether. Because I know for sure that losses do occur, I wrote a post on how to recover from a draw-down. The good news though is that we can control the losses through using a tight money management strategy which will ensure that whenever you encounter losses, they should not exceed your gains. I am a very simple girl who loves to simplify everything. Whenever I do a lesson on money management with my mentees, I don’t use any complicated calculators but I teach them how to view their accounts. Below I will be going more in depth with how to view your trading account.
View your trading account as a business
I know very well that opening a trading account does not qualify one as a business owner. I also know that there’s absolutely nothing that can stop you from viewing your trading account as a business, so start right away to view it as a business. When you view your trading account as if you just opened a small business, you’ll be likely to implement all the principles that we implement when opening a business. Everything works better if you work it our in your mind first. I don’t know any business owner who opens a business and completely ignores the running costs (I know I don’t). If your business is about selling food (of course I’ll say food because I love food) you are not going to just attach a price to your plates without thinking about the cost of cooking that food.
When it comes to your trading account, you must also manage your money like you’d manage the money in a business. Mind your lot size, spreads and know the currencies and other financial instruments that are a bit expensive for your trading capital etc, just like you’d always try to calculate your costs in a business. Unfortunately, I cannot explain more on that through a blog post but I definitely do in detail through my mentorship program.
How do you know if your money management is tight enough?
This will depend on many factors like how you trade, how often do you trade, the lot size that you trade, the instruments that you trade and the time frames that you trade etc (at least that is how I look at it, it could be different for someone else). Some traders operate on a fixed money management which means risking the same percentage for all your trades no matter the volume and some do prefer to adjust the percentage according to the volume and an instrument traded. Whatever you choose to do, managing your money well in your trading account starts with understanding the costs. You may like this post about margin call which occurs due to poor money management. I am so sorry that I did not share any position calculator or system. Like I said in the beginning, I am a very simple girl and with me, simplicity always wins.
If you can manage yourself well and view your trading account as a business, you can definitely manage your money very well and never have to experience margin call. Forex trading psychology is that one areas that I focus the most on. I recently started posting weekly tips on the App that are mainly focusing on Forex trading psychology.
The main aim is to help you shape your mindset and gear it up for better trading experiences. The weekly tips are posted exclusively on the app. You can download the app on Google Playstore and make sure that your device allows push notifications to be notified whenever a new weekly tip on Forex trading psychology to improve your trading is posted. Thank you so much for stopping by. Please feel free subscribe for future publications and kindly share this post to reach more traders who may benefit from this content.
Forex trading psychology refers to a trader’s emotions and their mental state. It is one of the most important deciding factors of whether a trader will make it or not . It is also about a trader’s character which plays a big role in influencing their trading decisions. Most failures in Forex trading are more about how traders manage themselves.
Manage Yourself, Manage Your Money
I always say that if you can manage yourself, you can definitely manage your money. Most traders think that the most important thing for successful trading, is finding amazing tools and trading strategies. I also understand that we cannot control what happens in the markets, but we can always control ourselves. Now that we know what Forex trading psychology refers to, let’s look at the few specific behaviours and emotions that can be associated with it.
In whatever that we do, we mostly need a certain level of discipline, without it, chances of being successful are limited. I will make an example with trying to keep fit and getting healthier, we need a lot of self discipline/control in terms of what we eat and also making sure that we get moving and exercise. If we lack self control, we will feel tempted to eat junk food and justify it by saying that everyone around us was eating junk. I love using these as examples because I know how difficult it is for most people to discipline themselves in terms of what they should eat and not eat. Healthy eating is one of the important things that I am passionate about because health is wealth. Let me go back to the business of today before I go on and on about food and health.
How Important Is Self Discipline?
When it comes to Forex trading, discipline should be your strongest weapon. If you cannot discipline yourself in the markets, the markets will sure discipline you through a margin calland that is not a nice thing to experience as a trader. Disciplining yourself involves you saying NO to that urge to trade all the time/over trading, using a bigger lot size when your account is small and risking more that what your account could handle.
What Happens When You Lack Discipline?
When you lack discipline, Forex trading feels like a very bad addiction. When you lack discipline, you are unable to stick to your own plan. The good thing is that discipline is something that can be learned, as long as there’s a will to learn and enough support from a Forex trading mentor/coach. I have learned that it is easier to win when you have a support system to help you up when you stumble (that’s basically what I do with my mentees). A mentor/coach clears a way ahead for you. I never do anything without a mentor/coach until I can stand on my own. Normalise doing the same, it really helps.
When fear strikes, you are likely to miss out on great trading opportunities for the fear of making mistakes and losing money (especially if you’ve made some mistakes that lead to you losing money). The fear of missing out is also another form of fear that is associated with Forex trading psychology. When this type of fear strikes, a trader feels like if a day goes by without placing any trades, they are definitely missing out. But the truth is, a missed trade is never a loss. There’s another type of fear that I won’t indulge in that much on this post, and that is the fear of success. You can read all about it in the post that I published a year ago, HERE.
According to its definition, greed is a selfish want for something beyond one’s need. A greedy trader is a trader who is never satisfied no matter how great their trading session can be, it always ends very bad. No matter how much they make in a day, it always ends in great losses at the end of the day. A greedy trader never takes money home, it only goes as far as trading history. The good thing again is that, this is something that can be unlearned, as long as you’ve identified and acknowledged it, you can learn NOT to be greedy. Unlearning forms a big part of learning, read more about that HERE. A while ago, I published a post about overcoming GREED, you may want to check it out.
Forex trading psychology is also that one area that I focus the most on. I recently started posting weekly tips on the App that are mainly focusing on Forex trading psychology. The main aim is to help you shape your mindset and gear it up for better trading experiences. The weekly tips are only posted on the app. You can download the app on Google Playstore and make sure that your device allows push notifications to be notified whenever a new weekly tip on Forex trading psychology to improve your trading is posted. Thank you so much for stopping by.
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Margin call: When your trading account does not have enough funds to sustain open losing trades. The broker will then close all your positions automatically one by one until the account shuts down completely. You could have an account with a $5 000 balance but still end up with an account with zero balance in an instant. It happened to me, you can read all about it Here.
Forex trading can deceptively appear as the easiest thing ever whereby one only needs a cellphone and technical indicators to confirm some lines and that’s it. Because of that notion, most people are venturing into Forex with high expectations to profit from it but not enough information of what is really needed from them. One has to be a realist and know their abilities and limitations when it comes to Forex. Fortunately though, it is a skill that anyone can learn, as long as there’s willingness.
One of the most painful things a trader can experience is margin call. Majority of Forex traders have had this unpleasant experience, yours truly included. That experience does not only leave you shocked but extremely ashamed and embarrassed. Below are the 3 ways to avoid margin call.
1. Mind Your Margins
Having a live trading account with no clue of what a margin is, was my biggest downfall. Knowing all the other details on my platform, like the balance (which is really not that important now that I am well-informed) neglecting what I now think is the most important part, your margin, free margin & margin level. You don’t want to deplete your free margin because that’s what gets your account to margin call. Know what gets allocated to each trade. That is golden information that you need to understand the most.
2. Avoid Bigger Lot Size
There is absolutely nothing wrong with trading a bigger lot size as long as your account can handle it. In fact, in Forex trading, size does matter. A bigger lot size allows you to make bigger profits (and bigger everything else such as losses, which is something that can be controlled with the right coaching and mindset)
Knowing whether your account can handle it or not, lies in the margin for each lot size that you trade. This is the part that I emphasise the most in my private coaching, as I believe it forms a bigger part of money management. I also try by all means to simplify this in a way that makes it easier for my mentees to understand it like a business cost without bombarding them with lot size calculators and a whole lot of complicated systems. I am a simple girl who believes in simplicity.
3. Avoid multiple trades
Because most people do not have a clue of what really causes margin call ( I think I have tried to explain that and I hope you now have a slight idea) they usually just open as many trades as possible hoping to maximise the chances of making more profits. Opening more trades simply means that you’ll use more margin and increase the chances of depleting your free margin which will eventually lead to margin call, should those trades go to bigger losses.
No matter how good your trading strategy is, if your money is not well managed, you are playing a losing game. The last point that I want to get across is that the internet is your main tool in Forex trading. You cannot really do much without good connection. The markets do not care if your internet is slow. If you have live trades, be sure you have good internet connection especially if you are a day trader. Thank you for stopping by. I hope you find this post valuable. If you do, kindly share with your peers so it can reach as many people as possible who are looking for practical Forex tips.
I believe as people we are different, we have different ways of doing things. Our personalities play a big role in the type of businesses or careers that we end up choosing . I am fully aware that as traders, we are all different in our personalities and needs, therefore we ought to have or prefer different styles of trading.
Questions become answers
The simplest way to find out the type of a trader that you are, is to ask yourself some questions such as, are you impulsive or nervous, or are you a calm person in general, do you get anxious when things don’t go your way? These kind of questions can actually give you an idea of what style you should be adopting when it comes to Forex trading. I have found my own and I have been sticking to it for years. I had to unlearn some personality traits to make it work. That can also be done.
Below I will list a few Forex personalities that I think you can be able to identify your own style and be able to choose the trading style that can best suit you, your personality and your lifestyle. Understanding your own needs is key to identifying your preferred method. Some of the personality traits can be unlearned as long as you are allowing yourself to unlearn them. A good mentor/coach is able to assist with such behavioural issues, because some of them can be changed by adopting new habits.
Simplicity and effectiveness is what this type of trader looks for. Complicated systems confuse this type. They are just cool with a simple yet effective system, steadiness is also important to this type, BUT unfortunately the markets aren’t as straight forward. Some reading will surely be required. This is the fact that we cannot dismiss. Looking at the current markets conditions, one cannot just rely on a “pluck & go” system.
This type of person is nervous by nature, this trader becomes so nervous to handle multiple open positions, has a low risk tolerance and does not feel comfortable taking long term trades. If this type happens to enter a long term trade, they will have sleepless nights thinking of what might happen in the markets.. So in short, this trader is best suited for small volumes, and should be staying away from systems that rely heavily on leverage, because all this can cause negative emotions. short term trades is best suited for this type.
This type prefers to have a very little contact with the system and isn’t really a fan of computers. They prefer a system that is able to run on its own. I think this type can do well on autopilot trading or just copying other traders because they will not have to worry about which trades to take and when and why. If you are this type, I suggest that you start some learning. I was once this type and that also led me to copying other traders and later sourced out signals. I can’t say much about how it all ended, you can find out from this post HERE. I did pen it down. This type is also likely to just want to trust other people to trade for them, which is never a great idea in most cases. I believe that there is no one who can take care of your money better than you can.
This type of trader is up for variety, not only looking at trading currencies but CFD’s as well , like Gold spot, Dow Jones, FTSE 100, Dax, Nasdaq, BrntCrude Oil and many more. This type is the one that is “heads up” with what is happening as far as economic events, geopolitical, Central Banks and their Interest Rates and monetary statements are concerned. They are in the know when it comes to the fundamental reasons why the markets move. Any system that does not including reading and understanding the reasons why the markets move, will probably frustrate this type and it won’t make sense. I am definitely this type and I love being this type. It has saved me from from a lot.
This is the type of trader who prefers high frequency trading (HFT), and the risk appetite for this type is quite high. This type looks for higher gains due to an increased risk. Slow trading systems are too ”tame” for this type. They want to be there, hands on and prefer to do things on their own. This type is the one that sometimes fails to see the thin line between trading and gambling, they can easily gamble because trading high volumes is not an issue for these ones. Their eyes are only set on profits, driven by greed and the need to make it big, forgetting that what they can make reflects what can be lost as well.
Now that you can at least identify yourself and you can see which category best describes you, you can choose wisely and act rationally when taking trades instead of acting emotional. In closing, respect the market and it will return the favour. You may love to read this post about Forex trader Vs Forex gambler. That should also help you to identify your personality traits. Thank you for stopping. To help spread the tips, kindly share this post. If you would like to be notified whenever I publish a new post, you can subscribe to this blog. Look for the subscribe button on the sidebar, enter your email address. An email will be sent to your email address (it may be in the spam/junk folder) click on the link to confirm subscription. You can also download the App on Google Playstore for a quick read and weekly tips which are only posted on the App.