I have traded with 3 other trading companies before SAFX. I did not think it was going to work, the only reason I tried was because the price was lower than the others. To my surprise this was totally different, great product and trading tools. It has improved my trading immensely.Joey Sindane
I have just retired and looking for a new challenge. I am not very good with computers and thought this would be difficult. I have just started with my live trading and am amazed at how well the SAFX Software works. What a great investment and a lot of fun at the same time.Jannie van Niekerk
I have been working with SAFX for the last 2 years. Very knowledgeable in trading the forex market and in custom coding software on the Metatrader 4 platform. Definitely a market leader in South Africa. Great team of people with good knowledge and great skill.Sean Coetzee
I have been working with SAFX for the last 5 years and I believe for many more to come. Their software is second to none and so is the knowledge on the MT4 platform. I know of many happy customers using their indicators and automated trading systems. Try them, I am sure you will agree.Jignesh Dave
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A list of the best forex trading companies in South Africa. Before we list them we have to list the different categories:
- Best Forex Trading Course in South Africa
- Best forex trainer in South Africa
- Best forex trader in South Africa
- Best forex broker in South Africa
- Best forex platform in South Africa
- Best forex Software in South Africa
The best forex trading trading course in South Africa
As I offer a forex course I would be very biased in this category and therefore I will simply list the forex courses that I am aware of that you can do in South Africa
- SAFX – This is our course and includes everything you need.
- Market Trader – Market Trader provides a course in Forex and Shares
- Global Forex Institute – I have not done this course, you can attend a free seminar to find out more.
- Learn to Trade – Greg Seckers Courses (formerly Knowledge to Action)
- Forex Coach – Riaan is a great guy and gives a good course.
- Forex Training – I have not done this course but they have been around for a while (Midrand)
These are the forex courses I can think of off the top of my head. Google to find mor but beware of the posers, ask them for performance history and check reviews on the net before going ahead.
The best forex trainer in South Africa
You may find this category very close to the previous one but they are in actual fact two very different things. As online trading is very much like a sport where you need training it is very important to do a course with a good trainer. As I am a trainer myself I have not done training from any of the above mentioned companies. Then why did I mention this category? It is simple. Ask your trainer to give you a call. You will immediately know whether or not there is synergy between you and your trainer. Ask them some questions regarding the content and trading process. You can do this with all the trainers and pick the one you like best.
Best forex trader in South Africa
Again I will be biased as I have not seen anyone else with the same consistent results as me. I will admit that there are probably much better traders than me around but I have yet to meet them. If you do get trading history from a trader / training company ask if they would mind to have the results verified by an auditor. If they say no, with whatever excuse, you know that their results are fake.
Best forex broker in South Africa
When it comes to forex brokers it is difficult to say as they all have different offerings. If you want to play it safe when choosing your broker than choose from one of the two biggest brokers in the world which are both present in South Africa. Saxo Markets and IG Markets are both huge international brokerages. Find out more about these to see which suites you best.
Best forex trading platform in South Africa
This depends on your requirements. My favourite is MetaTrader 4 as I have become very accustomed to it. There are however a host of platforms. Look at different brokers to see what trading platforms they offer. For those who do not know a trading platform is the software you use to execute buy and sell orders from your PC or Mobile device.
The best forex trading software in South Africa
When I say trading software I mean software that helps you decide what to buy and sell and when to buy and sell. There are many providers that claim to have their own software but often tho is just a feed from somewhere else. At SAFX we provide you with the best proprietary software in SA. Easy-to-use and unbelievably accurate.
There you have the information, we hope this helped if you want more information on any of the topics discussed feel free to contact us at any time.
Metatrader 4, also known as MT4, is a trading platform mostly used to trade CFDs. CFDs include forex, shares, metals indices and many more trading instruments. A trading platform is an application that you use to execute your trading transactions ie it is where you buy and sell. The Metatrader 4 platform is the most popular trading platform in the world and is found in most countries. It is superior to most other platforms because of usability, scalability and the ability to integrate easily with other software.
Here is a list of reasons why Metatrader 4 is the most popular platform.
Ease of use
Low memory consumption
Ease of use Metatrader 4
The Metatrader 4 does not need a lot of training for you to understand. Although there is a comprehensive set of tools it is very easy to trade by using just a few buttons. The interface seems overwhelming when you start out but it becomes very familiar very quickly. The whole platform is setup in a very logical way and it’s ease of use becomes apparent when you have practiced for a few days.
Charting capability of Metatrader 4
There are not many, if any, platform that exceed the charting capabilities of the Metatrader 4 platform. The platform comes with a host of preloaded tools which forms the basis of the trading experience. The trading tools found on metatrader 4 include chart drawing tools, different fibonacci applications, indicators both traditional and custom. The charts can be personalised by choosing the different colours of every element on the graph. You have 3 types of graphs by default, line graph, and candle stick graph. You can get custom graphs such as renko form 3rd party providers. There are set timeframes from 1 minute to 1 Month but this can also be modified by use of 3rd Party Products. It really is too much to mention in one article. Request a list of brokers from [email protected] to open a demo account and see for yourself.
An indicator is a visual representation of a mathematical formula. An Indicator is displayed either on the trading chart itself or at the bottom of the chart. You get thousands of different types of indicators, some more effective than others. There are 2 groups of indicators. Traditional indicators and custom indicators. Traditional indicators come preloaded on the MT4 platform. These include indicators such as MACD, Stochastic, RSI, Moving Averages and many more. Custom indicators are indicators that have been created by coders using unique or custom formulae. These indicators come in very handy when you are analysing charts and market cycles. Good indicators are often used independently to make trade decisions and many traders are totally reliant on the indicators for their success. At SAFX we code our own highly effective indicators.
The Metatrader 4 comes with a very user friendly coding platform which allows people with coding knowledge to build different kinds of software. This makes the MT4 platform easy to integrate with other software. There are thousands of coders that specialise in coding in the MT4 coding language called MQL (Meta Quotes Language). You can code simple indicators to highly complex trading robots that take decisions for you and trade on your behalf. If you can think it you can code it in MQL and that is one of the main reasons why metatrader4 is so popular.
Low PC Memory Usage
The Metatrader 4 as with its default settings and state does not take a lot of PC memory. It download and installs quickly and also opens and runs quickly once installed. As mentioned in the previous section there are complex robots that can be built on this platform and if you run these complex codes it does affect the speed of the metatrader 4 platform. Mostly however it runs easily and smoothly.
Metatrder 4 is mobile friendly.
There are MT4 apps for most mobile devices that allow you to use the core functionalities of the MT4 platform on your mobile device. This makes it easy to trade while travelling and and also to check your trades on the move. You can use standard indicators and other trading tools but unfortunately this does not allow custom indicators for now.
The MT4 platform sends you daily statement if there is activity on your account and monthly statements. You can easily view your trade history and go through your trade performance trade by trade. The statements can also be used as trade logs to see where you are making mistakes and to assess whether there are pattern that are either beneficial or hinder your trading.
Investor accounts on the Meta Trader 4 platform allows an investor to login to the trading platform in a sort of view-only mode. The investor can look at all trades and orders and progress on their account but they cannot open or close trades or orders. It makes it great for transparency without risk.
You can have many different instances open on the same device and across different trading devices. This allows you to trade different strategies and accounts from the same device. You can have a currency account, an indices account and shares account and trade them all at the same time.
The Metatrader 4 is a great platform. Download a demo version today and go through the functions for yourself.
Free courses often don’t have the same quality as paid for courses as is the case with most products. In forex trading you will often find that free courses are watered down versions of professional courses. There is one stand out free forex course on a website called Babypips. Babypips has an excellent free forex trading course which you can access through this link : www.babypips.com/school .
The content is better and easier to understand than most commercial currency trading courses and covers everything you need to know. The course is well setup in terms of structure where a general education structure is used from kindergarden to university. Complete the modules in order for the best results.
The one thing thing that Babypips does not offer is 1-on-1 training which I believe is vital to trading success. What I would suggest you do is complete the free babybips course and see if you think online trading is for you. If you want to go further have a look at the SAFX products and services on safx.co.za.
It is really important to get professional 1-on-1 lessons before you start trading live as forex trading is much like playing a sport. You can read up on rules and strategies but need a coach to show you how to execute what you have learned in a practical way. You can have a look at our complete course options. Trading takes a bit of time to learn but the most important part is practice which takes a lot of self-discipline.
There are a few steps you need to start with trading forex :
Find a good forex broker that is local.
Open a demo trading account.
Familiarise yourself with the broker’s trading platform.
Get education to understand the forex trading concept.
Get a professional trading coach with professional trading software.
Practice until profitable
If you follow these steps and combine it with a proper forex trainer you will be trading profitably in no time. The trick as mentioned earlier is to get education with proper 1-on-1 coaching. Without 1-on-1 coaching you will not be successful I can guarantee it.
As with all products you get some that are good, some that are bad, some that are average and very few that are great. With forex trading this could have a huge financial bearing. If you want to do a forex trading course in Johannesburg do not settle for mediocre, do the course that will pay for itself over time. Forex trading is not difficult to learn just like soccer is not difficult to learn, the steps and rules are easy but you need a good coach to make you successful.
What should you look at when considering a forex trading course?
Is the person who compiled the course a successful trader?
Does the company providing the course have a certified track record of performance?
Do you really get 1-on-1 training or do you just get emailed links to videos?
Does the company code their own proprietary software?
Will you get webinars and live trading sessions?
Does the company offer testimonials to prove the effectiveness of the product?
Has the company been in business for longer than 5 years?
If the answer to any of these questions was no then steer clear. Number 2 on the list is probably the most important. You should only take currency trading lessons from a successful professional trader. The only way to really be sure is to request audited trading results for at least 12 months.
At SAFX we can very confidently answer yes to all the questions above. Not only are we the best course provider in the market but we also offer our courses at very reasonable rates. If you are looking for the best forex trading course in Johannesburg you have come to the right place. Here is what we cover in our forex trading course.
Module 1 – An overview of the forex trading market.
Module 2 – Forex trading in South Africa with emphasis on Johannesburg.
Module 3 – Selecting the correct forex trading broker.
Module 4 – Opening and examining live and demo accounts.
Module 5 – Selecting your instruments.
Module 6 – Opening your first trade.
Module 7 – Setting a stoploss and take profit.
Module 8 – SAFX Trading System Software
Module 9 – Putting it all together.
Module 10 – Your first live trade.
Once you have completed these training modules you will have access to our live online trading room where you can watch us do trades and see all the trades we have open. We also have weekly webinars to go through our trading strategies and some advanced forex trading course material.
Well that is a really difficult question to answer but I will try to give you some idea of what to expect. As more and more “make you rich quick” schemes hit the market the perception of trading shares becomes warped. Although most people know these products to be scams they still remember the figures they were given and somehow store this information as fact. The difficulty comes in when you try to prove that trading shares is not as profitable as some people think it is because there are many examples of companies that have grown 10,000 % and when this happens there is proof that you can become a millionaire overnight when trading.
The reality however is that the chance you will correctly pick one of those shares or get the timing right is highly improbable. Does this sound familiar? It should. At a casino many people become millionaires, most don’t. So you really should not base your belief on a stock exchange on the best possible scenario, neither should you base it on the worst possible scenario although you should be aware of what the worst possible scenario is.
So what is an average return from the stock exchange and how can it be determined? The best indicator to look at is indices within the stock exchange. In South Africa the best index to look at will be the JSE Top 40 Index. This shows the performance of the top 40 companies listed on the JSE. Many asset managers and fund managers use the JSE top 40 as their main investment instrument. This includes the major banks in South Africa.
The growth of the top 40 over the last five years is shown in the table below:
As you can see, there is quite a change year on year and although all the results are positive they still fluctuate quite substantially. So if you would like to work out what a compounded investment would have made over the last five years simply do the following:
Initial deposit x X x X x X = Total Value of the Investment
The Profit = Total Value of Investment – Initial Deposit.
Using an initial deposit of R20,000.00 would have totalled a profit of X over the last five years.
It is very important to note that this is what would have happened had you invested 5 years ago. There is no guarantee that this trend will continue as there is no guarantee that the Top 40 will carry on growing. We can look at past performance as an indicator but it is a rough guide to what is possible and by no means an accurate prediction tool.
As with all investment there is always risk involved and it is your responsibility to fully understand the risks and also be aware of the worst case scenario should everything go against you. It is wise to start trading shares with money that you can afford to lose, therefore protecting yourself from financial ruin if there is a company crash.
In conclusion, if you invested in the top 40 JSE companies over the last 5 years you would have made X% on your investment had you not sold any of your shares over the last 5 years. What can you expect going forward? I am not brave enough to take a guess but it is always a good idea to look at indices before you look at individual stocks because your risk is spread over a large portfolio.
This is a question I get more often than I should and the answer, if you want a yes/no answer is no it is not a scam. The reality is however that there are a lot of scams associated with and connected to forex trading. Why is forex trading such a target for scams? It is basically because of it’s accessibility. Anyone with a computer, internet and a trading account can have access to the forex market. A lot of people use impressive looking graphs and figures to lure people into giving away their hard earned cash to get a piece of the market. If for is so synonymous with scams is it a wise idea to trade it? Well luckily there are ways to avoid being scammed in forex trading.
Never pay your money into an individuals account.
If you want to start trading you will open your own account with a forex brokerage. You will pay money into this account ONLY. You are the only person that should be allowed access to this account. Make sure the forex brokerage you use is FSB regulated.
2. Do not purchase software without a certified track record.
If trading software truly works you will be able to get a certified track record from the software provider. Make sure the track record is certified by a large auditing company such as KPMG of Price Waterhouse Coopers or something similar. If the software provider cannot provide this stay away.
3. If it seems to good to be true it DEFINITELY is.
If someone has found the secret to trading which can meek you a billionaire why would they share it with you? Are they a billionaire? Trading can be very profitable but if it was that easy to become a millionaire why is anyone still working for a salary? Do not believe people when they promises you the stars and the moon. Forex trading should be seen as a business. Yes you can become successful but you will not become a millionaire over night.
4. Make sure your provider has a FSB license.
Although this is not a requirement for software or education providers, you can be sure if you do use FSB regulated entities you will be covered up to a certain extent. It is important for the provider to have some affiliation to a regulating or regulated body. If they do not it means they could be anyone from the street.
5. Make sure they have a physical office and visit it if you can.
This is one of the best ways to spot a scam. If the company selling you a product does not have an office it means they have not been in the market for long. If you can go to their office do so as it will tell you a lot about the size of the company as well as the value of the product.
If you use these 5 simple steps you will be able to separate the scams from the good products. Always do a bit of research before jumping into something. So in conclusion, no forex is not a scam, it is however your responsibility to avoid scams associated with forex trading.
Starting in a field you have very knowledge of can be very daunting especially if it means that you could lose considerable amounts of money. Of course you could also make a considerable amount of money but you need to know how. Trading forex in South Africa is unique as there are different laws that we have to abide to than the rest of the world. Forex or currency trading has its benefits as well as a few cons which should be considered before delving in. Lets have a look at this in the form of lists:
You can lose your total investment.
There is a lot to learn before you can start trading online.
You need an internet connection.
The forex market is very volatile.
There are many scams surrounding the forex market.
You have to find a good regulated broker.
You can lose your total investment when trading forex.
As the most popular way to trade forex is through trading CFDs (Contracts for Difference) it involves using leverage to trade. Leverage allows you to trade considerably more amounts than your initial deposit and although this might sound great and can be used to your advantage it also greatly increases your risk. Using leverage incorrectly could cause you to lose your entire investment in a matter of seconds.
There is a lot to learn before you start trading.
Although most providers claim that you can learn how to trade currencies within a very short period of time, you can really only start trading properly after learning and acquiring quite a large range of skills. Learning not only includes literature but also, and probably more important, a lot of practice time. Most people are not aware that they have to practice for at the very least 3 months before you start trading live.
You need an internet connection for online trading.
As the name suggests it is an online activity. You need a good internet connection to be able to trade effectively as this affects your slippage (transaction speed). If you are offline you cannot open or close trades and therefore if you have a bad connection this could really negatively influence your trading.
The forex market is volatile.
The forex market is not really volatile when trading on 1:1, but as almost everyone trades forex at a leverage of greater than 1:50 it changes the market into the most volatile tradeable market. Currencies fluctuate mostly because of news and economic events that have influence on the country or countries to which the currency is connected. As there is so much news and economic activity the currency market is an every changing animal with ebbs and flows that are as unpredictable as the sea.
There are a lot of scams in the forex market.
Currency or forex trading is extremely accessible as you only need an internet connection and a small investment to start trading. This has made the forex market a target for scams and scam artists. For a seasoned trader it is very easy to pick up which products are scams and which are not but as in most cases in life if it sounds to good to be true it most probable is.
You have to find a good forex broker that is regulated in South Africa
Probably the most important first step to trading is finding a good broker that is regulated in South Africa. Again, as in the previous section, it is easy to do if you know what to look for but if you are new to the market it could be difficult to decide which broker to chose. SAFX will help you with a list of the best forex brokers in South Africa.
Let us now look at the Pros list for online trading:
You can trade a large amount with a small investment.
It is very easy to start.
There is great software available.
It is the biggest market in the World
Commissions in forex are very small.
You can manage your risk.
You can trade from anywhere in the world.
The forex market is the most liquid market in the world.
How much do you need to trade forex?
This depends on the broker you use but in most cases it is R5000 or even less. The even bigger advantage is that most brokers give you a demo or dummy account to practice using their platform / software without risking your own money. This gives you a great opportunity without you having to risk 1 cent of your money. So in summary you do not need a cent to start practicing and a small amount to start trading.
It is very easy to start.
As we mentioned earlier there is a higher learning curve than most people think, it is however by no means difficult to get going. What you need is an internet connection, a trading device in the form of either a PC, tablet or smartphone, a trading platform, this is the software that allows you to execute trades, and a strategy or system. There are many strategies and systems, have a look on the safx.co.za website for more information on trading strategies and trading systems.
There is great software available.
A few years ago you basically had to be a mathematician to take advantage of technical indicators and other trading tools as you had to work out values with complex formulae. Nowadays you are able to take advantage of tools and software that have made the process of decision-making in online trading much easier. At SAFX we have developed a number of trading tools and software that will aid you in your decision making process. It is very important to watch out for scams when it comes to software as there are many products out there that just do not do what they promise. For peace of mind have a look at our products or let us assist you to determine whether or not a product is suitable or not.
Forex is the biggest market in the world.
There are a huge amount of currencies and currency combinations, or what most people refer to as currency pairs, that you can trade. The forex market has an estimated daily trading volume of roughly 5 Trillion Dollars. Yes that does mean that $5 Trillion is moved in the forex market everyday.
How much commission do you pay to trade forex?
Well to be quite frank this depends on your broker but mostly the commissions payable i forex is in the form of a spread. A spread just means that if a dollar is worth R14 the broker will sell it to you at R14.03 and the R0.03 would be the commission. It depends on the currencies that are traded. Your most traded currencies are the cheapest. In most cases the EURUSD pair would be the cheapest and a good indication whether the broker is competitive or not.
You can manage your risk.
As we said earlier forex trading can be risky and you can lose your entire investment. It is very important to note however that you can take full control of your risk and how much you are comfortable with. You determine your risk on every trade and you can trade forex very safely if you have a good risk management system in place.
You can trade currencies from anywhere in the world.
As you only need a trading device with an internet connection and a forex trading account you can trade from anywhere in the world. You do not have to be stuck in an office. You can literally trade forex while travelling the world. You obviously would have to learn to do so properly beforehand but it is a real possibility. Have a look at our trading education packages at safx.co.za
What is liquidity in trading?
The forex market is the most liquid market in the world, this simply means when you are ready to buy you can do so at the click of a button and when you are ready to sell you can also do so at the click of a button. When trading shares you need shares available to buy and when you want to sell there has to be a willing buyer on the other side. In forex this is not the case. You buy when you want and sell when you want.
We hope that was helpful information for forex trading South Africa.
The simple answer is yes. It is however important not to look at the simple answer but to look at the probabilities and reasons why some people make money from trading forex and others don’t.
Most studies claim that 95% of people fail when trading forex, this surprises me as I have worked in the industry for a long time and I have found the figure to be closer to 99%. This figure is extremely important as it puts an emphasis on the scale of skill required to be a successful trader. Most trading products are sold as easy to use and no experienced required. The harsh reality is that most of these trading tools and software is the reason that the figure above is so high.
Lets use a simple example to illustrate :
You have never made a fire before and prior to your first time of making fire you seek instructions to do so. You find instructions online by paying $99 and you are sent a “how to make a great fire” pdf to your email. The PDF instructs you to do the following :
Get yourself a box of matches.
Stack the wood.
Light the wood.
You have a fire.
The flaws in this method are obvious, if you do not see them let me point them out.
How do you know that the person that has written the PDF actually knows how to make a fire?
The instructions are vague. e.g what matches and what type of wood should you use?
It is a potentially dangerous situation and yet no safety advice or the potential of disaster is mentioned.
All this applies to forex trading products. They are usually sold by people who cannot trade. The instructions are vague so that it can be defended when you make a loss. The potential of losing your capital is either understated or not mentioned at all.
As with fire, forex trading is a very powerful thing when used correctly. You can make a lot money trading forex when you trade correctly. When it is used incorrectly you will lose all your money. Most people reading this article will fail. The reason is most often greed. Start slowly and take the least amount risk possible and work your way up. If you do not go about it this way then the answer is simple. No you cannot make money from forex trading.
So how do you make sure you will not fall victim to poor products and bad trading habits? That answer is really simple, use only trading products from SAFX, South Africa’s ONLY proper forex trading software and tools.
At SAFX, Forex Trading South Africa, we have been trading forex for over 10 years now and there is probably no one more experiences in this field in South Africa. We have learned the hard way, through trial and error, and we have come up with some of the best forex trading software and systems available in the world today. We teach traders to trade for themselves and we have been doing so for the last 5 years. We are not your flashy over-the-top forex training company, we teach you what works and let our software speak for itself.
Steps to learning forex trading :
Open a Demo Account with a FSB Regulated Broker
Learn how to use your trading platform properly.
Learn how to buy and sell forex.
Learn how to use a Stop Loss and Take Profit
Learn money management.
Get trading software.
Trade and withdraw profits regularly.
Open a Demo Account with a South African Forex Broker
This seems easy enough and it is. There is one catch, make sure the broker is registered with the Financial Services Board of South Africa (FSB). A demo account is 100% free, make sure that you are not charged for opening a demo trading account. A demo account is a dummy account, this allows you to trade with all the same tools and pricing but with dummy money. It is very important to start making profit on a demo account before you attempt to trade on a real account with real money.
Learn how to use your trading platform properly.
At SAFX we stick to the MT4 platform as we know it inside-out. A trading platform is the application that you use to buy and sell forex over the internet. It is extremely important that you understand the functions of your platform prior to trading live. At SAFX we provide 1-on-1 training on the MT4 platform and our proprietary software. If you do not have the money to purchase our product or if you do not qualify for our financing there are tons of resources online. These are sometimes scattered and confusing but you should be able to get the basics by looking around.
Learn how to buy and sell forex.
This is simply a function of the trading platform. It is very important that you can do this quickly and correctly and it needs you to practice a lot. It might seem very simple but remember that at some point you will be faced with a high pressure situation that would require speed and accuracy. The only way to make sure you are ready for this is to buy and sell as many times as possible till you can almost do it in your sleep.
Learn how to set a Stop Loss and Take Profit
A stop loss or SL allows you to limit the loss you are willing to take on a single trade. A take profit or TP is the profit target. Both these levels can be and should be set for every trade. When a trade reaches either of these levels it closes automatically in either a profit or loss. As in the previous section, it is very important to set these levels quickly and accurately and therefore takes a lot of practice before you get them absolutely perfect.
Learn Money Management
Money management is probably THE most important aspect of trading. Money management is where you determine the amount that is risked on every trade. If you use proper money management you will be successful, if you do not use proper money management you will fail, it is as simple as that. Money management is the combination of Stoploss, Take Profit and Lot Size. This is a very in-depth topic which we cover fully in our training programme. You are welcome to google more on money management to see its importance in trading forex.
Get Trading Software
There is a lot of trading software out there. They all promise riches and they all promise success. 99.9% of the trading software out there is useless and will lose you all your money. If you do not believe us you are welcome to try them but I guarantee you will lose all your money within 2 weeks. SAFX is the ONLY South African provider of tested and proven forex trading software, it is as simple as that , buy software elsewhere and lose all your money. Enough said.
Once you have learned how to properly use your trading software on your demo account it is time to step up and open and fund a live account. Always start with a small amount that you are prepared to lose. Trade for one month and withdraw the entire amount. This sounds like a strange thing to do but it works. Now redeposit the original amount into your account and do the same process over and over and over.
So you want to learn how to trade shares but you are not sure where to start? First of all you need to decide which share you want to trade. You get such a large number of stock exchanges that you will need to narrow down what exactly it is you want to trade. If you want to trade local south african shares you would be looking at the JSE , Johannesburg Stock Exchange. If however you feel that the rand will carry on weakening then it would be wiser to trade another stock exchange such as the New York Stock Exchange or the Australian Stock Exchange.
Let us say that you would like to trade the New York Stock Exchange, where would you begin? If you take into account that you probably do not know too many of the companies listed on the NYSE it would be wise to trade the whole stock exchange as an index. Trading an index allows you to take part in a stock exchange without having to do research on each company that you trade.
Two well known indices (indexes) are the S&P 500 which is the top 500 companies by Standard and Poors and the JSE Top 40 which is the Top 40 companies on the Johannesburg stock exchange. You can buy these as a unit where they are already combined spreading all the risk out over these companies as a whole.
How effective is it to trade indices?
Well it is very simple to trade indices, you just buy and wait. As to how effective, well the answer is simple, most large Fund Managers and Asset Management Companies only trades indices and ETFs (Exchange Traded Funds) for their clients and very rarely buy or sell shares in single companies. So the answer is that it is probably the safest and most effective way to start trading the market.
How do I start?
Find a FSB Regulated Broker
Make sure they offer indices.
Deposit a Small Amount to Start
Buy an Index and Sell when you have Made a Profit
Request a withdrawal from your broker.
In South Africa there are various ways to get involved with the stock stock exchange. The fist thing you will require is to get a broker which allows you to buy and sell shares online. The whole stock exchange system has been made electronic. This allows buyers and sellers to transact from the comfort of their own homes by means of a trading device which could be a phone, tablet or PC. The only catch is that you will require an internet connection.
Types of Stock Exchange Brokers
Direct Share Brokers – You get brokers which allow you to buy and sell physical shares. This allows you to hold onto a share which makes you a shareholder of the company which you purchased. You can sell the shares when you like but there has to be a willing buyer. This type of trading is the traditional way of trading shares and the advantage is that you actually own a part of the company in which you invested.
CFD (Contract for Difference) Brokers – These type of brokers focus on the price of a share rather than the physical share itself. You buy or sell the price not the share / equity. This is also called spread-betting and as you are speculating on the price it could be seen as closer to gambling than trading. The advantages of trading CFDs vs Physical Shares are great though. You do not require a willing buyer to sell a CFD. If the price is right you sell the CFD back to the broker and take your profit. The commissions on CFDs are far less than that of buying physical shares. You can use leverage on CFDs , this allows you to trade a lot more than the initial invested amount by a sort of lending structure called leverage. Lastly and very importantly you can go short with CFDs. This means if you predict the fall of a share / company correctly you can make a profit although the stock falls.
In South Africa we have many stock exchange brokers and stock exchange platforms. You really need to do your research before choosing a broker. These steps may help :
Always select a FSB regulated brokerage.
Start with a small amount.
Do 5 trades and request a withdrawal.
If you were able to follow these steps chances are you will be ok. If you have any issues with a broker it is very important to report them to the FSB so that other people do not go through the same problems as you.
Once you have an account open with a Stock Exchange Broker you will require training. Some training is free with the broker, this often just covers the basics. Use google to find stock exchange courses that are of value, make sure to do proper research before jumping into a course and lastly remember that trading shares will not make you a millionaire over night no matter what anyone says.
So you want to start trading forex and you reside in South Africa? Here are the steps you need to follow.
Choose a Broker
This is your choice of course but there are a few minimum requirements to look at when choosing a broker, you will start by searching for FSPs or Financial Services Providers that are registered and in good standing with the FSB. Once you have found a list you need to look at the platforms / trading software each broker provides. If you are purchasing a product from a developer make sure to ask which platform their software is compatible with. Lastly, give the broker a call and ask a few questions. The questions need not be technical, the way in which the questions are answered will give you a good idea of the company you are dealing with.
Do a course & get trading tools.
With all the crap out there it is difficult to decide which education / software providers are legit and which are not. To get around this ask for a track record in the form of a statement or even better investor login details. If the firm does not want to give you a track record it means they either don’t have one or don’t have a good one. Why would you hide something that proves you are good at what you do. This will very quickly narrow down your options.
Open a demo Trading Account
Open an account with the broker you chose in step 1. Make sure to start with a demo account for you to practice on while learning your trade. Do not get pushed into trading on a live account before you are ready. Remember that the broker does not make any money on a demo account so they will push you to open a live account as soon as possible.
Make a Profit
Make sure you are profitable for at least 3 months running before trading live. Yes this sounds like a long time but remember your hard-earned money is at risk. Stick to the 3 month rule, it will do wonders for you. If you are unable to make profit for 3 months running it means you are not using the correct system, do ore research and use another tool until you pass the 3 months rule.
Open a Live Account
Here it gets interesting. So you have prepared yourself and have become confident in your system. The first thing that happens on a live account is you get a brain shutdown. Why does this happen? Well its simple, you can for the very first time see YOUR money move up and down with the markets. It is very important to stick with the system you used on demo, including relative lot sizing and risk protection.
Trade and Profit
These are the steps … in a nutshell. This process took me well over 5 years before I really understood what I was doing. There are also much better courses and software tools then when I started out. It is very important not to confuse trading and gambling. Make good decisions and stick to your plan and risk management and you will be just fine.
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