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Naira marginally gains on Dollar weakness; FOMC in focus

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By  Lukman Otunuga

The Naira entered the final full trading week before Christmas on a steady note despite concerns over plateauing global economic growth weighing on risk sentiment.

It is becoming clear that a weakening Dollar remains one of the drivers behind the Naira’s marginal gains on the parallel exchange. With the Dollar seen depreciating ahead of the Fed meeting as investors remain on the side-lines, emerging market currencies such as the Naira have the opportunity to appreciate further.

However, geopolitical risk factors in the form of lingering trade tensions, Brexit-related uncertainty and political risk in France are seen fuelling risk aversion down the road. If Oil prices continue to depreciate and the Dollar ends up rebounding from the risk-off mood, the Naira will most likely be one of the many casualties.

Dollar weakens despite market caution

The Dollar is struggling to find support from market caution ahead of the Federal Reserve policy meeting this afternoon.

With a rate hike in December already heavily priced in, investors will most likely direct their attention towards the policy statement and press conference for clues on rate timings in 2019. It must be kept in mind that dovish comments from Fed officials and soft economic data have clouded the Dollar’s medium- to longer-term outlook. Buying sentiment towards the Dollar is seen diminishing further if the Federal Reserve implements a dovish hike. Although the Dollar Index is trading near 2018 highs, it does feel like bulls are living on borrowed time. A breakdown below 97.00 could trigger a decline back towards 96.50.

Gold shines ahead of Fed meeting

Gold bulls are poised to remain in the driver’s seat as investors struggle to shake off jitters over global economic growth and lingering trade tensions. A softening Dollar boosted appetite for the yellow metal with prices trading marginally above $1,248 as of writing. With the Dollar likely to remain depressed ahead of the Federal Reserve meeting and risk aversion magnetizing investors to safe-haven assets, Gold has the potential to appreciate further in the near term. Technical traders will be closely observing how prices behave above the $1,240 resistance level. If the upside momentum holds, the next key points of interest will be at $1,250.70 and $1,258 – a level that resides just below the 200 Daily Simple Moving Average. In an alternative perspective, repeated weakness below $1,240 will be good news for bears and should encourage a decline back towards $1,228.00.

 

Ugo Onwuaso is an ICT enthusiast. He believes technology should be used for general good. He holds a Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree from the Lagos state University.

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The Winning Habits of Successful Forex Traders

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By Abiola Akinyele, General Manager of FXTM Nigeria

 

Who is a forex trader?

A forex trader is an individual who exchanges one currency for another in the global financial market. The financial market is an over-the-counter (OTC) market, where financial instruments are traded. It is considered the largest and most liquid market in the world, with a daily turnover of over 5.6 trillion dollars.

 

Anyone who wishes to become a successful trader is responsible for honing their skills through education and consistent practice. At FXTM, we believe educated traders are successful traders, which is why we run very detailed seminars and workshops, both at an introductory and advanced level at our offices and training centers here in Nigeria.

 

Anyone can train to become a disciplined trader, through self-analysis to see what drives their operations and also learning from their mistakes &forex psychology.

 

It is a fact that successful traders think and act differently. They  usually have specific habits and usually follow a series of steps or patterns which guide them daily as they trade in the markets.

 

When you start trading forex, you know that it can be very lucrative and rewarding, but this does not mean that you do not have risks, or that 100% of the time you will be successful.  It is important that you master the basic concepts and understand the foundations necessary to excel to become successful.

 

Get going!

 

To achieve what you want, you must focus on trading and make it part of your daily actions. You must alsounderstand that behavior is an integral part of the trading process and thus your attitude and mindset should reflect the following attributes. Let’s have a look.

 

  1. Manage your money

 

There is not a single successful trader who does not know how to manage their money. The art of understanding money management – knowing how much you can invest and afford to risk, in addition to being able to establish the appropriate losses and thus take profits at the right time, are skills that are indispensable and that you must acquire. You must preserve your capital always and at all costs, in order to possibly generate wealth in the long-term.

 

  1. Manage your emotions

 

Remember that in forex trading there is no place for emotion of any kind.If both the winners and the losers act in the same way, the operations will be executed in a more professional manner and without drastic changes.

 

You can achieve this with calmness and dedication; for example, if you are upset because one of your trades is experiencing losses, try to take a break from the trade. You can reintegrate once you have calmed down.

 

Avoid making any emotional decisions, as this can lead you to commit commercial mistakes and disasters that will result in losses.

 

  1. Take advantage of demo accounts and use them until you are ready

 

Demo accounts are usually a great way to test the waters in a place where it is not risky since you do not lose real money.

 

This applies above all if you are a newbie and so you can try different trading platforms. But once you feel very prepared to start a live account, you may try it, and take a chance.

 

  1. Run your winners in order to have as many benefits as possible

 

Now, in the financial markets, there are many beginners who think that the best traders are the ones who are always right.  This is a myth because in the world of trading, not everything is theory.

 

Then, once you have found an asset in which you are good, hold on to it and learn to polish that skill. You should always learn to obtain benefits that are significant enough as this is the only way in which you can cover your losses.

 

  1. Cut losses early

 

By taking into account how difficult it is to beprofitable in the competitive forex world, you must keep an eye on them and are willing to cut losses ahead of time, even if they are your profitable trades.

 

This means that when the market moves against you, you should not trust that it will return soon. Of course, unless there is a signal that is clear and precise and expresses what will happen in the market, in that case, leave soon and go to the next, always with the hope that it might beprofitable.

 

  1. Learn from your mistakes and see them as knowledge

 

You learn while doing it. That is why you should not allow a bad experience to truncate the path to success.

 

It’s a learning curve that would allow better decision-making in the future.

 

  1. Find the perfect strategy and repeat

 

It is well-known that trading can belike a big battle to take money out of the market. And to be able to achievethis in the most appropriateway, you will need a repeatable and efficient strategy that works for you in the long run. The market is always changing, which means that you will sometimes need to make adjustments to your strategy.  That way, you will mightmore chances to win if you can find a way to make your strategy works. Don´t waste more time.

 

  1. Separate your life habits from the trading habits

 

It is important that you can make time and maintain a balanced lifestyle to your life outside of trading. Having a healthy and calm lifestyle requires that you take regular breaks from trading during the day. This will help you to make better trading decisions and as a result, you will have more chances of being successful.

 

  1. Search and use methods that have been tested and you can prove it.

 

Do not believe everything you read and see on the internet, remember that it is a minefield of lies and people seeking profits on the backs of frauds.

 

That is why you should look for a real test of the methods that are being promoted to you and verify that they really work well.

 

This insurance process can include going with current trends, also reducing your losses, in case you are seeing a benefit, or letting go.

 

  1. Never forget the risk / reward

 

Do not forget that there is always a risk before a reward. The ratio of risk to reward is not going to be the same all the time, due to the fast-moving nature of the financial market. There are times when it may seem that you are failing in the trade with the risk you see, only so that everything can become a reward in this way.

Then you can proceed to make your withdrawals and they can be about half of your returns or even less. Youmust pay attention and definitely not expect for every tradesto produce profits every time.

 

  1. Keep a trade journal

 

By having a trading diary, you can keep a record ofyour winning positions as well as the losing ones. It is also important to also point out the characteristics that led you to that position, and be able to analyse these results.

 

It is necessary to be very orderly in the life of a trader, since keeping a record of trades gives the trader a really objective platform and thus be able to better understand both their options and their decisions. All of these are importantin order to improve the process of trading.

 

  1. Take responsibility for your movements

 

This habit is linked to controlling your emotions, with the difference that this time you mustn’t just control your emotions, but that you have to accept them.

 

You must take responsibility for each of the movements/decisions you make, and you should not blame anyone for your losses. Equally, this means no one but you gets credit for your profits.  Do notinvest in more than what you can afford to lose.

 

  1. It’s not just habits that make the trader, it’s the personality too

 

Habits are important because they form a routine for the traderand make them a person who follows certain steps that will lead him to their next gains. However, personality also plays one of the most important roles in being successful trader andit is the perfect complement for these habits to work in their entirety.

 

A trader must have a defined personality in order to predict a pattern of behavior that will not only help them to understand the market better, but also the way in which the same trader manages that market.

 

For example, there are traders who are calm and determined; in case they are not 100% sure of a trade, they may decide not to go ahead withit and thus maintain their current balance.In this way, they remain a cautious and patient trader.

 

At the same time, there are traders who take risks and this can lead them to have big profits,or big losses. Regardless of personality type, the important thing is that the trader knows themselves, knows what kind of habits are indicators for them and whattheir movements are in the market.

 

Summary

 

Finding at least one advantage in forex trading will help keep you in a superior position; having good tradinghabits can certainly be one of these advantages.

 

These habits that were explained previously serve for all types of traders, since if there is something that all successful traders have in common, is that everyone must maintain good habits in order to be successful. Organize yourself and create a routine with habits that couldlead you to success.

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How Digital Technology Has Redefined the MSME Sector

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By Adeniyi Ogunfowoke,

The MSME sector is the backbone of Nigeria’s economy. Studies by the International Finance Corporation (IFC) show that approximately 96% of Nigerian businesses are MSMEs, compared to 53% in the US and 65% in Europe. Of this number, about 99.87% of MSMEs in Nigeria are micro-enterprises. With a total number of about 17.4 million, SMEs contribute about half (48%) of the entire GDP in Nigeria.

Thanks to digital technology, it is worth noting that ecommerce platforms like Jumia have so far played a key role in boosting and accelerating MSMEs in the last 7 years. A significant number of MSMEs are riding on the Jumia platform to reach millions of customers in Nigeria and across Africa. Today, these MSMEs are raking in more revenue compared to the past.

The fact is, there is a link between technology adoption and the MSME sector growth with some stating that MSMEs who were early adopters of the technology have increased their annual revenue 15% faster than their competitors. This is what the vendors on Jumia are currently enjoying. This article explores the five leading ways in which technology will encourage growth in the MSME sector.

Creating a digital business

Thinking through and executing a digital business model requires a fundamental shift in strategy because it is completely different from offline business. In this case, you either bring out a new offering or take the existing offering to market in newer ways. This means being able to explore technologies such as the Internet of Things and Artificial Intelligence to make the customer experience seamless. The option for digital technology in MSMEs is numerous. It only requires very strong business understanding to be able to analyze what the ecosystem looks like, have a very strong understanding of the customer and their insatiable expectations to be able to devise an appropriate strategy to create the digital business that meets their needs.

Social impact

You can’t afford to operate your business as if it exists in a vacuum any longer. The rise of social media networks such as Twitter, Facebook and Instagram mean your customers are simply a click away and now users can connect without regard to the geographical obstacle, financial background, or even social status.  Indeed, in the past, there were very limited avenues for customers to raise their queries but now as a business, you are likely to incur an unfavourable rant or a bad review on Facebook. This is why as a business, you should not compromise on standards because what goes on on the Internet stays on the Internet. This means that if you earn a bad reputation, it’s going to stick with you. It is for this reason that businesses large and small worry about their digital footprint and a good number of organisations have experts who are on the lookout for potential “bad press” and are out making the rounds trying to be proactive.

Increased interest in and need for security

Businesses of all sizes need to be increasingly aware of the need for enhanced security. The rise in cyber-crime has also led to an increase in interest in protecting data, training employees and incorporating IT into every aspect of the business. At the very least, an organization needs to be committed to protecting data with backups, integrating patches and updates regularly and training all employees to spot the signs of trouble.

Connectivity

Digital technology has also increased the ease with which we can all stay in touch, interact and engage. Whether it’s having your coworkers and employees available via text/video chat at a moment’s notice, or being able to send targeted promotional email blasts to pre-qualified customers when they’re shopping at nearby businesses, the rise of mobile technology has blended almost seamlessly with communication software to create a web of real-time information.

Improved access to information and data

Digital Technology has made it easier than ever to research and find data without leaving the office. Enhanced access to data gives your business the ability to offer your customer service team not only a way to connect with customers but also a way to instantly access complete customer history. In addition to this, you can provide a better user experience for anyone who interacts with your brand.

Irrespective of how big or small a business enterprise is, application of digital technology offers numerous benefits including those that facilitate the smooth running of business operations. These benefits are sometimes tangible while other times; they are intangible. The bottom line is that business applications play a significant role in increasing profitability for businesses while generating the results that customers need.

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Gulder Unveils New TVC To Inspire Consumers

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L-R Media Manager NB Plc. Toheeb Azeez, Portfolio Manager, National Premium Brands NB Plc. Sarah Agha, Senior Brand Manager Gulder, NB Plc., Kolawole Akintimehin, and Brand Manager Support Gulder, NB Plc. Freya Doessel At The Unveil of Gulder’s New Brand Positioning – “Own Your Journey”
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National Premium lager, Gulder, has unveiled a new TVC to inspire, engage and encourage Nigerians to continue to own their journey. Known for its sleek golden brown bottle with the iconic helmet, Gulder is set to use this TVC to continue to urge Nigerians to celebrate the small wins on their quest for success.

 

With the aim of extending its market penetration by redefining the brand to its consumers, the new TVC is hinged on Gulder’s redefined positioning tagged “Own Your Journey”, which was launched in January this year.

 

The 60 seconds TVC features a young ambitious man who is striving to become successful in his career.

 

He is seen discouraged by family and friends but, despite the odds, he not only pushes through and achieves great success, but he celebrates the priceless moments along the way over cold bottles of Gulder.

 

Speaking on the launch of the TVC, Brand Manager, Gulder, Kolawole Akintimehin said; “We believe it is a really nice time to be talking about owning and celebrating every level in our personal journeys.

 

“As a brand, we want to help our consumers own and celebrate all the spheres of their endeavors.

 

“The new TVC embodies the type of message Gulder wants to engrave in the heart of every young Nigerian, and we hope to inspire and encourage as many people as possible.”

 

Gulder lager beer is renowned for being a staple for the, bold and courageous Nigerian. Celebrating the daring and brave spirit of Nigerians, whilst cheering them on to their quests for success.

 

 

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