How do I trade CFDs and international stocks/securities from Malaysia?

In preparation of my return to Malaysia, I’ve been looking at ways on how I could trade CFDs and international stocks/securities from Malaysia.

Do you guys have any idea?

I had a look at IG Markets Singapore and City Index Asia but I have yet to contact them on the procedures and requirements involved.

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My goodness, this industry involves loads of reading!

One thing for sure is that being a participant in the financial market yourself involves tonnes of reading!

I’m not working for any institutions. I’m only a private investor & trader and even then, I have to do a lot of research and studies to keep myself up to date.

A few hundred pages a week probably… I seriously hope that I don’t get burned out…

Just imagine what people like Donald Trump and Prince Al-Waleed Talal have to go through to keep themselves current. Talking about newspapers alone, I’ve heard that they have to go through a number of them each day.

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Trade to Survive, Not to be Profitable

Talking about trading, there’s one thing that I learned from a very good trader in Australia.

“You trade to survive, not to be profitable.”

What that means is, you need to set it clear in your mind that you are here to survive in the long run. Aim to preserve your capital first. Take the whole notion of profitability out of the equation for a little while. True, at the end of the day, profitability is all that matters but remember this, if you survive in the long run, profitability will be drawn to you automatically.

If you aim for profitability alone and you want it fast, that’s when impatience starts to kick in. This is then followed by greed. As a result, self destructive behaviour will start to take control.

Moral of the story: Patience is virtue.

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The two B’s in Trading (Equities, Derivatives)

I’m not too sure whether I got this from a book or I thought of it myself. Anyhow, in trading, I believe that you need to possess the two B’s. What are they? Well, they are:

1. You need to be BOLD

Being bold is indeed very important in trading. You need to be able to make out what’s happening with the market, be if you’re a believer in fundamental analysis or technical analysis. Often also, you need to make split second decisions.

2. You need to have BALLS

Being gutsy is also very important. Without this quality, you’ll freeze in front of the monitor, I promise you that. Plus, you need a lot of bravery to see your trading money whipsawing every other day.

So, if you’re a trader out there, do you possess these two qualities? As for me, I still need to do a heaps of work in expanding my BOLDNESS and enlarging my BALLS, so to speak 😉

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Property Investing: My First Apartment in Kota Bharu, Kelantan

One of the toughest investment market to break into for youths (although some managed to do it successfully!) is the property market. Two of the major barriers to entry for direct property investment is lack of capital and inability to secure a home loan.

Fortunately for me, I managed to get into the property market earlier this year. This post will be about that.

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Collecting Coins and Banknotes for Investment Purposes?

It has been a while since I last wrote a post. Minus the Van Tharp article series, which were all posted automatically, it has been about a week since I last wrote anything.

Today, let’s talk about Coins and Banknotes. Is there a way how one can profit from them? Apart from the usual FOREX trading, I believe that it is possible to profit from collecting coins and banknotes. Old coins and banknotes as well as the new ones. In fact, history tells us that is indeed possible. Returns of roughly around 13% per annum. Now, that’s not too bad at all! Of course, as with all other investment vehicles, future performance are never guaranteed.

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The Art of Trading by Christopher Tate

Title: The Art of Trading
Author: Christopher Tate
ISBN: 1-876627-63-8
Number of pages: approximately 230 pages

This book by Christopher Tate entitled “The Art of Trading” is, in my opinion, one of the best books out there. Very very beneficial to somebody starting out or long-timers who are in need of some tweaking.

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How Currencies are Pegged (Fixed Foreign Exchange Rates)

This is a continuation of my initial entry to address questions posed by Fariehaz in an earlier article on FOREX trading.

As usual, I’ll keep it simple. I won’t get into too much details.

First of all, currency peg means fixing the exchange rate of one currency against the other (contrast with floating exchange rates). For example, the Malaysian Ringgit (MYR) was pegged with the US Dollars (USD) at 3.800, after the Asian financial crisis.

So, how is a currency pegged?

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