So You Suppose You Can Get Into Forex Trading in Uganda?

If you’re a Ugandan, you could have most likely heard all concerning the Forex trading and the way it appears to be the most well-liked “new” enterprise in Uganda.

I wished to take a position $ 10,000 along with a cousin in an organization that I perceive is among the leaders of Forex trading. Whereas just lately in Uganda (Could) I even visited their workplaces and noticed an unlimited array of computer systems with plenty of graphs and a TV turned to Bloomberg TV or one other enterprise channel. (The analysts did not, nonetheless, seem busy as I’d have anticipated from watching plenty of “Wall Street” films).

Anyway, I returned to the UK and began saving in order to take a position at the required minimum. I just lately (November) known as an excellent buddy in Uganda and casually talked about the concept to him. He casually replied: “I simply invested $ 2,500 which Mrs warned me to not put into that firm. They’ve for the second time missed my month-to-month funds, that are presupposed to be 20.4% curiosity and precept per thirty days !.” He indicated that this firm is a Ponzi scheme, generally known as a “pyramid” in Uganda.

So is Forex Online trading the true deal? I set out my observations.

The cons (first after all).

1. Sector unregulated in Uganda

As per an article showing within the New Imaginative and prescient newspaper:

“…. Mr. Stephen Kaboyo, the director of economic markets on the Financial institution of Uganda equally disregarded the enterprise regardless of being accountable for currency markets within the nation.”

“It’s not a regulated enterprise. It is actually exterior our regulatory provision so far as the Foreign Exchange market is worried,” he mentioned in an interview on Friday. “It is identical to every other enterprise. If you’re, you go in. In the event you go there and lose your cash, you do not complain.” Source: All

As an unregulated sector, this creates a threat particularly for the cautious investor (as anybody ought to be!) Particularly when for instance in comparison with Switzerland, which appears to be the hub of on-line trading and has a well-regulated sector.

This, after all, will not be a significant situation for a typical Ugandan as hardly something appears to be successfully regulated anyway! In Uganda, it could seem many laws stay on paper and the Financial institution of Uganda (BOU) director was maybe simply being lifelike as a result of, in Uganda, its a “canine eat canine” world.

2. Expertise/popularity of traders

The sector has solely been just lately taken off in Uganda and with a myriad of “traders” how does one confirm who’s “legit” and who’s quack? How are you aware who’s nicely skilled and who shouldn’t be? That is in comparison with the established gamers like say HSBC who will clearly inform you how the sector is performing. In HSBC when you, for instance, wished to spend money on Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) that are monetary funding merchandise not too dissimilar to Forex trading, you’d get a funding profile, comparability with related different funds in addition to the historical past of that individual funding by that individual fund supervisor.

3. Excessive Beginning capital.

A very good Forex dealer or funding broker will normally ask you to have a beginning capital of $ 11,000. It is because Forex trading depends on tight margins (known as “pips”) such that to make you a good return they should make investments a good amount of cash. As we speak (November 2012) alternate price, $ 11,000 is about Shs 29m!

And now the Professionals

1. Liquidity.

The market is large. Forex trading is the most important sort of market on the earth and when you open your self an account says a Foreign Exchange professional account with or related different self traded or managed broker accounts, you will discover you may simply purchase and Sell.

2.Good returns Within the Funding and securities market.

I’m not certain if there’s every other enterprise mannequin giving higher liquid returns, particularly in the meanwhile with difficult international markets. Of the assorted web sites of funding managers I’ve researched, it isn’t unusual to seek out those who give returns usually of 6%. Examine this say to an excessive saving curiosity account with Barclays Uganda or Crane Financial institution which gives returns of at most 5%.

You need to, after all, know that like several trades in securities, returns are usually not normally assured and lots of a dealer publish losses notably those that trade for themselves on trading platforms being promoted by so many on-line Forex trading corporations.

3. Cope with Like many investment products

It may be a straightforward sector to take care of Like many investment products equivalent to Stocks and different securities, if in case you have a managed account, then you could have a broker dealing with the enterprise for you.

Sure, they cost charges (try their charges and examine with others) however this implies you do not have to continuously monitor the place because the brokers do that and can normally ship you portfolio statements and even you may view these on-line and as such can select to liquidate must you want.


First the numbers

On the premise of my Analysis:

  • Capital investment (A): Shs 27,000,000
  • Income per 12 months: (assuming 3.46% curiosity per thirty days): Shs 11,335,300
  • Revenue per 12 months (Assuming funding supervisor charges of 1% of preliminary capital) (B) is Shs 11,456,500
  • Return on capital (years to get capital again or A / B) is 2.65 years

Now the fundamentals it’s essential to get proper earlier than investing.

  • A regulated funding supervisor/broker is a should.
  • An overseas currency account to protect your self from Forex fluctuations.
  • Returns on funding can’t be assured particularly with the present financial local weather. Put together your self for both a profit or loss.


In as we speak’s world of unpredictability within the securities markets, this seems to be one doing okay irregardless of how the market performs however do your analysis nicely and except you might be prepared to show your self be a Forex dealer (for instance at this website) you need to severely contemplate placing your funding in Forex trading by way of a good funding broker/financial institution who will handle the account for you.

If vital, open an overseas currency account in one of many Ugandan banks to deal with this facet and take care of an overseas participant who’s regulated. For instance, select corporations which might be regulated within the UK by the Financial Services Authority (FSA). There are a number of scams on the market and I do not assume it’s price investing a big amount of cash in somebody who shouldn’t be examined and tried and would not have high-quality management mechanisms to guard your cash against for instance rogue traders or just inexperienced folks.


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