Though forex trading is still a relatively new concept in Brunei, more and more brokers are entering the country and offering services to residents and travelers. There’s little question why more and more investors in Brunei are learning how to trade forex with trader-friendly regulations and a growing economy.
If you’d like to enter the forex market in Brunei, be sure to read our comprehensive guide to restrictions, brokers, terminology and more before you risk any of your money.
Get Started with Forex in Brunei
Before you can exchange currencies or start investing in the forex market, you’ll need to open a brokerage account and add trading funds to it. Though the specific process you’ll go through when you open an account will vary by broker, here are the most common steps you’ll need to complete before you can access the market.
- Step 1: Check your internet connection. From mobile phones to desktop computers, it’s possible to trade forex from almost any device with a stable internet connection. Check your connection and ensure that your internet is private before proceeding.
- Step 2: Choose a broker. There are a wide range of local and international brokers offering services to investors in Brunei. Be very selective when you compare brokers, as there are very few restrictions on brokers in Brunei. Consider fees, international licensure status, leverage availability and minimum deposits when you make your final selection. Then, open an account using your broker’s online process.
- Step 3: Download a trading platform. Depending on the broker you choose, you might need to download an external trading platform. Most brokers support the MetaTrader 4 or 5 platform, but you might also have access to a proprietary platform through your broker.
- Step 4: Fund your account. Once you have your trading platform and a fully functional account, deposit your trading funds. You can usually deposit money through a variety of methods, including bank transfers, debit card purchases and transfers from an electronic wallet.
- Step 5: Place your first trade. It might take a few days for you to see your trading funds deposited into your account. When your deposit clears, you can officially begin trading forex by placing your first order through your broker.
Brunei Forex Trading Strategies
Most forex traders in Brunei classify themselves by the length of time they hold their positions. There are 3 major types of trading styles: short-term, medium-term and long-term. The best forex trading strategy for you may vary depending on your risk tolerance and the currency pairs you trade. Let’s take a look at how each strategy varies and which might be right for you.
Short-term investors typically use a strategy called technical analysis to determine which currencies to buy and sell. Technical analysis is a type of trading that relies on charting patterns and candlestick formations to trigger buy and sell signals. There are a variety of charting patterns suitable for short-term trading strategies, but many traders rely on reversal candlesticks that indicate quick price movements.
Candlesticks may be bullish or bearish depending on their formation and placement.
Short-term investors might hold their positions for as little as a few minutes or seconds, capitalizing on many small price movements throughout the day. In some cases, they may even use automatic trading software to fulfill orders automatically when a buy or sell signal is triggered.
Investors who use a medium-term strategy typically also rely on technical analysis to inform their trades. However, these traders make fewer purchases and sales, relying on larger price movements and more complicated analyses to inform their trades. For example, a medium-term trading strategy called the “triple moving average crossover” requires the trader to establish a baseline period over an average of 21 days before they invest. Medium-term investors may hold onto their investments for as little as a few days to weeks.
The triple moving average strategy is a popular medium-term trading technique.
Traders who use a long-term trading strategy usually don’t rely on technical analysis as their primary trading strategy. Instead, these investors usually use a strategy called “fundamental analysis,” which involves examining the underlying factors that influence how a currency moves in value. Traders who use fundamental analysis typically examine GDP reports, unemployment and inflation rates, federal interest data and other primary sources before they trade. Long-term trending strategies may last from a few weeks to years at a time.
A strong economy means a strong currency. Traders who use fundamental analysis examine how economic indicators shift currency values.
Forex Trading Example in Brunei
Forex traders earn money by taking advantage of differences between currency values. A currency’s value changes over time depending on a variety of economic and political factors. By exchanging your Brunei dollars for another currency likely to increase in value and converting back when the value of the BND drops, you can earn a profit in your base currency. Let’s take a look at an example.
Imagine that Melissa believes that the value of the BND will soon fall in comparison to the USD. Melissa opens a brokerage account and deposits B$10,000 into her account. Her broker offers her 10:1 leverage on this trade, meaning that she can place a trade worth up to B$100,000 despite only having B$10,000 on-hand. 1 BND is currency equal to $0.7250 — converting her entire lot of BND to U.S. dollars leaves Melissa with $72,500.
From here, the value of the BND begins to fall. When 1 BND is equal to only $0.7150, Melissa decides to take her profits. She converts her entire lot of USD back to BND and is left with about B$101,398.60. After accounting for the money she borrowed in leverage and her initial deposit, Melissa’s profit is about B$1,398.60.
Making Money with Forex in Brunei
Brunei is an exceptionally accessible market for forex traders. There are no rules or regulations that restrict the amount of money that you can deposit into an international brokerage account, you can freely convert Brunei dollars to any currency your broker offers and you can take as much profit as possible from your trading so long as you are reporting all of your income.
There are also no limitations on the amount of leverage that you can use when you trade from Brunei. You might find local brokers offering up to 1,000:1 leverage, which is a very dangerous level of margin trading. If you do decide to work with a local broker instead of an international option, carefully monitor and limit your leverage usage.