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Derivatives trading enables participants to enter into contracts for buying and selling underlying assets at a future time at a pre-agreed price determined at the time of contract initiation and execution. Participants are able to transfer risks, lower their transaction costs, stabilize market prices and speculate the value of their assets in future. Derivatives are aligned with Kenya’s economic growth objectives as set out under vision 2030. This is because they offer an alternative investment market segment for both local and foreign investors. Many large economies globally have strong developed derivatives markets and Kenya has invested in learning and bench-marking against such solid financial markets. The presentations will be delivered by representatives from Capital Markets Authority and Nairobi Securities Exchange to help participants understand fundamentals of Derivatives trading in the NSE, trends in the market, regulations, risks and opportunities among others.

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The foreign exchange market (also known as forex or FX) is one of the most fast-paced markets in the financial world. It allows one to buy and sell currencies where you can trade one currency against another currency. In the past, forex was the domain of financial institutions, central banks, and high wealth individuals. The growth of the Internet has allowed the average individual to become involved with and profit from online currency trading. The Chief Speaker for this forum is Mr. Kevin Ng’ang’a, CEO, EGM Securities; a Forex Brokerage Company licensed by the Capital Markets Authority (CMA) as a Non Dealing Online Forex brokerage under the Capital Markets (Online Foreign Exchange Trading) Regulations, 2017. The talk is aimed at helping participants understand the context of online forex trading in Kenya while pinpointing the opportunities

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The Institute of Certified Investment and Financial Analysts (ICIFA) will hold a three-day Workshop on Alternative Investments (with some Focus on Crypto-currencies and Forex Online Trading). The workshop will be held at the Kenya School of Monetary Studies (KSMS) from May 22nd to 24th, 2018. The Objectives of the Workshop is to expose participants to the increasingly growing significance of Alternative Investments in the region’s financial markets and to discuss emerging and contemporary financial issues. It will bring together various market players within the financial services industry including but not limited to: • Financial Market Regulators • Market Operators such the securities exchanges and central depositories • Stockbrokers and investment banks, • Corporate and trustee departments of commercial banks, • Forex Online traders, • Custodians, • Fund managers, • Private equity practitioners, • Trainers and financial educationists, • Money managers • Sacco’sand Microfinance Investment Managers, • Insurers, • Retirement Benefit Managers, • Corporations, including state owned enterprises and County Governments, with Treasury Departments, • Financial and Investment Consultants, etc. Facilitators and participants will have opportunity to explore what roles alternative investments can play in the enhancement of investment return and risk management. This being one of the first such workshop in the region, participants will also be exposed to the wide choice that the regional markets provides outside the established investment asset classes and how it is possible to optimize investment risk and return outcomes for the benefit of investors and investment managers. Among the alternative investments to be discussed by the experts include some of the controversial financial instruments such as crypto-currencies and Fx Online trading that seem to have taken the market by storm at times to the discomfort of financial regulators and apprehension by sections of investors. To book please email or call +254 726498698

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