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BITCOIN TRADING – LEVERAGE

In the case of cryptocurrencies, there is volatility. Even for some more conservative traders, this may be overkill. Therefore, before you start trading such volatile instruments, make sure that they are right for you.

Keep in mind that market fluctuations of 10% or even 20% in virtual currency prices during the day are not atypical. Great news for speculative traders is that they will be able to use leverage when trading with cryptocurrencies account Admiral Markets.

Remember, however, that leveraged trading increases not only your profits but also your losses. Therefore, use leverage wisely, after weighing all possible risks. You are probably wondering why it is worth using trading with such a volatile trading instrument?

Using leverage provides capital that you can use to trade other instruments, currencies, stocks, indices, commodities, etc. Thus, you can diversify your portfolio of financial instruments, thereby reducing the risk to your capital. The same time, if you choose to trade with leverage, you can double your positions when trading bitcoins or other cryptocurrencies and try to get the maximum profit if you can correctly understand the price direction.

 

 Bitcoin Trading – Long and Short Positions

As mentioned earlier, when trading bitcoin using CFDs, you can benefit from price movement in both directions. At the same time, you will suffer losses if the worlds most significant becomes cheaper. On the other hand, if you think the current Bitcoin price is high and going down, you can go short and win when the price goes down. In this situation, you will lose if the price goes up. Taking short positions can also help those who have already purchased or mined bitcoins. By opening a short position for Bitcoin CFDs, they will be able to ensure their jobs against a fall in the Bitcoin price.

Start making money on both the highs and lows of Bitcoin using the best trading platform designed for trading various asset classes. Financial peak is best platform for bitcoin trading.

 

 Bitcoin Trading – High Liquidity and Security

Another benefit of trading cryptocurrencies with Admiral Markets has to do with liquidity. Unlike trading virtual currencies with any the broker that can survive a temporary liquidity crisis and even collapse due to a hack or cyber attack, trading cryptocurrencies with Admiral Markets guarantees constant liquidity.

This liquidity is guaranteed by several of the largest cryptocurrency exchanges in the world.

This much protect you from the negative scenarios described above if you are trading on a specific crypto exchange that can bring you significant financial losses.

 

 Trading Bitcoin with Admiral Markets – Fees

Before you start trading any instrument, it is recommended that you familiarize yourself with the associated transaction costs. Ignorance can lead to severe problems, especially in cryptocurrency trading, which can eat up a significant portion of your future profits.

The advantage of trading cryptocurrencies with Admiral Markets is that you do not pay commissions when trading them outside of the spread. You have no commissions for currency conversion, as well as commissions for transferring funds to and from your account if you are actively trading. Also, if you trade any other cryptocurrencies other than

Bitcoin, it will be converted to Bitcoin when you buy and sell the corresponding currency.

The only things you need to pay is the difference between the buy-sell price and the sell-sell price, that is the spread.

These flexible trading conditions are because the trader speculates on the price movement of the underlying asset Bitcoin or another the cryptocurrency that he trades instead of owning the asset.

However, it should be reiterated that when trading Bitcoins via CFDs, leverage can increase both profits and losses and therefore, an adequate risk management strategy should be implemented.

 

 Bitcoin Trading – Technical Analysis

It is the application of analytical methods to determine the future direction of an asset’s trading, based mainly on its past behaviour. Technical analysis methods are numerous and varied, allowing traders to choose the best ones for them based on trading style, trading goals and risk aversion.

And this is partly because the fundamental analysis is practically not applicable to trading and investing in Bitcoin.

 

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OPTIMISING YOUR FINANCE THROUGH TECHNOLOGY

Covid-19 restrictions and ongoing uncertainty have prompted a fundamental switch in mindset across a multitude of different sectors. Many organisations have begun to recognise that outsourcing their finance can make them more agile and give them the competitive edge they need to compete and scale effectively in today’s market.

Mark Pullen, CEO at Xledger  explains to what extent outsourcing can boost resilience for a lockdown recovery.

 

Solving the pain points

Inefficient processes are prone to causing delays and errors which can have a huge impact on the bottom line when viewed at scale. They can also negatively impact the client experience, causing frustration with missed deadlines and mounting uncompleted tasks.

New finance technology is automating many of the daily, monotonous back office functions such as bank reconciliation and invoice entry, meaning that the nature of the work that a finance professional provides will change. This presents a huge opportunity as it gives these employees the opportunity to be involved in higher-level work. Technology can also provide a resource that gives real time insight, allowing for better strategic decision making, which is so key in the current climate.

 

Optimising your finance function

Outsourcing high-value services within the finance function can improve workflow by implementing a defined and transparent process which streamlines operations. For a finance department, this can speed up areas that require internal controls such as expense reporting and cash release, but it can also speed up the full lifecycle of a project; from time tracking and resource to accounting and billing.

There is also a cost efficiency benefit when outsourcing, as management bandwidth is effectively increased by eliminating the need to be involved in many of the day to day processes. Instead this time can be focused on other business priorities and planning for future growth.

Outsourcing accounting functions to bespoke and standardised technologies means using data led processes that can be measured, optimised and benchmarked against in-house requirements. These processes can also be undertaken remotely, boosting the resilience of your business in these uncertain times.

 

Case study box-out: RPC Tyche

RPC Tyche is a global insurance software supplier with offices in London, Paris, and the USA. Initially a division of award-winning law firm RPC, but now a stand-alone entity, RPC Tyche’s main software offerings support capital modelling, and pricing commercial insurance and reinsurance.

 

The challenge

As part of a restructuring process following the de-coupling with the law firm RPC, RPC Tyche had to separate its back-office processes. They remained under the umbrella of the law firm while the changes were taking place, so initially had some flexibility with the shared finance system, but time was running out to separate the two entities cleanly. As a stand-alone company, RPC Tyche now needed its own financial system; one that could align with its new business processes and that could be implemented quickly to deliver the organisation’s business objectives. Furthermore, they needed a new finance solution that could help them grow exponentially, facilitate a globally diverse group structure, and still maintain efficiency when operating as a small team.

Gavin Dilley, Chief Finance Officer for RPC Tyche commented, “Following an initial discussion with a third-party advisor regarding Xero and Quickbooks, we were recommended Xledger because we required a swift and scalable solution. After contacting Xledger, their tried and tested implementation methodology ultimately assured us that we would achieve the fast-paced implementation needed for our go-live objective. We also really liked that Xledger was a multi-tenanted, true cloud solution with its scalability setting it apart from the competitors.”

 

Implementation and training

Following conversations with Xledger, RPC Tyche created a project management team to keep everything on track on their side, an arrangement that Gavin emphasised “worked really well.” He said that “as a small project team, the flexibility to undergo substantial configuration during the training sessions with the Xledger consultants brought focus and enabled us to dedicate sufficient time to the system without distractions.”

Although the implementation was expected to take three months, RPC Tyche experienced hold-ups owing to the separating of back-office processes, so they were pleased when it was mutually agreed to facilitate a one-month delay.

 

Post-implementation results

“The implementation process was highly effective, and we’re very happy with the results,” said Gavin. “Since implementing the Xledger solution, we’ve been so pleased we haven’t had to dip back into the old system as the transfer of historic data has been particularly successful.” RPC Tyche had a large volume of historic data and transactions, including timesheets and work in progress reports that were all successfully migrated to Xledger during implementation. “We’re particularly happy with how easy it has been to onboard our new Finance Controller, due to flexible training and the system being so intuitive.”

Gavin added, “Since implementing Xledger, we have far greater reporting flexibility, better distribution of skills within the finance team and are naturally more self-sufficient because we can make amendments to the system without relying on the software provider.

The system is easy to use, and the purchase order functionalities, integrated workflows and automation of processes have enabled us to be highly efficient, even as a small finance team. Not to mention that the Xledger support team are incredibly responsive, so we can continually maintain productivity.”

 

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HOW FINANCE FIRMS CAN IMPROVE THEIR CUSTOMER COMMUNICATION IN 2021

Amy Robinson, Senior Brand Development Manager, Esendex

2020 has certainly thrown a curve ball to all businesses across the world, and the finance industry is no different. This year finance has been the driver for both commercial and personal challenges across the country.

The start of the pandemic saw revenue disappear overnight for many businesses, while exponentially increasing demand for other predominantly online services. This commercial challenge had a knock on effect to personal finance with 9.6 million people being put on furlough between April and October 2020. Sadly, the rate of unemployment also increased by 0.7% and sits at 1.62 million people unemployed in the UK today.

These drastic changes to both personal and commercial finances mean that financial services firms have a unique and challenging task ahead of them. With 2021 planning well underway for most businesses, a key focus for finance firms needs to be around customer communication.

In fact, 1 in 3 firms in the finance sector are sending more messages now compared to before the pandemic, most made up of account updates (17.95%), customer service updates (17.95%), delivery information (17.95%), appointment management (15.38%), marketing activity (12.28%), customer satisfaction surveys (10.26%) and emergency information (7.69%). This trend looks likely to continue well into 2021 with Covid-19 still impacting everyday life.

Amy Robinson

However, the latest vaccines offer hope to both businesses and the general public that an end might be in sight. Consequently, it’s important for companies to start to plan how they will navigate this next phase alongside their customers, as the country and indeed the world, will hopefully steadily move into a recovery stage. Life, for anyone, is unlikely to return to a pre Covid-19 state, with the country entering into one of the deepest recessions we’ve witnessed in our lifetimes. Mass uncertainty is likely to continue well into 2021 and it’s the role of financial services to understand this, consider customer sentiment, and ensure that brands are adding empathy to their messages when communicating with customers. This is especially important for areas such as debt collection where businesses should look to focus on ethical debt recovery strategies.

Alongside the financial recession, the UK is also witnessing a mental health pandemic more severe and widely spread than ever before. In fact, a report by The Health Foundation found that 69% of adults in the UK report feeling worried about the effect that Covid-19 is having on their life. With this in mind, finance firms need to tread carefully when communicating with their customers. The FCA have recently confirmed support for consumer credit customers impacted by Covid-19, outlining how finance firms will need to behave when collecting monies owed. The theme heavily weighs in the consumers’ favour, allowing payment holidays to those unable to make their usual deposits.

Consequently, the big theme coming out of 2020 for financial institutions is around ethical and empathetic behaviour. Below are some tips and strategies for approaching customer engagement in 2021, while navigating the new government criteria and market trends.

 

Clear, effective messaging

At a time of high stress and anxiety, various government support schemes, furlough, unemployment and often relationships with multiple financial institutions, it’s easy for customers to become overwhelmed or confused. When communicating with your customers make sure the message is clear and concise; if there are actions required on the customer’s side then ensure this is clearly detailed using a step by step guide.

 

Support your customers

Aim to support your customers as far as possible and send them a reminder message should a payment be due or you require additional information. It’s easy to forget that you’re not the only business sending a customer an important message, so aim to communicate with them in a simple and timely manner. The channel used for this message can also make a great difference, so using something like SMS can really help to break through the noise and get the required response.

 

The power of conversation

Something often missing in a digital world is the power of the human touch. With so many emails and Zoom calls flying around the world, something as simple as a telephone call can be the most effective strategy. People can become frustrated and anxious if they feel that they are not being listened to or treated as an individual; by talking to a selection of key customers on the phone, you can help to bring back the human element and improve the perception of your brand. This is especially true when talking to customers from the older generation who may feel uncomfortable talking about finances online.

There’s no doubt that 2021 will look different for us all. By remaining agile, empathetic, and consumer-centric, we can ensure that we navigate the next 12 months in the smoothest way possible. This is a true change for customer engagement in the financial services sector, and while challenging, it will hopefully offer many benefits to this form of communication for years to come.

 

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