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[Econ] Making the Best of a Very Bad Thing
November 2030 Well, uh, this sucks. Just a few short months after the Arab States of the Gulf finally unified, the world economy decided to explode. This is what we in the business of economics call a very bad thing. The effects across the FAS have been relatively disparate. The United Arab Emirates, easily the most diversified economy in the region, has been the least heavily impacted (though it's still bad). Diversification programs in Oman and Bahrain have also helped to stave off some of the worst impacts of the crisis, though they haven't been as successful in avoiding the effects as the UAE. Qatar and Kuwait, still almost entirely reliant on hydrocarbon exports, are not happy with this turn of events. Falling global oil prices, though propped up a little by a sudden increase in demand from China, have left their economies struggling much more than the rest of the country, and in desperate need of assistance from the better off parts of the country. One major pain point in this crisis has been the FAS's economic ties to the United States. While most of the FAS's trade is with Asia, Africa, and Europe, the US financial system still plays a crucial role in the FAS. The stability of the US Dollar has long been used to protect the economies of the Gulf using their vast Forex reserves (earned from oil sales) to peg their currency to the US Dollar. With the US Dollar in complete collapse, the value of the Khaleeji is plummeting right along with it, causing a significant degree of harm to the FAS's economy. To help offset this harm (and to decouple the FAS's economy from a country that the FAS is starting to view as maybe not the most reliable economic partner), the Central Bank in Dubai has announced that the Khaleeji will switch its peg from the US Dollar to a basket of foreign currencies (the Euro, the Pound Sterling, the Swiss Franc, the US Dollar, and the Japanese Yen). The FAS hopes that this will help to salvage the Khaleeji's value, better protecting the economy from the collapse of the dollar-based international financial system. Rumor has it that the Central Bank is discussing the idea of unpegging the Khaleeji entirely and allowing it to float freely, but so far, the Central Bank has made no moves towards floating the Khaleeji. Crises suck. They shatter the status quo and throw established norms and procedures into chaos. No one really wins during a crisis. But in another sense, they're a double-edged sword. The status quo is often a repressive entity, reinforcing existing hierarchies and preventing dramatic shifts in the order of things. Chaos breaks that apart, giving the ingenuitive and the entrepreneurial on opportunity to better their lot in ways they otherwise could not. Put differently: chaos is a ladder, and the FAS intends to be the one climbing it. As the largest economy in the Arab World (and one of the world's 20 largest economies) by both nominal GDP and GDP per capita (by a significant margin--it's probably either Saudi Arabia or Egypt in second place in nominal GDP, and definitely Saudi Arabia in second place in GDP per capita, but the FAS more than doubles the country in second place in both categories, so it's sort of a moot point), the FAS hopes to cement its place as the regional economic power. The FAS has announced a new slate of policies intended to attract rich investors, manufacturing firms, and financiers fleeing the new nationalization program of the United States. New free trade zones have been created throughout the country--especially in the struggling, undiversified regions of Kuwait and Qatar--with the goal of convincing fleeing American manufacturers to set up shop in these areas. Attractions include wildly low tax rates (as low as zero percent in some instances), a common law framework (as opposed to the Sharia-based legal system in most of the FAS), highly subsidized land prices (sometimes free), relaxed financial restrictions (making it easier to move money in and out of the FTZ), and, for large enough firms moving enough operations into the country, preferential visa treatment (making it easier for them to relocate foreign employees into the country). Sitting at one of the major crossroads of global trade, moving operations to the FAS offers easy access to both the world's established consumer markets (like the EU and East Asia) as well as to some of its largest growing markets (South and Southeast Asia, East Africa, and MENA). Pair this with wildly high standards of living (for people who aren't slaves Asian or African migrant workers) and established expatriate communities, and the FAS becomes an incredibly attractive option for American and other foreign firms looking to relocate. In addition to manufacturing-oriented FTZs, special attention has been paid to attracting service-oriented firms to new and existing FTZs in the vein of Dubai Internet City, Dubai Design District, Dubai Knowledge Park, and Dubai Media City, with the goal of developing a robust service economy that can capture growing markets in the MENA, South Asia, and East African regions. In advertising these zones, the governments of the FAS have highlighted the success of previous ventures in Dubai, which have attracted the regional headquarters of giants like Facebook, Intel, LinkedIn, Google, Dell, Samsung, Microsoft, IBM, Tata Consultancy, and more. Perhaps one of the most substantial pushes, though, is to attract American financial services and FinTech firms to base in the FAS (particularly Dubai, Kuwait City, Doha, and Abu Dhabi, the traditional centers of regional finance). New financial industry free trade zones have been set up in the four cities, structured in the vein of the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC). These financial FTZs boast an independent and internationally regulated regulatory and judicial system, a common law framework, and extremely low taxation rates. All government services in these regions are available in English (the lingua franca of international finance), and in events where ambiguity exists in the legal and regulatory systems, the systems are set to default to English Common Law (except for the Kuwait City International Financial Centre, which is hoping to better tailor itself towards American financial firms by defaulting to American Civil Law from pre-2020 rather than English Common Law). Much like in the DIFC, these new FTZs will also run their own courts, staffed in large part by top judicial talent from Common Law (or in the case of Kuwait City, American Civil Law) jurisdictions like Singapore, England, and (formerly) Hong Kong. Using these FTZ, the four cities hope to raise their profile as financial centers. Dubai in particular is hoping to break into the top ten global financial centers--and it stands a good chance of doing so, too, as it sits at number 12, just behind cities like LA, SF, and Shenzhen--while the other cities are just hoping to boost their profile into the 20s or 10s (according to Long Finance, Dubai is number 12 in the world and 1 in the region, Abu Dhabi is number 39 in the world and two in the region, Doha is number 48 in the world, and Kuwait City is number 91).
The job? I cold called Nigerians and South Africans, convince them to open a CFD trading account with up to 1:400 leverage and make them deposit as much money as possible. Now, a bit of background; This was happening in Sofia, Bulgaria and as much as I know, still does. The poorest country in the EU. Average monthly salary is $700, average monthly pension is around $180. Imagine a low budget version of the shittiest boiler room movie you can recall. You are not even close. A Turkish prison looks much better. Not even a cubicle. A table, and as much people sitting on, below, around it, etc. So, you are calling those people and you chase them 8 hours a day, with the sole purpose of taking their money. Lying is okay, no regulation, dialing through a VPN, using stage names. Now, the people who worked there were mostly young people, quite stupid to be honest.But really, really manipulative, deceiving, sneaky, stone cold liars. In my working docs, it said I was a "marketing specialist". In the actual company though, you are either "sales" or "retention". The sales agent must close the lead, gets a deal on the board and passes it to the Retention agent. And the madness begins. CFD`s are banned in the US, so those types of companies work with the rest of the world. For the last 8 years, South Africa, Italy, Germany, UK and Spain are the biggest markets. So, fast forward,a few months pass and I end up being a Retention agent. On my second day there, the boss comes out and says the Top10 salaries in the department. At this point of my life, I though $1500 is an amazing salary, considering the average is 7$00. "$46 000, Mr.X" "$35 000, Mr.Y" Etc... Umm. What? So how you make so much money? Once you get a lead, your job is to tear him/her apart. Lie, manipulate, build chemistry, build solid KYC, promise the world, scam and take every last penny of the poor soul. 95% of the First Time Deposits are below the $500 mark. Then the retention agent makes sure to throw the poor soul in the ocean of CFDs. One thing amazes me quite a lot. Most of the people who open accounts are genuinely stupid, some are totally broke. The company wasnt regulated, there were like 250 comments in forums that we are scammers, but people still joined. "But I read in the web that you are not regulated and you will steal my money" "If I write an article that you are a gay, would this be true?" Boom. That easy. Throughout my whole career I have literally seen amazing stuff ...a person saying "no" for 10 minutes straight. Then he deposited Grown ass men, being screamed at like they`re in 2nd grade. A guy from Nigeria, used to scream while depositing and losing $75 000. He claimed he was the Tiger of Forex. Lost a bit more than $800 000. Depositing and losing. The retention agent`s commission was based on the net amount of deposits and withdrawals of your portfolio. Depending on the money you had brought, the commission was between 3% and 8.3%. Different bonus accelerators, bonuses for trading volumes, spread generated, incentives, etc. The best agents brought between 350k/700k a month. Once again, almost nobody from the whole department knew anything about the financial markets. But once you get a lead who has no clue what is going on, you paint the picture. When you can make a few hundred percent gain in a day... Why not? Literally can not go tits up. We called the clients and the show began. Exposing their accounts on a 100%, calling them for more money when the margin went down, we educated them! You will be amazed, how a man can believe a voice in the phone more than he can trust his eyes and own mind. From day 1, you see what kind of a person you are dealing with. Some go massive yolo. Some open one trade a week. Some literally spend 18 hours a day, losing since the beginning. So, in a way,as an ex gambler I started to feel bad. Seen so many depleted credit cards, broken lives, it really put me in perspective. Yeah, money was good for a 22 year old. Seeing a few guys who were making upper 6 digits was quite motivating. Eventually I could not take it. I know how it feels, being a gambler. So, as I saw both sides of the coin Took a break and a few years later I began working in a regulated company. But the job is still the same. I just can not lie... a lot : ). But I noticed something else. Now I am actually trying to help the clients. I don`t pitch them for more money. I am trying to really help. Literally telling them and warning them about everything that can go bad. Most folks now do not really want to speak with me, because they think I want to screw them (cant blame them) And somehow I reach the company target, while browsing reddit, smoking a pack a day, scratching my balls and going yolo on a demo account :) My question is: Should I leave my portfolio alone and see how much people will lose? Should I actually pitch them and chase their money and make more commission for me? Or should I continue trying to actually help them make money, but clearly waste my time? PS: yolo, buy #vxxb (already inverted)
China has become the center of development of the global economy, and Chinese companies have shown excellent financial performance in recent years. Fortune magazine ranked the 500 largest Chinese companies. The joint profit of China's three most profitable companies reached 1.46 trillion yuan, accounting for 40.3% of the total benefit of all companies, the study said. Below we will talk about the three most profitable companies in China. 3rd place: China Construction Bank China Construction Bank is one of the largest banks in China. https://preview.redd.it/xftchyzts0g31.png?width=2000&format=png&auto=webp&s=b69291b546c39a1dd9ecbea1578e813496884420 The China Construction Bank network has 14,925 branches in mainland China, as well as ten branches outside (in Hong Kong, Singapore, Frankfurt, Johannesburg, Tokyo, Seoul, Sydney, Taipei, New York, and Ho Chi Minh City). And a number of subsidiary banks, such as CCB Principal Asset Management (asset management services), CCB Financial Leasing (lending), CCB Trust (trust fund), CCB Life (insurance), Sino-German Bausparkasse (Sino-German building society), CCB Asia (Asia), CCB London (UK subsidiary), CCB Russia (Russian subsidiary), CCB Dubai (Dubai subsidiary) and CCB International. 2nd place: Bank of China Bank of China is a Chinese financial group formed based on the oldest of the current Chinese banks. Headquarters - in Beijing. https://preview.redd.it/q3t6ctels0g31.png?width=5000&format=png&auto=webp&s=a4867c8145eec436df553bbe830a9e65d49d6193 The main activity is commercial banking; it accounts for 90% of operating profit; this area includes corporate banking (42%), private banking (33%) and treasury operations (15%). The main region of activity is in mainland China (PRC, excluding Hong Kong and Macau). Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan account for 17% of assets and 23% of operating profit. The group's overseas network consists of 545 branches in 53 countries, the most significant presence in Canada, the UK, and Singapore. 1st place: Industrial and Commercial Bank of China ICBC is China's largest commercial bank. The company enters the Big Four of the largest state-owned banks in China (along with Bank of China, Agricultural Bank of China and China Construction Bank). https://preview.redd.it/qdbtqequq0g31.png?width=1015&format=png&auto=webp&s=f516b5afcf2a1455d9530a34f586b85ae6faa919 The PRC government owns the majority stake through several state-owned investment companies. In general, ICBC has more than 500 thousand shareholders. ICBC controls a fifth of China's banking sector. The main region of activity is the People's Republic of China: it accounts for more than 90% of the bank's revenue and assets (with half of the foreign activity accounted for by the special administrative regions of the PRC of Hong Kong and Macau). The bank's overseas network includes 419 organizations in 45 countries and is also present in 20 more African countries through partnership with the South African Standard Bank. You can find more information about the stock market, commodity market, and FOREX on the ITRADER site. This material is considered a marketing communication and does not contain, and should not be construed as containing, investment advice or an investment recommendation or, an offer of or solicitation for any transactions in financial instruments. Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future results. Risk Warning: CFDs are complex instruments and come with a high risk of losing money rapidly due to leverage. 84.16% of retail investor accounts lose money when trading CFDs with this provider. You should consider whether you understand how CFDs work and whether you can afford to take the high risk of losing your money. Legal Information: ITRADER is operated by Hoch Capital Ltd., a Cypriot Investment Firm (CIF), authorized and regulated by the Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission (CySEC) under the license no. 198/13, in accordance with the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID II).
The FSCA is the local regulator that is most likely to be encountered by South African forex traders. Brokers who fall under these regulations must have a local presence with a local office and at ... However, many representatives have already assured the finance community of South Africa that this will not be the case, that FSCA will take its own route in terms of regulations. It would be devastating to restrict high leverage on the volatile Rand, even if it has been stabilizing for the past few months. That’s pretty much the driving force of regulated South African FX brokers right now. For individuals the South African exchange control regulations dictates how much and under what circumstances you may transfer money out of South Africa. It should be noted that the exchange control regulations apply to South African residents, not citizens or permanent residence holders. Therefore if you are considered a resident for exchange control purposes, they are applicable to you ... Regulations: Yes, an FSB broker will be regulated by the Financial Sector Conduct Authority (FSCA) but is that all? One regulation can certainly protect you but to a certain extent. Most established brokers are regulated by more than just one authority. If there is an FSB broker that is regulated by an additional authority, you should go ahead with them. Experience; FSB brokers are required to ... Thus, the South African government has no regulations regarding the legality or illegality of Forex Trading platforms, but only a system of exchange control that oversees the cash outflow from the country. This system is overseen by the South African Reserve Bank (SARB) and is conducted through the banks and financial institutions. From 2010 onwards, South Africans are allowed to send money ... Legally Funding Forex Accounts. Funding an account is fairly straightforward in South Africa if you are using a credit card connected with a major bank. That said, South African financial regulations can sometimes get in the way when we try and fund international accounts from South African bank accounts (1) or local lesser-known credit cards ... Honest and regulated forex brokers need to be freed from the reputational damage inflicted by their dishonest peers and South African residents should be fully educated on the risks of forex trading.
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