When I began investing, I used to buy and sell shares without even knowing exactly what the company did.
And my game plan couldn't have been more straightforward: If the share was moving higher, I bought it. If the share was falling, I sold it. I simply didn't care about the economics of a company.
This wasn't much of a strategy though. In some cases, it would work but it certainly never g... ››› more
Every weekend myself and a couple of mates from work head over to our local sports bar, where we catch the lunch time Barclays Premier League game that day.
The afternoon always starts out the same, with great debate and the odd bet or two.
The most common friendly bet we place is the goal outcome for that game. But, here's something they don't know I have.
It's helped me with the goal ou... ››› more
Think Berkshire Hathaway and the first person that comes to mind is Warren Buffett.
But did you know much of Buffett's and Berkshire's success was down to his partner?
His name is Charlie Munger and he's the Vice-Chairman of Berkshire & Hathaway.
Before Munger partnered with Buffett, he managed his own investment partnership, which averaged returns of 19.8% a year from 1962 to 1975 beatin... ››› more
Mention Coca-Cola, Wal-Mart and Johnson & Johnson and the first thing that might come to mind is…
They're some of the biggest and leading companies in the world.
They're popular brands around most parts of the world.
And they've made plenty of savvy investors very wealthy.
For example, A R10,000 investment into J&J shares in 1970 would be worth in the millions today.
And if y... ››› more
Today, I'm going to show you a simple strategy that'll allow you to potentially double your portfolio's gains (or more).
It's also a great way to protect your investments in a market downturn.
And, if the markets go bad, it can add another level of protection to your portfolio.
And the best part… When increased volatility makes the market tough to invest in, this strategy really comes ... ››› more
When it comes to investing, it pays to realise you're in a long-term game. And because of this, you don't want to be stressing about the markets daily moves. That's why I use a simple technique called rand cost averaging.
To use this technique, all you need to do is invest a set amount of your capital each month. No matter what the markets are doing, you steadily invest the same amount.
Rand ... ››› more
On Tuesday, the World Bank announced it cut South Africa's economic growth forecast to 0.8% in 2016. Followed by the words, “The economy is flirting with stagnation if not recession”.
What's more is, the World Bank's economic outlook for South Africa is in line with the IMF's - which estimates economic growth rate to reach 0.7%.
The bottom line is your investments are at risk.
So, if ... ››› more
Investing in the stock market provides you with a way to grow your wealth over the years. But investing comes with risks.
So what can you do to minimise the risks you take on when you invest?
Read on to find out…
The basis of a great investment strategy
For your investments to perform well over the long-term, you need to build up a core holding of great stocks in your port... ››› more
If you could time a stock market bottom to perfection, you'd make a lot of money buying shares just before prices recover.
But it's not as easy as that. The stock market can always fall further than you think.
So if the stock market is falling, when should you start to think about buying?
Read on to find out…
Buying shares when the stock market is down
Buying shares whe... ››› more
One popular and successful investment strategy is momentum investing. This involves investing in shares that are soaring in value, making the most of the current trend.
Yet there are some investors who take the opposite approach to investing. This involves investing in shares that have dropped greatly in value and buying bonds downgraded to junk status.
So is this fallen angels' investment s... ››› more
The type of investment strategy best suited to you comes down a lot to the risk that you're comfortable taking on.
If you're prepared to take on risk, you have the chance of making better returns, but the chances are higher you're going to lose money.
If you're looking for a more high-risk investment strategy, here's one to consider…
How the Bonkers portfolio works
The Bon... ››› more
There are a whole host of different investment strategies to try out. Over recent years, factor investing has grown in popularity.
Factor investing involves picking stocks using different metrics such as value and momentum.
So which factor investment strategies perform the best?
Let's take a closer look…
What is factor investing?
The basis of factor investing comes down... ››› more
Investing is all about making money with the cash you put to work in shares. When weighing up a new investment opportunity, you want to know how hard your money is going to work for you.
One way to do this is to look at return on equity. You can then use the percentage you get from this calculation to compare with other investment prospects, allowing you to make a more informed decision.
So ... ››› more
Let's face it, investing has always been something for the richest 2%.
The minimum for opening share trading accounts at many stockbrokers is R10,000. Then there's the rule I've always stuck by, don't invest less than R5,000 in a single share…
That's all because of minimum brokerage costs. Whether you buy R50 or R5,000 of shares your transaction cost will amount to around R100. So only onc... ››› more
It's easy to see why many investors don't like cash.
It earns poor returns in the bank. Putting your cash to work in investments means it's actually doing something for you.
But this shouldn't deter you from holding cash. In fact, it reduces your risk…
When it makes sense to hold cash
Holding cash instead of investing it makes perfect sense when stocks are expensive. When there s... ››› more
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