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  • Introduction to forex trading: What you need to know to get started
  • If you're completely new to trading or already trade stocks, the forex market may appeal. The largest financial market in the world trades 24 hours a day, five days a week. And it offers traders plenty of profit opportunities. If you're interested in giving forex trading a go, you'll need to know more about how it works… The basics of forex trading Forex trading involves trading ... ››› more
  • [24 August 2015]
  • Forex indicators: Why you must keep an eye on economic indicators when trading forex
  • Many forex traders use technical analysis with much success to find trades. But you can't ignore the impact of economic data and news on currencies. So what impact can economic announcements have on your forex trades? And what economic data and news should you watch out for? Let's take a closer look… Why you need to know about economic indicators when trading forex There are a nu... ››› more
  • [05 August 2015]
  • Prepare for cheaper fuel at the pumps tomorrow
  • From midnight, a fall in the price of petrol will offset the hike seen at the beginning of July. International oil prices have helped to lower the cost of petrol in spite of the rand's weakening trend. Let's take a closer look at what's going on… The petrol price is falling more than forecast Two weeks ago, data released by the Central Energy Fund suggested that a petrol price dro... ››› more
  • [04 August 2015]
  • Why you should use charts to trade
  • Many traders rely on charts when they trade. Charts reveal a lot about what's going on with the price of a share, currency, commodity or other asset you're trading. Yet there are still some traders who trade using fundamentals like economic indicators. So should you give charts a go? Read on to find out… Why use charts as part of your trading arsenal? Most traders tend to us... ››› more
  • [02 July 2015]
  • The rand slides as poor domestic data take its toll
  • Yesterday, the rand shed more than 1% after the release of two critical economic indicators. Domestic economic growth figures disappointed. And unemployment figures showed a stark rise. Not helping the local unit was a stronger dollar, which benefited from a positive durable goods report. Let's take a closer look at what's going on… The rand slips well past R12 to the dollar Th... ››› more
  • [27 May 2015]
  • South Africa ranks third in the world's misery index for 2015
  • On Monday, Bloomberg released its misery index for 2015. Ranking third in the index is South Africa. So why does SA rank so highly in the index? And what other countries are at the top of the list? Let's take a closer look… South Africa ranks behind Venezuela and Argentina in the misery index Bloomberg Business’ so-called misery index looks at some key economic indicators in ... ››› more
  • [04 March 2015]
  • Why you need to pay attention to interest rates and inflation when you trade forex
  • If you opt to trade forex, technical analysis is great at helping you find potential trades. This is thanks to the general long-term trends that the forex market follows. But you also need to bear in mind key economic events and data. Choose to ignore these at crucial times and a trade could turn against you. One of the most important aspects is interest rates and inflation in specific count... ››› more
  • [10 December 2014]
  • Business confidence falls to its worst level in 15-years
  • Earlier today, the South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SACCI) released its business confidence index (BCI) for last month. The data showed that it dropped to its lowest level since October 1999. So why did the index fall? Let's take a closer look… BCI came in at 88.8 for the month Business confidence dropped to “88.8 in October,” reports Fin24. That’s down fro... ››› more
  • [05 November 2014]
  • Marcus tries to quell worries of a recession
  • Yesterday, the governor of the Reserve Bank, Gill Marcus, said she didn't believe South Africa was heading for a recession, despite a whole host of poor economic indicators. The new finance minister was also quick to reassure today. Let's take a closer look… Economic indicators would have to be a lot worse to indicate a recession Ms Marcus said that there would “have to be a very dramatic ... ››› more
  • [04 June 2014]
  • Rising house prices go against other economic indicators
  • Yesterday, property sector strategist at FNB, John Loos, said that house prices continue to rise. This is in spite of other economic factors showing the economy is under strain. Let's take a closer look at what FNB's report revealed… The average house price rose 8.1% in May FNB says the average price of a house in South Africa “rose 8.1% year-on-year,” last month, says the SABC. This is ... ››› more
  • [03 June 2014]
  • It's copper's time to shine, here's how you can ride it up 47.5%!
  • Copper is still the most widely used metal in the world, and is one of South Africa's biggest economic indicators. You can find it in construction, cooking ware, cars, medical equipment you name it! I was going through my charts yesterday, and I saw a screaming buy! In fact, this profit opportunity is one that you don't want to miss. And looking at the charts, I see that this every d... ››› more
  • [14 May 2014]
  • Economic forecast for South Africa in 2014
  • Now that we are at the onset of the New Year, let's take a look at what we can expect for the country over the next twelve months in terms of major economic indicators to watch and the pressing political matters at hand. As far as politics go (and notwithstanding the recent booing at Nelson Mandela’s memorial service), Jacob Zuma is poised for re-election in the 2014 elections.    ... ››› more
  • [02 January 2014]
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