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  • How you can use currency indices with your forex trading
  • With forex trading, you're concerned about the movement of a currency pair. Through your research, you may have noticed that there are currency indices. So what role do currency indices play with forex trading? Let's take a closer look… What are currency indices?   Currency indices show you the performance of one specific currency in relation to a number of other currencies.... ››› more
  • [17 November 2015]
  • How to use timeframes to get the most out of your trades
  • When you're looking for trades, the timeframes you use on charts makes a big difference. It all depends on the type of trader you are. If you want to be in and out trades within hours, smaller timeframes are for you. If you want to be in trades for longer, then higher timeframes will suit you better. Let's look at using timeframes with a trade… How to use timeframes when trading ... ››› more
  • [16 November 2015]
  • Trading calendar 16 to 20 November 2015
  • Here is this week's trading calendar with the important data releases and announcements you need to know about. On the calendar below, yellow highlights the most important announcements. These releases have the biggest potential to move the market and stop you out of trades… Traders should keep an eye on:   Monday’s gross domestic product data out of Japan; Tuesday... ››› more
  • [16 November 2015]
  • The rand continues to weaken hitting new record lows
  • Since the US Labour Department released its jobs data on Friday, the rand has been weakening rapidly against major currencies. The rand is now trading in unchartered territories as it trades at levels unseen before. Let's take a closer look at what's going on… The rand is still reeling following good US jobs data   The rand kicked off the week still digesting news of “soli... ››› more
  • [10 November 2015]
  • About the ETN: Standard Bank Oil ETN [JSE:SBAOIL]
  • Standard Bank Oil exchange traded note (ETN) tracks the performance of the West Texas Intermediate oil price in dollars per barrel. The ETN has a listing on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange… Full name: Standard Bank Oil ETN Short name: SBOIL Ticker: SBAOIL Sector: JSE listed notes   Five top facts about Standard Bank Oil ETN   Fact #1: ETNs are debt instrum... ››› more
  • [06 November 2015]
  • The rand takes a knock on the prospect of a US interest rate hike next month
  • This week, the rand has continued to weaken. A stronger dollar is putting hefty pressure on the local currency. Not helping matters was US Federal Reserve chairwoman Janet Yellen's comments last night about the likelihood of an interest rate hike in the world's largest economy next month. So why is this such bad news for the rand? Let's take a closer look… The dollar’s strength ... ››› more
  • [05 November 2015]
  • Why interest rate cuts in China could be good news for you
  • The Chinese central bank, the People's Bank of China, just cut interest rates again. Whilst on the negative side it shows that the country's economy is struggling, it could be good news for investors. So why is an interest rate cut a positive? Read on to find out… What happens in China when interest rates fall?   Looking over the past two decades, when China cuts interest ra... ››› more
  • [04 November 2015]
  • Forex trading for beginners: An introduction to pips
  • Forex trading involves the trading of currencies. The currency market is the largest financial market in the world. It trades 24 hours a day, five days a week. And it's the most liquid market you can trade. If you want to start trading forex, you need to get to grips with the basics. When it comes to making and losing money in the forex market, it all comes down to pips. So what are pi... ››› more
  • [19 March 2015]
  • The rand rallies after the Fed's statement about interest rates
  • Last night, the rand managed to strengthen back under R12.00/$. This came following the release of the Federal Reserve's policy statement. Over the past few months, speculation has been growing as to when the US central bank will start hiking interest rates. This has seen investors turning to the dollar, causing it to strengthen strongly. But this morning, the rand has given up some of last ... ››› more
  • [19 March 2015]
  • Gearing uncovered: How single stock futures can boost your profits
  • Some investors may use single stock futures as a way of hedging their portfolio. By shorting shares they hold long positions in, they can offset losses. But the main reason behind most investors using single stock futures is the gearing they offer. By trading single stock futures, you can potentially make quick, substantial profits. Let's take a closer look at how this works… How gea... ››› more
  • [12 March 2015]
  • A strong dollar puts pressure on the oil price
  • After staging a bit of a recovery this year, the oil price has dipped back below $60 a barrel again. On Friday, the US released its non-farm payrolls data. The figures came in much better than forecast and this spurred the dollar stronger, denting oil's gains. Let's take a closer look at what's going on… The oil price has ebbed lower over the past week This morning, “Brent crude... ››› more
  • [09 March 2015]
  • Palladium is looking set to take off… Here's why and how you can play it
  • Palladium is one of the platinum group metals. South Africa is the world's second top producer of the precious metal, falling closely behind Russia. After hitting a high last year, the price of palladium has fallen. But a change could be on the cards for the metal. Let's take a closer look at what's going on... The demand for palladium is rising After hitting a high of over $900 an ... ››› more
  • [03 March 2015]
  • Motorists prepare for a hefty petrol price hike on Wednesday
  • Recently, motorists have looked forward to the first Wednesday of the month when the new fuel price comes into effect. For months, it's been trending downwards. But change is afoot this week. On Wednesday, motorists will have to cough up significantly more for a litre of petrol or diesel. And motorists have further hikes to prepare themselves for in the months ahead. So how much more ... ››› more
  • [02 March 2015]
  • The rand continues to digest the budget before the release of trade data later today
  • The rand had been quite volatile in the run up to the finance minister's budget speech on Wednesday. But since Nhlanhla Nene revealed his first annual budget, the rand has found some strength. It hasn't managed to hold onto all the gains it made, but it has settled at a stronger level than earlier in the week. Now traders are waiting for the release of trade data this afternoon. Let's tak... ››› more
  • [27 February 2015]
  • Four ways to trade shares
  • If you've decided that you want to give trading shares a go, you have a number of options open to you. These options all vary slightly and the level of risk that you take on also varies. But they all offer you a way to gain leverage and potentially multiply your profits. So what instruments can you use to trade shares? Read on to find out… In South Africa, there are four options to pi... ››› more
  • [26 February 2015]
  • What today's budget means for you
  • Earlier today, finance minister Nhlanhla Nene gave his first full budget speech. So what impact will today's budget have on you and your pocket? Let's take a closer look… The fuel price will rise 80.5c thanks to levy hikes Over recent months, motorists have benefitted from the falling oil price. This has resulted in significant cuts to the fuel price. But the finance minister took... ››› more
  • [25 February 2015]
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