There are many widely available tools, tricks and techniques that will help you spot good businesses that are likely to increase in value.
But do you know how to spot companies that are going bust?
Well if there's one person who does, it's Scott Fearon.
An extremely successful money manager, Scott Fearon has shorted more than 200 companies that eventually ended up at zero. And spotting th... ››› more
I've experienced a few occasions where I believed I was investing in the right company at the right time... Only to see its share price plummet.
But as an investor sometimes you'll lose out - that's a big part of the experience. But the most important part is how you learn from these mistakes. That's why I look for these three indicators that tell me when a share is about to plummet.
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The biotech (or biotechnology) sector has been in a strong bull market for the past five years. But just because this sector has run strongly, it doesn't mean it's going to stop now.
In fact, it looks set for further gains.
So why is the biotech sector doing so well? And how can you profit from its move higher?
Read on to find out…
The world’s biggest biotech sector
If you wa... ››› more
Investing offshore can benefit your investment portfolio by boosting returns and adding much needed diversification.
But you can't blindly approach investing offshore.
Before investing a cent, you need to do your due diligence. By doing this, you'll reduce the chance of making an investment mistake you'll live to regret.
Read on to find out what to look for…
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Cash is the lifeblood of a company. Without cash coming in the door, a company can't survive, let alone thrive.
A business can take short-term measures to cover shortfalls in cash, such as sell assets and issue new shares, but it can't keep this up over the long-term.
The best way for you as an investor to check what's going on is to put together a sources and uses statement.
So how can y... ››› more
One sign of a company worth investing in for its dividend payments is when it can consistently raise these over the years.
But this doesn't necessarily mean that all is well within the company. Even from the outside if a company's looking good, you need to do some digging around before committing your cash to investing.
One prime example of this is UK supermarket giant Tesco. The supermarket... ››› more
If you're an income investor, the last thing you want is to invest in a company for its dividend and for the company to cut it.
Even if you're not investing solely for a company's dividend it can be worthwhile finding out more. When a company regularly pays a dividend then cuts it or withholds it, chances are the share price will fall as a result.
So what can you look at when it comes to che... ››› more
If you want to trade, you have a wide variety of different instruments at your disposal. You can trade single stock futures and contracts for difference for example. But what about forex trading? Forex trading can actually be less risky than trading instruments like single stock futures. Read on to find out why…
Foreign exchange, or forex, is a market that barely sleeps, Timon Rossolimos in Fo... ››› more
For weeks the market has been heading steadily higher. And the start of last week was no different.
In fact, our market reached an all-time high by the middle of the week.
And if you've been sitting long in your trading positions, then you've likely been enjoying the ride.
But three positive data figures out last week signal that now's the time for you to start trading smaller… Now's t... ››› more
Establishing a good relationship with your broker can pay off. Having someone in the know that you can rely on may help you make better decisions. Read on to find out the value of establishing a relationship with your stockbroker…
Imagine you’ve spent hours (or days) investigating a certain share, Gareth Stokes explains in Fear, Greed and the Stock Market.
You’re 100% sure the company i... ››› more
Technical analysis is a form of share analysis that makes many traders healthy profits and it could work for you. But if you're using it to select shares to invest in you need to be aware of some of the dangers associated with this method so you don't needlessly lose money…
Technical analysis is the study of market activity, historic prices and trading volumes in an attempt to estimate future ... ››› more
It's a sad fact that investment scams are rapidly on the increase. They dupe investors into parting with their hard earned cash with the promise of amazing returns, only never to see their money again. Look out for these six warning signs to ensure you stay ‘safe' in the investment world…
In the US and Europe, gullible investors pump millions of dollars every year into dubious financial sche... ››› more
Once you're all set to get investing, don't let your excitement get the better of you. You could make some very expensive mistakes. Here's how you can avoid investment scams…
The world of investment and finance is an exciting place to be, but unfortunately some ‘undesirables’ lurk about. And they’re always on the look out to scam an unsuspecting investor.
Three warning sign of an inve... ››› more
It's important that you stay on top of the contents of your investment portfolio and maintain it to ensure that any laggards in your portfolio are whittled out. Here's how to spot the ‘red flags' that indicate some shares in your portfolio need to be turfed out…
To prevent yourself from holding onto dud shares, you need to cull the laggards and only hold winners.
That’s easier said than... ››› more
Many investors rely heavily on a company's PE ratio before making a decision to invest in a company. This one number can highlight a potential winner, but if used wrongly, this share ratio analysis can lead to investing disaster. That's why before you buy your next share, you need to know how to recognise PE warning signs. Read on to discover four pitfalls of the PE ratio…
The PE ratio tells y... ››› more
Investment scams are rapidly on the increase and you need to guard yourself against these all the time. In fact “gullible investors pump a lot of money every year into dubious financial schemes, often based offshore, only to discover later they've been had,” says The South African Investor. Read on to discover six warning signs you should look out for to avoid falling into the trap of investme... ››› more
The stockbroker is your entry point to the market. As a private investor, you'll have to open a stockbroking account to trade shares. But to ensure you avoid any huddles, read on to discover why forging a good relationship with your stockbroker is important towards your investment success…
“There are two important things to remember when dealing with your stockbroker,” says Gareth Stokes ... ››› more
You've probably heard the expression ‘fools rush in'. This expression is usually used to refer to the actions of the young and in love to define how their rational thought process is overruled by emotion. Well, “the same can be said of the gullible investor's reaction to an obvious investment scam,” warns Gareth Stokes in Fear, Greed and the Stock Market. Here's how you can steer clear of co... ››› more
Scams are rapidly on the increase and you need to guard yourself against these all the time. In fact “gullible investors pump a lot of money every year into dubious financial schemes, often based offshore, only to discover later they've been had,” says The South African Investor. Read on to discover the warning signs you should look out for to avoid falling into the trap of investment scams.
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Ponzi schemes are in the headlines again! Today, Chris Walker, sole owner of Net Income Solutions (trading as Defencex), is set to finally defend his alleged Ponzi scheme. But there are doubts that Walker will even show up. While we wait to find out what will happen, use this time to safeguard your investments against Ponzi and pyramid schemes by checking for the three clear signs that you're abou... ››› more
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