The producer price index, non-farm payrolls, new housing starts, gross domestic product….
The list of economic indicators released monthly is massive.
The South African Reserve Bank alone releases a four-page report with more than 110 different economic indicators each month. That's not even considering international indicators.
So, which of these indicators should you keep an eye on, a... ››› more
Let me make one thing very clear: Being a good stock picker is never enough.
EVERY new investor I speak to believes you only need a couple of hot tips to make money on the stock market. I wish it were so. But sadly not.
If you want to be a successful investor, you've got to do more than just f ind stocks that are likely to go up. You've also got to figure out how much to invest in them. You'... ››› more
Looking at the performance of stock markets over the long-term shows that they tend to trend upwards. Of course, there are times when the market or particular shares fall.
Buying into stocks is the most obvious way of making money from the rise of the stock market, but there are opportunities to profit when the market falls too.
To make the most of the stock market trends you need to underst... ››› more
Investing isn't easy. You need to research the stocks you want to buy and try to work out what lies ahead for the industry, plus a number of other aspects.
Regardless of how good your research is, you'll still invest in losing stocks.
So how can you limit the number of losing stocks you buy and increase your chances of backing a winner?
Read on to find out…
How to know when to inv... ››› more
In South Africa, penny stocks are shares that tend to trade on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange for less than R10.
Penny stocks have the potential to make you a lot of money, but they do come with their risks due to their size.
There are generally two types of penny stocks: Small, young companies with the potential for enormous growth and companies that have low share prices.
Let's take a... ››› more
Statistics show that small-caps, in other words penny stocks, outperform over the long-term.
That's a historic fact.
But the key to investing in penny stocks is understanding that this performance comes in fits and starts.
So when should you invest in penny stocks and when should you avoid them?
Let's take a closer look…
The secret to making money investing in penny stocks
W... ››› more
You may be surprised to learn that there's a surprising correlation between the cash that Warren Buffett holds in his company Berkshire Hathaway and the performance of the stock market.
This correlation reveals one of the top reasons why Warren Buffett is one of the world's most successful investors.
So what is this investment strategy?
Read on to find out…
Warren Buffett and the ... ››› more
Any decision you make when it comes to your investments should follow a clear plan. Unfortunately the vast majority of investors make investment decisions without a plan. They just do it, with no or little methodology behind their decision. But if you can apply a clear plan to your investments and stick to it, you're in a far better position to profit. Let's take a look at how to achieve this…
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The whole mining sector in South Africa has taken a knock. Mining companies are taking strain and gold mines in particular have been in real turmoil.
But that doesn't mean there aren't gains to make.
It all comes down to making the right decisions about what to invest in and when to invest in it.
But you have to be smart, and you also have to break away from the pack...
By following ... ››› more
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