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  • If a bear market returns, are you ready? Here are five things you can do now to prepare
  • Of course, no-one knows when the next bear market will rear its head. The Johannesburg Stock Exchange has been in a general upward trend, but has dipped lately. So if the bears return, what can you do to prepare? Read on to find out… How to prepare for the next bear market If you’re worried that a bear market is just around the corner, you might be tempted to bail out of sto... ››› more
  • [29 September 2014]
  • Why you can't beat diversification to lower your investment risk
  • A whole host of different companies, large and small, make up the Johannesburg Stock Exchange. A lot of investors put the associated risk of investing in a company down to its size. But just because a company is large doesn't mean that it comes with no risk. So what's your best bet to reduce your overall investment risk? Let's take a closer look… The link between company size and... ››› more
  • [26 September 2014]
  • Why you should ditch earnings and focus on cash flow when you value shares
  • When it comes to valuing companies, the most common ratio to use is the price earning (PE) ratio. To calculate the PE ratio, you divide the current share price by earnings. But there are several reasons why relying on earnings for this calculation are flawed. Cash flow is a much more reliable figure to concentrate on. Let's take a closer look at how to use cash flows to value shares… ... ››› more
  • [18 September 2014]
  • An investment strategy that can boost your returns without increasing your risk
  • When it comes to investing for the long-term, you don't want to take on huge amounts of risk to increase your returns. Yet there is a way you can increase your returns without taking on extra risk. So how can you do it? Read on to find out… An investment strategy that can pay off over the years The idea behind this investment strategy is simple. You need to focus on investing... ››› more
  • [17 September 2014]
  • Four keys to investment success
  • Investing is not for everyone. You need to have a strong dose of risk tolerance to become a successful investor. Before you start investing, you need to understand the basic principles of investment success. Here are four steps to reach investment success.   1. Determine your investment goals   Assess your current financial situation and determine how much you can afford to invest. Set... ››› more
  • [16 September 2014]
  • Investment strategy uncovered: Is it worth bothering about rand cost averaging?
  • Rand cost averaging (or drip feeding) involves investing a fixed amount of money into the stock market on a monthly basis. The idea behind rand cost averaging is it benefits those investors who don't have a lump sum to invest by slowly building their holdings. An additional advantage is you invest regardless of what the stock market is doing. This means you benefit by buying more when prices... ››› more
  • [16 September 2014]
  • Should you consider rand cost averaging as part of your investment strategy?
  • When it comes to investing on the stock market, there are a number of different strategies you can follow. One popular way, especially if you don't have a lump sum to invest, is to invest a fixed amount of money on a monthly basis into a savings plan. This is known as rand cost averaging or drip feeding. So is it an investment strategy worth following? The advantages of rand cost av... ››› more
  • [15 September 2014]
  • How rebalancing can benefit your investment portfolio
  • When it comes to successful investing, you need to have a plan on how you're going to stay in the markets. To do this effectively, one of the best ways to do it is to have a structured portfolio and regularly rebalance it. Let's take a closer look at how this works and how it benefits your portfolio… How to structure your investment portfolio There are a number of ways you can str... ››› more
  • [12 September 2014]
  • Three steps to help you make profitable investments
  • There are a number of things you can do to improve your chances of investing success. Firstly whether an investment is a winner or a loser, you should evaluate them. By doing this methodically, you can see what you can change to do it better next time. You'll tend to find that you learn the most from your losing investments. What you learn will help you become a better investor. Read on t... ››› more
  • [11 September 2014]
  • Two ways to add some resilience to your portfolio
  • Since the financial crisis struck in 2008, the equity markets have since benefitted from the extra money that governments pumped into their economies to keep them afloat. With countries like the US pulling back on this, the question now lies is will the markets continue to rise? If things start to get a bit shaky, you want to ensure that your portfolio has some resilience against this. Le... ››› more
  • [08 September 2014]

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