On the face of it, investing in shares should be easy. You just need to find undervalued shares and wait for them to rise in price.
Numerous studies over the years have shown that following an investment strategy of buying shares for less than they're worth is beneficial. It's just a case of waiting and being patient.
Value investing should beat the market's performance over the long-term.
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So you invest your own money, pick your own shares? And to do so you read as much as possible? You frequent Moneyweb, Fin24, Mining.com, Mining weekly etc.
Chances are you could be damaging your investment portfolio by being this ‘well informed'!
If you read the news this past month your portfolio composition would’ve changed FOUR times
Yep – one of the news sites I fr... ››› more
When it comes to hunting down good companies to invest in, what sort of investment strategy should you follow?
Should you be delving through reams of accounts, calculating key ratios and examining profits? Or is there another way to seek out the best companies for your money?
Some analysts believe that finding a good company to invest in should start from the top. In other words, look at the... ››› more
The overriding reason why investors buy shares in companies is to make money. You want to select the best stocks you can to increase the chance of making money over time.
There are a huge number of factors which investors focus on when looking for shares to invest in.
But there's one factor that you need to look at thoroughly. And that's the management at the helm. They're crucial to the su... ››› more
No investor buys a share thinking that it's not going to perform. You buy a share hoping that it's going to keep increasing in price, making you richer in the process.
But as every investor knows, this isn't the case.
So when should you sell a share that's not performing? You might want to hold on, just in case the share recovers.
Read on to uncover more about selling dud shares…
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Robert Kirby was a money manager whose career spanned the second half of the 20th century. Throughout his working life, he wrote a lot about investing.
One of Kirby's best concepts was the ‘coffee can' portfolio. He first published the idea in 1984 in The Journal of Portfolio Management.
Let's take a closer look at Kirby's ‘coffee can' portfolio and how you can apply it to your investmen... ››› more
The bull market is marching on even though the market has been a bit more volatile of late.
So if you have cash to invest, where should you put it?
Let's take a closer look…
Look to large-cap shares
There are always opportunities to make money on the stock market if you’re prepared to do some digging.
You might think that as stocks continue to rise, the chance to make money ... ››› more
Investing on the stock market is risky. But it's the risk that makes people invest. Without taking on risk, there's no chance of a potential reward.
So what can you do to minimise the risks you take on?
There are some easy-to-apply techniques to follow that can lower your chance of losses. And they can boost the potential profits you can make from your investments too.
Read on to find ou... ››› more
Have you ever wondered how emerging markets, like South Africa, compare to the performance of developed markets like the UK and the US?
If you look at the last ten years, emerging markets have been the place for your money to be. The performance of these markets has comfortably beaten their developed counterparts.
So what does the future hold? Are emerging markets set to continue to perform?... ››› more
If you have money to invest and a long-term investment window, where should you put your money?
The stock market has had a marvellous run. This may leave you a bit worried about sinking money in just in case a correction comes along.
So where looks cheap at the moment? There is one area that could turnaround and reward the contrarian investor.
Let's take a closer look at this opportunity... ››› more
Risk management is a vital part of investing and trading. If you have discipline and stick to the risk management strategies you have in place, your portfolio will perform better.
Take stop losses for instance. It's easy to set a stop loss when you buy shares, but it's another thing when it comes to sticking to them. You might want to hold on just that little bit longer just in case the share p... ››› more
Many investors spend their investment career battling against the market. This leaves them taking on too much risk and not reaping the rewards.
You buy into a share. The share price plummets, but you hold on and in the process lose money.
Or you buy into a share. The share price rockets, but you sell out quickly to grab profits when there's still a lot more to come.
So how can you ensure ... ››› more
You've probably heard before that trying to time the market is a mug's game. It's very difficult to do so you shouldn't bother.
Timing the market is difficult, but that doesn't mean you should ignore it.
If you try to predict every market move, chances are you'll just waste money putting on trades. But when there are big moves in the market, timing your trades right can make a huge differenc... ››› more
These days, financial results can span hundreds of pages. The sheer size of company accounts can put some investors off having a read through.
But these results are worth their weight in gold. They can tell you so much about what's going on in a company. And what could be in store for a company.
There are particular areas of the accounts that you should hone in on.
Read on to uncover thre... ››› more
Any investor who adheres to fundamental analysis will tell you that your research should hone in on a company's accounts. But it's surprising how many investors who don't spend the time going through them.
You'll be amazed at what you can discover in them. And if you know what to look for, you can spot problems before they materialise in the share price.
This is great to know if you own sha... ››› more
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