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  • Searching for a great investment opportunity? Look for these four characteristics…
  • Whether you're investing in penny stocks or large-caps, you want to find the best opportunities on the stock market to put your cash to work in. So what should you look at to help you determine the best stocks to invest in? Read on to find out… Four indicators of a great investment It’s vital you take time to research where to invest your money. You want to find an investment th... ››› more
  • [01 October 2015]
  • Can you use the Vix to predict a stock market crash?
  • The Vix is a well-known measure of volatility of the stocks on the S&P 500. Many refer to it as the fear gauge. During times of market turmoil, the index tends to rise in value. So what exactly is the Vix? And can you use it to help you with your investing decisions? Let's take a closer look… What is the Vix? The Vix reflects the volatility of S&P 500 Index options traded on th... ››› more
  • [28 September 2015]
  • What you can learn from Donald Trump about investing
  • You're no doubt familiar with Donald Trump, even if it's just watching him in The Apprentice. In a book he wrote ten years ago, Trump details how to invest wisely, how to run a successful business and earn more money, plus a lot more. So what is Trump's investment advice? Let's take a closer look… Investing tips from Donald Trump Whilst the book’s main focus is making money i... ››› more
  • [23 September 2015]
  • How to benefit from the success of the stock market giants without buying one
  • If you look at the largest companies in the world, you'll find the likes of Apple, Microsoft, Google and Johnson & Johnson. But to invest in stocks like this, you're fighting for them at high prices. So is there a way to benefit from their rise and dominance in the market without buying their shares? Read on to find out… An investment strategy that focuses on satellite stocks S... ››› more
  • [21 September 2015]
  • Three risks facing your investments and how to deal with them
  • The last few weeks have seen extreme volatility on global markets. It's been hard work for both investors and traders to cope with what's been going on. The Volatility Index hit levels not seen in six years. So what are the risks facing your portfolio at the moment? And how can you deal with them? Read on to find out… Investment risk #1: China In June, the Chinese stock market ... ››› more
  • [18 September 2015]
  • Don't let panic get the better of you and your investments… Here's how
  • Panic on the stock market is a horrible feeling that hits investors. It leads them to make irrational decisions about their investments, usually with dire consequences. To deal with this type of panic, you need to understand it. And you need to have a strategy to cope with it. Read on to find out more… There are two types of panic that hit investors Panic type 1 This type of pani... ››› more
  • [17 September 2015]
  • Your three-step action plan for successful investing
  • When the markets seesaw up and down like they have been of late, it makes many investors nervous. Will the market just keep falling? The first thing that's important to realise is you can't forecast what's going to happen in the markets. No-one can. But what you can do is take steps to prepare for what could lie ahead. This means following a simple investment strategy that removes your e... ››› more
  • [15 September 2015]
  • How to get the balance right with stocks
  • Diversification is a well-known way of reducing your overall investment risk. By spreading your investments across different asset classes you reduce risk, but spread too much and your returns will suffer. So how can you get the balance right in your stock portfolio? Read on to find out… The goal of diversification Diversifying your portfolio is a commonly used investment stra... ››› more
  • [14 September 2015]
  • How to handle large losses in your investment portfolio
  • If you've got a portfolio heavy with losses, there are a number of reasons why this has happened. So what are the reasons behind big losses in your portfolio? And how can you sort your portfolio out so this doesn't happen in the future? Read on to find out more… The reasons for large losses in your investment portfolio There are a number of reasons why you may be carrying about la... ››› more
  • [11 September 2015]
  • How to manage your investment portfolio through rocky stock market times
  • Global stock markets have been on a rough ride over the last few weeks, seesawing up and down. The Johannesburg Stock Exchange has also been extremely volatile. So how can you manage your portfolio to deal with these rough stock market movements? Read on to find out… Dealing with the stock market’s moves When the stock market is veering about all over the place, it can make y... ››› more
  • [10 September 2015]
  • Five ways to put pairs trading to work
  • Pairs trading involves putting on a long trade and a short trade simultaneously. The idea behind this strategy is that you're in a better position to profit by taking a market neutral position. As long as the asset you buy does better than the asset you short, you're going to be in a money making position. So how can you use pairs trading? Let's take a closer look at five different wa... ››› more
  • [10 September 2015]
  • Why you shouldn't let volatility stand in your way of making money investing in shares
  • Stop losses are a great strategy to use. They prevent you from suffering a catastrophic loss with one or more shares. The key to using stop losses is to stick to them. Over the long run, you should benefit from cutting the losers out of your portfolio. But when stock market volatility hits and a number of your shares hit their stop losses, it can be disheartening. But don't let it… ... ››› more
  • [09 September 2015]
  • How does the dividend discount model measure up to value a stock?
  • When it comes to financial ratios, the PE (price earnings) ratio is one of the most widely used. The PE ratio gives you a way of valuing a stock in a simple way. Companies that are growing at a slow rate or have erratic profits should trade at a low PE ratio. Whilst companies that are growing quickly should trade at a higher PE ratio. So what about other commonly used methods such as the div... ››› more
  • [07 September 2015]
  • How you can spot the next company going bust on the JSE…
  • In September 2014 I warned investors against Highveld Steel, I told them I expected the company to go bust. Back then Highveld Steel shares traded at 555c, down from an all-time high of R188.75 a share! Then on 14 April 2015 the company announced it would go into business rescue proceedings. At the same time I told investors to watch out for Firestone Energy. And since then Firestone's... ››› more
  • [03 September 2015]

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