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  • Want to find out more about a unit trust? Make sure you check out its fact sheet…
  • If you want to invest in unit trusts, you'll soon find out that there are a large number out there to consider. So where should you look to find out everything you need to know about a specific unit trust? You need to look at its fact sheet…   What is a unit trust’s fact sheet?   All unit trusts have a fact sheet. As well as for unit trusts, you’ll also find fact sheet... ››› more
  • [30 November 2015]
  • An early Christmas present: The closest trading prediction indictor you'll ever get!
  • Every indicator and price chart you use, is based on one thing. Past data. This can be a major problem when you trade. Go to any chart. You'll see with every uptrend and downtrend on a chart, there is some kind of reversal point. The point where the trend is exhausted, which will now move in the opposite direction. And no matter what you use, Stochastics, candlesticks, RSI, moving average... ››› more
  • [26 November 2015]
  • What impact ISIS could have on global stock markets
  • The Islamic State (ISIS) group has committed a number of attacks over the past few weeks. This includes the downing of a Russian passenger plane, the attacks in Paris and suicide bombings in Beirut. Many countries across the world are on high alert as worries grow over where the group could strike next. So what impact could ISIS have on the stock markets? Let's take a closer look…  ... ››› more
  • [25 November 2015]
  • How to weigh up deciding between actively managed and passively managed unit trusts
  • Not all unit trusts are managed the same. The fund manager either actively manages the unit trust to try to beat its benchmark or passively manages the unit trust aiming to track the performance of its benchmark. As an investor, there are a few things you need to consider before deciding which unit trust management is for you… The downside of actively managed unit trusts   Fund... ››› more
  • [19 November 2015]
  • About the company: Mpact Ltd [JSE:MPT]
  • Mpact, formally Mondi Packaging South Africa, is one of the largest packaging companies in southern Africa. The company has a listing on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange… Full name: Mpact Limited Short name: Mpact Ticker: MPT Sector: Industrial goods & services – general industries Five top facts about Mpact Fact #1: Mpact employs around 4,100 people across its paper and plastic... ››› more
  • [19 November 2015]
  • If you want to give factor investing a go, here are the best strategies…
  • There are a whole host of different investment strategies to try out. Over recent years, factor investing has grown in popularity. Factor investing involves picking stocks using different metrics such as value and momentum. So which factor investment strategies perform the best? Let's take a closer look… What is factor investing?   The basis of factor investing comes down... ››› more
  • [10 November 2015]
  • The three core factors that make for a fantastic investment
  • Over the decades, analysts the world over have searched for what makes a great stock and why certain stocks outperform. Whilst certain types of stocks may have been flagged up over the years as outperformers, research shows it boils down to three factors. So what are these three factors? Read on to find out… Find shares possessing these three factors   From all the resear... ››› more
  • [02 November 2015]
  • Don't make this mistake when you retire
  • One mistake you should avoid making when you retire is to give up your active income. Active income is money you earn through working or from a business you own. You shouldn't confuse it with passive income. This is money you receive from an annuity or pension. So why should you not give up your active income? Read on to find out more… The pitfalls of giving up your active income ... ››› more
  • [29 October 2015]
  • Why you should consider the impact of ETFs when investing in individual stocks
  • Exchange traded funds (ETFs) are passive funds that track particular indexes or assets. They've soared in popularity since their launch 25 years ago. With ETFs becoming increasingly popular, more money pours into the stocks making up these funds. So what does this mean for you as an investor? And what does it mean for your stock picking? Let's take a closer look… The impact of the... ››› more
  • [20 October 2015]
  • How you can trade precious metals using futures contracts
  • If you want to speculate on the price movements of precious metals such as gold, platinum and silver, one way to do it is to trade futures contracts. By using futures contracts on precious metals, you gain leverage on changes in their prices. So what exactly are precious metals futures contracts? And how can you trade them? Read on to find out… What are precious metals futures con... ››› more
  • [16 September 2015]
  • Four key differences between futures contracts and contracts for difference (CFDs)
  • If you're looking to trade shares, there are two main trading instruments traders tend to use: Single stock futures and contracts for difference. The main difference between these two trading instruments is the contract and this makes the way they work different. So what are these differences? Read on to find out… Definitions of single stock futures and CFDs The basis of single... ››› more
  • [15 September 2015]
  • Four key differences between CFDs and other trading instruments
  • CFDs (contracts for difference) are trading instruments that you can use to trade assets like shares, indices and currencies. You can also use trading instruments like single stock futures and spreads to trade shares and indices. So what makes CFDs different? Let's take a look… CFDs have no expiry date CFDs have no expiry date. This is unlike single stock futures and spread ... ››› more
  • [10 September 2015]
  • Weighing up the pros and cons of trading CFDs
  • If you're looking for a trading instrument, you have a number to choose from. One widely available instrument is contracts for difference (CFDs). So why should you consider trading CFDs? And what are the downsides of trading CFDs? Let's take a closer look… Four reasons to trade CFDs #1: Low costs to trade As you trade CFDs on margin, you don’t have to pay for the full value of ... ››› more
  • [08 September 2015]
  • Trading instruments uncovered: What is a CFD?
  • If you want to trade shares, commodities, indexes and currencies, you have a range of different trading instruments to pick from. One of these trading instrument is a contract for difference or CFD. So what exactly is a CFD? And what can you trade with CFDs? Read on to find out… The ins and outs of a CFD A CFD is a financial derivative. A financial derivative is a contract whic... ››› more
  • [01 September 2015]
  • GDP comes in far worse than expected signalling trouble for the SA economy
  • Earlier today, Stats SA released its gross domestic product (GDP) data for the second quarter of the year. The data surprised showing a sharp contraction despite economists expecting the economy to have grown during the three months. So what's to blame for the slump? Read on to find out more… The South African economy contracts 1.3% GDP data showed that the “economy contracte... ››› more
  • [25 August 2015]
  • Should you invest where activist investors do?
  • Recently there has been an increasing number of high profile campaigns taking place against a number of listed companies across the world. So what do they activist investors do? What impact do they have on a listed company? And should you invest in companies they attack? Read on to find out more… What are activist investors? Activist investors tend to be high net worth individual... ››› more
  • [20 August 2015]
  • Why the rand's plunge won't send inflation soaring
  • The rand has been on a downward trend this year. And over the past couple of weeks, the currency has been under even more pressure. So what's going on with the rand? And does a weaker rand mean much higher inflation and interest rates? Read on to find out… The rand is trading at 14 year lows The rand is currently sitting at levels not seen since 2001. The situation doesn’t look ... ››› more
  • [19 August 2015]
  • Why you need to join the fight against the Property Valuation Act
  • At the weekend, the Property Valuation Act of 2014 became law. This new law could have severe repercussions for you. It all comes down to the way the government will implement the law. It could leave you out of pocket and it could leave your homeless. And there won't be anything you can do about it. But you can take a stand against the Property Valuation Act. Read on to find out how…... ››› more
  • [06 August 2015]
  • Why high charges erode the benefits of tax-free savings accounts
  • In March this year, the National Treasury introduced tax-free savings accounts. The main reason behind the treasury introducing these accounts was to encourage South Africans to save, especially those on lower incomes. Saving is something many South Africans aren't good at. So what exactly are tax-free savings accounts? And what should you need to watch out for? Read on to find out… ... ››› more
  • [05 August 2015]
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