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  • The impact of inflation on the stock market
  • Whilst Europe and the UK face deflation, South Africa is contending once again with rising inflation. So what impact does inflation have on the stock market and shares? And what about the effect of hyperinflation on stocks? Read on to find out more… The two main effects of inflation on the stock market Inflation can impact the stock market in two main ways… The first i... ››› more
  • [03 August 2015]
  • Unit trusts uncovered: How to work out whether a manager is worth his fees
  • If you're investing in a managed fund, you want benchmark beating performance in return. Otherwise you'd be better off putting your cash into a passive fund, such as an exchange traded fund (ETF), and save yourself the management fees. So how can you work out if a manager is worth the fees he charges? Read on to find out… Four factors to weigh up a unit trust’s performance I... ››› more
  • [27 July 2015]
  • Investing 101: The characteristics of ordinary shares
  • If you want to start investing in shares, chances are you'll buy ordinary shares. Ordinary shares are the most common type of shares in circulation and make up the bulk, if not all, of most investor's share portfolios. So what exactly is an ordinary share? And what are the characteristics of this kind of share? Read on to find out… What are ordinary shares? When you invest in o... ››› more
  • [09 July 2015]
  • If you're looking for long-term performance, stick with passive funds
  • When investing in funds like unit trusts, you have two options. You can invest in a passively managed fund, which aims to track its underlying index. Or you can invest in an actively managed fund, where the fund manager strives to beat the underlying market. So which option is the best long-term investment for you? Read on to find out… How do actively managed funds perform? Ov... ››› more
  • [30 June 2015]
  • Don't ignore the impact of fees… Even 1% can have a significant effect on your returns
  • Unfortunately when you invest, you'll have to pay fees somewhere along the way. Whether it's to your stock broker or fund management company, fees are part and parcel of investing. The key is you need to minimise the fees you pay. This is because fees can have a major impact on your returns, especially over the long-term. Let's take a closer look at the impact of fees on your returns… ... ››› more
  • [26 June 2015]
  • About the company: Transaction Capital Ltd [JSE:TCP]
  • Transaction Capital is a financial services company specialising in lending and credit services. The company has a listing on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange… Full name: Transaction Capital Limited Short name: Transcap Ticker: TCP Sector: Financial services – financial services Five top facts about Transaction Capital Fact #1: Transaction Capital is a financial services company... ››› more
  • [25 June 2015]
  • About the company: AfroCentric Investment Corporation Ltd [JSE:ACT]
  • AfroCentric Investment Corporation is an investment holding company. The company's main interests lie in healthcare, but it also has interests in technology and resources. AfroCentric Investment Corporation has a listing on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange… Full name: AfroCentric Investment Corporation Limited Short name: Afro-C Ticker: ACT Sector: Health care – health care equipment & ser... ››› more
  • [22 June 2015]
  • Want to invest in offshore funds? Here's why you must pay attention to fees…
  • If you want to gain some offshore exposure in your portfolio, chances are you're going to include some stocks. You have two choices. You can invest in individual stocks or you can invest in funds. The benefit of investing in offshore funds is you gain instant diversification to a number of different stocks. But by investing in funds, you have to consider the fees a fund charges. Fees can... ››› more
  • [15 June 2015]
  • Seven key factors to consider when investing offshore
  • Investing offshore gives you the opportunity to invest in sectors and companies you don't have access to on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange. But before you jump into exploring offshore investment opportunities, it's important to keep some key factors in mind to help you find the right investment. Read on to find out what these factors are… Explore these aspects before investing offsh... ››› more
  • [02 June 2015]
  • Stock market basics: Five characteristics of shares
  • If you want to invest on the stock market, one way to do this is to buy shares. So what exactly are shares? And what does owning shares mean for you as an investor? Read on to find out… What are shares? When you buy shares, you’re buying a portion in a company. If there were just four shares in a company and you owned two of them, you’d own half of the company. The vast maj... ››› more
  • [29 May 2015]
  • How to prepare and profit from CFD trading
  • Trading contracts for difference (CFDs) gives you an opportunity to profit from the ups and down of shares and indices. But before you begin trading, you need to ensure you're ready. And once you start trading, you need to keep some key things in mind. Read on to uncover the top tips to keep you right when you trade CFDs… Before you trade CFDs, make sure you tick these boxes… Th... ››› more
  • [15 May 2015]
  • NERSA will reveal whether Eskom can hike tariffs yet again at the end of June
  • Yesterday, the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA) announced that it will reveal its decision on Eskom's request for another tariff hike. Eskom has already implemented tariff hikes this year, though some of these don't come into effect until 1 July. If the new tariff hike request gains approval, it will see consumers coming under further strain. Let's take a closer look at w... ››› more
  • [14 May 2015]
  • The difference between going long and going short CFDs
  • As with other derivative products, when you trade contracts for difference (CFDs) you can go long or you can go short. So what does this actually mean? And what difference does it make when you trade CFDs? Read on to find out… A quick introduction to CFDs When you trade CFDs, you enter an arrangement between two parties to exchange the difference between the closing price of the c... ››› more
  • [11 May 2015]
  • The beginners guide to trading CFDs
  • If you're looking for a way to trade stocks and indexes, contracts for difference (CFDs) could be the trading tool for you. So what are CFDs? What are the key features of CFDs? And why should you think about trading CFDs? Read on to find out… What are CFDs? CFDs are over the counter (OTC) derivatives. This means you don’t trade them through a stock exchange, but through a compan... ››› more
  • [06 May 2015]
  • The impact of deflation on the stock market
  • South Africa has battled with high inflation for a number of years. Only recently has inflation fallen back within the Reserve Bank's target range thanks to the lower oil price. But what happens when deflation hits? What effect does this have on the stock market? Read on to find out… Deflation isn’t something to be scared of The word deflation can make investors start worrying a... ››› more
  • [28 April 2015]
  • How to test your forex trading strategy without risking a cent
  • The cornerstone of all successful forex traders is a successful forex trading strategy. Once you decide on a strategy that suits you and your trading style, you'll want to put it to the test. And the best way to do this initially is to follow it exactly while risking nothing. Read on to find out how you can do this… How to check how good your forex trading strategy really is Spend... ››› more
  • [17 April 2015]
  • Investing in unit trusts: Use this handy document to help you pick the right fund
  • There are a vast number of different unit trusts to invest in. You can invest in different indexes and sectors of the stock market, property, bonds, commodities and fixed-interest funds. And different unit trusts have different investment goals. So if you're researching the best unit trusts to invest in, where should you look? Read on to find out… Finding the perfect unit trusts t... ››› more
  • [16 April 2015]
  • A spate of xenophobic attacks in SA could turn foreign investors away
  • Yesterday, police in Durban locked down the city centre as a barrage of xenophobic attacks took place on foreign-owned businesses. The city has been dealing with the attacks since last week. The rise of xenophobic incidences is not good news for South Africa. It could have a big impact on foreign investment in the country. Let's take a closer look… Yesterday saw xenophobic violence e... ››› more
  • [15 April 2015]
  • Forex trading basics: Understanding the all-important bid-offer spread
  • Just like when you trade stocks, when you trade forex the prices for buying and selling are different. You buy at one price and you sell at another price. So what does this mean for you when you're trading forex? And what impact does it have on your trading? Read on to find out… How the bid-offer spread works with forex trading When you trade currency pairs, the quote consists ... ››› more
  • [07 April 2015]
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