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  • More turmoil at Eskom as its chairman resigns following suspension of four board members
  • Last night, the chairman of Eskom, Zola Tsotsi, handed in his resignation. The news comes nearly three-weeks after the suspension of four members of the board, including the CEO. Eskom has appointed an acting chairman. The ongoing issues with Eskom's board come as the power utility continues to battle to keep the lights on in South Africa. Let's take a closer look at what's going on…... ››› more
  • [31 March 2015]
  • What is the economic cost of Eskom's power crisis?
  • This year so far, South Africans have had to put up with a barrage of load shedding. With the situation unlikely to change for some time to come, the economic impact could be great. And there could be long lasting effects. Let's take a closer look… The real cost of load shedding The Department of Public Enterprises estimates that load shedding costs the South African economy anywh... ››› more
  • [25 March 2015]
  • Have you weighed up how much the costs of investing affect your profits?
  • Investing in the stock market is all about making profits. You want to buy a share at a lower price and sell it at a higher price. But have you considered the impact of the costs of investing on your profits? Buying and selling shares comes at a price. Let's take a closer look at the impact… There are costs of investing for both buying and selling shares It’s vital you weigh up ... ››› more
  • [19 March 2015]
  • Trading distractions can destroy your... oh look a squirrel!
  • It's 6:00pm. After a long day at work, you can finally jump on the couch, kick your shoes off and trade the Forex market on your laptop for a real income! While you trade, you put on your favourite TV show, Come Dine With Me. Next thing you know, a nice profitable opportunity on the EUR/USD lines up. You get in, without blinking an eye! 26 minutes later, the trade goes up in your favour. You d... ››› more
  • [19 March 2015]
  • The ins and outs of single stock futures trading
  • Single stock futures, along with the likes of contracts for difference (CFDs) and spread trading, are derivatives. Derivative are financial instruments whose value depends on an underlying asset's value. With single stock futures, they derive their value from the underlying share they're based on. So how do they work? Let's take a closer look… How do single stock futures work? ... ››› more
  • [06 March 2015]
  • The rand continues to digest the budget before the release of trade data later today
  • The rand had been quite volatile in the run up to the finance minister's budget speech on Wednesday. But since Nhlanhla Nene revealed his first annual budget, the rand has found some strength. It hasn't managed to hold onto all the gains it made, but it has settled at a stronger level than earlier in the week. Now traders are waiting for the release of trade data this afternoon. Let's tak... ››› more
  • [27 February 2015]
  • Four ways to trade shares
  • If you've decided that you want to give trading shares a go, you have a number of options open to you. These options all vary slightly and the level of risk that you take on also varies. But they all offer you a way to gain leverage and potentially multiply your profits. So what instruments can you use to trade shares? Read on to find out… In South Africa, there are four options to pi... ››› more
  • [26 February 2015]
  • Budget 2015: How changes to transfer duty will affect your property investment plan
  • Yesterday, finance minister Nhlanhla Nene gave his first full budget speech. Amongst a whole host of changes, he advised of modifications to transfer duty. Transfer duty is payable when buying a home. So what are the changes? And what difference will it make to you and your property investment plan? Read on to find out… What are the coming changes to transfer duty? At the momen... ››› more
  • [26 February 2015]
  • Why you must cut your losses to be a profitable investor
  • Being a smart investor comes down to the way you manage your risks. The one thing that pulls so many investors' portfolios down is not cutting losses. The impact is huge. Let's take a closer look at why keeping your losses small is so crucial to your investment success… Don’t let losses decimate your investment portfolio Investing all comes down to making money. You invest in sh... ››› more
  • [19 February 2015]
  • Look left! The only thing you need to do to be successful in Forex trading
  • Do you have a lot of indicators on your charts? Does one indicator give a sell signal when the other gives a buy, just to confuse you, leading to losses or no trades? Well, this happens to a lot of new traders. They learn as many indicators as they can. Then, they slap them all on the same chart. This gives them mixed signals, confusing them and causing them to take the wrong trading positions... ››› more
  • [18 February 2015]
  • As Eskom continues to resort to daily load shedding, what is the impact on businesses?
  • Load shedding is becoming a part of daily life in South Africa. On Friday, Eskom announced that chances of load shedding over the weekend were slim, yet that all changed once the weekend arrived. South Africans across the country are having to deal with several hours each day with no power. And operating a business under such conditions is almost unworkable, especially for smaller firms. ... ››› more
  • [16 February 2015]
  • Load shedding continues to blight SA, putting key industries under strain
  • Yesterday, for the sixth day in a row, Eskom resorted to load shedding. The power utility continued to roll out stage two load shedding, meaning it can cut up to 2,000MW off the grid. And this week isn't looking much better. The issues with the supply of electricity are starting to have a worrying impact on some key industries within the South African economy. Let's take a closer look... ››› more
  • [09 February 2015]
  • About the company: Insimbi Refractory and Alloy Supplies Ltd [JSE:ISB]
  • Insimbi Refractory and Alloy Supplies focuses on the supply of resource based-commodities and refractory materials to companies in specific industries. The company has a listing on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange… Full name: Insimbi Refractory and Alloy Supplies Limited Short name: Insimbi Ticker: ISB Sector: Basic resources – industrial metals & mining Five top facts about Insimbi... ››› more
  • [06 February 2015]
  • Five reasons why you should opt to trade CFDs
  • If you want to trade derivatives, you'll come across a number of different instruments you can use. One of these instruments is contracts for difference (CFDs). So why should you consider trading CFDs instead of just buying shares? Read on to find out… Why you should trade CFDs #1: CFDs are geared instruments As CFDs are geared instruments, you can trade what you want and onl... ››› more
  • [20 January 2015]
  • More than 5,000 Northam workers down tools amidst a wildcat strike
  • Last night, around 5,200 workers at Northam Platinum's Zondereinde mine in Limpopo downed tools as they began a wildcat strike. The platinum producer is taking steps to legally challenge the move by workers who are members of the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM). The company says it's unsure as to why workers are striking. But this afternoon it emerged that striking workers want Northam's... ››› more
  • [14 January 2015]
  • Is a company board striving for shareholder value maximisation a good thing? Maybe not…
  • When investing in a company, you may take a look at what the board of the company are striving to achieve for the company. One factor you may come across is shareholder value maximisation. At first glance, this may seem a positive for shareholders or potential shareholders of a company. But in fact, it could be leading companies to be too short-term in their thinking. So is shareholder va... ››› more
  • [22 December 2014]
  • Ebola in West Africa decimates economic growth
  • Yesterday, the World Bank highlighted the severe impact that Ebola is having on the worst affected West African countries. The spread of the disease in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia has had a major effect on economic growth this year. This had led the World Bank to slash its economic growth forecasts for this year and next. Let's take a closer look at what's going on… Ebola is tak... ››› more
  • [03 December 2014]
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