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  • The pound and the FTSE rally as Scotland votes ‘No' to independence
  • Since a poll released last weekend showed that the ‘Yes' vote was marginally ahead of the ‘No' vote in the run up to the Scottish referendum, the pound and UK-listed stocks have been under pressure. Yesterday, Scotland went to polls, and this morning it emerged that Scotland voted ‘No' to independence. The market's relief saw the pound rally and the FTSE rise this morning. Let's tak... ››› more
  • [19 September 2014]
  • Mining and manufacturing data reflect the poor state of the South African economy
  • Earlier today, Stats SA released the much awaited data on mining and manufacturing output. Both measures showed steep declines as strikes by platinum and metalworkers took their toll. Let's take a closer look at what the data showed… Mining output fell more than expected On a year-on-year basis, “mining output dropped 7.7%” in July, reports Fin24. That’s worse than the “re... ››› more
  • [11 September 2014]
  • Five things to do after retirement
  • After decades of working full-time, retirement is the time to relax and enjoy life again. Everyone has different plans for retirement. Some want to travel the world, others want to take up new hobbies, while others want to spend as much time as possible with their grandchildren. If you’re approaching retirement, it’s time to start planning now. You don’t want to reach retirement withou... ››› more
  • [09 September 2014]
  • Could a fuel levy overcome the overwhelming backlash against e-tolls in Gauteng?
  • Before the introduction of e-tolls on Gauteng highways, there was a public outrage against it. E-tolls began charging motorists using Gauteng highways on 3 December last year. But figures show that just over a quarter of motorists are adhering to the new system. As a panel assesses the socioeconomic effect of the e-tolls, opposition groups have presented their ideas on how to overcome the wa... ››› more
  • [03 September 2014]
  • Why a recovery in the silver price may not be for some time
  • There are many investors and traders who think that it's only a matter of time until the silver price starts to put in a sustained recovery. But, of course, with that there are many investors and traders who think that the silver price has further to fall. So what are the chances of a fall in the price of silver looking like? Let's take a closer look… Silver on the chart Over t... ››› more
  • [02 September 2014]
  • The Ebola outbreak could have devastating economic effects
  • The current Ebola virus outbreak is the worst on record. It's already claimed the lives of over 1,500 people. And it looks like it's going to have dire economic consequences for affected African countries. It's even starting to affect the movement of commodities. Let's take a closer look at what's going on… The Ebola outbreak will curb economic growth in the region The presiden... ››› more
  • [28 August 2014]
  • How to be the house and not the gambler when trading!
  • “Trading is nothing more than gambling!” “Trading is like a casino where the house always wins!” These are a just a few things my friends used to tell me, when I started trading. But that's when I told them, they have to change the way they look at things when it comes to trading the markets You see, my friends didn't have the tricks and tips to think like a casino. Instead, th... ››› more
  • [28 August 2014]
  • Court action by R699 car scheme consumers failed
  • Last month, a R699 car scheme came crashing down leaving around 17,000 consumers with bank loans to pay. Some of the consumers affected by the scheme took the matter to court in an attempt to get a class ruling that the banks involved awarded the loans recklessly. But at the end of last week, the court delivered news the car scheme victims didn't want to hear. Let's take a closer look at... ››› more
  • [26 August 2014]
  • Three steps to successfully renting your property
  • Your tenant has just moved out of the apartment you rented to them for four years. Interest rates are up, your bond repayment is up and you can't afford to keep the apartment empty - cash is too tight. What do you do? Stick the first person willing to rent it from you into the property? And you convince yourself there’s no need to do a credit check? Or that the fact this person doesn’t... ››› more
  • [15 August 2014]
  • Trade activity falters as uncertain economic prospects and strikes take their toll
  • Earlier today, the South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SACCI) released its trade activity index for July. The data showed that trade activity is under severe strain. This is the worst level seen so far this year. Let's take a closer look at what's putting pressure on trade activity in South Africa… Trade activity is at its worst level for the year so far The Trade Acti... ››› more
  • [14 August 2014]
  • The wealthiest men I've known, know how to follow the money
  • Dear Trader, Back when I was a banker, I had the unique privilege of being trusted by many wealthy executives. And one thing they all had in common was an almost uncanny ability to 'follow the money'. In trading, that comes down to knowing how to trade strong price-action 'money flow' patterns in the charts, which I'm about to share with you. Instantly choosing the strongest trading sign... ››› more
  • [07 August 2014]
  • Does high frequency trading have the potential to impact your forex trades?
  • High frequency trading (HFT) is a form of algorithmic trading. Using HFT, some traders nip in and out positions at break neck speed to boost returns. Now the point behind HFT isn't to make big gains, it's to make lots of little ones. It's a popular strategy employed by many institutional investors on the stock markets. So can HFT have an impact on your forex trading? Let's take a closer l... ››› more
  • [30 July 2014]
  • Tips for choosing the right tax practitioner
  • Filing your annual tax return is quite a challenge and most people seek the services of a tax professional who can do all the work for them. It's important to make a smart, carefully researched decision when choosing a tax professional to file your tax return and keep you informed about the latest changes in tax laws. Here are some tips for choosing the right tax practitioner in times of ne... ››› more
  • [29 July 2014]
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