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  • Want to make money trading but don't have the time? This strategy is for you
  • It sounds too good to be true - Earning a good second income from just thirty to sixty minutes trading a day. It's a classic, less-is-more scenario, and it fits perfectly around your other commitments. Today I'll show you how it's not only possible, but that trading around your day job certainly make you a better trader! Naturally, it doesn’t make sense   When you’re mak... ››› more
  • [28 July 2014]
  • Unions criticise Amplats' decision to sell mines
  • Yesterday, along with the release of its results for the six months to the end of June, Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) revealed its plans to sell of a number of its platinum operations. Workers' unions are not happy with the plans as they anticipate massive job cuts. And a labour expert has warned of the repercussions of the move. Let's take a closer look… Amplats’ selling its min... ››› more
  • [22 July 2014]
  • Key SARB Rate decision this week
  • Last week was rather volatile as local and international news kept the market under pressure. On the local front, the NUMSA strike had its first full week. When the strike first started, I had expect it to be reasonably short as it seemed that a compromise increase of about 10% would be acceptable to both parties. However, as the week progressed, I have changed my view. No end in sight The... ››› more
  • [14 July 2014]
  • A nifty calculation to help you work out how much to save for retirement
  • Trying to ensure that you have enough money in your retirement pot can be an arduous task. You don't want to get to a year before retirement to find out you have a large shortfall in your savings. And that's where the ‘annuity factor' comes in. This can help you work out how much you should be putting away a month to achieve your retirement goals. Read on to find out what to do… ... ››› more
  • [14 July 2014]
  • Looking for a market beating strategy? Factor investing could be the one for you
  • Factor investing involves buying different stocks that share certain characteristics, which improves their chances of beating the market. These characteristics include value, size, momentum, low volatility and quality. Studies have shown this strategy does work over the long-term. So does it actually work? Let's take a closer look… What are the risks associated with factor investing? ... ››› more
  • [14 July 2014]
  • The rand weakens as manufacturing and mining data disappoint
  • Yesterday saw the release of manufacturing production data and mining output data. Both disappointed. The manufacturing sector felt the effects of lower production in the motor sector. And, perhaps not surprisingly, mining output felt the effects of the platinum sector strike. The rand weakened on the news. Let's take a closer look at what the data revealed… Manufacturing data was f... ››› more
  • [11 July 2014]
  • Factor investing: An investment strategy that's pulling in the big bucks
  • ‘Factor investing' is all the rage at the moment. Also called ‘smart beta,' many exchange traded funds (ETFs) are using this strategy to great effect. JP Morgan estimate that funds using this strategy hold assets of nearly $400 billion. A rise of more than 200% over the past five years. So what is factor investing all about? And why is it growing in popularity? Read on to find out…... ››› more
  • [09 July 2014]
  • The rand continues on its slippery slope weaker
  • This year has been a tough one on the local currency. Recently the rand has managed to scrape back some of its losses. But last week saw the beginning of another crippling strike. Since then the rand has lost a lot of ground and it doesn't look like the situation is going to improve soon. Let's take a closer look at what's going on with the local currency… Investors are concerned over relentl... ››› more
  • [07 July 2014]
  • Unit trusts uncovered: The impact of trading costs on your fund
  • The one thing that worries many investors about actively managed unit trust funds is the costs involved. They are significant. And these costs eat into your potential return. Have a glance at a fund's fact sheet and you might think all costs are included in the total expense ratio (TER), but you'd be wrong. TER doesn't include one-off costs, such as the fund's trading costs. And the more the f... ››› more
  • [27 June 2014]
  • Fund investing: How you can avoid the growing practice of closet indexing
  • With the pressure heavily on fund managers to perform, there appears to be a growing trend in closet indexing. Closet indexing is when an actively managed unit trust fund starts to replicate its benchmark index. The result is you're paying more for a performance you could have got from investing in a tracker fund. Let's take a closer look at what's going on and what you can do about it… The e... ››› more
  • [20 June 2014]
  • Five top trading instruments to help gear up your gains
  • You've decided that it's time to take things up a notch. You want to give trading a go, but where do you start? There are so many different instruments out there. How do single stock futures work compared with contracts for difference (CFDs)? How does spread trading differ from options? To find out what you need to know about the different instruments available for you to trade and more, read on... ››› more
  • [17 June 2014]
  • The AMCU sticks to its guns after rejecting the platinum producers' latest offer
  • After some encouraging signs this week, it's emerged that the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) has rejected the latest offer on the table. This happens a week after the new mining minister intervened to try to bring the lengthy strike in the platinum sector to an end. The union is sticking to its original demands. Let's take a closer look at what's going on… The AMCU r... ››› more
  • [05 June 2014]
  • Marcus tries to quell worries of a recession
  • Yesterday, the governor of the Reserve Bank, Gill Marcus, said she didn't believe South Africa was heading for a recession, despite a whole host of poor economic indicators. The new finance minister was also quick to reassure today. Let's take a closer look… Economic indicators would have to be a lot worse to indicate a recession Ms Marcus said that there would “have to be a very dramatic ... ››› more
  • [04 June 2014]
  • How CFD trading can turn a gain of 16% into a gain of 150%!
  • If you're looking for a way to gear up your potential profits, then trading contracts for difference (CFDs) may be just for you. So how does trading CFDs work? And how does the gearing element of CFD trading boost your profits? Let's take a closer look… Putting a long CFD trade on The best way to see how CFD trading works, is to see them in action. If you want to know more about the basics o... ››› more
  • [02 June 2014]
  • Could government's move to get its slice of new energy action backfire?
  • The South African government's plans to take a 20% stake in all new energy projects is under fire. The ANC want to push a change to the current law through before the next general election. But industry experts warn the move could mean SA misses out on opportunities as companies will simply take their business elsewhere. Let's take a closer look at the proposal… What the amendment to the bill ... ››› more
  • [28 May 2014]
  • South Africa's economy shrinks for the first time in five years
  • Earlier today, Stats SA released its official figures for gross domestic product (GDP) covering the first quarter of 2014. The data showed that for the first time since 2009, the economy contracted. The major cause of the fall is the lengthy strike in the platinum sector. Let's take a closer look at the data… The platinum strike hit GDP hard From January to March, GDP fell 0.6%, says BDLi... ››› more
  • [27 May 2014]
  • As inflation creeps higher, what impact does inflation have on your wealth?
  • Earlier today Stats SA released the rate of inflation for April. They revealed that the consumer price index (CPI) came in at 6.1% for the month. This is higher than the South African Reserve Bank's preferred target range of between 3% and 6%. So what does CPI mean? And what does higher inflation mean for you? Read on to find out what you need to know… What is CPI? CPI is the measure used... ››› more
  • [21 May 2014]
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