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  • Five bear market survival strategies for investors
  • A bear market refers to a widespread decline in asset prices of at least 20%. We've seen stock markets fall 20% and more in recent months. The oil price fell through the floor, and unemployment is soaring. This is not a fun time to be in, and you might be confused, panicked or just blown away. The good news is, this is only a phase - and it will also pass. Things will turn around and l... ››› more
  • [13 May 2020]
  • Let the JSE bear be your investment opportunity
  • When the market opens today it will officially be in a bear market as the JSE extends the recent sell-off on overnight weakness offshore. Most of this sell-off has been driven by global politics and rising interest rates in the US, with other developed markets to follow suit. Retail investors are yet to “Panic” about the value of their portfolios. ... ››› more
  • [25 October 2018]
  • Goldfields and the three profitable bears
  • On 20 January 2017 Friday evening, Donald J Trump became the 45th president of the United States. We saw the markets welcome the transition of power. But we also know the sentiment is fickle as weather. In today's Trading Tips, and in honour of his inauguration, I want to look at three bearish (downside) trading set ups and one safe-haven gold trade. Enjoy… These companies may ... ››› more
  • [26 January 2017]
  • Can your share selection strategy thrive in every bull and bear market?
  • When I began investing, I used to buy and sell shares without even knowing exactly what the company did. And my game plan couldn't have been more straightforward: If the share was moving higher, I bought it. If the share was falling, I sold it. I simply didn't care about the economics of a company. This wasn't much of a strategy though. But with experience came an understanding that I need... ››› more
  • [20 April 2016]
  • Why the commodities super cycle is over for now
  • It doesn't seem that long ago when the prices of commodities were hitting the lights out. But the commodities super cycle is definitely over for now. So why were commodities doing so well? And what's changed? Let's take a closer look… The recovery of commodities   Back in 2000, prices of commodities hit historically cheap levels. Take zinc. When you adjust its price for i... ››› more
  • [30 November 2015]
  • Copper: Why this commodity has further to fall
  • Commodity prices are at multiyear lows. It's hard to find a commodity which is thriving in the current climate. One commodity to stay clear of at the moment is copper. If the charts are anything to go by, this metal still has a long way to fall. Let's take a closer look at what could lie in store for the metal… Don’t underestimate how far copper could fall   The price of c... ››› more
  • [27 November 2015]
  • What's behind the plunge in commodities?
  • The financial markets have certainly been on a rollercoaster ride over the past month or two. This includes the drama around Greece nearly defaulting and receiving yet another bailout; the crash of the Chinese stock market; and the fall in global markets this week as investors worry about how state of the Chinese economy. These events haven't helped the performance of commodities. Their down... ››› more
  • [26 August 2015]
  • Why you must think long-term to get ahead on the stock market
  • You invest on the stock market to build your wealth. But if you focus too much on the daily goings on, you can end up fighting with the market rather than making profits from it. One of the key investment principles you have to bear in mind is that the market rises over time. Read on to find out how you can make the most of this investment principle and make money from it… You ha... ››› more
  • [28 July 2015]
  • The smart investor's guide to surviving the stock market roller coaster ride
  • Since the slump following the financial crisis, shares on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange have continued their overall upward trend. But investing in the stock market is risky. There's always a chance the stock market could take a turn for the worse. So what's the best way to prepare? Read on to find out… The battle between the stock market bulls and bears There will always be ... ››› more
  • [26 May 2015]
  • Use this technique to spot a bear market
  • As an investor, you want the market in a sustained upward trend (a bull market). But there are periods when the stock market enters a bear market - the price of stocks starts to trend downwards. So how can you tell if a bear market has arrived? Read on to find out… The best indicator of a bear market The best indicator of the arrival of a bear market is seeing lower highs and l... ››› more
  • [02 February 2015]
  • Could 2015 be the year that resources snap out of their bear trend and start to climb?
  • It's easy to understand why many investors follow the herd when it comes to investing. They only feel comfortable buying when prices are high. But that goes against the grain of a contrarian investor. When prices are rock bottom, that's when a contrarian investor thinks about buying. Not after the price has already gone up. One sector that's fallen hard over the past few years is resource... ››› more
  • [23 December 2014]
  • The gold price continues to suffer… When is it going to end?
  • Recently, the gold price has perked up slightly. Looking at gold at the moment, there could be a short-term buying opportunity, but what about over the long-term? Where is gold heading? Well if hedging is anything to go by, the price may have further to fall. Let's take a closer look… The volatile life of the gold price From 1971 to 1980, gold stormed from $35 to $850 an ounce.... ››› more
  • [20 November 2014]
  • Six ways to survive this market
  • The stock markets are all over the place. In the space of a few hours, they swing from a couple of percent down back up into positive territory. Just a few short months ago, stock markets were continuing to do well after five-years of a bull market. But things have changed. So what's going on in the markets? And what can you do to survive? Read on to find out… The changing fort... ››› more
  • [17 October 2014]
  • The stock markets are volatile… Does it mean a bear market is looming?
  • Volatility in the stock markets has been on the increase over the past couple of weeks. The large swings in global stock markets, including the Johannesburg Stock Exchange, are testament to that. So what does volatility tell you about the stock markets? And does it give an insight into what's ahead? Let's take a closer look… What does volatility in the stock markets mean? Vola... ››› more
  • [16 October 2014]
  • What's going on with the stock markets and commodities?
  • The last few weeks have seen some pretty volatile movements on stock markets across the world. Some markets suffering more than others. Not just that, commodity prices are falling too. Oil is trading down at $85 a barrel. Let's take a closer look at movements in the main stock markets and commodities… The rollercoaster ride of the world’s stock markets At the beginning of last m... ››› more
  • [16 October 2014]
  • If a bear market returns, are you ready? Here are five things you can do now to prepare
  • Of course, no-one knows when the next bear market will rear its head. The Johannesburg Stock Exchange has been in a general upward trend, but has dipped lately. So if the bears return, what can you do to prepare? Read on to find out… How to prepare for the next bear market If you’re worried that a bear market is just around the corner, you might be tempted to bail out of sto... ››› more
  • [29 September 2014]
  • If the pessimists are right about a coming bear market, are you prepared?
  • When global stock markets continue to climb, sure enough there will be those who come out to say the end of the bull market is near. It's time for the bears to have their turn. So if a bear market is around the corner, how can you prepare? Let's take a closer look How investors behave It’s funny how the behaviour of investors works… Throughout stock market history, investors show ... ››› more
  • [25 July 2014]
  • Is a gold bull market around the corner?
  • The current bear market for the price of gold is in its 127th week. For about two years, the gold price has struggled. So surely the price of the yellow metal is due some respite? Surely a new gold bull market is just around the corner? Let's take a closer look at what could be in store for the price of gold… What happened to the gold price in the past? Over the past 44 years, of the five ma... ››› more
  • [19 June 2014]
  • If history is anything to go by, the silver price is about to recover
  • The price of silver has been on a downward trajectory for the last few years. After hitting nearly $50 an ounce back in April 2011, it's now trading at around $19.60 an ounce. That's nearly 60% less. So what's going on with the metal? Is the silver price going to start climbing? Let's take a closer look at what's going on with the price of silver and where it could be going… Silver’s bear m... ››› more
  • [26 May 2014]
  • How to protect your portfolio if the stock market bears return
  • This year, the stock markets have been on a volatile ride. Up one minute, down the next. But the market has been steadily climbing over the past few years. And the pessimists out there start to worry about then next big dip. But if a big dip does come along, what measures can you put in place to protect your portfolio? Read on to find out… To protect your portfolio against the arrival of an un... ››› more
  • [14 February 2014]
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