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  • What must I do with my dividends?
  • I love receiving dividends but reinvesting dividends is not always the most cost effective way to invest it. Let me explain... When you only get paid out a couple of hundred or thousand rand in dividends, the brokerage costs of reinvesting that cash can eat away a large chunk of the money. That's why some investors draw the cash and spend it. This isn't a wise move either. So, today ... ››› more
  • [06 May 2016]
  • “Francois, why on earth are my investment costs so high?”
  • “Francois: I read your article on using ‘buy limit orders' to buy shares at lower prices and decided to do it. But something seems to have gone horribly wrong. I tried buying R5,000 worth of shares with a limit price of 51c. But when I checked my account it only traded about R500 worth. My cost per share, after brokerage, is now 67c per share. What's going on???” - BM The right tools, u... ››› more
  • [23 February 2016]
  • Forget R10,000… Forget R5,000… Now you can invest in your first penny shares with R100!
  • Let's face it, investing has always been something for the richest 2%. The minimum for opening share trading accounts at many stockbrokers is R10,000. Then there's the rule I've always stuck by, don't invest less than R5,000 in a single share… That's all because of minimum brokerage costs. Whether you buy R50 or R5,000 of shares your transaction cost will amount to around R100. So only onc... ››› more
  • [09 November 2015]
  • How to find the best brokerage account for you
  • If you want to buy and sell shares on the stock market, you need to open a brokerage account. There are a number of different stock brokers out there to pick from. So how can you whittle through them to find the stock broker best suited to you and your needs? Read on to find out what you should look at… What you need to check when picking a stock broker One of the major factors... ››› more
  • [24 September 2015]
  • What type of brokerage account do you need to buy penny stocks?
  • To buy penny stocks on the stock market, you need to have an account with a stock broker. There are a number of stock brokers to pick from and there are also different types of accounts. So what sort of accounts are there? And what's the best option for you? Let's take a closer look… The three different types of brokerage account There are three different types of brokerage acc... ››› more
  • [23 September 2015]
  • Delving into the workings of CFDs
  • CFDs, or contracts for difference, are a type of trading instrument. You can trade a wide array of underlying assets, including shares and currencies. So how do contracts for difference work? Let's take a closer look… You trade on margin with CFDs Like with other financial derivatives, you trade on margin with CFDs. This means you put down a small portion of your overall exposure ... ››› more
  • [02 September 2015]
  • Is your share portfolio really performing as well as you think?
  • The primary reason for investing in shares is to make money. Why else would you put your money at risk on the stock market? To make sure your investments are performing as you think they should, it makes sense to perform an audit every now and again. So how can you check how your shares are really performing? Read on to find out… Working out how much money you’re really making f... ››› more
  • [03 June 2015]
  • Four things to do before opening an account with a stock broker
  • If you want to invest in shares, you'll need to open an account with a stock broker. It's a relatively straightforward process. You need to have specific documentation to comply with FICA regulations and money to deposit in your account. Then it's a case of finding a stock broker. Let's take a closer look at what you need to do… #1: Get your documents ready for opening your broke... ››› more
  • [29 May 2015]
  • Three questions that turned Yianni's dream investment, into a potential nightmare!
  • My friend Yianni phoned me on Thursday morning. He was beyond excited to tell me that he found a ‘dream fund' that returns 17% a year. I told Yianni I've been looking to invest a portion of my money in a fund that offers those kinds of returns. But before excitement filled my veins, I asked him some crucial questions. Let's just say after he heard what I had to say, he probably saved hims... ››› more
  • [20 March 2015]
  • How to get your stock broker account up and running
  • Once you've decided what stock broker you want to open an account with, there are a few things that you should check first. So what are these things? And when will you be ready to start investing? Read on to find out… How to decide what type of stock broker account to pick You should base the type of stock broker account you open on the level of support and guidance you feel you n... ››› more
  • [06 March 2015]
  • How to pick a stockbroker in four easy steps
  • Without a stockbroker, you can't buy or sell shares. A stockbroker acts as the go between you and the stock exchange. So if you don't have an account with a stockbroker, how do you go about picking one? Read on to find out… Step #1: Decide how you want to trade You need to decide how you want to trade with your stockbroker. Do you want to do it all online? Or do you want the conve... ››› more
  • [13 August 2014]
  • How Carl lost 75% of his portfolio with only winning trades!
  • Carl, a friend of mine, came into the stock market and in just one week, he blew 75% of his portfolio. This is surprising because he spent a good eight months learning the ropes on the stock market and trading strategies. What's even stranger is that all five trades of his were winners and he still ended up blowing a huge portion of his account. All because of this one thing… And ... ››› more
  • [06 August 2014]
  • How you can get your broker to pay you to trade…
  • When it comes to making money in the markets, trading using financial instruments like single stock futures and CFDs is definitely a great way to go. But the most common complaint I hear from traders is that brokerage costs eat away most of their profits. I've even heard traders say, “I'm tired of trading just to make my broker rich!” Now, if this sounds familiar to you, then you need to... ››› more
  • [04 July 2014]
  • Your Special FSP Invest Brokerage Rates
  • We recommend the following brokers to FSP Invest readers. They offer our readers speical, reduced brokerage rates:   Imara S.P. Reid Global Trader 247 To qualify for your preferred rates please inform the broker you are a FSP Invest member. Please consider your choice of broker carefully, and select the broker best suited to you and your needs. You can also review a fu... ››› more
  • [27 May 2014]
  • How to calculate your stockbroker's slice of the action
  • It probably won't come as a surprise to you that stockbrokers are in the business to make money. When you buy and sell shares, your stockbroker makes sure he gets his share. So how does a stockbroker make money from you? And how can you work this out for yourself? Let's take a closer look… A stockbroker makes his money in two ways A stockbroker earns money from you as a client in two ways: ... ››› more
  • [26 May 2014]
  • Want to open a brokerage account? Here are your options…
  • Once you've decided you're going to invest in shares, you need to find yourself a stockbroker. There are a huge number of them out there waiting for your business. You just need to look around until you find one that suits your needs and investment budget. There are three main types of brokerage accounts available. Let's take a closer look at each of these… Brokerage account #1: Execution-... ››› more
  • [14 May 2014]
  • How investing less can cost you more
  • Often readers ask me how much they should invest into a share. Put too much money into one share and you could lose everything. Too little and you won't get anywhere when it comes to profits. So today I'll show you exactly why investing too little is a more common, and more costly mistake than investing too much. Why you MUST invest a minimum of R5,000    Every investor needs ... ››› more
  • [24 April 2014]
  • How much money do you need to start buying stocks?
  • If you're serious about buying stocks, you'll need to make sure you have an adequate sum of money put aside to invest. You shouldn't use any money you have earmarked for other purposes. And you need to be comfortable to put this money to work in the market for a few years at the very least. So how much do you need? Read on to find out… ****************************************************** Ge... ››› more
  • [22 April 2014]
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