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  • Forex trading basics: Understanding the all-important bid-offer spread
  • Just like when you trade stocks, when you trade forex the prices for buying and selling are different. You buy at one price and you sell at another price. So what does this mean for you when you're trading forex? And what impact does it have on your trading? Read on to find out… How the bid-offer spread works with forex trading When you trade currency pairs, the quote consists ... ››› more
  • [07 April 2015]
  • Forex basics: Understanding currency quotes
  • One fundamental aspect of forex trading are currency (or forex) quotes. Forex quotes tell you the currencies that are in a pair and their value relative to one another. You need to understand how they work so you can put forex trades on. So how do currency quotes actually work? Read on to find out… The difference between the base currency and the quote currency When you loo... ››› more
  • [03 April 2015]
  • If you invest offshore, have you considered currency risk?
  • If you're a South African investor who invests money offshore, either via a fund or directly, you have exposure to currency risk. So what exactly is currency risk? And what do you need to consider? Read on to find out… What is currency risk? As a South African investor, currency risk means that your investment returns depend on how the rand performs against foreign currencies. ... ››› more
  • [30 March 2015]
  • The rand feels the backlash of Eskom's credit downgrade
  • After gaining after the release of the US Federal Reserve's policy statement on Wednesday evening, the rand came under renewed pressure last night. The latest source of worry for the local currency was news that ratings agency Standard & Poor's downgraded Eskom's credit rating status. This caused the rand to dip sharply. Let's take a closer look at what's going on… The rand tumble... ››› more
  • [20 March 2015]
  • Forex trading for beginners: An introduction to pips
  • Forex trading involves the trading of currencies. The currency market is the largest financial market in the world. It trades 24 hours a day, five days a week. And it's the most liquid market you can trade. If you want to start trading forex, you need to get to grips with the basics. When it comes to making and losing money in the forex market, it all comes down to pips. So what are pi... ››› more
  • [19 March 2015]
  • Want to master forex trading? Support and resistance are key to your success…
  • Technical analysis is a fantastic tool for identifying trading opportunities when trading forex. But before you can delve into the array of different technical analysis tools, there are a couple of crucial indicators you must understand. These are support and resistance. Let's take a closer look at why they're so important… What are lines of support and resistance? Lines of suppor... ››› more
  • [13 February 2015]
  • The one major factor standing in the way of Bitcoin's success
  • Bitcoin has amazing potential. It has the potential to revolutionise so many aspects of the finance world. But there is one problem with Bitcoin. And that's the volatility of its price. Let's take a closer look… The price of Bitcoin continues to bounce about Since its launch, the Bitcoin price has been on a roller coaster ride. Just have a look at the chart below. This shows th... ››› more
  • [12 February 2015]
  • Forex trading guide: The spread of currency pairs explained
  • Just like when you trade shares on the stock market, there's a spread between buy and sell prices on the forex market. So what exactly is the spread? Why is there a spread? And what impact does the spread have on your forex trading? Let's take a closer look… The ins and outs of the spread of currency pairs If you’re new to forex trading, one of the first things you may notice wh... ››› more
  • [09 February 2015]
  • An introduction to trading currency pairs
  • If you're new to forex trading, the first thing you'll see is that currencies come in pairs. One currency is always quoted in relation to another currency and this determines its value. So how do these currency pairs work? Let's take a closer look… What’s the difference between the base currency and the quote currency? When you look at trading currency pairs, you need to un... ››› more
  • [05 February 2015]
  • Why digital currencies, like Bitcoin, are here to stay…
  • We are on the cusp of a revolution with money. Thanks to the introduction of digital currencies, the global economy, the financial system and the ways payments are processed are going to change. Digital currencies have the scope to slash financial fees, allow people to use their money without the need for a bank account and bring about a new way for transacting around the globe. And with... ››› more
  • [05 February 2015]
  • Forex for beginners: The ins and outs of trading currency pairs
  • If you're interested in trading forex, one of the first things you'll notice is that all currencies trade in pairs. So why is this? And what does it mean for you when you trade them? Read on to find out… Why do currencies trade in pairs? Without even delving into forex trading, if you’ve gone on an overseas holiday, you’ll have purchased foreign currency. And when doing this y... ››› more
  • [04 February 2015]
  • How to trade forex
  • If you're eager to start trading forex, where do you begin? You have two ways to trade. You can use currency futures or you can spread trade forex. Let's take a closer look… How to trade forex with currency futures If you want to trade forex, one option you have is trading currency futures through the Johannesburg Stock Exchange’s Currency Derivatives Market. If you want to t... ››› more
  • [03 February 2015]
  • Want to give Bitcoin a try? Here's how you can do it…
  • The world of Bitcoin hit the headlines last year. Its price was a big talking point as well as some scandal. This year, the price of Bitcoin remains down after tumbling over 60% last year. But this also means that you can get your hands on Bitcoin for a lot less than you previously could. The potential for Bitcoin and its technology is vast. It's just going to take time for more people to us... ››› more
  • [30 January 2015]
  • What's so special about Bitcoin?
  • The price of Bitcoin has had it tough over the last year. But just because the price is down, it doesn't mean that there isn't amazing potential with the digital currency and the technology it uses. So what is so special about the technology that Bitcoin uses? And how can you get your slice of the action? Read on to find out… The special thing about Bitcoin is the blockchain The t... ››› more
  • [29 January 2015]
  • Bitcoin: What happened in 2014 and what lies ahead
  • In its short life, 2014 was by far the worst year for Bitcoin. The digital currency shed a massive 67%. That means it earns the worst performing ‘currency' award of last year. So far, 2015 isn't looking much better for Bitcoin. Two weeks ago it plummeted another 47% to $170. Now it's back around $265. Let's take a closer look at what's going on and what may lie ahead… What happened... ››› more
  • [28 January 2015]
  • How to catch the big moves in the Forex market and make R1,918 in just ONE trade!
  • Do you often see big moves in the Forex market but always find yourself missing out? You know, the ones where you see the price move in one direction for days, weeks and even months? Almost as if nothing can stop them. Do you have a nasty habit where you close your trade only because it's gone a little bit against you, and get scared because it might result in a loss? If you answered “... ››› more
  • [08 January 2015]
  • Forex trading uncovered: Why you should stick to trading the major currency pairs
  • Once you decide that you want to trade forex, you'll come across the hundreds of currencies that are available to trade. But out of these hundreds of currencies, there are only nine that you should concentrate on. If you focus your forex trading on these currency pairs, you'll better your chances of becoming a successful trader. So what are these nine currency pairs? And why should you co... ››› more
  • [27 November 2014]
  • How to keep on top of your risk when trading currency futures
  • When you trade forex, managing your risk can be the determining factor on how long you survive trading. Pay no attention to the risk factors involved and you could quickly wipe out your trading capital. Managing your risk is essential to becoming a successful forex trader. If you opt to trade currency futures, how can you manage your risk effectively? Let's take a closer look… ... ››› more
  • [20 November 2014]
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