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  • Your essential forex glossary
  • If you're new to forex trading, you'll come across a number of terms and definitions that you may be unfamiliar with. So what are the key terms you need to know? Read on to find out…   ________________________________________   Bank fast gains of 389%, 52%, 32.89%, 37% and 135%... Whether the market goes – DOWN or UP!   Join a select group of private South Afric... ››› more
  • [28 February 2020]
  • Receive dollar-based performance through structured products
  • Since my last article on the subject of structured products I have received a number of enquiries from readers asking for more information. Due to the overwhelming response I decided to do this follow-up article and go over the most frequently asked questions. First, for those who may not have read the original, here is a brief recap. I discussed a currently available structured product with ... ››› more
  • [22 September 2017]
  • How to trade the international commodities market in South Africa
  • Commodities are raw materials. They include soft commodities, like coffee and wheat. And hard commodities, like gold and platinum. So if you want to trade the international commodities market, what are your options? Let's take a closer look… How to trade commodities To trade commodities, you have two options if you don’t want to take your money offshore. You can trade commodi... ››› more
  • [29 May 2015]
  • How you can trade international stocks using single stock futures
  • If you trade single stock futures on South African stocks, do you know you can trade international stocks too without taking your money offshore? You can do this by trading the Johannesburg Stock Exchange's International Derivatives. So what are International Derivatives? What are the benefits of trading them? And how can you trade them? Read on to find out… Introducing Internatio... ››› more
  • [19 May 2015]
  • What makes CFDs different from other trading instruments?
  • When it comes to trading, you have a number of trading instruments at your disposal. If you decide to trade contracts for difference (CFDs), what makes them different to other derivatives products on the market? Let's take a closer look… CFDs don’t expire, unlike other derivatives CFDs have no date of expiry. This makes them different to other derivatives like single stock futu... ››› more
  • [13 May 2015]
  • Looking for a less risky trading alternative? Have a look at options…
  • Options trading is by far the most popular trading tool in the US. As a South African trader you can trade this popular instrument too. The Johannesburg Stock Exchange's Derivative Market lists options on the single stock futures it lists. So what exactly is an option? And how much risk do they come with? Let's take a closer look… What are options? In South Africa, options are ... ››› more
  • [29 April 2015]
  • Trading 101: Understanding gearing and how to use it to multiply your profits
  • If you want to give trading a go, the first thing you need to get to grips with is gearing. It's gearing that can multiply your profits. But it's also gearing that can result in you racking up huge losses. So what is gearing? And how can you use it to your advantage? Read on to find out… What is gearing? Gearing is the money multiplier effect at work when you trade. This all co... ››› more
  • [13 January 2015]
  • Trading 101: What are derivatives?
  • If you start delving into trading, you'll come across the term ‘derivatives'. So what exactly is a derivative? And what makes a derivative different from buying shares? Let's take a closer look… What is a derivative? A derivative is a financial instrument that gets (derives) its market value from the value of another security. This security is the underlying asset, Gareth Stokes in Fe... ››› more
  • [07 August 2014]
  • How you can make fast, fat profits from your broker's most hated word
  • I spend the better part of my day doing research, sifting through broker reports and analyst presentations. And after years of researching the markets every day, one thing has always stood out to me: In all these reports and presentations, you hardly ever see the word SELL! You'll see plenty of buys, accumulates, adds, holds and maybe even a switch… But no sells. Don't believe me? Ta... ››› more
  • [11 July 2014]
  • What are the differences between derivatives and shares?
  • You may have noticed there's a difference between buying shares and trading derivative. Derivatives include financial products like single stock futures and contracts for difference (CFDs). Buying shares and trading derivatives is definitely not the same thing. So what exactly is a derivative? And how do derivatives differ from shares? Let's take a closer look… What are derivatives? A der... ››› more
  • [20 May 2014]
  • How gearing works when you trade derivatives
  • There are a selection of trading products to choose from. In South Africa, the most common products are single stock futures, contracts for difference (CFDs), spread trading and options. All of these financial products have one thing in common: They all involve gearing. Gearing is both an advantage and a disadvantage. Let's take a closer look at how gearing work with derivatives… Traders u... ››› more
  • [20 May 2014]
  • Trading instruments revealed: What are CFDs?
  • Contracts for difference (or CFDs) fall into the derivatives category. This simply means they derive their value from something else. For example, a Sasol CFD ‘derives' its value from a Sasol share. So what exactly is a CFD? And what can you trade with CFDs? Let's delve a little deeper… What is a CFD? Firstly, CFDs are over the counter (OTC) derivatives. This means they don’t trade on an... ››› more
  • [02 May 2014]
  • Trading 101: The ins and outs of derivatives
  • When you put your money to work in the stock market, investing in shares and unit trusts isn't the only way you can make money. You could opt to trade derivatives. Trading derivatives isn't for everyone. Derivatives carry a lot of risk. This is why they offer you the potential to make large profits in a short space of time. So what exactly is a derivative? And how do derivatives work? Let's take a... ››› more
  • [11 April 2014]
  • Bitcoin Derivatives: Are things about to get messy?
  • The US-based digital currency startup Coinbase now handles transactions for more than 19,000 businesses and 750,000 individuals. As a result, Coinbase holds many bitcoins in its own wallet… Thereby exposing itself to the risk posed by Bitcoin's price volatility. And just like any other company whose profitability depends on the main commodity they trade in… They've found something that could p... ››› more
  • [17 January 2014]
  • Uncovered: What is trading?
  • You may think of yourself as a trader. But what actually defines what a trader is? It all comes down to how quickly you buy and sell, what you're putting your money into and what you research. Let's take a closer look at what trading actually is… There are a few distinct differences between trading and conventional investing, the research team at Red Hot Storm Trader explain… With both st... ››› more
  • [03 December 2013]
  • CFDs uncovered: Your essential guide to this money multiplying trading tool
  • If you're sick of investing in shares and spending sleepless nights worrying every time the share price dips, listen up: By trading CFDs, you can profit if the market goes up or down. Read on to discover exactly what CFDs are and they can improve your portfolio's success… Before unravelling what a CFD is, you need to know what a derivative is, explains FSP Invest’s Ultimate Contracts for Dif... ››› more
  • [07 June 2013]


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