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  • 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]
  • What difference going long and going short makes to your CFD positions
  • When you enter a contracts for difference (CFDs) trade, you enter an agreement to exchange the difference between the closing price of a contract and the opening price of a contract. So how does this work in practice? And what other factors do you need to consider when you trade CFDs? Read on to find out… The different outcomes of trading CFDs As with other derivatives, when you t... ››› more
  • [22 May 2015]
  • How you can trade international currencies in South Africa
  • If you're interested in trading international currencies, the good news is it's never been easier. And you don't need to use your offshore allowance. You have a couple of options. It all depends on what currencies you want to trade. Let's take a closer look at how you can get started… What is currency trading? Currency trading involves trading the foreign exchange market. This is ... ››› more
  • [22 May 2015]
  • How to use CFDs to protect your portfolio
  • Contracts for difference (CFDs) aren't just for speculative trading. You can also use them to protect your portfolio. So how does this work? Read on to find out… What are CFDs? CFDs are arrangements between two parties to exchange the difference between the opening price and the closing price of a contract. For example, the buyer of CFDs receives the difference in the value of ... ››› more
  • [19 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]
  • CFDs uncovered: The pros and cons of gearing
  • Contracts for difference (CFDs), like other financial derivatives, are geared products. So what is gearing? And what are the advantages and disadvantages of trading geared products? Read on to find out… Gearing explained CFDs are geared products. This means you only put down a small proportion of the actual value you have exposure to. You achieve gearing (or leverage) through t... ››› more
  • [18 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]
  • Working out the costs of trading CFDs
  • When you trade contracts for difference (CFDs), there's a daily financing charge involved. If you put on a long trade, you pay a daily financing charge. If you put on a short trade, you receive a daily financing charge. But, if you don't hold your position overnight, you don't have to worry about the daily financing charge. So how does it work when you trade? Read on to find out… ... ››› more
  • [07 May 2015]
  • The beginners guide to trading CFDs
  • If you're looking for a way to trade stocks and indexes, contracts for difference (CFDs) could be the trading tool for you. So what are CFDs? What are the key features of CFDs? And why should you think about trading CFDs? Read on to find out… What are CFDs? CFDs are over the counter (OTC) derivatives. This means you don’t trade them through a stock exchange, but through a compan... ››› more
  • [06 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]
  • How to start forex trading in three steps
  • If you want to start forex trading, where do you start? You need to know how forex trading works, how best to select trades and how to get a trading account up and running. Read on to find out more… Step one: How forex trading works Forex trading involves trading different currency pairs. You can either opt to trade the rand against different major currencies or opt to trade inter... ››› more
  • [24 April 2015]
  • If you want to trade forex, you need to know how much it's going to cost you…
  • If you want to start forex trading, you'll have to pay to put on trades. So how much will it cost? It depends on whether you opt to trade currency futures or spread trade currencies. Let's take a closer look… The different types of forex trading account available With forex trading, you have two options when it comes to trading accounts: If you want to trade the rand ... ››› more
  • [22 April 2015]
  • Want to invest in penny stocks? You'll need to know how to buy shares…
  • To invest in penny stocks, you'll need to find yourself a stock broker. There are a vast number of stock brokers offering their services, so how can you find the best one for you? Read on to find out… Opening your first account with a stock broker Whether you’re investing in penny stocks or other shares on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange, you’ll need a stock broker. A stock... ››› more
  • [20 April 2015]
  • Forex strategies: How to trade the rand against the world's major currencies
  • The forex market trades 24-hours a day, five-days a week. This financial market is the largest and most liquid in the world. It's where the trading of the world's currencies takes place. So how can you trade the rand against the world's major currencies? Read on to find out… How to use currency futures to trade the rand If you want to trade the rand against a number of the wor... ››› more
  • [08 April 2015]
  • How to use single stock futures to profit and protect your portfolio
  • You may think that single stock futures trading is for the speculative trader, but you can also use them as a tool to protect your existing portfolio. But trading single stock futures comes with risks. They're geared financial instruments. So how does gearing with single stock futures work? How can you use them to exploit moves in the market and protect your portfolio? And how do you... ››› more
  • [30 March 2015]
  • Boost your profits by trading on margin with spread trading
  • Like other derivatives, you trade on margin with spread trading. So what exactly is the margin? How does it work? And what effect does it have on your trading? Read on to find out… The ins and outs of the margin The margin is the deposit your spread trading company needs you to put down to open a trade. Depending on what you trade, the margin can be anything from 10% to 25% of you... ››› more
  • [26 March 2015]
  • Spread trading uncovered: Getting to grips with ‘rands per point'
  • Unlike many other derivatives, with spread trading you have a bit more control over how much you risk on a trade. This is down to you deciding how much you want to risk per point. You decide how many rands per point you want to trade. So what does rands per point mean? And how does it work when you spread trade? Read on to find out… How spread trading works With spread trading... ››› more
  • [24 March 2015]
  • The costs of trading single stock futures
  • If you're serious about trading single stock futures, you'll have to know how much it's going to cost you. To trade single stock futures you need the services of a stock broker. So you'll have to pay your broker a fee for his services. And to open a futures trading account, you'll need to deposit a minimum amount too. Let's take a closer look at the costs involved with trading single sto... ››› more
  • [18 March 2015]
  • How to find a stock broker to trade single stock futures through
  • As with investing in shares, if you want to trade single stock futures, you'll need a stock broker. A stock broker will put on your single stock futures trades on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange's Equity Derivatives Market for you. So how can you find one of these brokers? Read on to find out… How to trade single stock futures If you already have an account for investing with a... ››› more
  • [17 March 2015]
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