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  • Gearing uncovered: How single stock futures can boost your profits
  • Some investors may use single stock futures as a way of hedging their portfolio. By shorting shares they hold long positions in, they can offset losses. But the main reason behind most investors using single stock futures is the gearing they offer. By trading single stock futures, you can potentially make quick, substantial profits. Let's take a closer look at how this works… How gea... ››› more
  • [12 March 2015]
  • How to work out your gearing when you trade single stock futures
  • Gearing is one aspect that attracts traders to single stock futures. It's gearing that multiplies your potential profits (and losses). So how does gearing work? And how can you work out the gearing of your single stock futures trade? Read on to find out… What is gearing? Gearing is when the potential positive or negative outcome is magnified. It’s this magnification aspect of... ››› more
  • [11 March 2015]
  • Single stock futures uncovered: How the margin works in practise
  • At first, single stock futures can appear rather complicated. There is one main aspect of single stock futures that you need to get to grips with so you can understand exactly how they work. And, more importantly, so you can get closer to trading them. This aspect is the margin. Let's take a closer look at how the margin works… The margin in action The best way to see how the ... ››› more
  • [10 March 2015]
  • The basics of single stock futures: What you need to know to get started
  • Single stock futures are trading instruments that allow you to trade shares listed on the JSE. They're geared instruments. This gearing multiplies your potential profits and losses. So what aspects of single stock futures do you need to understand to get started? Let's take a closer look… An introduction to single stock futures To understand how single stock futures trading wo... ››› more
  • [09 March 2015]
  • The ins and outs of single stock futures trading
  • Single stock futures, along with the likes of contracts for difference (CFDs) and spread trading, are derivatives. Derivative are financial instruments whose value depends on an underlying asset's value. With single stock futures, they derive their value from the underlying share they're based on. So how do they work? Let's take a closer look… How do single stock futures work? ... ››› more
  • [06 March 2015]
  • Five ways to buy bonds
  • If you're looking for an investment opportunity with lower risk than investing in shares, bonds are worth considering. They're also a good addition to your portfolio to lower your overall investment risk. So if you want to buy bonds, what are your options? There are five main ways you can gain exposure to bonds. Read on to find out what these are… How to invest in bonds #1: B... ››› more
  • [17 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]
  • Trading uncovered: The risks involved with shorting
  • When you start trading, unlike investing, you have the option to sell a stock as well as buy. You can do this if you think a share or other security is going to fall in value. This is known as shorting. But shorting is a risky business. So why is shorting so risky? And how can you short a stock? Read on to find out why… What is shorting? Shorting involves selling shares or ... ››› more
  • [02 February 2015]
  • Futures trading: How trading single stock futures works
  • Single stock futures are financial derivatives. This means single stock futures derive their value from an underlying share or index. You can easily trade single stock futures through any stock broker offering futures trading. So what exactly are single stock futures? And how do they work? Let's take a closer look… What are single stock futures? Single stock futures are agreeme... ››› more
  • [29 January 2015]
  • How to use gearing to your advantage when you trade forex
  • When you decide to trade derivatives you make use of gearing. Gearing is what makes trading more risky to buying shares. And it's gearing that multiplies your potential profits. Trading forex also makes use of gearing. This means you have the potential to magnify your gains. So what is gearing? And how can you use it to benefit you most when you trade forex? Read on to find out… W... ››› more
  • [20 January 2015]
  • Five reasons why you should opt to trade CFDs
  • If you want to trade derivatives, you'll come across a number of different instruments you can use. One of these instruments is contracts for difference (CFDs). So why should you consider trading CFDs instead of just buying shares? Read on to find out… Why you should trade CFDs #1: CFDs are geared instruments As CFDs are geared instruments, you can trade what you want and onl... ››› more
  • [20 January 2015]
  • About the company: Purple Group Ltd [JSE:PPE]
  • Purple Group is a financial services company specialising in derivatives trading and asset management. The company has a listing on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange… Full name: Purple Group Limited Short name: Purple Ticker: PPE Sector: Financial services – financial services Five top facts about Purple Group Fact #1: Purple Group employs around 60 people across its operations. ... ››› more
  • [16 January 2015]
  • I've found the holy grail of investing… And it isn't what you think it is!
  • Are you looking for the holy grail of investing? Have you bought every system, charting program or book on the market, but are still searching for the ultimate way to make your investment choices and become the next Warren Buffett? Well, I believe I've found the road to the holy grail. And, if you haven't found it yet - you should start looking. Or just give me a moment of your time… You s... ››› more
  • [15 January 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]
  • About the company: Cadiz Holdings Ltd [JSE:CDZ]
  • Cadiz is a specialist financial services company. The company has a listing on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange… Full name: Cadiz Holdings Limited Short name: Cadiz Ticker: CDZ Sector: Financial services – financial services Five top facts about Cadiz Fact #1: Cadiz employs around 190 people across its operations. Fact #2: Cadiz has a listing on the Johannesburg Stock Exchan... ››› more
  • [07 January 2015]
  • Trading basics: Use this strategy to protect your trading pot from a catastrophic loss
  • Trading can reward you handsomely. But don't let the potential gains let you put too much money at risk on one trade. You need to protect your capital. One of the best ways you can do this is through position sizing. So what is position sizing? And how can you use position sizing when you trade? Read on to find out… What is position sizing? Position sizing is a trading strategy... ››› more
  • [06 January 2015]
  • Nigeria's economy takes a knock as a lower oil price takes its toll
  • Yesterday, Africa's largest economy said it was lowering growth forecasts and considering budget cuts as the oil price continues to ebb lower. Exports of crude oil make up the vast majority of the Nigerian government's revenue. So a drop in oil prices has widespread effects. Let's take a closer look at what's going on… Nigeria drops its economic growth forecast for next year by nearl... ››› more
  • [18 December 2014]
  • Options trading strategies: How you can use options to hedge your portfolio
  • Options trading is still relatively new to the South African market. And options are still a new concept to many traders. But there are many advantages to trading options and useful trading strategies that come with them. For example, you can use them to hedge your portfolio during times of market volatility. So let's take a closer look at some options trading strategies… But firs... ››› more
  • [05 December 2014]
  • Trading uncovered: How options work
  • Compared to other trading instruments in South Africa, options haven't been that popular since their introduction. Yet look to the US and they're the trading tool of choice. Chances are, over time, they will rise in popularity as traders start to recognise the benefits of trading them. So what are options? And what makes them different to other trading instruments? Let's take a closer loo... ››› more
  • [21 November 2014]
  • How to avoid making these four common investor mistakes
  • If you look at the behaviour of investors, it's surprising how many investors make the same mistakes. If you can pinpoint these investor mistakes and have strategies in place to help you avoid them, your investing success should improve as a result. So what are these common investor mistakes? And what can you do to avoid making these mistakes? Let's take a closer look… Investor mi... ››› more
  • [15 October 2014]
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