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  • How to create a properly balanced investment portfolio
  • By now you know that there are many ways you can create a balanced investment portfolio. Today we'll have a brief look at some of the equity-based financial instruments you can invest in to create a balanced portfolio. But before we do, let's have a look at what financial instruments are in more detail. What is a financial instrument?  Essentially, a financial instrument is an easily trada... ››› more
  • [18 December 2013]
  • 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]
  • 20 timeless and simple principals for becoming a more successful investor
  • When it comes to staking your cash on the stock market, you want to know that you're making the right decision. Obviously the stock market isn't that easy to predict, but if you stick to some well-defined rules, you will become a more successful investor over time. Read on to uncover 20 timeless and simple principals to become a more successful investor… Here are 20 rules that you should consi... ››› more
  • [08 November 2013]
  • The JSE closes slightly down feeling the pressure of the gold price
  • With the JSE closed tomorrow for Heritage Day, its first session of a four day week saw slight losses. The swinging gold price put pressure on gold stocks. Let's take a closer look what happened today on the JSE… Today, the JSE closed slightly into the red for its first session of the week. The JSE Top 40 Index lost 0.25%, closing at 39,444.06. The All Share Index shed 0.17%, closing at 44,... ››› more
  • [23 September 2013]
  • Revealed: How to find a good fund manager
  • The job of a professional fund manager is simple in theory. You have to beat the market. You have to make more money for your investors than they could have made by using a cheap tracker fund to follow the underlying market. But doing this in practice is far from easy. Read on to find out how you can find a good fund manager… And if you’re an investor looking to find a manager who can actual... ››› more
  • [16 September 2013]
  • It's time to take your retirement nest egg by the horns
  • Depending at what stage you are in your life will determine how you should be preparing for retirement. If you're aged between thirty and fifty, it's time to take that retirement nest egg by the horns. Read on to find out what you can do to save for your retirement… When you’re aged between 30 and 40, no doubt you’re facing the demands of children and paying off a mortgage. Put 10% extr... ››› more
  • [27 August 2013]
  • Watch out for the mean, slow and cheap broker
  • "Hi Timon, I have money saved up for investments and I'd like to start trading but I'm not sure on how to go about finding a broker. Do you have any tips or recommendations?" Was the question A.M asked last week. From reading a MoneyMorning article, he's developed a passion for the stock markets. And now he's ready to get in on the action and start trading. Finding a broker when trading ... ››› more
  • [27 August 2013]
  • How to become financially independent by investing
  • You can either work for money or have you money working for you. Careful share selection can see you reach a stage when the money you have working for you will overtake the money you work for. Let's take a closer look at how you can become financially independent… The best place to have money working for you is in the stock market. And although the stock market’s had a volatile few years,... ››› more
  • [26 August 2013]
  • How tracker funds work
  • If you want to invest in a passive fund (a fund that tracks the market), then you can think about tracker funds. But what exactly is a tracker fund? Read on to find out more about tracker funds… Passive funds track the underlying market. And one way to invest in a passive fund is through a tracker fund, Phil Oakley explains in MoneyWeek. These tracker funds track an index, like the JSE Top ... ››› more
  • [22 August 2013]
  • How to use currency futures to profit from the weakening rand
  • Yesterday, the rand hit a six week low. And with a lot of crucial economic data out this week, its woes might not be over just yet. But what if you could profit from the falling rand? Read on to find out how you can gain from a weakening rand… There are a number of ways to protect your rands using a variety of investment strategies and listed financial derivatives, Mark Weetman explains in The... ››› more
  • [21 August 2013]
  • This is the only tool you'll ever need to make a killing on the stock market
  • Over the last 10 years, I've traded a variety of instruments but, I found it a mission to learn the ropes of each one. I always did my research first and out of the shares, warrants, share installments, futures, I always found major flaws with each instrument. But then, I found this revolutionary instrument and haven't turned back since. Today, I'm going to introduce you to this instrum... ››› more
  • [16 August 2013]
  • Revealed: The ins and outs of CFDs
  • If you fancy adding a bit of trading excitement to your portfolio, how about CFDs? By trading CFDs you can profit when the market is rising and falling. Read on to find out more about how they work… CFDs, or contracts for difference, are a great way to capitalise on the moves of a share or other underlying asset, explains Viv Govender, analyst of Index Trader. A CFD is an over the counter (... ››› more
  • [05 August 2013]
  • The JSE ends the week in the red, pulled down by gold miners
  • After an eventful day on global markets, the JSE ended weaker. Gold miners suffered, which weighed heavily on the JSE. Let's have a look at the day… The JSE broke its “four day winning streak” today, reports BDLive. This was after a “volatile session” as world markets “digested” the US jobs data for July. The lower gold price struck gold miners down, notes IOL. And investors ban... ››› more
  • [02 August 2013]
  • Revealed: What is a single stock future?
  • You've probably heard of single stock futures. They are a derivative product. Read on to uncover exactly what a single stock future is… The single stock future is derivative product. This means a single stock future derives its value from an underlying share or index. Single stock futures are a product of the South African Futures Exchange (SAFEX). You can trade them through any SAFEX re... ››› more
  • [01 August 2013]
  • Uncovered: Four reasons why you should trade CFDs
  • If you want to start trading, but haven't yet taken the plunge, contracts for difference (CFDs) could be the trading instrument for you. They're a great way for you to trade the stock market and get those profits rolling in. Read on to discover why you should be trading CFDs… Contracts for difference (CFDs) are over the counter (OTC) derivatives. CFDs trade through “market makers,” not an ... ››› more
  • [11 July 2013]
  • Revealed: How to profit from falling share prices
  • Short-selling (profiting from the fall in a share's price) is an essential part of any trader's weaponry. And it's no more difficult that buying shares, thanks to derivatives like spread trading and single stock futures. Here's how it works… Volatile markets, just like we’re experiencing at the moment, can cause investors a lot of headaches and financial pain. But to traders, it’s just ano... ››› more
  • [08 July 2013]
  • Trading realities: When trading on margin goes against you
  • Investors who trade financial derivatives, such as single stock futures, take on a significant amount of risk because they trade on ‘margin'. By trading on margin, they achieve a money-multiplier effect that can significantly boost their profits. But with that reward, comes significant risk… When you open a new trade, you’re doing it in the hope that the outcome is going to be profitable.... ››› more
  • [02 July 2013]
  • Margin: The trading money multiplier effect explained
  • One of the reasons people trade derivatives like single stock futures and CFDs is the fact that they get to trade on ‘margin'. By trading on margin, they achieve a money multiplier effect. This means they multiply their gains (or losses) and only have to put a fraction of the money of the trade down. Here's how margin works... Trading on margin can leave many people a bit perplexed, but chance... ››› more
  • [01 July 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]
  • Revealed: The truth about ordinary shares
  • A share is a portion of a company. It can be bought and sold on a stock exchange, or by other agreement. The majority of shares you buy and sell on the market are called “ordinary shares”. Read on to discover characteristics that make ordinary shares your most popular investment vehicle. Ordinary shares are the most common type of stock. They’re popular with investors because they have th... ››› more
  • [08 May 2013]
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