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  • You need to make sure you're using the right investment method when picking stocks
  • There are two main methods you can use to pick stocks for investing or trading. I'm talking about terms called “fundamental” and “technical” analysis. You need to understand the differences between these methods - if you are to use them successfully as an investor… Use them correctly - and you stand to make big profits. Use them incorrectly and you could lose out big time. ... ››› more
  • [12 February 2020]
  • Dividend cover: How to check if your dividend payments are safe
  • If you rely on dividend payments for income or reinvest your dividends to help grow your investment, you want to check if they're safe. Whether a company's going to continue to pay dividends into the future is an important aspect of your investment strategy. So how can you check the safety of your dividend payments? One well-used method is checking a company's dividend cover. Read on t... ››› more
  • [03 November 2014]
  • Four ways to sound smarter than your friends at the braai this weekend
  • Have your ever watched Bloomberg TV and you just didn't understand all the gibberish that they talked about? Or, have you ever been at a braai when your friends started talking investing and you didn't have a clue what they were saying. Did you feel like the odd one out? Well, what if I told you that thanks to four simple numbers, measuring the value of different shares is easier than you th... ››› more
  • [30 October 2014]
  • Company financials uncovered: What is a company's net profit?
  • Having a dig through a company's financial statement can leave you a bit overwhelmed if you're not familiar with the terminology used. And none more so than a company's profit. There are a whole host of profits quoted. Let's take a closer look at one of them, net profit… What is a company’s net profit? You can look at a company’s net profit like your net salary. It means you’ve paid al... ››› more
  • [26 June 2014]
  • Delving into financial ratios: How to use and apply the PE ratio
  • In the world of investing, there are a multitude of different financial ratios analysts use to try and whittle out winning shares. One of the most commonly used is the price earnings (PE) ratio. But what does is show you? And how can you apply it to your research? Read on to discover what you need to know about the PE ratio… Why is the PE ratio so important? The PE ratio is simply a shar... ››› more
  • [24 March 2014]
  • TTM: An investment strategy to value shares
  • When it comes to buying shares, you want to buy at a good price so you can hopefully sell at a profit in the future. But how do you value a share? Analysts' forecasts aren't always very reliable. So you need to do some calculations of your own to determine a share's value. Read on to find out how… Become your own analyst With so much data available online, it makes sense to become your ow... ››› more
  • [21 March 2014]
  • Sasol's earnings rise nearly 27% as a weaker rand boosts performance
  • Earlier today, Sasol Ltd released its results for the six months to the end of December. The energy and chemical company reported a solid growth in earnings over the period. The weaker rand helped Sasol's performance for the six months. And shareholders will be pleased to hear that it significantly increased its interim dividend. Let's take a closer look at what Sasol's results revealed… Sasol... ››› more
  • [10 March 2014]
  • How to check if a company's buyback is good for the company or directors' pockets
  • Share buybacks reduce the number of a company's shares in circulation. By reducing the number of shares, the company technically increases the value of the shares left in the market. And by taking this step, the company boosts earnings per share (EPS). Some investors are sceptical of share buybacks because EPS usually forms the basis of directors' bonuses. So how can you tell if it's for the good ... ››› more
  • [25 February 2014]
  • Nedbank surprises investors as it boosts earnings 15%
  • Earlier today, Nedbank released its full-year results to the end of December. These were better than forecast, with earnings beating expectations. Shares in Nedbank responded well to the results. Let's take a closer look at what Nedbank's results revealed… In its results, Nedbank reported growth in “diluted headline earnings per share (HEPS) by 15%,” reports BDLive. They came in at 1,829c,... ››› more
  • [24 February 2014]
  • Do share buybacks make sense?
  • When companies buy their own shares on the stock exchange and cancel them, it's called a share buyback. And they're becoming popular again. In the States for instance, they're back at levels seen before the financial crisis. And they're picking up in the UK. But why does a company buyback its own shares? And should you be wary of the practice? Read on to find out more about share buybacks… Sha... ››› more
  • [24 February 2014]
  • The dark side of share buybacks
  • Share buybacks are an alternate way for companies to return cash to their shareholders. It can replace paying dividends. It increases the value of company shares by decreasing the number of shares in circulation. As good as that might sound for shareholders, these share buybacks can often be very damaging. Read on to uncover the dark side of share buybacks… Company bosses often like buybacks b... ››› more
  • [08 January 2014]
  • One question to ask yourself before you even think about buying a share
  • When it comes to selecting shares to invest in, what some ‘expert' says can easily sway your decision. But you shouldn't run out and buy or sell a share just because an expert said to on television or in the financial press. Instead, the ideas that you hear should be a starting point for your research, not the end. Read on to find one question to ask yourself before you even think about buying a... ››› more
  • [04 October 2013]
  • Overcome the problems of using the PE ratio with the ‘smart' PE
  • If you use a company's price earnings (PE) ratio to base investment decisions on, you can be ignoring problems associated with using earnings per share (EPS). But what if you could calculate a smarter PE? This ratio overcomes the problems of using a company's EPS and focuses on the whole company, not just earnings. Read on to find out how to calculate the ‘smart' PE… A company’s PE is its ... ››› more
  • [23 September 2013]
  • 2 reasons why the PE ratio can mislead you
  • The PE ratio is a very popular ratio investor's use. But don't jump the gun! The PE ratio doesn't always reflect the true state of a company. Companies can manipulate earnings, so this affects the PE ratio. Read on to find out two reasons why the PE ratio can mislead you… The PE ratio takes into account a company’s share price and its earnings, Phil Oakley explains in MoneyWeek. The PE ra... ››› more
  • [23 September 2013]
  • Don't be fooled by the PE ratio
  • Investors often focus on two key things when they buy a share: How much profit, or earnings, the company is making, and what price the shares are. That's why the price earnings (PE) ratio is so popular. But there are reasons why you shouldn't rely on the PE ratio alone. Read on to find out two problems of using the PE ratio… The PE ratio simply takes the share price and divides by earnings per... ››› more
  • [23 September 2013]
  • The workings of a company's value and the effect on your return
  • You don't want to fall into the trap of paying too much for a share. It will have a negative effect on your expected returns. That's why it's so important to pay attention to a company's value before you jump in. Let's look at the workings of a company's value and the effect on your return… When it comes to making decent returns from buying shares, one crucial aspect is a company’s value, Ph... ››› more
  • [12 September 2013]
  • How to value a share so you don't pay too much
  • When it comes to buying shares, you don't want to pay too much for a share. But how can you go about doing that? Let's delve a little deeper into how you can value a share so you don't pay too much… There are some simple methods of valuing shares that can stop you from paying too much, Phil Oakley explains in MoneyWeek…. When you open a savings account, the bank pays you a rate of interes... ››› more
  • [12 September 2013]
  • How the PE ratio is calculated
  • The price earnings ratio (PE ratio) is a much quoted number in finance. It gives you an idea of whether a share is overvalued or undervalued. Let's have a closer look at how you can calculate the PE ratio… In your quest to find winning shares, the PE ratio can play its part. This ratio can tell you if a share is cheap or expensive, Tim Bennett explains in MoneyWeek. The financial press r... ››› more
  • [03 September 2013]
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