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  • Warning signs that you could be holding the next Steinhoff
  • The Steinhoff debacle hurt a lot of investors. If you held Steinhoff shares before the crash - you'd be down around 97% on your money today. And the chances of ever recovering all the losses are close to zero… But what you should know is that situations like this can be avoided. There are at least four clues to follow that are warnings signs of an impending disaster like that of ... ››› more
  • [24 April 2019]
  • Why the most common argument against dividends is wrong!
  • The most common argument you hear from investors who aren't interested in dividends is that the company should be able to find something better to do with its cash than give it back to shareholders. They say the funds should be used to grow the business either by investing in the business itself or by acquiring new ones. These are valid points but here's where they are wrong… Recomm... ››› more
  • [26 February 2019]
  • The one number that matters when it comes to share price direction
  • Today I'm going to explain why you don't ALWAYS need to follow… Market forecasts Hot tips in the media “Sure-fire” speculations… to know where share prices will go. In fact, you only need to know one number to see if a company's shares will go up or down. And the best part, every investor can use it! Although successful investors like Warren Buffett, Peter Lynch and John Temp... ››› more
  • [22 September 2017]
  • Why you should always look at the Price Earnings ratio before you invest
  • When you're looking for a solid share to invest in, the company's Price Earnings Ratio (PE) is a great way to find a good investment. You see, the PE ratio shows you the relationship between the price of a share and the profits the company is making. But more importantly, the PE ratio reveals to you whether a share is cheap or expensive. It could also tell you where the share's going (an... ››› more
  • [25 May 2016]
  • Shares in Massmart take a heavy knock as earnings tumble
  • Early this morning, Massmart released a trading statement covering the six months to the end of June. The retailer warned of a large fall in profits for its coming results. Once the market opened, this led its shares to plunge in value. Let's take a closer look at what's going on… Massmart’s earnings could be as much as 30% lower Massmart Holdings [JSE:MSM] revealed its earnings... ››› more
  • [19 August 2015]
  • Use this ratio to help you find the best shares to buy
  • To find the best shares to buy, you need to do your research. You want to give your cash the best chance of future growth investing in shares. So how can you uncover a good investment? One common way of valuing a company is using the price earnings (PE) ratio. But the PE ratio has its flaws. Read on to find out the downfalls of the PE ratio and what you should use instead… What ... ››› more
  • [14 July 2015]
  • Investing for beginners: Everything you need to know about the PE ratio
  • The price earnings (PE) ratio is one of the most quoted financial ratios. But what is the PE ratio? And what does it tell you? Read on to find out… What is the PE ratio? The PE ratio is the share price of a company divided by its current earnings per share (EPS)… PE ratio = share price / earnings per share In other words, it shows you the value of a company as a multipl... ››› more
  • [23 March 2015]
  • Amplats warns of a drop in earnings of up to 55% after lengthy strike action
  • Earlier today, Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) released a trading update for the full-year to the end of December. The platinum producer warned of a sharp tumble in earnings over the period. This follows a five-month strike that hit its operations last year. Let's take a closer look at what Amplats revealed… Amplats says earnings are to fall between 40% and 55% Amplats [JSE:AMS]... ››› more
  • [23 January 2015]
  • Investment strategy uncovered: How to check a company's valuation
  • When it comes to analysing a company, its share price is very useful. Using it along with the latest annual report and you can find out what the stock market is saying about a company's future prospects. By doing this, you can reduce your risks of paying too much for a share and find possible undervalued ones. Sometimes you'll come across stocks with share prices that imply they won't grow t... ››› more
  • [02 January 2015]
  • Shares in Vodacom slide nearly 6% as the mobile giant cuts its earnings forecast
  • Earlier today, Vodacom Group Ltd released its results for the six-months to the end of September. The mobile phone provider showed that it's feeling the knock-on effects of cuts to mobile termination rates (MTRs). This led Vodacom to cut its earnings forecast. Shares in the company fell sharply on the news. Let's take a closer look at what the results revealed… Vodacom blames a cu... ››› more
  • [10 November 2014]
  • 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]
  • Why you need to pay attention to the PE ratio of a penny stock
  • Investing in penny stocks can prove to be a profitable endeavour. You can make money by investing in the right small company. When you invest in a penny stock that's soaring, it can be hard to know when to bail out. You don't want to see your profits disappearing as the share price heads south. That's what it's important to keep an eye on its PE (price earnings) ratio. Let's take a closer... ››› more
  • [12 September 2014]
  • How to use the PE ratio to find undervalued shares
  • On the face of it, investing in shares should be easy. You just need to find undervalued shares and wait for them to rise in price. Numerous studies over the years have shown that following an investment strategy of buying shares for less than they're worth is beneficial. It's just a case of waiting and being patient. Value investing should beat the market's performance over the long-term. ... ››› more
  • [08 September 2014]
  • Gold Fields boosts profits 20% as low-cost mines beef up production
  • Earlier today, Gold Fields released its results of the three months to the end of June. The company posted an impressive rise in earnings over the period. The gold producer managed this in spite of a lower gold price and lower production. Let's take a closer look at what Gold Fields revealed… Gold Fields cost cutting efforts paid off Gold Fields [JSE:GFI] posted “a 7% increase i... ››› more
  • [21 August 2014]
  • Shares in Merafe soar over 6% as the ferrochrome producer doubles its earnings
  • Earlier today, Merafe released its results for the six-months to the end of June. The ferrochrome producer reported an impressive rise in earnings and production over the period. Investors greeted the news well, with Merafe's share price rallying strongly on the news. Let's take a closer look at what Merafe revealed… Merafe boosts earnings 134% Merafe’s headline earnings per sha... ››› more
  • [12 August 2014]
  • How to weigh up the returns a share pays you for investing
  • When you put money into a savings account, you expect the bank to pay you a rate of interest in return for that. When you invest in shares, there's also an expectation that your money will earn you a return. Otherwise it wouldn't make sense to risk you money investing. Your cash would be better off in the bank. So what sort of ‘interest rate' can you expect in return for investing in a... ››› more
  • [08 August 2014]
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