Picking the right stocks to invest in isn't an easy feat. You just have to look at how many unit trust funds don't manage to consistently beat the market over the long-term. But there are some investing strategies that stand you in good stead to beat the market at its own game. Read on to find out more about these strategies…
Market beating strategy #1: Invest in ‘value’ shares
This inve... ››› more
For the first time in nine months, yesterday the price of Brent crude oil hit over $115 intraday. The oil price is responding to escalating tensions in Iraq as insurgents continue to battle for ground. The latest targets are oil fields around Baghdad. Let's take a closer look at what's going on and what this means for the oil price longer-term…
Risks to oil production are pushing the oil pric... ››› more
Over the last few years, economic growth in South Africa has been lagging. This as many nations are starting to pick up the rate of growth. Last night, in his State of the Nation address, President Jacob Zuma says the economy's performance is down to two main factors that are holding the country back. Let's take a closer look at what President Zuma said…
Zuma sees economic growth at 5% in fiv... ››› more
Earlier today, credit ratings agency Fitch downgraded South Africa's credit rating outlook from stable to negative. This resulted in the rand weakening against the dollar. Fitch has a few concerns with the South African economy. Let's take a closer look at what's going on…
Fitch drops SA’s credit rating to ‘negative’
Fitch has “revised the outlook on South Africa’s sovereign credit... ››› more
Over the last few weeks, with the markets trading at all-time highs, I've heard a lot of investors say, “There are no good growth opportunities left in the market. Everything is trading so high already.”
Well, there is one special kind of share that presents some huge profit potential. Even with the market trading at these high levels… In fact, with a shortage of opportunities in regular ... ››› more
Earlier today, the US's Commerce Department released its gross domestic product figures (GDP) for the first quarter of the year. The data showed that for the first time in three years, the economy shrank. Let's take a closer look at what led to a contraction in the economy…
US GDP for the first quarter was -1%
Today, US GDP data came out worse than forecast, says Fin24. The figures showed... ››› more
Earlier today, the government said the quality of coal supplied to Eskom's coal-powered power stations must improve. Eskom blamed wet coal for load shedding last Thursday. And the power utility has since asked BHP Billiton for a quality report on the coal supplied last week. Let's take a closer look at what's going on…
Government gives mining sector an ultimatum
Yesterday, the spokesman for... ››› more
After trading in a tighter range over the past week, the rand has weakened this morning. The local currency is under renewed pressure as concern grow over instability in Ukraine. As investors dump emerging market currencies, the rand is suffering. Let's take a closer look at what's going on with the rand…
Negative investor sentiment is pushing the rand weaker
This morning, the rand continue... ››› more
Yesterday, Stats SA released GDP figures for the first quarter of the year. The data showed that South Africa's economy contracted over the three months. The rand reacted badly to the news. And today, the rand has continued to weaken. Let's take a closer look at why the rand reacted so badly…
The rand hits a three week low
Today, the rand slid “to a three week low against the dollar,”... ››› more
Earlier today, Stats SA released its official figures for gross domestic product (GDP) covering the first quarter of 2014. The data showed that for the first time since 2009, the economy contracted. The major cause of the fall is the lengthy strike in the platinum sector. Let's take a closer look at the data…
The platinum strike hit GDP hard
From January to March, GDP fell 0.6%, says BDLi... ››› more
Despite the African National Congress (ANC) clinching the vote after South Africa's fifth general election, they did so by the smallest margin in 20 years. Over the weekend, the ANC says it plans to revive the ailing South African economy. Let's take a closer look at how the ANC plans to do that…
The ANC sees its support fall
The latest general election highlighted that the ANC is losing its... ››› more
This afternoon, the governor of the Reserve Bank, Gill Marcus, revealed the outcome of the latest monetary policy committee (MPC) meeting. Ms Marcus said interest rates would remain unchanged for the time being. And she announced that the bank had reduced its forecast for economic growth for the year. Let's take a closer look at what happened…
The repo rate stays at 5.5%
The end of a thre... ››› more
If you're looking to find companies that are small, growing at speed and profitable, the price earnings growth ratio may be perfect for you. The PEG ratio can be great for finding companies that meet these criteria. So how does the PEG ratio work? And are there any disadvantages using it? Let's take a closer look at the PEG ratio…
What is the PEG ratio?
You can calculate a company’s PEG ra... ››› more
If you're looking for a way to find growth stocks, this formula could be for you. William O'Neil, the founder of US journal Investor's Business Daily, attended Harvard Business School while he was a stockbroker. He devised a strategy to analyse stocks: “CAN SLIM.” The formula made him highly successful and a lot of money. CAN SLIM is an acronym for O'Neil's seven step method for finding promis... ››› more
Whilst investing in the stock market is probably not going to make you rich overnight, over the long-term it can grow your wealth. When you invest in shares, you can benefit in two ways. You can benefit from a rising share price. And you can benefit from dividend payments. Let's take a closer look…
Why would a tiny South African stock in ... ››› more
A couple of days ago an “Equity Report” was delivered to my email box.
It was written by a prominent analyst I often follow for views on stocks.
In short, the report had a BUY recommendation on Curro Holdings.
Now don't get me wrong. I think Curro is a great company and good investment idea. I also think the people managing the business are top notch. And as part of the South African ... ››› more
Having a decent income when you retire is something that provides peace of mind. You don't want to be scrimping and saving to get by. But the good news is, there's an easy way to enjoy an income-rich retirement. It all comes down to dividend paying stocks. Let's take a closer look at how you can achieve it…
Get a 72 hour head-start on ever... ››› more
Yesterday, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) released it latest World Economic Outlook report. The report focuses on analysing global and country-specific economic factors and forecasts economic growth. For South Africa, there wasn't much good news. Let's take a closer look at what the IMF revealed in its report about SA's economy…
Strikes are dampening economic growth
The IMF cut its f... ››› more
Yesterday, the Nigerian National Bureau for Statistics (NBS) released its newly calculated gross domestic product figures. As expected, the data shows that Nigeria is Africa's largest economy. South Africa has dropped to second place. Let's take a closer look at the data and what is actually means…
South Africa is still “the most important economy” in Africa
In spite of Nigeria claiming... ››› more
This afternoon, the US released its non-farm payrolls data covering March. The number of new jobs created came in slightly less than forecast. But the numbers showed that the US economy continues to recover. Let's take a closer look at what the jobs data revealed…
Jobs growth fell 5,000 in March from February
For March, jobs created in non-farming sectors of the economy grew 192,000, says I... ››› more
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