How To Invest

  • Seven investing questions everyone wants answered
  • At first glance investing seems inaccessible, confusing and sometimes even scary. But the concept really is simple - investors (like you) buy small pieces of companies called shares. The amount of money you make will be based on how well the company's share price does, and whether it gives you any share of the profits it makes (called dividends).   ... ››› more
  • [25 October 2018]
  • Where else can you get a 35% return a year on your money?
  • About 10 years ago, I gave up with investing. The returns were just too slow for my liking. And so, trading took over a big portion of my life. Now as you know by now I'm a trader by heart. But I also understand that I need to diversify my money for the future. Why? Well, it's better to grow my retirement kitty with multiple streams of income, rather than with just one or two. With the st... ››› more
  • [21 September 2017]
  • Palladium: The precious metal nobody is talking about but should be
  • At times like this, gold and silver typically grab all the attention... And attract all the "safe" money. But there's another metal that could blast past both of these. That's because it has unique physical properties for which there is just no substitute - something its biggest consumers lose quite a bit of sleep over. It's 15 times more rare than platinum... and 30 times more rare than gold. Rea... ››› more
  • [06 January 2017]
  • How these penny shares grow profits by 30%, 50% while the JSE moves 1% for the year!
  • The JSE All Share Index is up 1% for the year so far. The Top 40 index, representative of the most ‘stable' shares on our market is down a miserable 2.25% since 29 December 2015. And our economy is struggling. It's fair to say that 2016's been a tough year. Many companies are losing money (or at least making smaller profits), and very few shares are up. But there are a select gro... ››› more
  • [28 September 2016]
  • The best way to get into the Chinese stock market for long-term gains
  • With a booming population and an ever growing investment market, China overtook the US as the world's largest recipient of foreign capital investments. Official statistics from China's Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) show foreign direct investment (FDI) into China reaching $35.4 billion in the first quarter of 2016. That's a 4.5% increase from the same period in 2015. The US economy fell from its po... ››› more
  • [06 September 2016]
  • How much money do you need to start investing?
  • How much cash should you put into your account to start investing? Does it even matter? The amount of money you start out with could be of crucial importance - and if you miss this you could end up losing money from winning shares. But this doesn't mean you need thousands of rand to start investing though… Let me explain...   What you start out with will determine your succe... ››› more
  • [23 June 2016]
  • The ‘must know facts' about penny share investing
  • Over the last three decades, the small-cap sector (which houses ‘penny shares') outperformed nearly every other market by a landslide. In fact, if you had spread R10,000 across the entire small-cap universe in 1996, you would have turned it into R171,021.60 by 2015. And since 1929, the average annual return on small-cap stocks has been 11.9%, according to Morningstar Ibbotson data on inter... ››› more
  • [07 January 2016]
  • Book review: Become a Master Property Investor in 90 Days
  • I can see the merits of investing in property. You buy property, you rent it out, you sit back and over the years watch the value of your property rise whilst receiving a monthly income from your tenants. It's something I really wanted to do, but my lack of knowledge surrounding investing in property left me in limbo. What I needed was a thoroughly comprehensive guide that would take me thro... ››› more
  • [21 December 2015]
  • The key aspects you should include in your investment strategy
  • Investing in the stock market provides you with a way to grow your wealth over the years. But investing comes with risks. So what can you do to minimise the risks you take on when you invest? Read on to find out… The basis of a great investment strategy   For your investments to perform well over the long-term, you need to build up a core holding of great stocks in your port... ››› more
  • [30 November 2015]
  • Five ways you can invest in gold
  • When uncertain times hit, investors tend to move to gold. Gold gives you a way to hedge your portfolio against a financial crisis. It's wise to hold a small portion of your portfolio in gold. So how can you invest in gold for the long-term? There are five ways… Way to invest in gold #1: Coins and bars   This is the most direct way you can invest in gold. As you hold physi... ››› more
  • [24 November 2015]
  • Use these tips to increase your chances of investing in winning stocks
  • In your quest to make money from the stock market, you're always looking for ways to increase your chances of success. So how can you boost your chances of investing in great stocks? Read on to find out… Investing tip #1: Look to the future   One of the best ways to give your money the best chance of success is to buy tomorrow’s profits with a margin of safety today. You n... ››› more
  • [18 November 2015]
  • Book review: Become a Master Property Investor in 90 Days
  • Property is one thing that I am really keen on. People I know who've invested in property over the years have done pretty well out of it. Property as an investment seems to make perfect sense. For one, you own an asset that should appreciate in value over the years. And then there's the regular rental income too. I have been desperate to start my own mini property empire and this is how I ca... ››› more
  • [17 November 2015]
  • Book review: The Lazy Man's Way to Real Wealth
  • I may write about the financial markets and investment opportunities on a regular basis, but there's one facet of investing that I haven't paid much attention to. This is exchange traded funds (ETFs). I used to be under the impression that ETFs weren't worth bothering with and trying to pick individual stocks for my own portfolio was the way to go. But I always keep an open mind and whils... ››› more
  • [09 November 2015]
  • How to start investing in ETFs
  • Exchange traded funds (ETFs) are a great way to gain exposure to the stock market without having to pick individual shares. So how do ETFs work? And how can you start investing in them? Read on to find out more… How ETFs work   ETFs are baskets of shares. By investing in ETFs you gain exposure to all the shares making up the basket of shares they hold.   For example... ››› more
  • [04 November 2015]
  • Why lithium could be the shining light in a depressed commodity market
  • Commodities have had a tough few years. It's not easy to find a commodity that's not felt the impact of the global economic downturn. But there is one commodity which is showing all the signs of a bull market. This commodity is lithium. So is it worthwhile looking at for investment opportunities? Let's take a closer look… What is lithium? Lithium is a metal used in batteries. Y... ››› more
  • [27 October 2015]
  • What are the differences between ETFs and ETNs?
  • If you've looked into exchange traded funds (ETFs), you may have come across exchange traded notes (ETNs). So what are the differences between these two products? And what difference does it make to you as an investor? Let's take a closer look… Defining ETFs and ETNs ETFs are baskets of shares or other assets that track the performance of a benchmark index or asset. To create thes... ››› more
  • [14 October 2015]
  • Use these tips when investing in bonds
  • When the stock market goes through a bear market, one asset class that tends to perform is bonds. During bear markets, high quality bonds perform well. And this has been the case for the vast majority of bear markets over the past 100 years. So how can you invest in in bonds? And what's the best way to go about it? Read on to find out… How to invest in bonds If the stock marke... ››› more
  • [30 September 2015]
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