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  • What are REITs, how they work and which are the best REITs to buy in 2019
  • Q. "I've seen that REITs have become widely spoken about in the news lately, since the Federal Reserve decided to cut the interest rates by 25 basis points to 2%. This has sparked my interest to look into investing in REITs. Timon could you explain briefly what a REIT is, how they work and why the drop in interest rates have attracted investors into buying them?”   A. REITs (pronounced R... ››› more
  • [07 August 2019]
  • Four key differences between CFDs and other trading instruments
  • CFDs (contracts for difference) are trading instruments that you can use to trade assets like shares, indices and currencies. You can also use trading instruments like single stock futures and spreads to trade shares and indices. So what makes CFDs different? Let's take a look… CFDs have no expiry date CFDs have no expiry date. This is unlike single stock futures and spread ... ››› more
  • [10 September 2015]
  • Want to trade currencies? Here's how to select the right instrument for you…
  • If you want to trade the world's currencies, there are a number of ways you can go about it. The first thing you need to decide is what currencies you want to trade. Once you know this, you can pick the right instrument for you. There are essentially three different instruments you can use to trade forex. Read on to find out more… Using currency futures to trade forex   If you ... ››› more
  • [17 August 2015]
  • What makes CFDs different from other trading instruments?
  • When it comes to trading, you have a number of trading instruments at your disposal. If you decide to trade contracts for difference (CFDs), what makes them different to other derivatives products on the market? Let's take a closer look… CFDs don’t expire, unlike other derivatives CFDs have no date of expiry. This makes them different to other derivatives like single stock futu... ››› more
  • [13 May 2015]
  • How to pick the right financial instrument to meet your investment goals
  • Before you start investing, you should take time to write down your investment goals. These should range from short-term to long-term. Then you need to decide what financial instruments you're going to use to take you there. These range from cash to geared instruments. So what sort of risks do different financial instruments come with? And what can you expect in terms of returns? Read on ... ››› more
  • [02 April 2015]
  • Want to trade online? Make sure you do this first…
  • With the array of trading platforms out there and the variety of different tools to trade with, it's easy to get excited about trading online. But before you take the plunge, you need to ensure that you prepare yourself for the journey. Otherwise it could be a very costly exercise. So what do you need to consider before you start trading online? Let's take a closer look… The massi... ››› more
  • [04 December 2014]
  • How a 62 hour braai can bank you a 110% trading gain!
  • Last week Wednesday, as I was researching braai tips on Braai Day, I came across a world class braai'er! You'll never believe this! Braai Boy (Gareth Daniell) broke the Guinness Book of World Records for the longest continuous braai. He braai'ed for a staggering 62 hours NON STOP! As I was reading about his techniques and tricks, I couldn't help but think how similar it is to the way... ››› more
  • [30 September 2014]
  • Five top trading instruments to help gear up your gains
  • You've decided that it's time to take things up a notch. You want to give trading a go, but where do you start? There are so many different instruments out there. How do single stock futures work compared with contracts for difference (CFDs)? How does spread trading differ from options? To find out what you need to know about the different instruments available for you to trade and more, read on... ››› more
  • [17 June 2014]
  • How to find a stock market strategy that suits you
  • When it comes to putting any money into the stock market, the first thing you need to look at is the type of investor you are. If you're very conservative, then trading single stock futures probably isn't for you. So how can you work out what type of investor you are? And once you know your ‘investor type,' what financial instruments suit you best? Read on to find out… The stock market all c... ››› more
  • [26 May 2014]
  • 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]
  • The four essential ingredients for profitable stock market investing
  • A solid foundation is always at the core of the best performing stock market portfolios. And to get you on track to a winning portfolio you need to make sure you have these four ingredients… These essential ingredients are the building blocks in the world of stock market investing, as Gareth Stokes explains in Fear, Greed and the Stock Market. The importance of shares, the stock exchange an... ››› more
  • [08 August 2013]
  • Discover the five most important things you need to know before you start investing
  • If you're new to investing, prepare yourself for your journey into the stock market with this five point checklist. It'll help you become a more successful investor. Read on to uncover what you need to know before you buy your first share… A long journey requires careful planning and preparation to succeed. Stock market investing is no different. Here’s a five point checklist you can use ... ››› more
  • [11 June 2013]
  • Set stop losses on your geared trading to minimise your losses
  • South Africa's 2013 Budget Speech is just around the corner and investors are eager to find out if any changes will be announced that will affect their investments. They're worried that the taxman will seek to an even bigger chunk of money from their investments. If you're worried about handing over more money to the taxman, maybe you should consider looking at the profit potential of gearing. If... ››› more
  • [22 February 2013]



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