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  • The most important question you can ask when you start trading
  • Q. “Timon, I am trying to figure out what will suit me best as a trader. Maybe you can help me with my trading profile. I'm a 56 year old single house father who has about 1 hour a day to trade with income from property rental. I don't like too much stress and I certainly don't like the idea of losing a lot of money in a day. Can you help me figure out who I am as a trader?” A. Hi Bryce, you... ››› more
  • [28 April 2022]
  • Did Boris Johnson make the market fall
  • I sometimes imagine the stock market as a constant humming. Not the hubbub hum of an open outcry trading floor, nor the electrical buzz and click of servers and machines, but the whine of millions of voices guiding billions of dollars, rand and rupees into bets on global business profits, economic scarcity and the future direction of mankind. It's the droning roar of the engine that powers the wor... ››› more
  • [13 December 2021]
  • Do you know how to Pickpocket a trade? After this you will!
  • “Hi Timon, I've just joined you and I'm ready to pickpocket my first trade. I just have four quick questions I need answered first. 1. What order type should I use to set my trading price? 2. What should the TIF be? 3. Can you tell me how to work out the Risk in Trade for the last trade idea sent out? 4. How do I calculate the No. of CFDs to buy if I want to risk 3% of my por... ››› more
  • [29 April 2021]
  • 3 Types of traders - Which one are you?
  • “Hi Timon, I was told that Pickpocket Trader is what's called a position trader. I'm thinking of becoming a member, but I first would like to understand what the difference between a scalper, intraday trader and position trader is. Could you briefly help me with these terms?” A. Sure, these are the three main types of traders that exist. And it’s important to find which style suits your... ››› more
  • [12 August 2020]
  • Is your trading on a one-way street to consistent profits or bankruptcy?
  • Whether you're running a business or starting a profitable career, you need to be able to track your success. You need to know how well the venture is doing, when the bad months are and how it's operating on average. The same applies for when you run local or international trading account. Only this way you'll see if your trading is on the way to consistent profits or on a one-way street ... ››› more
  • [24 April 2018]
  • Political Shenanigans pushes Rand to the back foot - one to buy and one to sell
  • President Zuma is trying to curry favour with supporters by investigating solutions to the “free” education agenda. The cost of this “free” education is an almost certain downgrade and the resignation of Michael Sachs. The Rand responded by weakening 20c yesterday. We've been cautioning investors, to have an appropriate amount of their investable assets exposed to offshore investments.... ››› more
  • [14 November 2017]
  • Your burning CFD questions have been answered!
  • Below you'll find important questions and answers about CFD trading… Enjoy today's Q&A on CFDs. CFDs versus Share Codes   Q “Are the CFD share symbols codes the same as for normal shares? How do you distinguish between CFD and normal share?”   A The CFD is just the derivative of the share...   So you're not buying a share, you're buying the exposure... ››› more
  • [22 September 2017]
  • If your marginal tax rate is 39% or higher you are probably investing wrong
  • There are just two certainties in life: Death and taxes. Unfortunately, these are also the two topics people find most unpleasant to think about. For higher net worth individuals, understanding your taxes is almost as important as understanding investments. If you're a high income earner in South Africa, a return of 11% can be equal to one of 20% under the correct tax treatment. Many reader... ››› more
  • [21 September 2017]
  • About the company: Eqstra Holdings Ltd [JSE:EQS]
  • Eqstra is involved in the leasing of capital equipment and the provision of other services. The company has a listing on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange… Full name: Eqstra Holdings Limited Short name: Eqstra Ticker: EQS Sector: Industrial goods & services – general industries Five top facts about Eqstra Fact #1: Eqstra employs around 5,800 people across its operations in South ... ››› more
  • [27 November 2015]
  • How to decide if ETFs are for you
  • Exchange traded funds (ETFs) are growing in popularity the world over. Since their introduction in South Africa, they have attracted a lot of investment and the number available continues to grow. So what are the advantages of investing in them? And are they a good alternative to unit trusts? Let's take a closer look… The benefits of ETFs   There are a number of benefits to ... ››› more
  • [26 November 2015]
  • Shares in Truworths soar as the retailer reports surging growth in sales
  • Yesterday, Truworths released its business update covering the 18 weeks to 1 November. The company showed a sharp rise in sales over the period compared with the same period last year. Truworths appears to be excelling despite a tough economic climate. Let's take a closer look at what the company revealed… Truworths shares gained 11%   Yesterday, shares in Truworths soared a... ››› more
  • [06 November 2015]
  • How to work out the best trading strategy for you
  • If you want to find out the best trading strategy to use, you need to work out the type of trader you are. So how can you work out what type of trader you are? Let's take a closer look… How to work out what type of trader you are The first thing you need to decide is whether you follow rules or are more discretionary when it comes to your trading. If you follow rules, you’ll ... ››› more
  • [07 October 2015]
  • Shares in Nedbank rise over 5% on the back of buoyant results
  • Yesterday, Nedbank Group released its results for the six months to the end of June. The banking group surpassed analysts' expectations boosting earnings over 14%. Shares in the company rose strongly on release of the results. Let's take a closer look at what the results revealed… Nedbank saw earnings rise over 14% Nedbank [JSE:NED] posted a rise in earnings of 14.1% for its fi... ››› more
  • [05 August 2015]
  • About the company: Datatec Ltd [JSE:DTC]
  • Datatec is an information and communications technology (ICT) business operating on a global scale. The company has a listing on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange… Full name: Datatec Limited Short name: Datatec Ticker: DTC Sector: Technology – computer & software services Five top facts about Datatec Fact #1: Datatec employs over 7,500 people across over 50 countries in the infor... ››› more
  • [31 July 2015]
  • Fast track your Forex success in just 10 seconds
  • With every venture you take, you need to keep tabs on it. Whether you run your own trading account or follow a trader service, you need to know how your results are doing. Ask yourself… Is your portfolio growing at a profitable rate? Or is it on a one-way street to bankruptcy. When you're done reading this, you'll know exactly what to do to keep track of your Forex success in just 10 se... ››› more
  • [06 July 2015]
  • About the company: Merafe Resources Ltd [JSE:MRF]
  • Ferrochrome producer, Merafe Resources, is involved in a venture that enables it to be the largest ferrochrome producer in the world. The company has a listing on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange… Full name: Merafe Resources Limited Short name: Merafe Ticker: MRF Sector: Basic mining - resources Five top facts about Merafe Resources Fact #1: Merafe Resources’ main focus is its v... ››› more
  • [23 June 2015]
  • How to pick the best timeframes to suit your forex trading strategy
  • There are a wide variety of different forex traders who follow different forex trading strategies. Some of these traders may get in and out of trades within an hour or two, whereas others may stay in a trade for a few weeks or more. Depending on your forex trading strategy and the style of trading you follow, you'll concentrate on different timeframes on the charts you use. So what's the ... ››› more
  • [20 April 2015]
  • What type of forex trading suits you best?
  • Knowing what type of forex trader you are will help you find a trading strategy that suits you best. This is key to becoming successful at forex trading. So what types of forex traders are there? And what does it mean for your trading strategy? Read on to find out… How to find out what type of forex trader you are Many forex traders fail because they try to follow a strategy that ... ››› more
  • [12 March 2015]
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