It was quite a week for airline stocks.
It started with the announcement from Warren Buffett that Berkshire Hathaway had sold stakes in four major US airlines: United, Delta, Southwest and American Airlines.
This is an exceptionally uncharacteristic move from the legendary value investor.
Firstly, Buffett is all about “buy and hold”. He rarely sells investments unless, the prospect... ››› more
Do you know the difference between minimum investing and low-cost investing?
Well, most investors would usually say they're the same thing. But this is far from the truth.
Low-cost investing deals with the investments associated with investing your money, while minimum investing implies the least amount of money you can invest.
In fact, failure to understand this can actually lead to... ››› more
“Francois: I read your article on using ‘buy limit orders' to buy shares at lower prices and decided to do it. But something seems to have gone horribly wrong. I tried buying R5,000 worth of shares with a limit price of 51c. But when I checked my account it only traded about R500 worth. My cost per share, after brokerage, is now 67c per share. What's going on???” - BM
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If your goal is to build a long-term investment portfolio that performs well over the years, there are a few things you can do to improve your chances of success.
It all comes down to how you manage your portfolio.
Read on to discover four tips to help you build a top performing portfolio…
Investment tip #1: Spread your risk
When building your investment portfolio, it’s vital to... ››› more
If you've decided to invest in penny stock, due to their lower share prices, your investment will buy you a lot more shares than investing in the large-caps on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange.
But you shouldn't take this as a cue to invest tiny amounts into penny stocks. You should stick to a minimum investment of R5,000.
So why is this?
Let's take a closer look…
Investing small a... ››› more
You may think that investing success comes down to picking the right investments to put your money into.
Yes, investment choices do have a bearing on the returns of your portfolio. But costs can have a massive impact on your returns.
So what effect can costs have on your performance? And how can you reduce these costs?
Read on to find out…
High costs can turn a good investment per... ››› more
Before you start investing your money, you should have a strategy in place.
By sticking to a strategy, you're less likely to make mistakes with your investments and give your money the best chance of growth.
So what principles should you include in your investment strategy?
Read on to find out…
Investment strategy principle #1: Asset allocation and rebalancing
When putting toge... ››› more
Chances are the reason you're investing is to grow your wealth.
So how can you increase your chances of achieving this goal?
There are five main factors that will have a bearing on your success.
Read on to find out what they are and how you can apply them to your investment strategy…
Investing rule #1: Be patient
Patience is key to success in the market. You need to stick with ... ››› more
Today, South Africa's largest gold producer, Sibanye Gold, released its results for the 12-months to the end of December.
The gold producer reported a drop in earnings for the period. And revealed its plans to go it alone producing energy, ceasing its reliance on Eskom for power.
Let's take a closer look at what's going on…
Sibanye Gold reported a drop in earnings, but increased its ... ››› more
This is the time of year for making New Year's resolutions. And if you want to make your portfolio bigger, fatter and wider a year from now, then these resolutions are for you. Read on to uncover the two New Year resolutions that could make you rich…
The beginning of a New Year provides inspiration to make some resolutions for the year ahead, Alexander Green in Investment U explains…
If y... ››› more
It's getting closer to the end of the year and time to make your New Year resolutions. You should give these some thought and get ready to make them part of your investing strategy for 2014. Read on to uncover the two best financial resolutions for 2014…
This is the time of year when you might start thinking about your New Year’s resolutions, Alexander Green in Investment U explains...
Th... ››› more
You don't want your retirement assets to kick the bucket before you do. Fortunately, there are concrete steps you can take now to safeguard your finances and assure your retirement assets are around for the long haul. Read on to uncover five ways to protect your financial security…
There are five factors that will determine the future value of your investment portfolio and the returns you can ... ››› more
It can take the average person years, if not decades, to learn (if ever) how to save, invest, minimise taxes and enjoy a measure of financial independence. Yet in a new study out of Texas Tech University in the States, Dr Michael Finke and his colleagues reveal that financial literacy actually worsens as we get older. The study shows that knowledge of basic concepts essential to effective money ma... ››› more
You can improve your investment success by sticking to a set of basic principles. If you apply these principles to your investing, they will help you be more profitable. Read on to uncover three ways to improve your investment success…
You can increase your chances of success on the stock market by following some rules, Alex Green explains in Investment U.
3 rules to help you become a more ... ››› more
When I saw the fees my friend was paying to buy his shares, I was absolutely flabbergasted. At the rate he was paying, his returns would NEVER be able to come anywhere near his targeted returns! After a thorough investigation, I found the route of the problem…His broker. You see, not all brokers have your best interests at heart. And at the end of the day, if you're making a loss, it could be b... ››› more
Bad news: The rand's still weak. Good news: This morning, the South African Reserve Bank announced that its rand-denominated holdings of gold and foreign assets rose by R9.2 billion to R459.9 billion in March. Best news: You can use this to profit from forex trading! Here's how…
South Africa’s foreign exchange reserves, excluding gold, rose to R376 billion in March.
The valuat... ››› more
Unit trusts are a popular investment option as they're managed, which means you can usually trust that they're being effectively run. But new research shows that exchange-traded products like ETNs and ETFs can actually outperform unit trusts, and they're easy for you to manage yourself. Here's what you need to know if you're considering investing in them… Most investors add unit trusts to their ... ››› more
Being just days into the new year, it's not too late to take a look at your finances and make changes to the way you've done them before to grow richer this year. Sure you can decide to save more money or cut down on unnecessary daily expenses you're your morning cappuccino, but the truth is we're less likely to stick to resolutions past March than we believe.
But if you're an investor there's... ››› more
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