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  • 3 Checks to Protect Your Portfolio as Airlines Crash and Burn…
  • 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
  • [07 May 2020]
  • How minimum investing IS NOT the same as low cost investing
  • 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
  • [16 January 2017]
  • “Francois, why on earth are my investment costs so high?”
  • “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 The right tools, u... ››› more
  • [23 February 2016]
  • Four tips to help you build a top performing investment portfolio
  • 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
  • [01 October 2015]
  • Why you should avoid investing anything less than R5,000 in penny stocks
  • 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
  • [18 September 2015]
  • Grow your wealth by sticking to these four core investment strategy principles
  • 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
  • [01 July 2015]
  • Follow these five rules to achieve investment riches
  • 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
  • [20 April 2015]
  • Sibanye Gold plans to become 'energy-independent' from Eskom as earnings take a tumble
  • 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
  • [19 February 2015]
  • Two resolutions that could make you rich
  • 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
  • [06 January 2014]
  • Your 2 best financial resolutions for 2014
  • 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
  • [06 December 2013]
  • 5 ways to protect your financial security
  • 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
  • [12 November 2013]
  • How to ensure you keep investment savvy as you age
  • 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
  • [11 November 2013]
  • Uncovered: 3 ways to improve your investment success
  • 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
  • [13 September 2013]
  • Four ways to cut your investment costs today!
  • 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
  • [19 June 2013]
  • Quick, trade more forex pips as our foreign exchange reserves shoot through the roof!
  • 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
  • [08 April 2013]
  • Don't stick to ‘safe' unit trusts: ETFs and ETNs can outperform them
  • 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
  • [21 February 2013]
  • Two resolutions to help investors achieve their financial goals in 2013
  • 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
  • [09 January 2013]


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