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  • I'm taking my first trade but don't know what to say to my broker, PLEASE HELP?
  • Q: "What buy instruction do I give to the broker? This is the first time I'm taking a trade I don't want to confuse the broker or myself" - W A: I remember the first time I wanted to buy a share on the JSE in 2003, many years ago. The problem was… I had no clue what to do or what to say to my broker. Well, if you're a first time trader and you're not sure what to say to your broker, the... ››› more
  • [28 July 2016]
  • These are the best and worst penny shares in the mining sector
  • Between October 2015 and mid-January 2016 the JSE Resources index crashed 38%. Mining shares were out of favour more than they've ever been. Since then, the index has recovered some of these losses, becoming one of the best performing sectors on the JSE for 2016. In fact, since the resource index's January low, it's up 40% for the year so far! But that doesn't mean you can just up and ... ››› more
  • [28 July 2016]
  • The JSE just made a R100 billion error
  • Until Sunday 24 July 2016, economists, local and international investors were investing under a false notion that foreign investors bought South African equities to the value of nearly R100 billion. Economists were mostly baffled by the figures being reported by the JSE. They could not understand why so many investors were buying up such a large portion of South African listed companies. Some ... ››› more
  • [27 July 2016]
  • 11 reasons why this young man has all the characteristics of a master investor
  • Three years ago, I walked into the FSPInvest boardroom. Seated at the freshly polished mahogany table in front of me were six specially selected investment interns. These were some of the brightest investment minds the management team at FSPInvest could find in South Africa. They just passed a rigorous interview process that earned them the right to be an intern at the FSP Invest office. All o... ››› more
  • [12 July 2016]
  • Why you should re-fall-in-love with these spurned market darlings
  • Last year was a rough year for markets. The All Share Index only managed to eke out a measly 5.22%, almost a third of its long-term average return. It was also a year in which we witnessed the spectacular fall from grace of two the JSE's former market “darlings”. MTN which delivered 136.23% between 2010 and 2015, ended the year down -36%, after getting smashed on the news of its Nigerian ... ››› more
  • [08 July 2016]
  • This safe haven asset surges to record highs as JSE financial stocks fall
  • Since the result of the Brexit referendum came in last week, investors have watched millions disappear from the companies in their portfolios. This week, it's the South African financial stocks that took the brunt of the impact. - Nedbank (JSE: NED) is 4% lower this week - Standard Bank (JSE:SBK) fell 4% - Barclays Africa (JSE: BGA) also took a 4% knock - While FirstRand (JSE: FSR) fell ... ››› more
  • [07 July 2016]
  • 7 reasons why I look to the South African Investor to build and protect my wealth
  • Investing in South Africa today is proving to be a challenge for even the best investors. We have to deal with constant attacks to our investment capital. Scam artists, investment fees, taxes, increasing cost of living as well as political decisions both local and internationally all seem to be aligned to do one thing, eat away at the wealth we are trying so hard to build. The current situ... ››› more
  • [06 July 2016]
  • The 3 kinds of stocks you need to avoid on the JSE right now
  • I don't think there's a thing as the “perfect” stock. Yes there are stocks that demonstrate consistent profit growth, churn out cash flow and reward shareholders on a yearly basis. But every stock has its flaws. Whether it's way too expensive, over-hyped, worryingly cheap or just run out of steam, investors could easily fall for buying the a stock that looks attractive but ends up bust... ››› more
  • [23 June 2016]
  • Do you want to invest in the top 20 shares on the JSE by Market Cap in 2016?
  • The Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) is a complex web of companies and investment opportunities. If you look at all the shares on the JSE right now, you see big brands and recognisable logos. What you don't always see the billions of rands that keep these listed companies afloat. I looked around to find a list of the top 20 shares on the JSE right now... Most of the lists are outdated, making... ››› more
  • [17 June 2016]
  • Should you be adding banks to your investment portfolio right now?
  • Even though South Africa managed to dodge the downgrade bullet last week, the risk of recession, higher interest rates and a lack of foreign funding still plagues the South African banking industry. But larger fund managers like PSG Asset Management have recently been adding banks to their portfolios. Surely this is a mistake under the current challenging market environment. Well, let's ta... ››› more
  • [16 June 2016]
  • Long or short - How to profit from the rise and the fall!
  • The JSE's performance over the last seven days has been dismal to say the least. It's down 3.22% and nobody seems to know when it's going to stop. Every major sector on the JSE has decreased taking the shares down with it. Financials - Down 1.53% Resources - Decreased 1.79% Industrials - Fell 1.12% Gold mining - Tanked 4.12% But despite this poor performance, there are opportunities... ››› more
  • [15 June 2016]
  • Here's why your Bidvest shares just dropped 67%!
  • “Francois, what happened? On Monday 30 May my Bidvest shares suddenly dropped by 67%? Isn't this is a blue chip share you recommended for South African Investor members?” - JJ If you own Bidvest shares you'd have noticed how the share lost 67% on Monday 30 May. And I'm sure it might have been a shock. Especially because the share is seen as such a safe, consistent share…   Bidvest... ››› more
  • [02 June 2016]
  • The world's largest brewer gets the nod to merge with SABMiller
  • Anheuser-Busch InBev got conditional approval from the South African Competition Tribunal on Tuesday for its $100 billion acquisition of SABMIller (JSE:SAB) in South Africa. The go-ahead didn't come without certain conditions though. The commission found that the deal raises several competition and public interest concerns and has moved to deal with these. To ensure that South Africa doesn'... ››› more
  • [01 June 2016]
  • “How do I know when to sell my winning shares?”
  • Last night at the South African Investor member meeting, someone asked an important question. Right now, when the market is threatening to tank, this question is more important than ever. You see, investors are afraid to lose thier investment gains. But they're also afraid to make the wrong investment moves. You could sell your winning shares too soon and miss out on even more upside, or y... ››› more
  • [25 May 2016]
  • The JSE fights hard against negative data
  • Friday morning proved to be a good day on the JSE as it recovered from Thursday's sell-off which was triggered by news that US interest rates will increase sooner than expected. Global markets like the US and Asia are still struggling but the European markets joined the JSE in its recovery. Considering that May is usually the worst month for the JSE, things are not looking as bad as investors... ››› more
  • [23 May 2016]
  • Did you know you have an 85% chance to profit on the JSE this Christmas?
  • For most of the year, top traders call the market right 50% to 60% of the time. But there's one time of year, when traders are right 85% of time. After doing my yearly December trading analysis, it's evident. Over the last seven years, the JSE closed December in the green six times. Today, I'm going to share the secret to this "Christmas Rally" anomaly and show you exactly how you h... ››› more
  • [11 December 2015]
  • Keep your eye on this JSE retailer in 2016
  • This year we've seen the South African economy struggle in almost every aspect. There has been rise in inflation, which stands at 4.7%. Interest rates increased twice this year and now stands at 6.25%. But one company is weathering the storm and proving it can grow profits, even in this tough environment. This year we've seen the South African economy struggle in almost every aspect. Ther... ››› more
  • [03 December 2015]
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