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  • 15 tips to help you become a successful long-term investor
  • If you're a long-term investor, you understand how challenging it is to find the right investments that will deliver your expected returns while you hold the stocks. Once you set your investment goals, you need to put a strategy in place to help you achieve those goals. Now it's important to understand that there are no hard and fast rules to long-term investing. So it's important that you cre... ››› more
  • [25 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]
  • 3 “Crisis” Stocks to Beat the Brexit Blues
  • So unless you've been living under a rock for the last week you'll have noticed that the UK scored a massive own goal by voting to leave the European Union last Friday. What a mess! All those South African's now “safely” living in the UK and no doubt looking down their snooty noses at our own Nene-gate scandal (and the subsequent rand devaluation) are now facing the same sort of curren... ››› more
  • [01 July 2016]
  • This could be worse than the 2008 financial crisis
  • On 23 June 2016, I remember reading a Moneyweb article stating the “JSE, Rand shrug off Brexit fears”. Another well-known market commentator said that “I think it is going to be a non-event, quite honestly, but if it so happens that they vote to leave, the markets are in for a massive shock. I think the markets are going to scramble.” I even read a tweet from a trader stating that ... ››› more
  • [01 July 2016]
  • Dealing with the Brexit aftermath... Stop panicking
  • When I heard the results of the Brexit vote last Friday, I was watching TV, clutching a cup of coffee and snuggling under a blanket with my sons in the diamond city, Kimberley. As soon as the news bulletin ended, my phone started to buzz uncontrollably. First, a message from my brother asking, “Did you see the Brexit result?” I ignored it. Then, a message from a colleague, “How could... ››› more
  • [27 June 2016]
  • Four ways to prepare your portfolio for the next recession
  • You already know that rumours of a recession are circulating around the investment markets. 2016 has been a tough year for the South African economy and the hard times don't look like they're going to stop any time soon. Statistics South Africa shows that the economy is already down 1.2% for the year. We're in the middle of a drought and the price of food, electricity and water is steadily... ››› more
  • [22 June 2016]
  • Maximum pessimism - Where great investment bargains hide
  • Joshua Benton, Editor of Real Wealth loves looking at the strategies of the investment greats. Earlier this week I was having a cup of coffee with Joshua. He started telling me about a legendary investment move made by one of the greatest investors of all time, Sir John Templeton. It sounded more like legend than truth. But in the end, when Joshua showed me how to apply the strategy be... ››› more
  • [14 June 2016]
  • 20 questions every financial adviser should answer
  • Financial advisers are a dime a dozen in South Africa. Walk into any investment firm and you'll find them, sitting behind their fancy desks in their tailor-made suites and large offices crunching numbers. They come across as bold and confident and in some cases; their knowledge of the investment environment can be intimidating. But just because a financial adviser looks like he knows what he's... ››› more
  • [13 June 2016]
  • Why it's dangerous to be obsessed with share prices
  • Some time ago, a Finance Director of a small company decided he wanted to invest some cash in his company. There is nothing notable or unusual about this. Directors buy and sell shares in the companies they work for every day. So the director bought 12,297 shares for R9,960.57. In doing so, he pushed the quoted price of the shares up from 81c to 89c. This small company had a market cap of R172 ... ››› more
  • [15 February 2016]
  • Is the time right to buy these 'down and out shares' today?
  • What a time we've had… Since November 2015, the JSE All Share Index crashed 11.8%. The Small-Cap index dropped 18%! You might've thought you were prepared for a market crash like this when you started investing… But I bet you're panicking now. It's tough. It's scary. And it really isn't nice to see your entire portfolio of shares crash like this. Today, I want to give you some goo... ››› more
  • [11 February 2016]
  • Why you must ignore short-term fluctuations in the stock market
  • When the stock market goes through periods of extreme volatility, it's very hard to keep positive about the shares you own. Should you bail out and wait for the volatility to subside? Or should you sit it out? Let's take a closer look… The pain of watching your shares fall in price There’s nothing worse than watching money disappear on the stock market as the price of shares you... ››› more
  • [27 October 2015]
  • Three ways to keep your emotions out of your investment decisions and profit
  • Emotions don't have a place in investing. They lead you to make the wrong decisions, which inevitably means your portfolio loses money. So how can you remove emotions out of your investment decisions? Read on to find out… Emotions remover #1: Take a structured approach to investing When it comes to buying shares, you need to take a structured approach. One way to do this is to ... ››› more
  • [21 October 2015]
  • Should you be scared of the ‘October Effect'?
  • There are some stock market sayings and superstitions that never seem to go away. One infamous one is the October Effect. So what is the October Effect? And as an investor, should you pay attention to it? Read on to find out… What is the October Effect? The October Effect is the idea that the prices of shares fall during the month of October, Investing Answers explains. When th... ››› more
  • [16 October 2015]
  • Three ways to take full advantage of penny stocks and profit
  • Finding great penny stocks isn't always easy, but it can be very rewarding. Investing in penny stocks is also risky. You may buy into some that flop. But you can better your chances of investing in penny stocks profitably. Read on to find out how… Investing in penny stocks tip #1: Initially only invest half of what you want to When you uncover penny stocks that you want to invest ... ››› more
  • [08 October 2015]
  • Are you wondering how you should approach portfolio management? Here's how to do it…
  • If you're investing in shares, it's likely because you know that over the long-term stocks perform better than other asset classes. But investing in shares isn't easy. In fact, it can be very difficult to know how to do it in the best way. So how can you manage your portfolio so you benefit from the stock market's long-term performance? Read on to find out… An introduction to port... ››› more
  • [05 October 2015]
  • Can you use the Vix to predict a stock market crash?
  • The Vix is a well-known measure of volatility of the stocks on the S&P 500. Many refer to it as the fear gauge. During times of market turmoil, the index tends to rise in value. So what exactly is the Vix? And can you use it to help you with your investing decisions? Let's take a closer look… What is the Vix? The Vix reflects the volatility of S&P 500 Index options traded on th... ››› more
  • [28 September 2015]
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