Most investors have heard of diversification and asset allocation. It's a Nobel Prize winning strategy investors use to maximise returns while minimising risk.
Essentially it's the financial equivalent to not putting all your eggs in one basket.
But today I don't want to focus on all the different types of assets and ways you can divide them up in your portfolio. No. I want to focus on one v... ››› more
If you're new to investing and looking for clues on how to build a winning portfolio, where can you start? By including a few key approaches in your investing, you can improve your chances of success. With investing, the same thing doesn't work for everyone. So it's important that you hone in on what works well for you over time. Let's take a closer look at what you should include…
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On the 17th of May 2014, chairman of The South African Investor, Warren Jeffery will be hosting an exclusive event, The Accelerated Investor Pro Live.
Warren has already shown 10,200 people these steps to building a R1 million portfolio and now's your chance to be the 10,201st person!
And that's not all!
Warren has also decided to invite the rest of the FSP Invest experts where you can a... ››› more
If you're a value investor, you're looking for beaten down companies trading at value prices. There are a number of different ways to uncover the best undervalued companies trading at the best prices with the best potential. Here are three common strategies you could try out…
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While most people believe you have to slog hard your whole life to make money, you've always know there had to be an easier way.
Well guess what?
You're absolutely right. You don't have to break your back for every cent you earn. In fact, if you look at the world's super-rich, they hardly work for the bulk of the money they make.
That's because they've figured out how to get their money t... ››› more
Deciding on what shares to buy isn't an easy task. You need to consider a whole host of factors when adding stocks to your investment portfolio. When investing in shares, you should look at the sectors of the different companies. Different sectors behave in different ways. And over time this can have a bearing on the performance of your portfolio. Let's have a look at the different ways sectors be... ››› more
You might think that once you've invested in some shares and other financial products you don't have anything left to do. This isn't the case. You need to ensure you conduct a regular portfolio review to check you're hitting your investment goals. Then you can make any necessary changes. Here's how you can do it…
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There are various types of investment strategies. But they all boil down to three different approaches: Income investing, value investing and growth investing. If buying and holding shares for a long period of time is a strategy that suits your investment style, then you need to focus on dividends. Let's take a closer look at income investing…
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When you open an account with a stockbroker you have to decide what type of account you want. As well as being able to instruct your broker what to buy and sell for you, you could opt to let your stockbroker make all the investing decisions for your portfolio. Whilst giving a stockbroker the right to invest on your behalf sounds like a wise choice, there's no guarantees that you'll get a winning p... ››› more
Investors are prone to hanging onto shares and other assets they own. Even if some of your portfolio has performed well, it doesn't mean you should hold on regardless. Sometimes you have to fight your fears and let go. One way to do this is to regularly rebalance your portfolio. By rebalancing, not only can you bank some profits from assets that have done well, but you can invest in others. Let's ... ››› more
Buying properties to rent out is just the first step in investing in property. Once you own properties, you need to decide whether you're going to collect the rent and deal with your tenants, or get someone to do it on your behalf. There are pros and cons to both options. Let's take a closer look at what you need to consider…
How to manage your property investment
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It would be great if an investing method existed that made money easily. Sadly this isn't the case. Yet some methods appear to make more sense and have a better track record than others. One method worth having a look at is Joel Greenblatt's. His method is all about buying good quality companies at cheap prices. Let's take a closer look at how this works…
How does Greenblatt’s method work?
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“How much of my portfolio should I invest in unit trusts or shares?” That's the question on nearly every South African investor's mind. The answer to it, however, is different from person to person based on a number of factors such as: How much capital you have? How risk-averse you are? If you're still working or are retired? Whether or not you are trying to diversify your portfolio? And what ... ››› more
Leonardo, known as Fibonacci to his friends, was one of the most talented mathematicians in the Middle-Ages.
He introduced the world to the Fibonacci sequence. This sequence can be found everywhere from shells, flowers, galaxies, body proportions, DNA, starfish, fingerprints, molecules, buildings to the stock market.
In fact, as long as the markets have been around, you could have profited f... ››› more
If you're the kind of investor who wants someone else to do all the work for you, you're probably looking for a way to fill your portfolio with a host good unit trusts. If that sounds like you, listen up. Wise investors know that the best consistent long-term investment returns only come from sound asset management, says MoneyWeb. And that means you have to have the right financial planner in your... ››› more
When I was new to trading, I learnt plenty of timeless principles from different traders, which helped my Forex trading performance like you have no idea!
I have to tell you about one or two of my encounters that I'll never forget.
There was a time when I met up with a successful Forex trader from Germany who's been trading in the markets for over 32 years.
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Since the financial crisis hit, many investors are scared about losing large amounts of money in the stock market. But what if there's a way to build a robust portfolio that will stand up well if market mayhem strikes again? Read on to uncover how you can build a portfolio that should weather out any crisis…
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In a number of ways, buying shares is the easy part. The hard part is knowing when to sell. But to protect yourself against losses and not banking gains, you need to have an exit strategy in place. And you should make sure you do this as soon as you buy a share. Let's take a closer look at why you should have an exit strategy in place…
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This year, the stock markets have been on a volatile ride. Up one minute, down the next. But the market has been steadily climbing over the past few years. And the pessimists out there start to worry about then next big dip. But if a big dip does come along, what measures can you put in place to protect your portfolio? Read on to find out…
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When the financial crisis struck, many investors dumped their shares and ran. One asset class that benefited was bonds. Investors looking for a safer home for their money invested in them. And the action of central banks around the world also helped the bonds market. Let's take a closer look at how bonds work and if you should invest in bonds…
After the financial crisis hit in 2007, central ba... ››› more
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