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  • The crucial financial statements and accounts in an annual report
  • Probably the most valuable part of a company's annual report is the financial statements and accounts. Not only do you get to see the profit and loss account, balance sheet and statement of cash flows, but you also get pages of notes telling you how the company put these together. Read on to find out what you need to know about the crucial financial statements and accounts in an annual report… ... ››› more
  • [30 September 2013]
  • Size does matter: Why you should use position sizing
  • When it comes to investing in a particular share, you probably ask yourself: How much should I invest in it? Of course, this depends on your net worth, investment experience, risk tolerance and time horizon. Read on to find out why size does matter and why you should use position sizing… If you want to know how much to invest in a share, there is a position sizing formula you can use, the team... ››› more
  • [26 September 2013]
  • Why position sizing removes your emotions out of investing
  • ‘Position sizing' is all about money management. But it's not the kind you use to make sure you have enough money on hand to pay expenses like the mortgage, household bills, car payments, etc. The money management connected with position sizing is strictly limited to your investment portfolio. Let's have a closer look at why position sizing removes your emotions out of investing… Position si... ››› more
  • [20 September 2013]
  • JPMorgan fined $920 million
  • Today, it became public that US bank, JPMorgan & Chase, will pay about $920 million in fines. The fines will be payable to four different regulators over derivative trading losses last year. Let's take a closer look at what's going on… The biggest bank in the US, JP Morgan will pay “four regulators $920 million,” reports the BBC. The fines relate to a “$6.2 billion loss incurred as a res... ››› more
  • [19 September 2013]
  • Always know exactly how much to invest for maximum profit and comfort
  • Before you leap in and start investing in shares, you need to work out how much you're going to put into each position. If you don't take the time to work this out, you could be on the road to losses. Read on to find out how much to invest for maximum profit and comfort… If you have a R100,000 portfolio and you decide you want to risk 5% of your portfolio on each position, you invest R5,000 in... ››› more
  • [18 September 2013]
  • Don't invest in companies that could struggle to deal with mounting debts
  • When you buy shares, you take on risks. But there are a few things that you can do to minimise these risks. By watching out for some tell-tales signs, you can improve your chances of good investment returns. Read on to find out how you can avoid investing in companies with balance sheet risk… Balance sheet risk is the risk that a business will fail or get into trouble because it can't pay ... ››› more
  • [17 September 2013]
  • How to deal with business risk when you invest
  • Most people think investing is risky. In fact, after the roller-coaster ride the markets have been on over the past ten years - and the countless frauds, bankruptcies, and bailouts that have destroyed billions of rands of investor money - many people have sworn off traditional investing altogether. Read on to find out how you can deal with business risk when you invest… When you invest, one ri... ››› more
  • [17 September 2013]
  • The one big risk you take every time you buy a share...
  • Risk management isn't nearly as complicated as most people think... and managing risk is literally one of the most important things you can do to ensure investing success. In fact, many of the world's most successful investors consider risk management to be the most important factor in their success. Read on to find out the one big risk you take every time you buy a share… You need to be aware... ››› more
  • [17 September 2013]
  • Revealed: How to find a good fund manager
  • The job of a professional fund manager is simple in theory. You have to beat the market. You have to make more money for your investors than they could have made by using a cheap tracker fund to follow the underlying market. But doing this in practice is far from easy. Read on to find out how you can find a good fund manager… And if you’re an investor looking to find a manager who can actual... ››› more
  • [16 September 2013]
  • What to do when the stock market falls…
  • Even when the stock market is in an upward trend, it will take breathers every now and then. And a stock market ‘breather' isn't necessarily a bad thing. Let's have a closer look at what you should do when the stock market falls… The Johannesburg Stock Market (JSE) can fluctuate up and down several percent over the course of a few weeks. Some of these moves can seem big, and some investor... ››› more
  • [12 September 2013]
  • How to increase your position size without increasing your risk
  • Position sizing is a great way to reduce your risk when you invest. But what if you could use stop losses along with position sizing to make the most out of your investment capital. Let's take a closer look at how to increase your position size without increasing your risk… If you use stop losses along with position sizing, it means you can take bigger positions but still protect your capital,... ››› more
  • [12 September 2013]
  • Guaranteed returns make Retail Bonds a sensible investment tool
  • If you're a pensioner and would like a steady income or you have limited savings and can't afford to place any capital at risk then Retail Bonds are the investment tool for you. Read on to find out why Retail Bonds are a sensible investment tool… South Africans have a very poor savings record. And that’s why the South African Reserve Bank (SARB) designed Retail Bonds, the team of experts at ... ››› more
  • [06 September 2013]
  • A company's PE ratio is a good starting point, but it doesn't tell you enough
  • The price earnings (PE) ratio is a great way to find companies that are worth investigating further. But you shouldn't use the PE ratio alone as a gauge of whether you should invest in a company or not. Let's take a closer look at what the PE ratio doesn't tell you… The PE ratio can show you if a company is good value, Tim Bennett explains in MoneyWeek. But there are aspects of a share that... ››› more
  • [06 September 2013]
  • Growth investing: The hunt for ample capital gains
  • Growth investing, as the name suggests, focuses more on capital gains than income. With this strategy, you hope to find companies that can grow their profits rapidly. If this happens, the share price of the company will go up rapidly as well and you will make a lot of money. Read on to find out how you can benefit from the growth investing approach… You won’t find growth companies that pay b... ››› more
  • [02 September 2013]
  • A simple approach to sizing up any investment
  • How do you know how to size up different types of investments? On the surface it can be a difficult task. But there is a simple way to put almost any investment on the same playing field. Let's take a closer look… Anyone can understand this approach, explains Dr Steve Sjuggerud in Daily Wealth… It's simple. Regardless of whether it's stocks, bonds, real estate, or something more e... ››› more
  • [20 August 2013]
  • It's not just shares that make up a successful investment portfolio
  • It's not just shares that you can add to your portfolio. As well as buying shares in different companies and sectors, you need to invest in different asset types to reduce your risk. Let's have a closer look at what you need to do… When you start to build your portfolio, as well as holding a range of shares, you need exposure to a range of sectors to reduce risk. But it’s not just as simp... ››› more
  • [16 August 2013]
  • Overcoming your emotions: The magic of rebalancing
  • Getting stressed and selling out (or panic-buying) is the exact opposite of what a sensible long-term investor should do. You get the best investment returns by buying things when they are cheap, and selling them when they are expensive. Read on to find out how you can keep your emotions out of investing… You can prevent your emotions from devastating your portfolio by rebalancing, as Phil Oak... ››› more
  • [16 August 2013]
  • Your first step to building a winning portfolio
  • Once you've got a stockbroker sorted and how much you're going to invest, you need to start thinking about your portfolio. Before you start buying shares, you need to think about what you're actually investing in. Read on to find out how to start building your winning portfolio… Once you’ve got your preparation out of the way, like opening a stockbroking account and you know how much you’r... ››› more
  • [16 August 2013]
  • How interest rates move bonds
  • Before you stick any cash into bonds, it's vital you know how interest rates affect them. It could have a bearing on how much money you make. Read on to find out how interest rates impact on a bond's price… The common assumption is that bonds are practically risk-free investments. But that isn’t always the case. You have to factor in the effect of interest rates, as Phil Oakley explains i... ››› more
  • [13 August 2013]
  • Are bonds the safe bet they seem?
  • Investment is all about trading off risk and reward. Some people think that shares are too risky an investment option and stick to bonds. Read on to find out more about what could make bonds a riskier investment than you may have initially thought… Investment is all about trading off risk and reward, as Phil Oakley explains in MoneyWeek. A common view is that shares are risky. They tend to ... ››› more
  • [12 August 2013]
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