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  • Retirement alert: A low risk way to boost your investment income…
  • As interest rates remain low, the returns you get from your money market and saving investments are poor. Read on to find out how you can boost your investment income… With interest rates at four decade lows, any return you make from your money market and saving investments is suffering. If you depend on your investment income to live off, you might find yourself dipping into your actual in... ››› more
  • [05 August 2013]
  • Uncovered: Three ways to manage your investment risk
  • When you invest in shares, it's crucial you manage your investment risk. Risk management is vital. Read on to find out three ways to lower your risks… It’s important you take steps to protect the cash you plan to invest. And it’s also wise to follow some ground rules when it comes to investing. But there are a number of ways you can reduce your risks, explains Francois Joubert in The Re... ››› more
  • [02 August 2013]
  • Manage your investment risk: Make sure you do your own research!
  • Before you risk a cent on the stock market, it's so crucial that you do your own research! Don't listen to anyone's advice without checking the facts. Here's what you should do… You wouldn’t buy a car, a house or a new TV just because a mate said it was a good buy, would you? No. You’d look into it. You’d compare it to others in the market, explains Francois Joubert in the Resource an... ››› more
  • [01 August 2013]
  • If you're struggling to pay your bond, here's what you need to do…
  • If you find that each month it's getting harder and harder to make your bond repayments, you need to do something about it now. If you don't, your house is at risk. Here's what to do if financial problems arise… If you’re struggling to make ends meet, it can be hard to ask for help. But the sooner you do, the more likely it is that you can make things better. If you lose your job, for ins... ››› more
  • [01 August 2013]
  • Use a stop loss and stick with it!
  • When you invest in shares it's vital you set a stop loss so you know when it's time to exit a share. But what level should you set your stop loss at? Read on to find out more about stop losses and what level you should set them at… A good rule of thumb is to sell when your investment has lost 25% of its value. This percentage can vary depending on the type of share and your own appetite for... ››› more
  • [31 July 2013]
  • Use position sizing to minimise your investment risk
  • By using position sizing to limit the amount of cash you put into each position, you can spread your investment risk. That's why it's advisable to invest 5% of your cash into one position. Read on to find out why this is so important… Spreading your risk is similar to the idea of a diversified or ‘balanced’ portfolio. Diversification is where investors buy shares in different sectors of... ››› more
  • [31 July 2013]
  • Uncover the benefits of buying and selling shares
  • Investing in shares is beneficial for a number of reasons. Read on to find out why you should buy and sell shares… You can boost your income with dividends and grow your wealth with capital growth when you buy and sell shares. Two fantastic reasons to get involved in the stock market And not only that, there are two further benefits why you should invest in shares, explains Gareth Stokes... ››› more
  • [31 July 2013]
  • Spread your capital, don't increase your risk by putting too much into one investment
  • Position sizing is an important aspect of portfolio management. But, be careful how you split your pot. If you invest too much in each share, you could be worse off. Read on to find out why… A general rule of responsible investing and good risk management is that you should never invest more than 5% of your portfolio in any single share. Say you’ve put aside R100,000 to invest in the stoc... ››› more
  • [30 July 2013]
  • S&P demotes Anglogold's credit rating to junk status
  • Following a negative trading statement about its second quarter, yesterday Standard & Poor downgraded AngloGold Ashanti's credit rating to junk bond status. Read on to find out what this means for the gold miner… Yesterday, ratings agency Standard & Poor (S&P) dealt the world’s third largest producer of the yellow metal another blow. AngloGold Ashanti’s “credit rating was downgraded to j... ››› more
  • [18 July 2013]
  • Four bad habits that are ruining your chance at building wealth - and how to break them
  • Habits are one of the most powerful forces that drive what we say and do. So don't let your bad habits ruin your chance at building huge wealth. Read on and find out how to break the four most common bad money habits and get on the gravy train to easy riches… Did you know that up to 60% of the things you do every day are automatic, habit driven actions? That’s right! You don’t even thin... ››› more
  • [12 July 2013]
  • Revealed: The six secrets of safe investing
  • In today's uncertain financial environment, with faith in many of our trusted financial institutions shaken, it's getting harder to get your money to work aggressively for you. But by following these simple rules, you'll lower your risk and increase the chances of reaching your financial goals… The market chaos we’ve seen over the last five years may have left you running in the opposite dir... ››› more
  • [11 July 2013]
  • Five risks of using technical analysis to select shares
  • Technical analysis is a form of share analysis that makes many traders healthy profits and it could work for you. But if you're using it to select shares to invest in you need to be aware of some of the dangers associated with this method so you don't needlessly lose money… Technical analysis is the study of market activity, historic prices and trading volumes in an attempt to estimate future ... ››› more
  • [11 July 2013]
  • Recognise these four key points to get you on the right investing track
  • How do you choose the right investment to give you great rates of return? To consider any investment, there are some basic principles you need to take into account before you jump in. Read on to uncover four points you need to think about when you put your cash to work… When thinking about any investing, there are some basic principles you should take into account to improve your chances of ma... ››› more
  • [09 July 2013]
  • Can you trust this buy signal?
  • Reliable signals that the stock market is under- or overvalued are few and far between. But the equity risk premium (ERP) is one of the more reliable. But when the stock market is behaving as erratically as it has been, is following ERP reliable or just plain risky? Read on to discover the answer… Investors the world over have tried to discover ways of second guessing the stock market. But,... ››› more
  • [09 July 2013]
  • Buyer beware: Consider these risk factors when you buy penny shares
  • In the stock market, everything boils down to risk and return. Generally speaking, the higher the risk, the higher the potential return. These two factors go hand-in-hand. And penny shares are no different. With penny shares, there's potential for huge gains, but with that potential comes higher risk. Let's have a look at the risks involved with penny shares… Wouldn’t it be great if every pe... ››› more
  • [08 July 2013]
  • Before you trade, understand the different risks involved in trading long and trading short
  • When you start trading, whether it be single stock futures or spread trading, it's crucial you understand the risks. When a trade goes against you, the losses can be hard to swallow. Equally so, when a trade goes your way, you'll be laughing all the way to the bank… When you trade, you should always have a healthy respect for risk. And that’s why you need to run through the different risk co... ››› more
  • [05 July 2013]
  • Three top reasons unit trusts deserve a place in your investment portfolio
  • Deciding what to invest your hard earned cash into is no mean feat. Unit trusts are a serious consideration for your investment portfolio. If you're new to investing, they can help you take that first step into the realm of the stock market. They can be serious wealth builders and a great way of reducing your portfolio's risk… Taking it down to its bare bones, a unit trust is a fund owned by i... ››› more
  • [26 June 2013]
  • Don't ignore the ‘holy grail' of investing: Diversification
  • No doubt you're familiar with the old stock market adage: Don't put all your eggs in one basket. But have you ever really considered why you should try and diversify your portfolio? Let's look at why it's such a crucial aspect of successful, profitable investing… Once you’re happy with the mix of assets in your portfolio, you can create the right mix of each individual asset class by using p... ››› more
  • [25 June 2013]
  • Don't fall into the “BEAR-snare” and lose R1.6 million
  • “Timon, how do I save my portfolio from going bust?” This was a recent question from one of my readers, F.B. You see, F.B had read my article “Be a BEAR and hibernate in June” which got him a bit worried because the previous week he'd bought into the market. He decided to buy because he believed the market's fall was over. A further 1, 300 point down move later, and F.B. was do... ››› more
  • [18 June 2013]
  • Four reasons to invest in shares
  • Not quite sure if investing in the stock market is for you? Read on to discover what the advantages are and how investing in shares can make you financially better off… Want to make more money without having to work harder? Then you should think about investing in the stock market! Here are four reasons to start buying and selling shares on the stock market, as explained by Gareth Stokes... ››› more
  • [14 June 2013]
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