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  • Investing for attractive returns could be an investor's worst mistake…
  • Recently I came across an article on MoneyWeb with the headline, “Preference share offering 14.5%”. Preference shares returning 14.5%? I've only really seen a preference share offer investors around 10% and that's Grindrod, which is a solid proven company. So I was sceptical when I read this headline and I immediately investigated how this investment was offering such a good yield. ... ››› more
  • [23 May 2016]
  • Rand cost averaging - A steady investment strategy for any market
  • When it comes to investing, it pays to realise you're in a long-term game. And because of this, you don't want to be stressing about the markets daily moves. That's why I use a simple technique called rand cost averaging. To use this technique, all you need to do is invest a set amount of your capital each month. No matter what the markets are doing, you steadily invest the same amount. Rand ... ››› more
  • [09 May 2016]
  • Boost your retirement investment income the low risk way
  • So, you think that during retirement you can rely on your investment income to keep you going. Well, what if you find yourself dipping into your actual investment capital to make ends meet? The danger is, each time you take cash from your investments, there's less capital invested to generate income. That's why today, I want to show you how an ultra-low risk investment to help you generate... ››› more
  • [06 May 2016]
  • How to find the best unit trust
  • Unit trusts are solid investments. They deliver safe, long-term gains and take the worry of investing your money off your shoulders. But what makes a good unit trust? Let's take a closer look at what you should be looking for when deciding on a unit trust investment. It all starts with what you want...   Before you invest in anything, you need to know what you expect to achieve from ... ››› more
  • [05 May 2016]
  • What is Binary Options and should you invest in them?
  • I receive scores of questions from investors every week. But out of all of them there's one that I think you have to look at: “Hi Francois, I'm retiring in a month and I want to invest some money in Binary Options. Is it worth it? I don't have any knowledge of it at all.” What are binary options? A binary option is a kind of option where you put down money to make a fixed return if... ››› more
  • [06 April 2016]
  • You've been warned: Don't lose your entire investment on MMM Global…
  • My computer has developed an interesting virus… Every now and then when I click on my browser while surfing the web a page opens asking me to invest my money for massive growth, 30% a month to be exact. The page is that of MMM Global. MMM Global is a ‘social financial network' as it terms itself… I've written about the company before. But it seems like MMM's marketing efforts are... ››› more
  • [23 March 2016]
  • Your guide to “no risk” investing in any environment
  • It's painful to watch your money disintegrate because of government policies that you have no control over. However, despite the political situation, the main reasons investors lose money in shares is that they tend to buy and sell at exactly the wrong time.    And they believe risk taking’s rewarded in the stock market. After all, that’s the advice brokers pass along to clients. One of ... ››› more
  • [16 March 2016]
  • The number 1 way to protect and grow your retirement nest egg
  • One of the keys to successful income investing is proper asset allocation, how you balance your portfolio among stocks, bonds, cash, real estate, commodities, gold, and other investments. And asset allocation is not just for your investment portfolio. The can apply the same strategy to your retirement nest egg. Read on to discover the number one way to protect and grow your retirement nest egg… ... ››› more
  • [07 March 2016]
  • Why you shouldn't invest in Small-Cap shares
  • Yeah, yeah, we all know the story of how Shoprite was a R1 share in 1994 and shot up to R200 in 2012. Or how Capitec was 91c in 2002 and today it is trading at R430. You might have even heard me speak about how I first invested in Adapt IT at R1.30 and today it is at R13. But that's not what I want to tell you about today. I want to tell you why you shouldn't invest in small cap shares…... ››› more
  • [29 January 2016]
  • Bull market or bear market, here's a reliable way to reduce the risk in your portfolio
  • No one can predict which way the stock market is going to go. One year, we're in a bull market, the next year, we're in a bear market. But currently, there's more fear in the markets today than there was a year ago. Stock have fallen tremendously and more investors have become bearish. And if you're one of these investors, you probably looking for a way to reduce the risks that could hurt y... ››› more
  • [18 January 2016]
  • 5 short-term insurance secrets to make your business impenetrable
  • The risks involved in maintaining a successful business are real. If you don't protect yourself from unexpected and destructive events, you could see all your hard work crumble. It's important to secure the future of your business by making shrewd and informed short-term insurance decisions. Here are five insurance secrets you can use to protect your business in the face of a deteriorating... ››› more
  • [13 January 2016]
  • The ‘must know facts' about penny share investing
  • Over the last three decades, the small-cap sector (which houses ‘penny shares') outperformed nearly every other market by a landslide. In fact, if you had spread R10,000 across the entire small-cap universe in 1996, you would have turned it into R171,021.60 by 2015. And since 1929, the average annual return on small-cap stocks has been 11.9%, according to Morningstar Ibbotson data on inter... ››› more
  • [07 January 2016]
  • Want to invest in bonds? You'll need to understand how their credit ratings work…
  • There are three main credit ratings agencies which hold a lot of clout with their ratings. These are Moody's, Standard & Poor's and Fitch. As well as providing other ratings, these agencies give ratings for bonds. So how do these bond credit ratings work? Let's take a closer look… The main categories of bond credit ratings   There are two main categories that bonds fall i... ››› more
  • [23 November 2015]
  • How to deal with inevitable trading losses
  • The first thing you have to realise with trading is that you'll never be right 100% of the time. It just doesn't happen. If you can't fathom the idea of losing money trading, it's not for you. Losing trades happen. The key is knowing how to handle them. Let's take a closer look… How to manage losses from trading   The way you handle losing money from your trading activit... ››› more
  • [20 November 2015]
  • Why you should invest in shares
  • By investing in shares, you take on more risk than if you bought another asset class such as bonds. But driving people to take on more risk on the stock market is the chance of future gains. So does the stock market reward investors for taking on this extra risk? And is investing in shares worth it? Let's take a closer look… Why shares make investors money   One of the mo... ››› more
  • [19 November 2015]
  • Three ways to reduce risk on the stock market
  • The stock market can be a risky place, but equally so, you have the chance to grow your wealth by putting your money to work. You can take steps to reduce the risk you take on. Read on to uncover three ways… Reducing stock market risk #1: Stay away from day trading   Day trading is the equivalent of gambling and involves a high level of risk. You should only do this with mon... ››› more
  • [17 November 2015]
  • One of the downsides of investing in penny stocks
  • Investing in penny stocks can be a great way to make a killing on the stock market. But investing in the smallest companies on the stock market doesn't come without risks. So what sort of risks do you face investing in penny stocks? Read on to find out…   The risks of investing in penny stocks   There are a few different risks that you need to be aware of before you embark... ››› more
  • [13 November 2015]
  • The risks of trading forex
  • Trading the foreign exchange market all comes down to speculating on the moves of currencies. By trading a currency pair, you hope that one currency will rise in value and the other currency will fall in value. As the market tends to follow long-term trends, many traders use technical analysis to find trades to their gain. But it comes with risks. So what are the risks of trading forex? ... ››› more
  • [12 November 2015]
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