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  • Forex risk management: How to get position sizing right
  • There are two major benefits of risk management when you trade forex. Firstly, risk management protects you from losing a large amount of money in one trade. And secondly, risk management will make you more profitable in the long run. One key aspect of risk management is position sizing. So how can you make this work for you? Read on to find out… Using position sizing as part o... ››› more
  • [09 June 2015]
  • Why you must address risk management BEFORE trading
  • If you're new to trading, it's easy to let the excitement of making mouth-watering profits from your new venture stand in the way of dealing with vital aspects of your strategy. But before you even contemplate putting a trade on, you must realise the importance of risk management and make it a major part of your strategy. So why is risk management so important when you trade? And how can you... ››› more
  • [09 June 2015]
  • Why you shouldn't believe that investing in high-risk stocks will make you more money
  • There's a common belief in investing that the higher the risks you take on, the greater the potential reward may be. Long-term performance of stocks and bonds provides evidence to back this up. Historically, stocks have outperformed bonds. This implies greater reward for investors taking on the higher risks of investing in stocks over bonds. But it may not be as clear cut as this. When it co... ››› more
  • [05 June 2015]
  • How to check a country's risk factors before investing offshore
  • If you've decided to invest some of your cash offshore, it's important to weigh up the potential risks of countries you're looking at. So how can you check? Read on to find out… Weighing up offshore investment destinations When investing offshore, it’s important to consider country-specific risks. FM Global, an international insurance company, has devised a tool to help you d... ››› more
  • [05 June 2015]
  • Why you can't ignore risk management when trading forex
  • Forex trading gives you the opportunity to make handsome profits from changes in the prices of currencies. Whilst you can make good gains, if you don't put any thought into risk management, you can quickly lose money. So why is risk management so important when you trade forex? And what sort of risk management strategies should you consider? Read on to find out… Risk management is... ››› more
  • [02 June 2015]
  • The smart investor's guide to surviving the stock market roller coaster ride
  • Since the slump following the financial crisis, shares on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange have continued their overall upward trend. But investing in the stock market is risky. There's always a chance the stock market could take a turn for the worse. So what's the best way to prepare? Read on to find out… The battle between the stock market bulls and bears There will always be ... ››› more
  • [26 May 2015]
  • How to manage your CFD account to cope with inevitable losses
  • When you first begin trading contracts for difference (CFDs), you're likely to be very excited about the profitable journey that lies ahead. But as soon as you have your first losing trade, this feeling evaporates. All traders have losses. It comes with the territory. The key is managing your trades in an effective way so losing trades don't wipe you out. So how can you do it? Read on ... ››› more
  • [25 May 2015]
  • How to invest for income with unit trusts
  • Unit trusts provide you with an easy way to invest in a number of different assets. You can use them to invest in different types of equities, money market funds and bonds. If you're looking for a lower risk option to generate an income, unit trusts have the solution. Let's take a closer look… Investing in income funds Income funds are unit trusts that focus on generating an incom... ››› more
  • [18 May 2015]
  • CFDs uncovered: The pros and cons of gearing
  • Contracts for difference (CFDs), like other financial derivatives, are geared products. So what is gearing? And what are the advantages and disadvantages of trading geared products? Read on to find out… Gearing explained CFDs are geared products. This means you only put down a small proportion of the actual value you have exposure to. You achieve gearing (or leverage) through t... ››› more
  • [18 May 2015]
  • Should you opt for fixed-rate bonds or a fixed deposit accounts?
  • If you're saving up for a specific goal or don't need access to some of your cash for a while, what are your options when it comes to low-risk investments? You could opt to put your cash in the bank in a fixed deposit account or you could buy RSA Retail Savings Bonds. So which is the better option for you? Read on to find out… What are RSA Retail Savings Bonds? RSA Retail Savin... ››› more
  • [15 May 2015]
  • Why you have to take a risk to be a trader
  • You may have heard the expression: You have to speculate to accumulate. This expression goes hand in hand with trading. Trading involves speculating by putting on trades to accumulate by making a profit. But with this comes high levels of risk. Taking risks fills many people with dread. So how can overcome your fear of taking a risk? Read on to find out… Risk results in fear ... ››› more
  • [13 May 2015]
  • Considering investing in bond unit trusts? Here's what you need to know first…
  • Investing in bonds is a great way of lowering the overall risk of your portfolio. By lending governments or corporations money, you receive fixed interest payments. But bonds can seem complex. There's a host of new terms to understand. And the risk differs amongst different types of bonds. Getting to grips with these details will help you find the best bond unit trusts to invest in that a... ››› more
  • [11 May 2015]
  • Four reasons why you should include bonds in your investment portfolio
  • Investing in bonds may not offer you the level of potential gains of investing in stocks, but they play an important role in your portfolio. So what are bonds? Why should you invest in them? And how can you invest in bonds? Read on to find out… What are bonds? Bonds are fixed-interest securities. When you buy bonds, you’re lending the issuer money. In return for this loan, you... ››› more
  • [08 May 2015]
  • Understanding bonds: Weighing up corporate bonds and government bonds
  • When you buy bonds, you lend the bond issuer money. In return for this ‘loan,' the bond issuer pays you interest until the bond matures. There are two main types of bonds you can buy: Corporate bonds and government bonds. So what's the difference between these types of bonds? Read on to find out… What are bonds? Bonds are known as fixed-income securities. This is because for ... ››› more
  • [05 May 2015]
  • Looking for a less risky trading alternative? Have a look at options…
  • Options trading is by far the most popular trading tool in the US. As a South African trader you can trade this popular instrument too. The Johannesburg Stock Exchange's Derivative Market lists options on the single stock futures it lists. So what exactly is an option? And how much risk do they come with? Let's take a closer look… What are options? In South Africa, options are ... ››› more
  • [29 April 2015]
  • Let your profits drive how much you risk with this forex trading strategy
  • Forex trading can be a lucrative way of making money. But even the best of forex traders will encounter losing trades. To ensure a few losing trades don't decimate your trading account, it's vital to manage your risks. This forex trading strategy means your success denotes how much you put risk with each trade. Let's take a look at how it works… How this forex trading strategy wor... ››› more
  • [21 April 2015]
  • Why diversification reduces your investment risk
  • Diversification is an essential aspect of portfolio management. By not putting all your eggs in one basket, you can reduce the risk you take on when investing. So why does diversification work? And should you bother? Read on to find out more… What is diversification is all about? The idea behind diversification is you spread your stock market risk by investing in a number of diffe... ››› more
  • [10 April 2015]
  • How to pick the right financial instrument to meet your investment goals
  • Before you start investing, you should take time to write down your investment goals. These should range from short-term to long-term. Then you need to decide what financial instruments you're going to use to take you there. These range from cash to geared instruments. So what sort of risks do different financial instruments come with? And what can you expect in terms of returns? Read on ... ››› more
  • [02 April 2015]
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