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  • If you invest offshore, have you considered currency risk?
  • If you're a South African investor who invests money offshore, either via a fund or directly, you have exposure to currency risk. So what exactly is currency risk? And what do you need to consider? Read on to find out… What is currency risk? As a South African investor, currency risk means that your investment returns depend on how the rand performs against foreign currencies. ... ››› more
  • [30 March 2015]
  • Stop losses: How to know when you're wrong about a stock
  • Stop losses are a great way of knowing when it's time to admit you're wrong about a stock you've put money into. But how do you know what level to set your stop loss at? And can you use stop losses to protect your gains too? Read on to find out… When to use stop losses Unless you have nerves of steel and are an extreme value investor like Warren Buffett, stop losses make perfect s... ››› more
  • [24 March 2015]
  • Spread trading uncovered: Getting to grips with ‘rands per point'
  • Unlike many other derivatives, with spread trading you have a bit more control over how much you risk on a trade. This is down to you deciding how much you want to risk per point. You decide how many rands per point you want to trade. So what does rands per point mean? And how does it work when you spread trade? Read on to find out… How spread trading works With spread trading... ››› more
  • [24 March 2015]
  • How to make use of the technology on hand to manage your investments
  • The world of stock market investing is very much reliant on computers. When you instruct your broker to buy or sell shares for instance, he uses a computer linked up to the stock exchange to process your instruction. It makes sense to use this technology to your own advantage. You can use it to help you manage your investment risk. And you can use it to bank profits. Read on to find out m... ››› more
  • [16 March 2015]
  • Three ways to help protect your investment portfolio against risk
  • Investing on the stock market can be potentially very rewarding, but this can come at a cost. But the good news is, by following three simple methods you can reduce your investment risk. So what are these three methods? Read on to find out… The three most common investor mistakes When people put their money to work in investments, they have a strong tendency to make mistakes. T... ››› more
  • [04 March 2015]
  • Don't take gambles with your trading account… Here's how
  • Trading is higher risk than investing. The gearing aspect of trading instruments gives you the potential to multiply your gains. But this can also work against you and multiply your losses. So how can you ensure you don't wipe out your trading account with a few bad trades? Read on to find out… Two vital ways to manage your trading risk Managing the downside when trading is yo... ››› more
  • [03 March 2015]
  • Not sure when to sell a stock? Use one of these exit strategies…
  • Before you invest in any stock or asset, you should know when you're going to sell it. This means having a solid exit strategy. The last thing you want is to be holding on to a stock as its value sinks, hoping that it will recover. So what's the best exit strategy to follow? Read on to find out… A stop loss prevents you making large losses on one investment Investing in stocks ... ››› more
  • [03 March 2015]
  • Don't let this investment mistake pull your portfolio down… Here's how
  • One common investment mistake is to put too much money in only one or two investments within the same asset class. It can decimate your portfolio. So what's the best way to invest your money? Read on to find out… An investment strategy to reduce your risk There is a simple investment strategy that you can follow to prevent this type of mistake hitting your portfolio. It’s ca... ››› more
  • [02 March 2015]
  • Want to reduce your investment risk? Use this strategy…
  • One of the biggest mistakes you can make as an investor is having your investments in too few asset classes. If you put all your capital into one asset class, such as stocks, and stocks crash, it will have a devastating effect. So what's the best way to deal with this risk? Read on to find out… The most important risk-reduction strategy you can follow The easiest way to combat ... ››› more
  • [27 February 2015]
  • Eskom warns that load shedding is, yet again, a possibility
  • This morning, Eskom said there's a medium to high risk of load shedding today. The power utility says that at the moment the system is stable, yet if anything changes, load shedding could ensure. Eskom's Majuba plant is now back online after repairs, which has helped to ease some of the country's power constraints. Let's take a closer look at what's going on… Majuba is helping to... ››› more
  • [20 February 2015]
  • Why you must cut your losses to be a profitable investor
  • Being a smart investor comes down to the way you manage your risks. The one thing that pulls so many investors' portfolios down is not cutting losses. The impact is huge. Let's take a closer look at why keeping your losses small is so crucial to your investment success… Don’t let losses decimate your investment portfolio Investing all comes down to making money. You invest in sh... ››› more
  • [19 February 2015]
  • Follow this conservative trading strategy to rake in profits
  • Trading can be risky, whether you choose contracts for difference, single stock futures or spread trading. This strategy is conservative, yet it allows you to make money from trading, whatever trading instrument you use. So how does it work? Read on to find out… Why this trading strategy is successful This trading strategy is behind many professional traders’ success. It invo... ››› more
  • [18 February 2015]
  • Why you should be cautious about investing in IPOs
  • IPO stands for initial public offering. This is the first day a company floats on the stock market, in other words, it's the day it lists. So should you buy shares in an IPO? Let's take a closer look… A company’s first day on the stock market On their first day on the stock market, IPOs can trade at a premium to their offer price. Sometimes these premiums are huge. As much as... ››› more
  • [17 February 2015]
  • Want to invest in corporate bonds? Here's how to weigh up how risky they are…
  • When you invest in government bonds, the chances of you not receiving the cash back is relatively low. If governments experience money troubles, they have the option to print more cash or raise taxes. But with bonds from corporations, it's a different story. Different companies will have different levels of risk associated with whether they can pay back what they owe on bonds or not. So how ... ››› more
  • [16 February 2015]
  • Delving into low-risk investments: What are bonds?
  • If you want to put your money at work in the markets, you're not just limited to the stock market. You can look to low-risk investments like bonds. Low-risk investments may not offer you the potential juicy gains you can get from buying shares on the stock market, but they offer you a way to generate an income, without taking on much risk. The most popular of low-risk investments are bonds. ... ››› more
  • [06 February 2015]
  • Trading uncovered: The risks involved with shorting
  • When you start trading, unlike investing, you have the option to sell a stock as well as buy. You can do this if you think a share or other security is going to fall in value. This is known as shorting. But shorting is a risky business. So why is shorting so risky? And how can you short a stock? Read on to find out why… What is shorting? Shorting involves selling shares or ... ››› more
  • [02 February 2015]
  • Investing in bonds uncovered: The ins and outs of fixed-interest funds
  • An easy way to invest in bonds is through unit trusts. Unit trusts investing in bonds are known as fixed-interest funds. They're a great option for you to consider as they give you instant diversification. So what do you need to know about investing in fixed-interest funds? Read on to find out… What sort of investments are included in fixed-interest funds? Fixed-interest funds ... ››› more
  • [26 January 2015]
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