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  • Before you invest in a company, weigh up the exchange rate risk
  • Many companies on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange have operations overseas. This is particularly so with the Top 40. Before investing in a company, it makes good sense to check out how big a company's overseas operations are. Why? Because you're exposing yourself to exchange rate risk. Here's what you should check out before investing… The effect of exchange rate risk on a compan... ››› more
  • [14 October 2014]
  • Why you should care about exchange rate risk when you invest
  • When you invest, especially in large companies, there's a good chance that some of its revenue comes from overseas. If this is the case, the company comes with exchange rate risk. This is the risk that an exchange rate will work against the company's revenue streams, hurting the bottom line. So how can exchange rate risk affect a company? Let's take a closer look… Where the risk f... ››› more
  • [13 October 2014]
  • Bank an easy 111.29% gain while the JSE falls down the crocodile's mouth!
  • Last month, the JSE All Share Index 40 (ALSI 40) fell by 3.2% and broke a crucial level that I've been watching. By breaking this level, the JSE has entered into the “Deathly Crocodile's Mouth. And that means, I expect the stock market to fall down another 7.75%. But why wait for the fall when you can bank an easy 111.29% trading gain? Brace yourself! The Deathly Crocodile’s Mo... ››› more
  • [02 October 2014]
  • Why you can't beat diversification to lower your investment risk
  • A whole host of different companies, large and small, make up the Johannesburg Stock Exchange. A lot of investors put the associated risk of investing in a company down to its size. But just because a company is large doesn't mean that it comes with no risk. So what's your best bet to reduce your overall investment risk? Let's take a closer look… The link between company size and... ››› more
  • [26 September 2014]
  • Fancy trading or investing in commodities? Here's what you need to know
  • The commodities market is a vast one. With South Africa being so rich in commodities, like gold and platinum, perhaps you're interested in putting some money into the market? Before you make any decisions, you need to know more. So what exactly is the commodities market? How can you trade and invest in it? And how is investing in commodities different from investing in other financial instru... ››› more
  • [22 September 2014]
  • An investment strategy that can boost your returns without increasing your risk
  • When it comes to investing for the long-term, you don't want to take on huge amounts of risk to increase your returns. Yet there is a way you can increase your returns without taking on extra risk. So how can you do it? Read on to find out… An investment strategy that can pay off over the years The idea behind this investment strategy is simple. You need to focus on investing... ››› more
  • [17 September 2014]
  • Four common trading tips to ignore at you peril
  • Do you notice that more often than not, you probably had the good advice on how to prevent your trading losses before you made them? But for some reason you just keep ignoring it - and you keep making the same mistakes to the detriment of your trading account. Today I'm going to re-iterate the four trading tips the novice traders make the fatal mistake of ignoring. 1. Adjust your expecta... ››› more
  • [05 September 2014]
  • The rand claws back some ground after falling sharply yesterday
  • The rand fell to three-week lows yesterday as investors turned away from riskier assets. But today, the local currency is trading slightly stronger. Let's take a closer look at what's going on with the rand… The rand bounced back after weakening under pressure The rand strengthened somewhat bringing it “back within a recent trading range,” reports Fin24. This after the local ... ››› more
  • [03 September 2014]
  • Record low interest rates are pushing a rising number of investors to junk bonds
  • Since the financial crisis struck, across the world interest rates fell to try to keep the global economy ticking over. But record low interest rates mean that investors are struggling to get a decent return on their cash. One of the biggest beneficiaries of this are junk bonds. So why are investors turning to junk bonds? And what are the risks of investing in junk bonds? Let's take a clo... ››› more
  • [02 September 2014]
  • How to be the house and not the gambler when trading!
  • “Trading is nothing more than gambling!” “Trading is like a casino where the house always wins!” These are a just a few things my friends used to tell me, when I started trading. But that's when I told them, they have to change the way they look at things when it comes to trading the markets You see, my friends didn't have the tricks and tips to think like a casino. Instead, th... ››› more
  • [28 August 2014]
  • Why it's crucial you stick to your stop losses
  • Risk management is a vital part of investing and trading. If you have discipline and stick to the risk management strategies you have in place, your portfolio will perform better. Take stop losses for instance. It's easy to set a stop loss when you buy shares, but it's another thing when it comes to sticking to them. You might want to hold on just that little bit longer just in case the share p... ››› more
  • [22 August 2014]
  • One way to ensure you don't take on too much risk as an investor
  • Many investors spend their investment career battling against the market. This leaves them taking on too much risk and not reaping the rewards. You buy into a share. The share price plummets, but you hold on and in the process lose money. Or you buy into a share. The share price rockets, but you sell out quickly to grab profits when there's still a lot more to come. So how can you ensure ... ››› more
  • [22 August 2014]
  • Hone in on ‘glamour' stocks if you're looking for a short selling opportunity
  • If you want to short sell a share, you want to profit from its share price falling. By short selling a share, you'll borrow it from an existing owner, pay a fee for the privilege and then sell it back. You can use a number of trading instruments to short sell. These include single stock futures, contracts for difference and options. So what are the risks with short selling? And how can y... ››› more
  • [20 August 2014]
  • Corporate bonds: Why companies pay back money at different interest rates
  • If you look at the bond market, the safest types of bonds you can invest in are government bonds. This is because governments rarely go bust. And if things get tough, governments can always resort to printing more money. But it's not quite as easy for companies. African Bank bonds are a perfect example of what high risk can do to corporate bonds. Let's take a closer look at what determines h... ››› more
  • [11 August 2014]
  • If the pessimists are right about a coming bear market, are you prepared?
  • When global stock markets continue to climb, sure enough there will be those who come out to say the end of the bull market is near. It's time for the bears to have their turn. So if a bear market is around the corner, how can you prepare? Let's take a closer look How investors behave It’s funny how the behaviour of investors works… Throughout stock market history, investors show ... ››› more
  • [25 July 2014]
  • Why you need to look at your forex trades in cash terms and include ALL your costs
  • It's easy to look at the percentage gains (or losses) you make when you put on a forex trade. But to get a clearer picture of how your trades are performing you need to look at everything. This means adding in all your costs too. These costs can have a major impact on your returns. You need to ensure that you include these costs when you're looking at your forex trading performance. Let's ta... ››› more
  • [23 July 2014]
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