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  • Are marijuana stocks an alternative investment opportunity to embrace or ignore?
  • Since the beginning of the year, there has been an investment ‘haze' drifting over the US…. In January, Colorado kicked off as the first state to legalise medical marijuana. Now this has rolled out to 22 states, with others sure to follow. And Colorado and Washington weren't just content with medical marijuana. These states have now legalised recreational use. The catch? Hefty taxes ... ››› more
  • [22 July 2014]
  • R12,000 down with trading? Here's what to do!
  • My friend G. who's just come back from the Greek (Hellenic) army, decided to use some of his savings to start trading. It started out well for him! In just, six months he grew his trading portfolio from R100,000 to R130,000 which is a 30% return! Not bad for a start! But last month (June), he took a R12,000 knock on just one trade. And so this weekend, he called me up and asked me ... ››› more
  • [16 July 2014]
  • Looking for a market beating strategy? Factor investing could be the one for you
  • Factor investing involves buying different stocks that share certain characteristics, which improves their chances of beating the market. These characteristics include value, size, momentum, low volatility and quality. Studies have shown this strategy does work over the long-term. So does it actually work? Let's take a closer look… What are the risks associated with factor investing? ... ››› more
  • [14 July 2014]
  • Two ways to avoid the emotional trauma of Forex trading
  • We've all had our hearts broken at some point. And no, I'm not just talking about getting dumped by your high school sweetheart. The Forex market also has its own way of making you cry yourself to sleep, leaving you broken and feeling helpless. Sure, you might say that you're not gorging on chocolates anymore; but have you found yourself not entering trades because it reminded you of a s... ››› more
  • [10 July 2014]
  • Looking for a lower risk investment strategy? Maybe it's time to build a bond ladder
  • Since the financial crisis, interest rates the world over have been at record lows. But with rates so low, it can be difficult to yield decent returns without taking on a lot of risk. For some investors, the rollercoaster ride of the stock market is too risky an undertaking. Investing in bonds could be the answer… The benefits of investing in bonds If you’re looking for a regular income... ››› more
  • [09 July 2014]
  • Why rebalancing can pay off if you invest for the long-term
  • Rebalancing your portfolio involves periodically buying and selling different asset classes within your portfolio to bring everything back to your original allocation. And back to your optimal mix of assets. In theory rebalancing seems to make a lot of sense. But in practise is it really worth the bother? Let's take a closer look… Rebalancing could be worth the hassle involved A couple of st... ››› more
  • [03 July 2014]
  • One risk management strategy to help you weather a stock market storm
  • When it comes to investing, whatever market it is, there are risks. But you can't let those risks get in the way of you making money in the market. You don't need to worry about what's coming next. What's important is to have a good risk management strategy in place. So what's the best way to do that? Read on to find out… The performance of the market over the last few years It’s a good id... ››› more
  • [01 July 2014]
  • An end to the platinum sector strike firms up the rand
  • Yesterday afternoon, news emerged that the five-month long strike in the platinum sector was over. The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) and the top three platinum producers finally agreed a new three-year deal. The rand strengthened on the news. And this morning the rand continues to hold its gains. Let's take a closer look at what's going on… The rand rallied 1% on ne... ››› more
  • [24 June 2014]
  • The rand is under renewed pressure as the situation in Iraq deteriorates
  • This week, the rand strengthened to its highest level in nearly two weeks. A barrage of domestic data helped the local currency out. But yesterday the situation changed as the crisis in Iraq escalated. This dented the rand and global appetite for risk. Let's take a closer look at what's going on… The rand is battling to hold onto gains The rand was holding its ground this morning, reports BD... ››› more
  • [20 June 2014]
  • Two mistakes to avoid when buying and selling shares
  • Investing can be a great way of growing your money. There are a multitude of ways to invest according to different strategies out there. But regardless of what way you choose, there are certain things to avoid at all costs. If you make these mistakes buying and selling shares, you're sure to lose money… Investing mistake #1: Don’t diversify enough Diversification is one of the most well-kn... ››› more
  • [19 June 2014]
  • Home country bias: Why you shouldn't have all your eggs in a South African basket
  • As a South African investor, chances are you're making a big mistake with your portfolio. There's a high chance that you have all your investments in South Africa. And this means you don't have any exposure to overseas markets. This is risky for your portfolio. So why is it risky? And what can you do to overcome this? Let's take a look… Are you guilty of home country bias? If you have all yo... ››› more
  • [17 June 2014]
  • Why the ratio of 1:1.5 will see you banking bigger winners today!
  • No matter what trading strategy you have, there's no escaping the fact that you're going to lose money at some time or another in your trading career. But how much money you lose is entirely up to you! You see, the problem that most beginner traders have is that, they get into a trade and have no idea what they can lose compared to what they can make… And that's why today I'm going to ... ››› more
  • [11 June 2014]
  • Why it can all go wrong when a company carries too much debt
  • Many companies carry debt. Borrowing money allows companies to finance projects. And it works out cheaper than financing in other ways. But by taking on debt, a company does take on some risks. Things can go wrong. Let's take a closer look at what carrying debt means for a company if things start to go wrong… Debt is a good and a bad thing Debt can work in a company’s favour as it can make... ››› more
  • [10 June 2014]
  • How to find penny stocks
  • Penny stocks can give your portfolio a boost. By investing some of your portfolio into penny shares, you can try to take advantage of young, dynamic, up and coming companies growing from strength to strength, taking their share price with them. So what exactly is a penny stock? What are the risks? And where can you find them? Let's take a closer look… What are penny stocks? In South Africa, ... ››› more
  • [05 June 2014]
  • How to create the ultimate diversified portfolio
  • Research proves that diversification does work. By spreading your investments, it reduces risk. Even a little diversification goes a long way in cutting your investment risk. But what should you aim for when it comes to diversifying your portfolio? Diversification is all about lowering your investment risk If you spread your investments across different shares, sectors, asset classes and even ... ››› more
  • [03 June 2014]
  • Three reasons why you should diversify your portfolio
  • Simply put, diversification is not having all your eggs in one basket. In other words, spreading your investments across different shares, sectors and assets. This is because investing is risky. And by employing some diversification, you can offset some of this risk you take on. Let's take a closer look at why you should diversify your portfolio… The risks you take on when you invest Let... ››› more
  • [02 June 2014]
  • Why a stop loss can kick you when you're down
  • Investing in shares comes with risks. And to take care of the downside risk, stop losses are a must. You decide how much of your initial investment you're prepared to lose and set your stop loss at that. Then if the share price falls and hits that level, you sell. Simple as that. But using stop losses also comes with its issues. Read on to find out more… Setting a stop loss level Using a ... ››› more
  • [02 June 2014]
  • Why it pays to follow the trend and be prepared when you invest
  • Many investors spend too much time worrying about what tomorrow will bring on the stock market. The most important thing is to look at the bigger picture. You need to take a wide lens approach rather than a microscopic one. And if you take this approach, you'll make better investing decisions. You just need to have your risk management strategy in place. Let's take a closer look… How to su... ››› more
  • [30 May 2014]
  • How to find a stock market strategy that suits you
  • When it comes to putting any money into the stock market, the first thing you need to look at is the type of investor you are. If you're very conservative, then trading single stock futures probably isn't for you. So how can you work out what type of investor you are? And once you know your ‘investor type,' what financial instruments suit you best? Read on to find out… The stock market all c... ››› more
  • [26 May 2014]
  • Before you trade commodities you need to understand the risks and the market
  • Over the years, commodities have become ever more popular. You can see this trend is the launch of several different commodity-backed exchange traded funds (ETFs). But before you jump in, you need to understand exactly what investing in commodities is all about and the risks involved. Read on to find out what you need to know... How you can trade commodities If you want to trade commodities, y... ››› more
  • [26 May 2014]
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