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  • Spread trading allows you to trade on individual shares
  • When you spread trade, not only can you trade stock market indices, but you can trade on the movement of share prices. If you trade this way, you can multiply the gains (or losses) in the movement of a share's price. Let's take a closer look at spread trading individual shares… Spread trading individual shares gives you with an alternative way of trading stocks, Cris Sholto Heaton explains in ... ››› more
  • [09 September 2013]
  • Santam's profit dips 13% on a high number of claims
  • Yesterday, Santam released its interim results. The insurer said that a high number of claims weighed on its business. Let's take a closer look at what the results revealed… Santam, South Africa’s biggest short-term insurer, reported a “13% drop in first half earnings” yesterday, reports IOL. The insurer says that “weather-related claims put pressure on its underwriting business”. ... ››› more
  • [29 August 2013]
  • Make sure you understand how your ETF works
  • ETFs are a very useful type of passive fund. But you need to make sure you know exactly how the ETF you're investing in works before you invest. Read on to find out what you need to know about ETFs… Since launching in South Africa, ETFs have been very successful. And the number available to invest in is growing. But as the market grows, the products become more complicated, John Stepek expl... ››› more
  • [26 August 2013]
  • Revealed: How to get your investing off to a successful start
  • To get your investing off to a successful start, it's vital you start with some financial planning. If you take the time to set some financial goals before you start, you'll be financially more successful over time. Read on to find out what you should do… Before you put a cent in the stock market, you need to make sure that you do these two things first… Pay off any short-term debt ... ››› more
  • [13 August 2013]
  • Two things to do before you put a cent in the stock market
  • Taking control of your finances is one of the most important steps you can take towards securing the sort of future you want for you and your family. But if you want to get your investing off to a successful start, there are two things to do first… Before you jump in make sure you have crossed these two things off your investment ‘to do’ list, as John Stepek explains in MoneyWeek… Num... ››› more
  • [12 August 2013]
  • CFDs uncovered: What happens when you short a share that starts to rise in price
  • One great advantage of CFDs is you can sell (short) them as well as buy, so you can profit whether the market rises or falls. But what happens if you're shorting a share and the price starts to rise? Let's look at what happens with a short CFD trade that doesn't perform the way you want it to… A contract for difference (CFD) is what’s known as an over the counter (OTC) derivative because you... ››› more
  • [08 August 2013]
  • How you can profit from falling share prices by trading CFDs
  • Not only can you trade CFDs to profit from a rise in the market, you can profit when prices take a tumble too. So regardless of what the market is doing, you can use CFDs to profit. Let's have a closer look at a short trade… Before we get into how a short CFD trade works, let’s take a look at what a CFD is… A contract for difference (CFD) is what’s known as an over the counter (OTC) d... ››› more
  • [08 August 2013]
  • Uncovered: Five benefits of trading CFDs
  • By trading CFDs you can take advantage of all the benefits they offer. Such as magnified returns and low trading costs. Read on to discover the benefits of trading CFDs… A contract for difference (CFD) is an over the counter (OTC) derivative since you don’t trade it through an exchange (like shares), but through a bank or company who provide CFD trading. When you trade a CFD, you agree to... ››› more
  • [06 August 2013]
  • Revealed: The ins and outs of CFDs
  • If you fancy adding a bit of trading excitement to your portfolio, how about CFDs? By trading CFDs you can profit when the market is rising and falling. Read on to find out more about how they work… CFDs, or contracts for difference, are a great way to capitalise on the moves of a share or other underlying asset, explains Viv Govender, analyst of Index Trader. A CFD is an over the counter (... ››› more
  • [05 August 2013]
  • Landlord alert: The types of lets available to you
  • When you rent out your property to tenants, it's not just short-term tenancies you have as an option. There's a chance you could secure a long-term let instead. Let's have a look at the differences… Short-term tenancies are the norm these days. But there is a chance you could secure a let agreement for your property. Four ways to ‘let' your property out Here are the different optio... ››› more
  • [02 August 2013]
  • Revealed: What is a single stock future?
  • You've probably heard of single stock futures. They are a derivative product. Read on to uncover exactly what a single stock future is… The single stock future is derivative product. This means a single stock future derives its value from an underlying share or index. Single stock futures are a product of the South African Futures Exchange (SAFEX). You can trade them through any SAFEX re... ››› more
  • [01 August 2013]
  • US sees the best house price increase for seven years
  • Bumper house price data helped the US markets get off to a great start today. Home prices are now at their highest level since 2006. Let's have a closer look at the data… The S&P/Cash-Shiller index of home prices showed promising data for May earlier today. The data revealed that for 20 of the US’s largest cities, home prices “increased 2.4% in May compared with April,” reports Fin24.... ››› more
  • [30 July 2013]
  • Why members of parliament are scratching their heads…
  • Right now, the South African government is scratching its head trying to find a way to generate more power. Eskom has stated our country will be running at a 700MW power shortage by the end of the year. The reality is, if the government doesn't do something soon, economic growth in SA will come to a grinding halt. Our country needs power for businesses to grow. It needs power to expand in... ››› more
  • [19 July 2013]
  • Where's Eskom going to find R191 billion to fill its funding gap?
  • Eskom is faced with a shortfall of R191 billion for its spending programme. The power utility wanted to increase its rates 16% over the next five years, but only succeeded in increasing its prices by 8% by the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA). Now Eskom has to find that cash somewhere to keep South Africa's lights on… Eskom is facing an unprecedented challenge to fill a massiv... ››› more
  • [10 July 2013]
  • Eskom's net profit more than halves, but revenue edges higher
  • This afternoon, utility provider Eskom released its annual results. Since last year's results, profits have dwindled as operating costs soar. Let's have a look at what the latest set of results reveals… Eskom released its result today for the year ending 31 March at a presentation in Pretoria. The numbers showed the strain of rising costs on the business. Net profit after tax for Eskom came... ››› more
  • [10 July 2013]
  • Revealed: The trading jargon you need to know
  • If you fancy giving trading a go, but the lingo leaves you running for the hills, then read on. The jargon used is actually very easy to understand. Once you know what all the terms mean, you'll be able to talk the talk of a trader. Here's a look at what trader vocabulary you need to know… The trading universe has its own vocabulary, and if you want to trade, it’s beneficial to learn these t... ››› more
  • [09 July 2013]
  • Revealed: How to profit from falling share prices
  • Short-selling (profiting from the fall in a share's price) is an essential part of any trader's weaponry. And it's no more difficult that buying shares, thanks to derivatives like spread trading and single stock futures. Here's how it works… Volatile markets, just like we’re experiencing at the moment, can cause investors a lot of headaches and financial pain. But to traders, it’s just ano... ››› more
  • [08 July 2013]
  • Are you an investor or a gambler?
  • If you buy and sell shares, you should be able to work out whether you fall into the investor category or if you're more of a gambler in the stock market. Depending on which camp you sit in, it'll have an effect on the decisions you make on your investment journey… The line between investing and gambling is a very fine one. If you’re in the markets to make quick money, there’s no doubt ... ››› more
  • [08 July 2013]
  • Before you trade, understand the different risks involved in trading long and trading short
  • When you start trading, whether it be single stock futures or spread trading, it's crucial you understand the risks. When a trade goes against you, the losses can be hard to swallow. Equally so, when a trade goes your way, you'll be laughing all the way to the bank… When you trade, you should always have a healthy respect for risk. And that’s why you need to run through the different risk co... ››› more
  • [05 July 2013]
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