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  • If your marginal tax rate is 39% or higher you are probably investing wrong
  • There are just two certainties in life: Death and taxes. Unfortunately, these are also the two topics people find most unpleasant to think about. For higher net worth individuals, understanding your taxes is almost as important as understanding investments. If you're a high income earner in South Africa, a return of 11% can be equal to one of 20% under the correct tax treatment. Many reader... ››› more
  • [21 September 2017]
  • Feeling worried once you've taken a trade? You might have this condition
  • Let's paint a scenario. You're at your computer, feeling “ready” to take on the financial market. You see a trade has lined up and you're ready to buy a position. You put in your trading levels and push the enter button, which get's you into your trade. There's no going back. All of a sudden… You have this stomach curdling feeling. “Am I about to lose a whole lot of money... ››› more
  • [21 September 2017]
  • Are you ready to buy your first share? Here's how to find the best broker for you
  • If you want to invest and have pinpointed a few shares that you want to buy, you need a stockbroker. Or perhaps you don't want to make the share picks, but would like a broker to do it for you. A stockbroker acts as an intermediary between you and the stock market. You have a number of different options open to you. What type of account do you open? What should you consider when you pick a broker?... ››› more
  • [09 March 2016]
  • How to pick the right trading account
  • If you want to start trading, you'll need to open a trading account. Many traders are eager to get started so they overlook taking the time to suss out what's on offer and finding the best one. But this is a vital step you shouldn't overlook. So how can you find the best trading account for you? Read on to find out… Don’t automatically open a trading account with your stock brok... ››› more
  • [10 November 2015]
  • Forget R10,000… Forget R5,000… Now you can invest in your first penny shares with R100!
  • Let's face it, investing has always been something for the richest 2%. The minimum for opening share trading accounts at many stockbrokers is R10,000. Then there's the rule I've always stuck by, don't invest less than R5,000 in a single share… That's all because of minimum brokerage costs. Whether you buy R50 or R5,000 of shares your transaction cost will amount to around R100. So only onc... ››› more
  • [09 November 2015]
  • How to start trading currencies
  • If you've decided that you want to start trading forex, you'll need to find a way to trade currencies. You have a couple of options. It all comes down to what currencies you want to trade. Let's take a closer look… Trading forex with currency futures   You need to decide which currencies you want to trade.   If you want to trade the rand against a number of internat... ››› more
  • [06 November 2015]
  • Your guide to start trading CFDs
  • If you feel you're up to speed with the workings of contracts for difference (CFDs), understand the risks involved and have a strategy to follow, you're ready to start trading CFDs. So what do you need to do to start trading CFDs? Read on to find out… Find someone to trade CFDs with You can’t trade CFDs until you open up a trading account to do it. This is the first thing you ne... ››› more
  • [11 September 2015]
  • Your quick start guide to trading forex
  • If you want to start trading forex, there are a few things you need to do before you can get started. Trading forex is all about speculating on the value of one currency rising or falling against the value of another currency. Currencies always trade in pairs. So if you're eager to get started trading forex, read on… Deciding what currencies you want to trade If you want to trade ... ››› more
  • [28 August 2015]
  • Trading accounts 101: The ins and outs of stop orders
  • When you use your trading account, as well as entering a trade at the current market price, you can also set certain levels. For example, you can set a limit order for entering a trade. This means if the price of the asset you're trading hits the level you specify, you'll enter the trade. If it doesn't, you won't. Another tool you have at your disposal are stop orders. So what are stop or... ››› more
  • [21 August 2015]
  • How to work out how much you need to start trading
  • You can open a trading account with as little as R500 with some brokers. Whilst this is a reasonably small amount, you shouldn't use this as the basis for working out how much you need to start trading. Instead you should base the amount you start off with on the money and risk strategy you're going to use once you start trading. So how much do you need? Read on to find out… D... ››› more
  • [22 July 2015]
  • How to trade forex: Getting started with a trading platform
  • The easiest way to trade forex is by using an online trading platform. By using a trading platform, you can really get to grips with how forex trading works. So how should you start trading forex using a trading platform? Read on to find out… Using a trading platform to trade forex When looking for a trading platform to use to trade forex, it’s important to look for one that has... ››› more
  • [17 June 2015]
  • How to open an account to trade CFDs
  • If you want to trade contracts for difference (CFDs), one vital step is opening a trading account. Without one of these, you won't be able to trade. So where do you start? Read on to find out what you need to do… Where to open you CFD trading account? If you’re serious about trading CFDs, you need to find a company to trade them through. You have two options: Open a... ››› more
  • [03 June 2015]
  • How to start trading CFDs
  • If you want to start trading contracts for difference (CFDs), you'll need an account to trade them through. So how can you find companies to trade CFDs through? And how can you open an account? Read on to find out… Finding a company to trade CFDs with There are a selection of different companies offering CFD trading. These include stock brokers, banks and other trading companies. ... ››› more
  • [14 May 2015]
  • If you want to trade forex, you need to know how much it's going to cost you…
  • If you want to start forex trading, you'll have to pay to put on trades. So how much will it cost? It depends on whether you opt to trade currency futures or spread trade currencies. Let's take a closer look… The different types of forex trading account available With forex trading, you have two options when it comes to trading accounts: If you want to trade the rand ... ››› more
  • [22 April 2015]
  • Unless you read this, you have only a 10% chance of making it as a trader
  • 90% of traders blow their money. Why? Because as soon as they find a profitable trading strategy, they deviate from it. They don't keep at it and follow the trading strategy as they should. This is typical human nature. And because you're human too, you have a 90% chance of becoming a complete and utter failure of a trader. So read on below, and see if you fall under these dangerous tradin... ››› more
  • [10 April 2015]
  • How to find a stock broker to trade single stock futures through
  • As with investing in shares, if you want to trade single stock futures, you'll need a stock broker. A stock broker will put on your single stock futures trades on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange's Equity Derivatives Market for you. So how can you find one of these brokers? Read on to find out… How to trade single stock futures If you already have an account for investing with a... ››› more
  • [17 March 2015]
  • Your step-by-step guide to making your first trade
  • At first glance, the realm of trading is a vast one. But once you've spent some time checking out the different instruments available to trade and looked into different strategies, you'll be a step closer to actually trading. When you know what you want to trade and how you're going to do it, you need to place your first trade. Here's how to do it… Follow these four steps to make... ››› more
  • [22 January 2015]
  • Three tips for choosing an online broker
  • The traditional way of buying and selling shares involves phoning your stockbroker. But an online broker can prove to be a cheaper and easier way for many investors to trade. So if you're thinking about opening an account with an online broker, what should you look at? Let's take a closer look… Choosing an online broker tip #1: Dealing commissions This is an important aspect to pi... ››› more
  • [05 December 2014]
  • Want to trade online? Make sure you do this first…
  • With the array of trading platforms out there and the variety of different tools to trade with, it's easy to get excited about trading online. But before you take the plunge, you need to ensure that you prepare yourself for the journey. Otherwise it could be a very costly exercise. So what do you need to consider before you start trading online? Let's take a closer look… The massi... ››› more
  • [04 December 2014]
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