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  • Looking for a CFD trading strategy with a difference? How about pairs trading?
  • If you focus your analysis on one particular sector, this is a good trading strategy for you to consider. Pairs trading involves going long on one stock and short on another stock. And contracts for difference (CFDs) are great for the job. So how does pairs trading work? And why it is a trading strategy worth considering? Let's take a closer look… What is pairs trading? Pairs t... ››› more
  • [17 October 2014]
  • ICASA reveals a new pricing proposal for mobile termination rates
  • Earlier this year, the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) announced hefty cuts to the current mobile termination rates (MTRs). MTRs are the rates that mobile phone operators charge competitors to use their networks. Vodacom and MTN took the ICASA to court over the matter. Even though the court said that the ICASA hadn't followed the correct pricing process, it allo... ››› more
  • [05 September 2014]
  • The JSE takes a knock as BHP Billiton and Shoprite fall over 5%
  • Yesterday, the Johannesburg Stock Exchange felt the strain as one of its heavyweights tumbled. BHP Billiton announced the creation of a new company along with its results. Investors were hoping for something else. Shoprite also disappointed investors as the retailer showed slow profit growth in its results. The JSE's poor performance was in spite of a global trend higher on the markets. ... ››› more
  • [20 August 2014]
  • The one big problem with the world's biggest growth market
  • For years investors have been drawn to the profit opportunity that is Africa. With seemingly endless natural resources, a perfect climate for just about anything to grow in, and a population of more than a billion consumers all keen to raise their standard of living. It's no wonder big manufactures have flocked to ‘gateway countries' like South Africa to build their manufacturing plants so... ››› more
  • [12 August 2014]
  • Revealed: How you can trade shares and profit… Using other people's money
  • My colleague, Francios Joubert often says that one of the greatest benefits of investing in property is that you get to use other people's money to do it. Think about it. When you want to buy a million rand house, you can put down R100,000 and get the bank to put down the other R900,000. The benefit of this is, if the house goes up 10% in value and you sell it for R1.1 million, you can pay back... ››› more
  • [30 May 2014]
  • Vodacom hones in on data as it plans to buy Neotel
  • Earlier today, Vodacom released its provisional results for the full-year to the end of March. And the wireless operator also announced that it's set to buy Neotel in a R7 billion deal. This will see Vodacom extending its data offering to customers. Let's take a closer look at what Vodacom's results revealed and what the new deal means… Vodacom’s headline earnings per shares grew 2.8% F... ››› more
  • [19 May 2014]
  • Miners and retailers help the JSE storm to a new high
  • The Johannesburg Stock Exchange closed at a record high today. Strong performances by retailers and mining stocks buoyed the local bourse higher. This was in spite of poor performances by MTN and Vodacom. Let's take a closer look at what happened on the JSE today… ****************************************************** Get a 72 hour head-start on everyone else… Let TV show pundits, blogs,... ››› more
  • [24 April 2014]
  • Nashua Mobile enters a R2.2 billion deal with MTN and Vodacom to sell its subscriber bases
  • On Friday, it emerged that Nashua Mobile will sell its MTN and Vodacom bases to the respective mobile operators. The decision came as major stakeholder in Nashua, Reunert, deems the bases unprofitable over the long-term. Let's take a closer look at what this means… ****************************************************** Get a 72 hour head-start on everyone else… Let TV show pundits, blogs... ››› more
  • [14 April 2014]
  • A court rules on MTN and Vodacom's fight against ICASA's rate cuts
  • Yesterday afternoon, a court ruled that the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) can go ahead with its planned cuts to mobile termination rates [MTR]. This is in spite of the court finding them “unlawful and invalid”. This follows MTN and Vodacom taking the regulator to court over its plan to cut MTRs. At the end of January, ICASA announced it was slashing the fees char... ››› more
  • [01 April 2014]
  • Will Facebook destroy Vodacom's profits?
  • Facebook just paid a colossal $19 billion for the smartphone-messaging application company WhatsApp. Some people say this move is a threat to the big mobile players of Vodacom, MTN and the like. That's because straight after the purchase, WhatsApp said it will add voice calls to its product within the next four months. This means there's a danger that WhatsApp's improved application will st... ››› more
  • [06 March 2014]
  • Telkom boss hits out at MTN and Vodacom over fighting rate cuts
  • The CEO of Telkom Sipho Maseko has criticised MTN and Vodacom over their moves to try and stop the lowering of mobile termination rates. In full page advertisements in the Sunday papers, Mr Maseko says MTN and Vodacom are standing in the way of what's best for South Africa. Let's take a closer look at what's going on… Telkom’s CEO published an open letter to bosses of MTN and Vodacom The ... ››› more
  • [03 March 2014]
  • Vodacom joins MTN's bid to fight ICASA over rate cuts
  • It emerged earlier today that Vodacom is to follow in MTN's footsteps. It is legally challenging the Independent Communication Authority of South Africa's (ICASA) decision to slash mobile termination rates (MTRs). At the end of January, ICASA announced its plan to cut the rates. Vodacom began legal proceedings yesterday. Let's take a closer look at what's going on… Today, Vodacom revealed it... ››› more
  • [26 February 2014]
  • ICASA delays its plans to cut termination rates after MTN's legal challenge
  • At the end of January, the telecoms regulator announced it was slashing the fees mobile operators charge other operators to use their networks. MTN and Vodacom weren't happy with the decision. Last week, MTN took legal action to try to stop the regulator's plans. As a result, plans are on hold. Let's take a closer look at what's going on… Last month, the Independent Communications Authority of... ››› more
  • [17 February 2014]
  • Will Vodacom join MTN in its bid to challenge ICASA's ruling on rate cut?
  • Yesterday, MTN announced that it is to challenge the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa's (ICASA) ruling over termination rates. At the end of January, ICASA said that as of the beginning of March, termination rates between mobile providers will drop 50%. Vodacom said last week it planned to challenge the bid. Let's take a closer look at what's going on… Yesterday, MPs heard ... ››› more
  • [12 February 2014]
  • The market isn't impressed with Vodacom's figures
  • Yesterday, mobile operator Vodacom released a trading update covering the last three months of last year. In spite of showing strong growth in data usage, it appears investors are concerned with the mobile giant's future outlook. Let's take a closer look at what the trading update revealed… In spite of Vodacom’s trading update containing some good news, shares in the mobile operator “close... ››› more
  • [06 February 2014]
  • The JSE slipped into negative territory on news of a rate hike
  • Yesterday, the Johannesburg Stock Exchange kicked off the day strongly higher. But after the South African Reserve Bank announced a surprise interest rate hike, the market did an about turn. Let's take a closer look at what happened on the JSE yesterday… The JSE started yesterday off comfortably higher. But closed down as the local bourse struggled to contend with the day’s events. The JS... ››› more
  • [30 January 2014]
  • Telecom regulator slashes fees sending MTN and Vodacom shares lower
  • Earlier today, the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) announced that from the start of March cross network fees would halve. Shares in MTN and Vodacom fell on the news. Let's take a closer look at what the regulator's move means… Back in October last year, ICASA announced its intention to slash the fees paid for mobile operators to use each other’s networks. At the ... ››› more
  • [29 January 2014]
  • Why SA's 4G revolution can make you a better trader
  • There's something big happening in SA's mobile data space. You might have heard about 4G. The introduction of this superfast data connection is starting to spread through South Africa. Not only does this mean that your smartphone will have a broadband speed connection, it puts you in a perfect position to profit from all that power. Read on to discover how… The recently introduced 4G ‘revolu... ››› more
  • [27 November 2013]
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