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Play with the big players

When it comes to trading currency futures, the trader needs to have a bit of a ‘jack-of-all-trades and a master of them-all’ approach. You will need to understand trading and technical analysis. You will also need to be on top of various local economic and political issues that can impact the rand. In addition, you will have to have a global viewpoint for the US dollar, euro and British pound. In this article we highlight how everything is interrelated. The commodity play The JSE Resources Read more [...]

Seven habits of successful retired persons

According to the recent Sanlam retirement symposium, successful retired persons display seven habits which distinguish them from less successful retired persons. These seven habits are very simple and easy to adopt, but unfortunately 94% of retired persons did not plan effectively. These pensioners are dependent on family, welfare and the state for support. So what are these seven habits? Start saving early Successful retired persons have been saving for 33,2 years while the rest of us save Read more [...]

The traders view

We're off to a strong start for the year on the local front following much anticipated quantitative easing from Europe and a falling oil price, which asks the question – is this the year where consumers will be the key drivers for strong worldwide economic growth? The first obvious sector that will gain from this is the retail sector, and we've already started to see the gains come through with stocks like Mr Price, Spar and The Foshini Group at all-time highs. The question we ask ourselves on Read more [...]

Economic and Market overview

“We recommend that investors diversify their portfolios abroad because of value, and not because of a notion that the rand will weaken.” Market volatility has increased in 2014. The accompanying graph shows the performance of the South African Stock Exchange (measured by the FTSE/JSE All Share Index) and the American stock market (measured by the S&P 500 index) since the beginning of January 2014. Graph 1: Market volatility Source: Inet FTSE/JSE Africa All Share Index, USA S & P 500 Read more [...]

New Years resolutions for investments in 2015

We’ve reached that time of the year again when coastal towns run empty and Christmas decorations are removed from display windows. This is also the time when most people compile a list of resolutions for the New Year. Favourites are: “I am going to lose weight this year” and “I want to become fit enough to compete in a specific sports event”. The reality however, is that without a proper plan and strict discipline, your resolutions may very well turn to disappointment for yet another Read more [...]

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