SA markets and economy

Don’t be fooled by the Lucky Quarter of our Balance of Payments!

So most economists were surprised by the narrowing of the Current Account deficit of the Balance of Payments from 6.5% of GDP to 5.8%, especially whilst forecasts expected it to widen to 7% or more. On top of that the Capital Account registered even bigger inflows than the 4th quarter while we were worried that

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First steps to start investing

Many followers have asked us how they start on the road to become investors themselves. I will try to give some guidelines in this post. It is important to note that the JSE is not a casino and investing or even trading is not supposed to be gambling, that is looking for trouble. To be

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Introduction to Shares: The Basics

So, we all heard about shares and stockmarkets and The JSE and Bulls and Bears, but what do they all mean. Here we will give a briefly explain what they are. What is the JSE? The Johannesburg Stock Exchange, now called the JSE Securities Exchange was founded in 1887 and is the largest in Africa.

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Investor Education Series – Technical Analysis: Minor Trend Change Indicators

Minor trend change indicators are very useful indicators of short-term changes in the price trends of securities and are mainly used by day traders and short-term speculators.  There are four of these indicators namely: Key Reversal Day, Inside Range Day, Outside Range Day and Mid-range Close.  It is important to first determine the direction of

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Investor Education Series – Technical Analysis: Reversal Patterns – Double Tops and Bottoms

“Two tops that approximately the same price level” is only half the explanation.  Prices must decline below and close below the low point established between the two tops (the middle reversal point) before a double top has been activated.  In a double bottom, prices must close above thehigh pointin between the two bottoms to establish

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Investor Education Series – Technical Analysis: Reversal Patterns – Head & Shoulders

Technical analysis patterns can be deivided into two types, reversal and continuation patterns. Reversal patterns indicate that the primary trend is likely to change direction, from an up trend to a down trend or vice versa. Continuation patterns indicate a trend is likely to continue, but the pattern gives valuable measuring objective.  Head & Shoulders

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Investor Education Series: Introduction to Technical Analysis

Technical analysis is basically the study of prices to make better investments, with charts being the primary tool. (Technical Analysis from A to Z – Steven B Achelis). The roots stem from the Dow Theory developed by Charles Dow in the early 1900s. Technical analysis is the process of analysing a share’s historical prices to

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Investor Education Series: Using P/E Ratios to Evaluate Shares or Markets

P/E ratios are used extensively as a quick evaluation tool. It is probably the most used tool to value shares or markets as cheap or expensive. When analysts refer to a R100 share as cheaper that a R10 share on TV, what they mean is that the P/E ratio is lower, not the price of

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Investor Education Series: Evaluating the market – The International Economy

Evaluating the market – The International Economy South Africa has a very open economy and is therefore affected by global events. Open economy means that imports and exports constitute a large percentage of our GDP. The equity market is particularly sensitive to global events because of the effect on our currency and economy. Global Economic