Educational and learning material

The story of TSO – Trading Shares Online

Meet Tso Radebe, 35 years old and one of the smart, young executives. Tso was promoted to senior manager 3 years ago and his latest bonus left him with a handsome amount to invest. He always took a keen interest in the economy and stockmarket. He studied the Learning Centre on Sanlam iTrade as well

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Evaluating the Market – The Domestic Economy

A brief overview of those indicators that regularly influence the JSE Analysing economic indicators can help investors to evaluate the general equity market trend better as well as to identify the best sectors to invest in. Here are some of the most important indicators we see regularly and the likely market reaction they provoke: Evaluating

US markets and economy

Obama’s win and the Fiscal Cliff tug-of-war!

What exactly is the Fiscal Cliff? In late February 2012, Ben Bernanke, chairman of the U.S. Federal Reserve, was the first person to use the term “fiscal cliff” for this crisis. He described “a massive fiscal cliff of large spending cuts and tax increases” on January 1, 2013. During a lame duck session in December 2010,

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Are Equities now more risky than Bonds?

Since the onset of the financial crisis in 2008, investors became more afraid of the return “of” their money than the return “on” their money. They flocked in droves out of equities into the safe havens of cash and bonds, mostly US Treasury Bonds. Graph 1 below shows the cumulative net inflows into Bonds exceeded

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Equities outperform other asset classes by far!

The following graphs, compiled by Olof Bergh of Sanlam Private Investments, show how Equities outperformed other asset classes like Bonds, Cash and Residential Property as well as Inflation over a long term. We look at the performance in nominal and real terms as well as without Tax and after Tax. It is assumed that residential

SA markets and economyTrader insights

Investing in Gold – THE RIGHT WAY!

When the financial crisis really hit the markets in August 2008 I advised investors to strongly consider investing 10% or more of their portfolios in Gold. It was my opinion that even if the Paulson $750bn plan worked to stabilize the money markets, the consequences will be dramatic and lead to a global recession. I

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Research shows growth potential for Online Share Trading

Respected global information and measurement company, Nielsen, recently conducted a survey of investment attitudes. More than 28,000 consumers with online access in 56 countries were polled. Some of the results are discussed here. Stocks are the most favoured investment instrument: When it comes to investing, stocks (or equities) are tops for investment portfolios. Even in