What is your trading Strategy?
PSG Online offers access to a wide range of investment products to a range of clients with significantly different levels of financial literacy, product knowledge and investment objectives. We have attempted to address the needs of our diverse clients by describing clients with shorter term objectives as ‘traders’ and those who might be interested in longer term buy and hold strategies as ‘investors’.
Which trading instruments are available through PSG Online?
The PSG Online trading system gives clients access to a variety of financial instruments from a single login. You can access a range of trading and investment products as well as insurance products through one platform. Our intuitive online share trading system provides you with direct market access, live prices and can automatically execute on your parameters for buying and selling listed instruments as well as alerting you to new opportunities that match your trading strategy.
- SSF - Single stock futures are a powerful, JSE-listed trading instruments that enable day traders the means to exploit any market movement - up or down. Futures have three main applications: to hedge risk, to speculate and to invest in instruments not easily available for normal equity trading - like JSE indices, oil and gold.
- CFD - A contract for difference mirrors the performance of shares or an index, thereby giving traders the benefits of anticipated price increases or falls without having to physically own shares. Contracts for difference provide an excellent vehicle for short term trading strategies and are the preferred vehicle amongst hedge funds.
Share ownership is the foundation of any trading strategy. PSG Online provides support and investment tools for both ‘traders’ and ‘investors’ as defined above. Whether you are a short term trader or long term investors there are a number essential steps in the investing process
- The identification of overvalued and undervalued companies through the use of technical analysis, fundamental analysis or a combination of both of these research methods.
- The decision on timing. When is the best time to either buy or sell a share? Timing is particulary important for short term or day traders who requires considerable knowledge and technical analysis to predict short-term price fluctuations.
- Evaluation of the investment or trade. With the benefit of hindsight, what can be learned from the experience? What factors were overlooked? What factors should be noted for future reference?
- Currency futures - Currency Futures are easy to trade and provide high liquidity. As you can buy and sell in local currency, local day traders can access global currency movements without utilising foreign investment allowance.
- PSG Scriptfin - PSG Scriptfin is a loan facility that enables PSG Online clients to leverage their equity portfolios without the usual cumbersome administrative requirements involved when applying for a loan from banking institutions. Interest is charged monthly to your equity account at the prime lending rate and can be offset through the capital growth of your portfolio, with no additional costs and flexible repayment options. Only equity investments that fall within the top 100 shares on the JSE, as measured by market capitalisation are eligible for this loan facility.
- WEN Charting Software - WEN was developed in 1986 by South African's for the South African market. WEN software offers fast reliable and affordable charting software it is user friendly and empowers you to track market trends, finding opportunities to buy or sell.
What is Share Trading?
Trading refers to buying or selling of shares, commodities, currencies or other financial instruments over short time periods. When investing in shares, you expect to earn dividends or for the shares to increase in price over the longer term. In both share trading and share investing you are trading in instruments listed on a securities exchange. The main difference between share investing and share trading is the day trader in shares expects an exit. Day traders have a specific set of criteria that can be loaded onto the trading system to trigger the exit plan. Although both are part of a comprehensive financial strategy it is important to understand this simple distinction and keep the two trades separate.
A day trader aims to make a profit from buying and selling stock as they read market fluctuations. This means that when the share value is dropping you get rid of it; if it rises you sell it and re-invest your profits. But you don't have to buy first. There are in fact two ways of making money with trades. A long trade is when you buy stocks at a low price and sell them at a higher price. A short trade allows day traders to borrow and sell stocks at a higher price and replace them later with stocks purchased at a lower price. In this way a day trader can make profit on the stock market regardless of the direction. Making profit from equity trading is all about timing. However, a day trader requires considerable knowledge and technical analysis to predict short-term price fluctuations
Whether you are comfortable trading on your own, or are looking for helpful, professional advice, PSG Online's trade and brokerage services will work with your trade strategy, at a level of risk that you are comfortable with.
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