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Stocks

In our previous post, we addressed the “why” for getting involved in the stock market. That gives us a firm foundation on which to build the “how’. To meaningfully participate in the stock market, three things are fundamentally necessary – a personal financial plan, a stockbroking agent and some research. Owing to its...

When I was younger, I remember reading Robert Kiyosaki’s book Rich Dad Poor Dad and really liking that he took time to explain that the “why” for something is more important than the “how”. His argument is that once we have a compelling “why”, it will be much easier to commit to the “how”, even when the “how” is not...

It must have been in 1996. Just about to turn 30, I was the Chief Accountant for a parastatal that was doing well enough to have some excess funds for investment. Part of my ritual then included talking to Mr. James Murigu, a senior manager at the then Suntra Stocks Ltd to deal for us in the company’s bids for...

If you have read up on the history of the stock market and finance, one thing that comes through quite clearly is that the past tends to repeat itself quite often. There’s nothing new under the sun. The first stock market crash happened in 1720: the Mississippi Bubble in France, and the circumstances around it were not...

In this post, we looked at the concept of fundamental analyis, which in a nutshell is a technique that uses the information provided about a company, both qualitative and quantitative, to calculate the value of their shares, and determine whether they are under valued by the market or not. Today, we delve deeper into...

On this blog, we look at tips and tricks to frugal living, but we also seek to learn new things that help us become better investors. My aim is to build a reader base made up of savers and discerning investors that can build a secure financial future for themselves. So while it would be easy for me to carry out an...

“An Investment operation is one which, upon thorough analysis promises safety return of principal (amount invested), and an adequate return. Operations not meeting these requirements are speculative” – Benjamin Graham. The Intelligent Investor   An investor’s focus should be learning and implementing strategies that...

About beating the market… Most books will claim that they can teach you how to beat the stock market, i.e how to invest in such a way that you will earn better returns than the general market. No one can teach you how to beat your market, and beating the market shouldn’t be your goal. Focus on maximizing the chances of...

Well, this isn’t exactly jargon, but I thought it would be useful to introduce Warren Buffet to you, since we will be using his wisdom in picking stocks in the Nairobi Stock Exchange. Keep checking the stocks category to see how that goes (though we just got started). Warren Buffetis considered one of 20th...

Any investment adviser worth his salt will tell you to include stocks in your investment strategy, but few tell you how to do it. I strongly believe that stocks are great, and should be part of everyone’s long term investment strategy, but I haven’t focused much on them in the past. However, after observing the trends...