How to pick investments – advice from the pros

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What do I buy? - It’s one of the most asked questions you ask us. So here’s some advice from the pros – the self-made moguls who have accumulated a fortune through investing. Just think – that could be you!

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Warren Buffett is one of the richest and most successful men in the world, with a net worth of around $63 billion. So take his advice and look for companies with a business model you can get your head around.  Have you heard about our FICA campaign yet? FICA your account now and you could receive a free copy of How to Invest Like Warren Buffett by BizNews publisher and overall smart guy Alec Hogg.

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Known as the ‘father of value investing’ Graham’s advice is to go with what you know and to be practical. In addition, if you have specific knowledge in a particular industry – like tech, fitness, food etc. that just means you know even more about the companies in it, so it might be a good place for you to start.

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Sure you can make some short or medium term investments, but it’s also a good idea to take businessman, author and investor Kiyosaki’s advice and make sure a decent chunk of your investments are long term.

Here’s what YOU had to say about picking investments:

MrB (‏@MrBrncs): “I read a lot about what shares/ETF's are popular with experts/analysts. Then buy when they are down a bit and offer value.”

Junior Smith (@JuniorBuffett): “I look for undervalued, low PE, quality companies that are growing. Buy a great company at a reduced price!”

Danie Nel Photo‏ (@danienel): “A bit of research, a bit of big picture logic and reason and a bit of gut.”

Johan du Bruyn (@johan3854): “Buy when everybody is selling and sell when everybody is buying”

Brogan Lane: “Other than buying brands I interact with daily/ weekly, I rely on your research and some of the guys ‘in the know’” 

Mandlaenkosi Mngadi: “I like value stocks. Low PE, avg to high DY, low PEG.”

Marnus‏ (@Marnus255maans): “I read a lot of financial books like One up on Wall Street. I also buy when a company is well managed.”

Esethu ‏(@AubryBungu): “I decide on an industry in which I want to invest, then I use signals to choose a specific share”