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Advantages of the Online Course

  • Learn the language of investment.
  • Learn how to build a profitable portfolio of shares.
  • Learn to choose the best shares.
  • Learn to time your transactions for the best profit.
  • Learn how technical indicators generate buy and sell signals.
  • Become financially independent.


Course Content

Module 1 – Getting Started

The first module of the PDSnet Online Investment Course gives an insight into the benefits of investing on the stock market, the realities of your financial situation and your motivation to invest successfully.

Module 2 – Managing Risk

Next you will learn about risk. This module provides an overview and a description of the different types of risk found in investment and how these can affect your current and future stock market holdings.

Module 3 – Information Sources

Keep your eye on the pulse of the market by discovering the various sources of information used to keep up-to-date with market and economic happenings, enabling you to choose the best shares and time your transactions.

Module 4 – Kinds of Investments

What are your options in the market and where is your money best placed? In this module, learn what a share is, what types of shares there are in the market, as well as other investments available, like krugerrands, ETFs and unit trusts.

Module 5 – Kinds of Investors

Who’s who in the market place? And why does this matter? This module goes through the rights of shareholders, different types of investors in the market, and an outline of institutional investment practices.

Module 6 – Choosing Winners

Out of the 400 listed shares on the JSE, it is hard to know where to start. Module 6 outlines the risks of commodities, what a blue chip share is, avoiding thinly traded shares, how a market carpet works and the building of a watchlist.

Module 7 – The Relationship between Fundamental and Technical Analysis

Learn the difference between fundamental and technical analysis, the importance of both in choosing a share, and how they can be used together.

Module 8 – Some Important Concepts

Learn the lingo of the market by discovering a few important fundamental relationships that often come up in share market analysis and which, as an investor, are important for you to understand.

Module 9 – Market Rating and Earnings Yield

The ninth module of your course provides a discussion of historical and future profits of a company, as well as considerations when targeting high earnings growth companies.

Module 10 – A Measure of Share Value

In the tenth module of the PDSnet Online Investment Course, you will learn how to anticipate and identify those shares which will appreciate in value, using past growth figures in your analysis.

Module 11 – Dividends and Their Importance

Dividends are a large part of equity investment. Here, you will learn what a dividend is and get an explanation of the process and terminology related to dividends and also a brief look at the taxation involved.

Module 12 – The Basic Stop-Loss Strategy

There are always risks in any investment, but they can be managed. In this module, you will learn what a Stop-Loss strategy is and how it can prevent you from making major losses.

Module 13 – Opening a Stockbroking Account

In South Africa, there are many options when choosing a stockbroker. This module outlines the different stockbroking accounts available as well as an explanation of the dealing costs involved when buying and selling shares.

Module 14 – Bull and Bear Markets

As an investor, you should always be aware of whether we are in a bull market or a bear market. An explanation of how to determine the general trend in the market before buying a share, and the importance of doing this, is given here.

Module 15 – Intro to Charting and Technical Analysis

Charts, patterns and indicators make up a large part of your analysis on the market. In this module, an explanation of the art of technical analysis and the difference between this and fundamental analysis will be provided.

Module 16 – Your Mental Attitude in the Market

It is often said that we marry our shares. How can you prevent making a loss when it means giving up a share you have come to love? It is important for you to learn about your mental attitudes and how you should manage your involuntary feelings towards the share market.

Module 17 – An Introduction to Economics

In this module, we introduce you to topics such as the balance of payments, level of reserves, inflation, the business cycle, fiscal policy and monetary policy

Module 18 – The Economic Cycle

Here you will be given an outline of basic economics and the business cycle, symptoms of each phrase in this cycle, as well as the extraneous factors that may affect the economy.

Module 19 – The JSE

What exactly is the JSE? Here we cover a history of the JSE, including a clear picture of what the JSE is and an insight into the intricacies of the country’s stock exchange and the importance thereof to our economy.

Module 20 – Charting Styles

The five charting styles included in this explanation are the line chart, the bar chart, the candlestick chart, the candle volume chart and the equivolume chart. Each of these gives invaluable insight into the market and a trading period.

Module 21 – Trendlines

Trendlines are an incredibly important part of technical analysis and identifying opportunities. This modules takes a look at different trendlines as a form of technical analysis and how they can help to make predictions in the market place.

Module 22 – Formations

Formations can get you into and out of a share at the right time. Module 22 includes an introduction to formations and how they can be read, as well as examples of the most common of these found in charts today.

Module 23 – Moving Averages

A thorough understanding of moving averages is necessary in order to grasp the many technical indicators designed to give clear buy and sell signals. Here an outline of the moving average is given and how these can be used to identify buy and sell signals.

Module 24 – Types of Moving Averages

Module 24 gives a brief look at the 5 types of moving averages available in your software and their significance when buying and selling shares. Each of these gives buy and sell signals, however at different intervals in a chart. Find out which one suits your trading strategy.

Module 25 – Bollinger Bands

A great indicator to have under your belt, Bollinger Bands will improve your success in share trading. Module 25 gives a detailed description of the Bollinger Bands indicator and how an investor is able to use this to identify buy and sell signals.

Module 26 – Relative Strength

The Relative Strength Indicator enables you to divide one data stream by another. In module 26, a comprehensive analysis of the Relative Strength indicator is given and its significance for analysis purposes.

Module 27 – Overbought/Oversold

Learn to take advantage of human reactions in the market. Module 27 provides an explanation of the Overbought/Oversold indicator and how it is calculated to give you accurate signals in the market.

Module 28 – Point and Figure Charting

Point and Figure charting is an old charting technique designed to predict the market. Modules 28 provides an in-depth look at point and figure charting and how this can be used to predict future market prices.

Module 29 – Candlestick Charting Part 1

In Module 29, an overview of what candlestick charting is as well as a few important top and bottom formations is given.

Module 30 – Candlestick Charting Part 2

A continuation of module 29, exploring further candlestick formations and patterns.

Module 31 – An Introduction to Exchange Traded Funds

A comprehensive introduction to Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs), outlining their benefits, cons, a comparison to unit trusts and exchange traded notes, as well as using the Comparative RSI.

Module 32 – Indices and Averages

An in depth explanation of what an index is, why they are useful and how to use them to make comparisons in the market.

Frequently Asked Questions

The PDSnet Online Investment Course is perfect for the beginner. To do the course, you don’t need to have any prior knowledge of investment or the JSE. This course is also suitable for those investors who are looking for a refresher in basic technical analysis and share selection strategies.

Because the PDSnet Online Investment Course is online, you can do the course at your own pace and from the comfort of your home. You can access the course on any browser and the content is updated automatically.

Simply contact our sales department and request that someone send you the course in PDF format. You may print it out and work from this. Please bear in mind that the course is linked to a comprehensive stock market glossary which is constantly updated with new terms. This is most easily accessed when doing the course online.

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Purchase the PDSnet Online Course

  • R1570.00 once-off

This includes:

  • 32 comprehensive lecture modules
  • course videos
  • highlighted glossary definitions throughout modules
  • free telephonic, email or face-to-face support
  • life time access to course content via website