Stash Cash Before Investing in Shares

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Reader Tunde writes:

Dear Ryan,

I am a 22-year-old graduate from a polytechnic in Nigeria with a diploma in business administration and management.

I’m from a poor background but have had dreams of a great future since I was a young boy.

Can you help me invest in the stock market? I would welcome any tips you may have.

Thank you,
Tunde

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How to Sell Your Shares If Your Broker Goes AWOL

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Reader Tomi writes, “My mum wishes to sell shares of her Nigerian stock, but her broker seems to have disappeared. How can she go about getting her shares sold?”

Unfortunately, Tomi’s mum isn’t the only Nigeria investor to face this problem. In the wake of Nigeria’s financial crisis, the Nigerian Stock Exchange made an attempt to restore investor confidence by suspending 61 brokerage firms that failed to meet minimum capitalization requirements. This resulted in lots of confusion for these brokers’ customers, leaving them with questions much like Tomi’s.

But don’t despair, Tomi. Your mum’s shares most likely haven’t disappeared, and as I’ve learned from the Nigerian brokers quoted below, there are a number of people who can assist you with tracking them down.

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How to Invest on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange

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South Africa is far and away the most economically developed of African states, and, as such, will likely be the continent’s economic gateway for the foreseeable future.

Truth be told, however, the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) isn’t exactly the most bullish of markets these days. In fact, the market is now at its lowest point in nearly two years.

But this isn’t necessarily bad news for value investors. Falling prices mean an increasing number of bargains are on offer. Earnings multiples are dropping and dividend yields are rising.

And because the Johannesburg Stock Exchange is one of the most sophisticated in the world, investors can scoop up these deals with a click of their mouse. The market’s accessibility and convenience make it an ideal place for new Africa investors to get their feet wet.

Here’s how to get started.

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Bralirwa: A Rwandan Stock That Pours Out Profits

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Christian Sirikali recalls enjoying Bralirwa’s products as a child in Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Now a chartered account, Sirikali looks at the brewer through an investor’s lenses and likes what he sees.

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Building the African Dream: Two Kenyan Infrastructure Stocks

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Infrastructure is a key pillar of the sub-Saharan Africa investment thesis. The hopes and dreams of Africa’s rising consumer class need to be powered by electricity, transported by road and rail, and anchored by new homes and workplaces.

Here. Jan Schalkwijk, CFA takes a closer look at two Kenyan companies capitalizing on East Africa’s infrastructure boom.

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Where to Invest Now: The Most Promising African Stock Markets

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African stock markets have put together an incredible run of late. This has prompted several readers to ask which one looks like the biggest bargain now.

So, I thought it would be a good time to look back at a post that attempted to answer this question 13 months ago to evaluate how well my forecast panned out and to see what my crystal ball is telling me will happen over the next 12 months.

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Stock Tips for a Senegalese-American Hip Hop Star

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Akon,

Your success as a singer, songwriter, and producer is nothing short of remarkable. I’m sure you never dreamed while a boy in Dakar, Senegal that one day your music would dominate record charts, or that you would perform with the likes of Michael Jackson, or earn an eight-figure income. You’ve been ranked among the most powerful celebrities in the world, and I’m sure your upcoming album will add to your long list of achievements.

True, your success wasn’t overnight or without controversy. But you seem to sincerely want to give back and do good in the world.

Moreover, you’re serious about investing in the continent that you call home. You write about it in songs. You talk about it in interviews. You even own a South African diamond mine.

Could we talk a little bit about that last one?

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How Can I Invest in the African Seed Industry?

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Hi Ryan,

This is going to sound a little strange, but both my girlfriend and I, days apart, had dreams where we were shown that it would be good to invest in African seeds. It was clear in both dreams that it had something to do with actual plant seeds.

I’ve never received investing advice in a dream before, but when my girlfriend had the same advice in her dream, after not knowing anything about my dream, I started to wonder.

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Africa Investor Insight: Robert Scharar

Robert Scharar, Lead Portfolio Manager of the Commonwealth Africa Fund

Robert Scharar manages the Houston-based Commonwealth Africa Fund, a $1.9 million mutual fund. As of the end of April 2013, the fund had appreciated 3.7% since its November 2011 inception.

Here he explains his investment process and what led him to launch the fund.

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Kenya: A Bonanza for Bank Investors

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Jan Schalkwijk of Africa Capital Group traveled to Nairobi recently to meet with the management teams of several large Kenyan companies. The following is his take on three of the Nairobi Securities Exchange’s most prominent banks.

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