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Online Course Outline

MODULE 1 – Getting Started

An insight into the benefits of investing on the stock market, the realities of your financial situation and your motivation to invest successfully on the share market.


MODULE 4 – Kinds of Investments

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 7 – Some Important Concepts

A few fundamental relationships that often come up in share market analysis and which, as an investor, are important for you to understand.


MODULE 10 – Dividends and their Importance

An explanation of the process and terminology related to dividends and also a brief look at the taxation involved.


MODULE 13 – Bull and Bear Markets

An explanation of how to determine the general trend in the market before buying a share, and the importance of doing this.


MODULE 16 – Basic Economics

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 – Trend Lines

A look at different trend lines as a form of technical analysis and how they can help to make predictions in the market place.


MODULE 22 – MA Types

A brief look at the 5 types of moving averages available in your software and their significance when buying and selling shares.


MODULE 25 – Overbought/Oversold

An explanation of the Overbought/Oversold indicator and how it is calculated to give you accurate signals in the market.


MODULE 28 – Candlestick Charting Part 2

A continuation of module 27, in which a further understanding of candlestick charting is developed and more formations are examined.


MODULE 2 – Managing Risk

An overview and description of the different types of risk found in investment and how these can affect your current and future stock market holdings.


MODULE 5 – Kinds of Investors

The rights of shareholders, different types of investors in the market, and an outline of institutional investment practices.


MODULE 8 – Market Rating and Earnings Yield

A discussion of historical and future profits of a company, as well as considerations when targeting high earnings growth companies.


MODULE 11 – The Basic Stop-Loss

Afraid of how risky the stock market is? Learn what a Stop-Loss strategy is and how it can prevent you from making major losses.


MODULE 14 – Intro to Charting & Technical Analysis

An explanation of the art of technical analysis and the difference between this and fundamental analysis.



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 – Formations

An introduction into some intuitive aspects of technical analysis, this module explains some basic formations.


MODULE 23 – Bollinger Bands

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 – Point and Figure Charting

An in-depth look at point and figure charting and how this can be used to predict future market prices.


MODULE 29 – 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 3 – Information Sources

An outline of 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 6 – Choosing Winners

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 9 – A Measure of Share Value

Learn how to anticipate and identify those shares which will appreciate in value, using past growth figures in your analysis.


MODULE 12 – Opening a Stockbroking Account

Different stockbroking accounts as well as an explanation of the dealing costs involved when buying and selling shares.


MODULE 15 – Your Mental Attitude in the Market

Learn about your mental attitudes and how you should manage your involuntary feelings towards the share market.


MODULE 18 – 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.


MODULE 21 – Moving Averages

An outline of using the moving average to identify buy and sell signals and its importance in technical analysis.


MODULE 24 – Relative Strength

A comprehensive analysis of the Relative Strength indicator and its significance for comparison purposes.


MODULE 27 – Candlestick Charting Part 1

An overview of what candlestick charting is as well as a few important top and bottom formations.

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 once-off

This includes:

  • 29 comprehensive lecture modules
  • multiple choice exams
  • downloadable module summaries
  • highlighted glossary definitions throughout modules
  • free telephonic, email or face-to-face support
  • life time access to course content via website

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