Africa's 10 Most Transparent Countries (and Why Stock Investors Should Care)

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Transparency International released its 2013 Corruption Perceptions Index last week. The index ranks 177 countries according to how corrupt their governments are perceived to be by investors, businesspeople, and international lenders.

Here are the ten African countries that ranked highest and why you as a stock investor should take note.

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

Kenya's Dividend Kings: Two Stocks for Income Investors

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It’s tough to beat a company that pays out a regular dividend.

They generate income for shareholders. They typically boast sharp management teams. And, historically, their shares have outperformed their non-dividend-paying counterparts.

The Nairobi Securities Exchange is chock full of dividend stocks. Almost all companies listed on the market presently pay a dividend.

But not all dividend stocks are created equal. Some don’t yield much in relation to their price. Others pay out so much of their earnings that it hampers their future growth. And some disappoint shareholders with frequent dividend cuts.

So, which Kenyan stocks offer the most substantial, reliable, and growing income stream?

Let’s take a closer look.