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  • This bubble is at the verge of bursting as cheap credit comes to an end
  • Drive through Sandton, Rivonia, Sunninghill or on the N1 between Pretoria and Johannesburg and you'll see literally hundreds of new office buildings, malls and smaller shopping centres being built. And following a recent drive through Cape Town and Somerset West I saw the same thing. Buildings are popping up everywhere. The FNB/BER Building Confidence Index just hit its highest level i... ››› more
  • [14 June 2017]
  • Guaranteed protection and growth: This investment is only available for a limited time
  • In this uncertain environment, investors want capital protection while not wanting to miss market performance. Normally as an investment advisor, I would say it is impossible to have both, security and market exposure. But the good news is, there's now a way to tap into an investment that provide exactly this. The catch? This investment is only available for a limited time. So you... ››› more
  • [08 June 2017]
  • This company is slowly burning, make sure you don't own it…
  • This company is slowly burning, make sure you don't own it…
    More bad news for the Lonmin share price In 2012 Lonmin asked shareholders for R7.12 billion in capital to keep the doors open. At that stage the company was worth R8 billion. But investing in Lonmin was a bad idea. By 2015 the company burnt through all of that money. Its value crashed, with the company being worth a mere R1.2 billion in November 2015. And then, as the creditors came knock... ››› more
  • [17 May 2017]
  • If there ever was a time for capital protection, this is it!
  • If there ever was a time for capital protection, this is it!
    As it stands, we are at the tail end of an eight-year bull market and, by most estimates, markets in the developed world are massively overpriced versus historical levels. When we have seen such conditions in the past, global markets almost always fell dramatically within a year or two. Adding to this risk is the fact that the US Fed, the European Central Bank and a number of other central ... ››› more
  • [11 May 2017]
  • The 3 most troubling takeaways from SONA
  • The 3 most troubling takeaways from SONA
    The State of the Nation Address (SONA) was certainly a spectacle, unfortunately mainly for the wrong reasons. However, as South Africans, it's essential to analyse the SONA - especially as it could have a significant impact on our lives. Personally, I found three aspects of SONA particularly troubling…   Why investors should be worried about SONA 2017 #1: The violence   In hi... ››› more
  • [16 February 2017]
  • What would you say to 100% market upside with no downside risk?
  • What would you say to 100% market upside with no downside risk?
    Imagine turning on the TV and finding the following Infomercial: We are giving you the opportunity to invest in the S&P500. It is the world’s premier equity index, dwarfing the JSE. Receive dollar based returns while getting exposure to some of the world's largest and most innovative companies including Apple, Berkshire Hathaway and Caterpillar.   But that’s not all, we also gi... ››› more
  • [09 February 2017]
  • Trump's first days in office + 3 to buy and 2 to sell
  • Trump's first days in office + 3 to buy and 2 to sell
    Last week's sentiment remained positive and markets continued their rally. President Trump's first days in office are being closely monitored and provide plenty for traders to digest. The JSE Top 40 closed the week up 0,8%, but retreated slightly on Friday along with generally softer developed markets; for the year to date the JSE is up 7,7%. Kumba rallied 27% after it provided a product... ››› more
  • [31 January 2017]
  • Here's what no-one told you about low-cost RA's…
  • Here's what no-one told you about low-cost RA's…
    A week ago I was nearly convinced low-cost RA's are the way to go. I read a well written article on the web, promoting the virtues of low-cost RA's. The article uses the following example: Someone has saved R3 000 every month for 40 years into a retirement annuity (RA), and earns a return of 6.5% above inflation. If you pay an investment fee of 3% you'd end up with R3 million at the end ... ››› more
  • [25 January 2017]
  • Three festive driving tips to save you money and keep you safe
  • Three festive driving tips to save you money and keep you safe
    We live in such a vast and beautiful country and if you're like me, then you enjoy long driving holidays. I love the feel of the road beneath the wheels, the power of the engine and the ever-changing scenery on the journey. I love singing with my family and counting the windmills as we drive. But, I don't like pulling into petrol stations along the way and filling up my tank. It just costs... ››› more
  • [17 November 2016]
  • Three top ways to save money over the festive season
  • Three top ways to save money over the festive season
    In two weeks we will be in December and that means the festive season is drawing close. The festive season is a time to look forward to, but it's also a time of year you may dread as the costs mount up from overspending. So how can you save money over the festive season? Read on to find out… Festive money saving tip #1: Work out how much you’ve got to spend Before you start mak... ››› more
  • [17 November 2016]
  • One way to save money over the festive season
  • One way to save money over the festive season
    It's not long until the schools break up for the holidays and the festive season will get into full swing. Whilst this time of year gives you time to spend time with friends and family, it can also be an expensive time of year. So how can you save money over the festive season? How about skipping a holiday and staying at home? Read on to find out more… The festive season is an e... ››› more
  • [13 November 2016]
  • Have you thought about what you're going to do with your bonus?
  • Have you thought about what you're going to do with your bonus?
    It's coming to that time of year when many people may have an end of year bonus to look forward to. Whilst your first thought may be to go out and splash it, you should resist the temptation. So what should you do with your bonus instead? Read on to find out… What you can do with your bonus There are definitely ways you can put your bonus to better work than splashing it on u... ››› more
  • [04 November 2016]
  • How to get ready for festive season with these money saving tips
  • How to get ready for festive season with these money saving tips
    We're already into November and with the festive season looming, you may already be worrying about how you're going to afford everything you need to buy. There are a few things that you can do now to help take the pressure off your finances next month. Read on to find out more… Festive money saving tip #1: Start stocking up on food In just over a month, the kids will be finishing ... ››› more
  • [02 November 2016]
  • How using Uber could save you R5,490.19 every month
  • How using Uber could save you R5,490.19 every month
    If you've been thinking of buying a new car, think again. Buying a new car is generally a bad investment because it depreciates in value quickly and has high monthly costs. Like most bad investments you make, the decision to buy a new car is ultimately driven by your emotions. You want to be the envy of your colleagues, friends and family pulling up in a spanking new vehicle. Slick car... ››› more
  • [04 October 2016]
  • The “fools” guide to passive income - How to make money while you sleep
  • The “fools” guide to passive income - How to make money while you sleep
    I've spent days, weeks and even months researching all sorts of crazy passive income ideas. One thing that I've learnt is that it really is possible to make money while you sleep. To create streams of passive income, you should spend very little time setting up the income stream and sit back and watch as your bank account grows. It really is possible. Passive income is not a dream or a my... ››› more
  • [30 August 2016]


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