The market and currency have responded positively to the appointment of Cyril as President of the ANC.
We've seen the rand on the longest weekly winning streak since 2002, as foreign investors that were sitting on the sidelines start deploying capital in to SA stocks. As mentioned late last year, the stocks on their shopping list are SA focused companies with earnings mostly generated locally.... ››› more
I've been looking at ways to reduce my donations to the Nkandla Fund (SARS income tax)…
I have no objection to pay tax - when the government that receives that money makes use of it responsibly. But that's not the case at this stage.
And by putting off paying tax (legally) I can get my money to work for me faster than when I give nearly half of that away to the tax man.
Now instead o... ››› more
President Zuma is trying to curry favour with supporters by investigating solutions to the “free” education agenda. The cost of this “free” education is an almost certain downgrade and the resignation of Michael Sachs. The Rand responded by weakening 20c yesterday.
We've been cautioning investors, to have an appropriate amount of their investable assets exposed to offshore investments.... ››› more
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
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
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
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
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
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.
This investment is only available for a limited time. So you... ››› more
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
South Africa's in a recession.
That means businesses are struggling.
Your salary is unlikely to grow as much this year as in years past, and that's if it grows at all.
That's why it's more important today than ever before to make sure you are in good shape financially.
In fact, if you've never done the exercise I'm about to share with you it is possible that you are bankrupt, without... ››› more
Since the beginning of 2017, we've told you what sectors could be in trouble because of the uncertainty in South Africa.
For example, the combination of high interest rates and consumer confidence has seen retail companies struggle to grow profits throughout 2016.
Struggling retailers mean some shops have closed doors, and as such, property companies with retail tenants could risk vacancie... ››› more
It's never too early to start planning for retirement. And this means thinking somewhat differently about retirement planning for your later years.
Have you ever stopped and asked yourself these questions?
1. How much will I need to save for retirement in order to live comfortably?
2. What are my retirement goals?
3. When should I start?
4. What should I do?
5. What costs might I... ››› more
In 1995, SARS collected just over R127 billion in tax revenue.
Today, that figure stands at R1.14 trillion.
By 2018, SARS aims to collect R1.26 trillion in tax revenue.
In short, SARS is coming after more of your money.
And they will do everything in their power to get their greedy hands on as much of your money as possible.
But what if I told you…
Th... ››› more
I probably learned more from my mother's retirement experience than anyone else's. When she retired, she wanted security, lived austerely, but had no idea whatsoever of enhancing value.
And therein lay the disaster. My mother sold her home, moved into a seemingly more secure rented complex, and placed all financial resources into a low interest bearing building society account in an extremely h... ››› more
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