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  • The biggest mistake you can make when building an offshore portfolio
  • The biggest mistake you can make when building an offshore portfolio
    I call it the “offshore investment conundrum”. Investors have no clue where to invest or what to invest in, leaving their cash exposed to unpredictable economic and political events. Investing in just any old offshore product will cost you time and more importantly, money. While I admire the ambition of investors to identify opportunities elsewhere, the fact of the matter is, over half of ... ››› more
  • [20 July 2017]
  • Three “Must Know” rules for successful penny stock investing
  • Three “Must Know” rules for successful penny stock investing
    These days with the internet and the wealth of information out there everyone wants to run their own portfolio. And who better to do that, as nobody else cares more for your money than yourself? The fact is, anyone can manage a stock portfolio. Just like anyone can drive a car. But in the same way, it doesn't mean you won't hit a tree or slide off of the road every once in a while. ... ››› more
  • [19 July 2017]
  • Why there's never been a better time to buy small cap shares
  • Why there's never been a better time to buy small cap shares
    Over the past three years the JSE has gone nowhere! On 4 July, 2014 the JSE All-Share Index stood at 52,060 points. By the end of 3 July 2016 the same index stood at 52,164. And yet it's PE is near an all time high of 19.94. This makes the index ridiculously ‘expensive' and the average investor extremely despondent, crying where's the value. But I'm hear to tell you, there's ... ››› more
  • [18 July 2017]
  • Momentum improves as the JSE rises 3.6% - One to buy and One to Sell
  • Momentum improves as the JSE rises 3.6% - One to buy and One to Sell
    Before we jump into what the market did and what you should look out for this week, I would like to mention a few interesting retirement articles you should consider reading. This week's Business Times had some excellent articles by Laura du Preez on Retirement Planning, take note of the following:   New disclosure of RA costs is highlighting rampant abuse in this area How a ... ››› more
  • [18 July 2017]
  • The three “Don'ts” when looking for an offshore safe haven
  • The three “Don'ts” when looking for an offshore safe haven
    Around decades ago, offshore investing was only available to ultra-high net worth investors; but we've come a long way since then. Now you can invest in markets across America, Asia, Africa…you name it. And this makes the idea of offshore investing not only interesting, but downright exciting too. However, just as there are endless opportunities out there for you to choose from, ther... ››› more
  • [17 July 2017]
  • If your marginal tax rate is 39% or higher you are probably investing wrong
  • If your marginal tax rate is 39% or higher you are probably investing wrong
    There are just two certainties in life: Death and taxes. Unfortunately, these are also the two topics people find most unpleasant to think about. For higher net worth individuals, understanding your taxes is almost as important as understanding investments. If you're a high income earner in South Africa, a return of 11% can be equal to one of 20% under the correct tax treatment. Many reader... ››› more
  • [13 July 2017]
  • ETF's are taking over the world - but are they as safe as everyone says?
  • ETF's are taking over the world - but are they as safe as everyone says?
    In a recent report from ETF.com data released shows that the US have had $250 billion worth of cash inflows into ETF's during 2017 alone! According to an estimate by The New Yorker, around 20 percent of the market in the US is made up out of JUST ETF's. And “When you factor in “closet indexing”—when individual or institutional investors pursue indexing strategies without declaring... ››› more
  • [12 July 2017]
  • Politicians Playing Chicken with Ratings Agencies - Two to buy and One to Sell
  • Politicians Playing Chicken with Ratings Agencies - Two to buy and One to Sell
    The Rand continued its slide last week as news emerged that Nationalising the Reserve Bank was discussed at the ANC conference. Investors are not amused by the uncertainty the ruling party are creating, which is a recipe for further downgrades. And as mentioned in prior weeks, if our local currency and debt are downgraded we could see sustained Rand weakness. Bond yields would also spike as in... ››› more
  • [11 July 2017]
  • A Tale of Two Halves - Three to buy with updates
  • A Tale of Two Halves - Three to buy with updates
    The JSE's Top40 index closed the first half of the year slightly positive at 0.8%. The Industrials were the leaders of the pack as the only major sector to rack up a positive return of 6.4% while resources were underwater by 9.6%. The entire market has been propped up by a handful of top performing shares like Naspers, Richmont, BATS, BidCorp, Mondi and Capitec. The interesting thing to note i... ››› more
  • [05 July 2017]
  • MAY DAY MAY DAY - Tories loose majority and tech stocks stumble - Three to buy with updates
  • MAY DAY MAY DAY - Tories loose majority and tech stocks stumble - Three to buy with updates
    Global Markets are busy digesting the UK election results, which indicated the Tories have lost their small majority. The UK now sits with a Hung Parliament, which will see the UK enter the Brexit negotiations set to start next week on the back foot. It will be interesting to see if the EU takes a harder line with them than previously expected. The weaker pound should buoy the FTSE. The ECB left i... ››› more
  • [13 June 2017]
  • How to profit from the biggest technological revolution to reach mankind
  • How to profit from the biggest technological revolution to reach mankind
    Right now, the world is experiencing an unprecedented revolution. No I'm not talking about a political or economic revolution. I'm talking about a technological revolution that will fundamentally alter the way we live, work, and connect with one another. In fact, this transformation will be unlike anything mankind has experienced before. And it's only just begun. Today I'm going to... ››› more
  • [12 June 2017]
  • Which shares are you invested in as South Africa enters a recession?
  • Which shares are you invested in as South Africa enters a recession?
    South Africa has just officially entered a recession. GDP figures for the first quarter of 2017 show a GDP contraction of 0.7% quarter on quarter, and it follows the fourth quarter of 2016 which saw a 0.3% contraction… This is the first time since 2008/2009 that South Africa's entered a recession, which is defined as two quarters of negative GDP growth. So if our economy isn't growin... ››› more
  • [08 June 2017]
  • While the Cape roasts, Trump has upset Paris! - Three to buy, one to sell
  • Last week local news was dominated by developments around the #Guptaleaks. New revelations seem to jeopardise President Zuma and that served to strengthen the Rand. To top it off, S&P held our foreign currency rating a notch below investment grade, which drove the Rand below USD/ZAR 12,80. At about the same time, President Trump pulled out of the Paris accord, still denying any link with clima... ››› more
  • [06 June 2017]


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