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  • Commodities take a step lower - Three to buy and one to sell
  • Commodities take a step lower - Three to buy and one to sell
    Commodities take a step lower Brent oil led the commodity basket lower last week, losing 8,1%; Platinum and Gold were down 5,7% and 2,4% respectively. Although the Rand softened, the pressure was too much for the JSE All Share Index which fell 0,8%. Resources fell 5,5%, but the rest of the sectors held up well. International indices were slightly softer across most time zone... ››› more
  • [16 March 2017]
  • Four “must knows” before you invest in a single share
  • Four “must knows” before you invest in a single share
    The biggest lie you'll ever hear in the stock market is that: “As a private investor you're not smart enough, and you lack the information to invest and make money on the stock market.” It's a lie presented by fund managers, personal financial advisers and media analysts alike. Obviously, they don't say it quite like this, but it's what they mean. The essence behind their big lie i... ››› more
  • [16 March 2017]
  • US interest rates, Three to buy and one to sell
  • US interest rates, Three to buy and one to sell
    US interest rates on the rise. Fed Chair Janet Yellen provided testimony last week indicating a high likelihood of another US interest rate hike in March. The markets are now pricing in a 0,25% hike. The US dollar is strengthening again. Local markets were flat over the week. The All Share squeezed out a gain of 0,1%, Resources were similar and Industrials down marginally (0,5%), Fin... ››› more
  • [16 March 2017]
  • Putting a few eggs in other baskets is easier than you think
  • Putting a few eggs in other baskets is easier than you think
    Imagine a country with massive amounts of natural resources. The richest economy in its region. However, there are signs of trouble, including rising inequality and societal unrest. To combat this the government is turning to populism by taxing the rich, confiscating assets and dramatically increasing the redistribution of funds to the poor. This is not South Africa in 2017 I am t... ››› more
  • [16 March 2017]
  • Why I'm calling a buy on the JSE, even though many call it expensive
  • Why I'm calling a buy on the JSE, even though many call it expensive
    “The JSE is too expensive, rather buy these offshore stocks”, if read this headline, and variations of it many times in the past year. Yet, my Red Hot Penny Shares readers would've banked an average gain on shares we sold of 22.21% in 2016. Whilst there are still calls to drop the JSE and put your money elsewhere I am optimistic. I believe 2017 can be just as good, or better, than ... ››› more
  • [02 March 2017]
  • An investor's greatest asset…
  • An investor's greatest asset…
    What do you believe an investor's greatest asset is? A high IQ? No. A stack of degrees behind their name? Definitely not! A workable investment strategy? Not at all. In fact, the answer has nothing to do with money or personal success. But it's something every potential investor can achieve. Let me explain… The world’s most famous investor confirms this... ››› more
  • [28 February 2017]
  • Budgets, Two to buy and two to sell this week
  • Budgets, Two to buy and two to sell this week
    The Budget was delivered without too much fuss. Everyone knew there would be a “Gap” and the balancing act was to find a suitable filler. The new tax bracket was a bit of a surprise, but the hiking of the marginal tax rate was expected. Never the less bracket creep was significant so everybody shoulders the burden. In SA, the market fell 1%; Gold shares were under pressure as the Rand held ... ››› more
  • [28 February 2017]
  • You have to “Go Small” to add big returns to your portfolio
  • You have to “Go Small” to add big returns to your portfolio
    As an advisor to the South African Investor board I deal with investors that are looking for long term returns that'll help them live, and retire securely. That means we typically look at companies like Vodacom, Naspers, Bidvest and the like. Large blue-chip shares that have been around for years, and will continue to be there for years to come. Recommending these large companies is th... ››› more
  • [22 February 2017]
  • Getting it right… 2 to buy and 2 to sell
  • Getting it right… 2 to buy and 2 to sell
    Where is, the Rand going? The biggest surprise last week came from the Rand which strengthened another 2,3% against the US Dollar and 3% to the Pound. This put Rand hedge stocks under pressure and the Resources Index fell 2,7%. The JSE Top 40 index was down 1,5%. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 1,8% and the S&P500 1,5%, touching new highs. European markets were firmer but m... ››› more
  • [22 February 2017]
  • The one income investment that pays you FOUR times more than the JSE
  • The one income investment that pays you FOUR times more than the JSE
    These days, investing for attractive income returns is extremely hard to come by. Money market funds at most pay you 7.3%. The average share on the JSE is only paying investors around 2.9% in dividends per year. And once you factor in inflation, you're basically getting nothing! But there is a way, you can invest for income and receive a return… That beats every money market ... ››› more
  • [22 February 2017]
  • Valentines Stocks! + 3 to buy and 1 to sell
  • Valentines Stocks! + 3 to buy and 1 to sell
    The state of our nation A strong rally on Friday reversed losses on the JSE and helped the Top 40 close the week up 0,75%. Financials gained 2% while Industrials and Resources were marginally higher. Markets continued to respond positively to the Trump administration's rhetoric, particularly regarding lower taxes. Data from China and Japan supported the market rally. The Nikkei rose 2,5% a... ››› more
  • [16 February 2017]
  • The proven five-step strategy ANY first time investor can use to buy their first share
  • The proven five-step strategy ANY first time investor can use to buy their first share
    When I began investing, I used to buy and sell shares without even knowing exactly what the company did. And my game plan couldn't have been more straightforward: If the share was moving higher, I bought it. If the share was falling, I sold it. I simply didn't care about the economics of a company. This wasn't much of a strategy though. In some cases, it would work but it certainly never g... ››› more
  • [13 February 2017]
  • The state of our nation + 3 to buy and 2 to sell
  • The state of our nation + 3 to buy and 2 to sell
    The JSE Top 40 closed the week down 1,5%. Higher commodity prices; Gold, Silver and Brent Oil were up more than 2%, while Platinum managed 1,6%. These were not enough to save the Resources Index (down 3%) from a stronger Rand. Industrials and Financials were also softer. Anglogold up 9,3% and Harmony 9,5% responding to a firmer Gold Price (up 2,5%). PSG rallied 6%, see comment below. ... ››› more
  • [08 February 2017]
  • The most important investment decision you can make, in two minutes
  • The most important investment decision you can make, in two minutes
    Please don't let your portfolio fall because of this single mistake… In 2014, I got a mail from an investor: “Francois, I'm not investing in a single investment recommendation of yours again. I've bought Mr Price shares with my whole portfolio. And at the rate it's going now, I'll retire in a few short years. I bought Mr Price at R136 in February, and now that it's August, the sha... ››› more
  • [07 February 2017]


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