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  • 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]
  • How a cyber-virus could make you a fortune
  • Today I'm going to prove how a simple computer virus gives investors - who know where to look - a great opportunity to make money. It sounds unbelievable, doesn't it? But it's true. In just a few moments… I'll explain exactly how a cyber-computer virus could drive one investment's prices to new highs, and make savvy investors a fortune. Let me explain… ***********... ››› more
  • [05 June 2017]
  • This popular share is like a deep dark pit for your money
  • With the success Famous Brands has had in the last decade scores of investors have flocked to similar ‘opportunities' in the food sector. Taste Holdings was probably the most exciting of these opportunities. It owned Scooters Pizza, and Maxi's. And when the company announced it would acquire The Fish and Chip Co in October 2011, its share price started a boom from 150c, to 450c in 2013.... ››› more
  • [02 June 2017]
  • How you can avoid paying dividend withholding tax - and grow your portfolio faster
  • Every time you get paid a dividend you need to pay dividend withholding tax on it. That means, if you own 10,000 shares in a company and it pays you a dividend of R1 a share, instead of receiving R10,000 in dividends your dividend withholding tax will be deducted first. In the past it was 15%. But since March 2017, dividend withholding tax has been increased and now sits at 20%. Th... ››› more
  • [02 June 2017]
  • The perfect example of why you must avoid “Unicorn” stocks
  • The perfect example of why you must avoid “Unicorn” stocks
    Last year in MoneyMorning, I wrote about “How unicorns” are the next “Tulip Bubble crisis.” A reminder… “Unicorns” are the name given by Silicon Valley to private start-up tech companies that have valuations of $1 billion or more. They're usually categorised as innovative, high growth companies. But as I explained last year, many institutional investors pile cash into “... ››› more
  • [29 May 2017]
  • Should you sell in May and go away…?
  • Should you sell in May and go away…?
    News flow seems to have subsided for now, markets continue to grind gradually higher. The JSE added 1% last week on the back of stronger commodity prices; Brent recovered 3,4% after trading softer for several weeks. Internationally, markets continue in a holding pattern; testing new highs. Commodities are responding to a weaker dollar and US Markets stumbled for the second time on new challen... ››› more
  • [27 May 2017]


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