Investing

  • Beginner's guide to investing in crypto: Part Six
  • Beginner's guide to investing in crypto: Part Six
    Okay. So you've got in, bought some cryptos, hopefully seen your profits increase and now cashed out for a sizeable gain. The only thing left to do, before you go spending all that money, is pay your taxes. I know this is not the most exciting part of the guide, but it's potentially the most important. You don't want SARS to come knocking at your door, because you didn't pay any tax. ... ››› more
  • [26 March 2018]
  • Beginner's guide to investing in crypto: Part five
  • Beginner's guide to investing in crypto: Part five
    You've decided you want to invest in cryptocurrencies. You've opened an account with a cryptocurrency exchange. You've deposited your money and bought some Bitcoin, Ethereum or another cryptocurrency. Now how do you make sure your cryptos are secure and stored safely? Well, before I tell you, you need to know that storing cryptos isn't like storing cash. There are no intermediaries... ››› more
  • [20 March 2018]
  • The right Tax Free Savings Account could make your children billionaires
  • The right Tax Free Savings Account could make your children billionaires
    Regular readers will recall I wrote an article a few weeks ago, which claimed that investing the full Tax Free Savings Account (TFSA) allowance for your new-born child would turn him into a billionaire by the time he retired. Even after the effects of inflation, this investment would mean R200,000 per month income, in today's money. An explosive claim, I know, but one that I can back up wi... ››› more
  • [15 March 2018]
  • How you can make 35% on your investment even if the market only rises 1%
  • How you can make 35% on your investment even if the market only rises 1%
    What if I told you that you could make 35% growth off an investment even if the market only rises by 10%, 5% or even as little as 1%? What's more, you are protected on the downside. If the market drops 10%, 20% or 30% you get ALL your capital back! And, you can do this by getting exposure to the fastest growing markets in the world? Almost sounds too good to be true. But it's possi... ››› more
  • [14 March 2018]
  • Beginner's guide to investing in crypto: Part four
  • Beginner's guide to investing in crypto: Part four
    Did you know that in 2017 alone, Bitcoin returned over 1,300% and Ethereum returned over 9,000%? Amazing isn't it? But these returns were child's play when you compare them to other cryptos like… • Ripple, which returned over 36,000% • NEM, which returned over 29,800% • Stellar, which returned over 14,400% You could've made an absolute fortune if you bought any of these cr... ››› more
  • [12 March 2018]
  • I have R6,000 and want to start investing - but I know NOTHING of shares
  • I have R6,000 and want to start investing - but I know NOTHING of shares
    I received a letter from Louis recently: “Hi Francois,   I have saved R6,000 in the last six months, and while I want to continue this savings I want my money to start growing as well.   I realise I won’t necessarily make thousands from the get-go, but I want to become more knowledgeable about investing, and start making money for my retirement one day.   I want... ››› more
  • [08 March 2018]
  • Beginner's guide to investing in crypto: Part three
  • Beginner's guide to investing in crypto: Part three
    In the earlier parts of my beginner's guide to investing in cryptos, I covered some general rules for investing in cryptos and the different types of cryptos. Today, we get to the fun part. In part three of my beginners guide to investing in cyptos, I'll briefly explain how to structure your crypto portfolio. But more importantly, I’ll take you through all the steps to buying crypto... ››› more
  • [05 March 2018]
  • A dangerous trend to watch out for on the JSE - and Warren Buffett's advice
  • A dangerous trend to watch out for on the JSE - and Warren Buffett's advice
    In the past month or two, I've realized a worrying trend on the JSE. This trend has been behind Sibanye Gold's 58% drop in the past year. It's also been behind Woolies losing 25% of its value since 2016, and Brait dropping 41%. What is this trend? Well, it's “making offshore acquisitions at ALL costs”… And Warren Buffett has just warned investors against the trend. Let me... ››› more
  • [28 February 2018]
  • How to invest Offshore WITHOUT taking your money out of the country
  • How to invest Offshore WITHOUT taking your money out of the country
    Just a few years ago, trading offshore was an absolute nightmare. Not only did you have to physically take your money out of the country, you also had to endure these five tedious experiences: ~ $2,500 minimum deposit ~ Endless paper work to fill in and sign ~ Limited access to instruments and control of the portfolio ~ Over a week to withdraw and deposit funds ~ Costs through the roof ... ››› more
  • [26 February 2018]
  • Beginner's guide to investing in crypto: Part two
  • Beginner's guide to investing in crypto: Part two
    Welcome to the second part of my “Beginner's guide to investing in crypto”. Last week, in part one, I covered… The number one rule for crypto investing One type of crypto   The best ways to research cryptos. If you haven’t caught up on part one yet, you can read it here.   Today, we’ll cover more about the different types of cryptos and why you w... ››› more
  • [26 February 2018]
  • These JSE companies are selling at their biggest discounts in years
  • These JSE companies are selling at their biggest discounts in years
    These are the “widest discounts to sum of the parts I have tracked in many years; I see … excellent long term value here…” These are the words from a fellow analyst regarding two specific JSE listed investment companies. Following his statement, I had a deeper look at the two he refers to as well as other companies. And what I found is astounding. Businesses are selling at 15%, ... ››› more
  • [22 February 2018]
  • Tax Year End: What you absolutely must do before 28 February 2018
  • Tax Year End: What you absolutely must do before 28 February 2018
    Tax year end is fast approaching. This means, next week Wednesday, your tax breaks for the 2017/2018 year will expire. Fortunately, it's not too late to maximise all your benefits before you lose them. But don't worry, because today I'm going to show you how to do this… Three tax breaks every investor receives   As a private investor you receive three main tax breaks: ... ››› more
  • [22 February 2018]
  • How to avoid optimism bias in betting and why?
  • How to avoid optimism bias in betting and why?
    Optimism is a great trait to possess in life, as it makes living in this world a lot easier and a shade brighter. Would the world not be a better place if more of us took an optimistic approach to life? Yes, I think so. However, when it comes to betting, your happy go lucky, optimistic nature can turn into a big burden and affect your betting performance for the worse. Let me explain... ››› more
  • [15 February 2018]
  • “Before the earthquake, you get the rumblings”
  • “Before the earthquake, you get the rumblings”
    One of world's most successful investors, Carl Icahn, said in an interview with CNBC. “Before the earthquake, you get the rumblings and then maybe you don't have an earthquake for 20 years, or 10 years, or five years. But these are the rumblings.” Carl Icahn was specifically referring to the stock market crash. The funny thing is, there is no obvious cause for all this. In fact, th... ››› more
  • [13 February 2018]
  • Three predictions for stock market success in 2018
  • Three predictions for stock market success in 2018
    It's a new year and, as customary, I'm sharing a couple of insights that I believe will shape the stock market, our economy, and the world we see around us every day. 2017 was a year dominated by two themes. The first one being, politics, drove the South African economy, investor sentiment and our currency. The second was probably a symptom of the first. Because politics dominated ever... ››› more
  • [12 February 2018]


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