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  • 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
  • [21 September 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
  • [21 September 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
  • [21 September 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
  • [21 September 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
  • [21 September 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
  • [21 September 2017]
  • The JSE targets record highs as interest rates are cut - Two to buy and two to Sell
  • The JSE targets record highs as interest rates are cut - Two to buy and two to Sell
    Last week's interest rate cut of 25 basis points (0.25%) has boosted retailers and shares with high debt levels. Improving sentiment and the prospect of a boost to economic growth provided support for the Rand. Earning season is in full swing, as of Friday, 19% of the companies in the S&P 500 had reported results for Q2 2017 and 73% had beaten earnings and sales expectations. In the we... ››› more
  • [21 September 2017]
  • The JSE's top 20 "No money down" shares
  • The JSE's top 20
    What if I told you, that you could get a big business for free? You don't have to put money down, but you'd own a portion of a franchise store, a farm or a factory… Sounds too good to be true. But the fact is, right now there are scores of opportunities like this on the JSE. I call them “No money down shares”. Simply put, these are companies where if you pay for a portion of ... ››› more
  • [21 September 2017]
  • The stars are aligning for global growth and investors love it
  • The stars are aligning for global growth and investors love it
    Global stocks are making record high after record high on the back of monetary policy that remains accommodative globally, inflation that's surprisingly low, the oil price below $50 and improving manufacturing data. All this positivity is feeding into investor sentiment and it appears the rally that started out as a “Trump Bump” is growing stronger daily. Locally, it's all about confid... ››› more
  • [21 September 2017]
  • You need to think twice before betting on a rising oil price again…
  • You need to think twice before betting on a rising oil price again…
    WTI Crude oil hit a low of $22 a barrel in early 2016. It then rose for much of the year, ending the year at $53. But since the start of 2017, the oil price is down around 12% to $46.60. So, with the oil price at lows, should you look at investing in the oil sector again? Is demand growing fast enough or is supply still too high? *****************************   Get everyt... ››› more
  • [21 September 2017]
  • How the world's fastest growing car producer is shaking up the commodities market
  • How the world's fastest growing car producer is shaking up the commodities market
    The revolution in electric vehicles set to upturn industries from energy to infrastructure is also creating winners and losers within the world's biggest commodities markets. When Tesla first passed Ford's market cap, it was a big deal. The bigger news came later, when the electric automaker passed General Motors. Now Tesla's technological revolution in electric cars has paid off again.... ››› more
  • [21 September 2017]
  • Zuma stays, while Trump picks a fight with North Korea - One to buy and one to sell
  • Zuma stays, while Trump picks a fight with North Korea - One to buy and one to sell
    Global markets have retreated over the past week as tensions rose on Trumps threats directed at North Korea. Tensions will subside and global markets will continue their rallies on the back of positive earnings surprises. The big earnings release for our market will be Tencent's (due to Nasper's stake in it) that will be released in the early hours of Wednesday. All 32 major analysts tha... ››› more
  • [21 September 2017]


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