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  • How to handle the highs and lows of investing in penny stocks
  • How to handle the highs and lows of investing in penny stocks
    Investing in penny stocks can be an extremely profitable venture, but with that comes higher risks. This means it's vital you handle your portfolio and risks to deal with this. So how can you go about doing this? Read on to find out… How to manage your penny stocks portfolio Of the portion of your portfolio you decide to invest in penny stocks, you should aim to invest in be... ››› more
  • [05 August 2017]
  • 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
  • [24 July 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]
  • 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]
  • 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]
  • Movers of the Week - Plus 3 to buy and 2 to sell
  • Movers of the Week - Plus 3 to buy and 2 to sell
    Trump in the White House - America First! As President Trump was being inaugurated the markets appeared to be waiting for direction. The JSE closed slightly lower, down 0,6% and the major developed markets were little changed if not slightly softer. Currency and Commodity also appear to be in a holding pattern. Trump's speech was direct and unambiguous, watch-out as America puts its foot... ››› more
  • [24 January 2017]
  • The switch you've all been waiting for…
  • The switch you've all been waiting for…
    Last week, we discussed how through one simple switch we managed to save our clients a cumulative 71% in 2016. But this year we're going to try and do it again. So let's compare the investment cases of The Foschini Group (TFG) and Woolworths (WHL). These companies share similarities in that they're both involved in apparel retailing in South Africa but have very different strategies when i... ››› more
  • [19 January 2017]
  • JSE up 3.6%, The All Share is up 5% - are these signs of a great year ahead?
  • JSE up 3.6%, The All Share is up 5% - are these signs of a great year ahead?
    The JSE was up 3,6% last week, adding to gains from the week before. The All Share index is now up 5% in two weeks, Resources 8,2%, Industrials 4,6% and Financials up 1,3%. January is known to be a month with larger moves than normal, double digit figures are quite common. Watch out for the reversal in February. 2016 was a case in point… Commodity Prices were firm with good gains from Pla... ››› more
  • [17 January 2017]
  • How minimum investing IS NOT the same as low cost investing
  • How minimum investing IS NOT the same as low cost investing
    Do you know the difference between minimum investing and low-cost investing? Well, most investors would usually say they're the same thing. But this is far from the truth. Low-cost investing deals with the investments associated with investing your money, while minimum investing implies the least amount of money you can invest. In fact, failure to understand this can actually lead to... ››› more
  • [16 January 2017]
  • Palladium: The precious metal nobody is talking about but should be
  • Palladium: The precious metal nobody is talking about but should be
    At times like this, gold and silver typically grab all the attention... And attract all the "safe" money. But there's another metal that could blast past both of these. That's because it has unique physical properties for which there is just no substitute - something its biggest consumers lose quite a bit of sleep over. It's 15 times more rare than platinum... and 30 times more rare than gold. Rea... ››› more
  • [06 January 2017]
  • Cash in as Nigeria becomes Africa's next big investment hotspot
  • Cash in as Nigeria becomes Africa's next big investment hotspot
    Forget South Africa, Nigeria is growing at such a fast rate, in fact, economists expect Nigeria to overtake SA and become Africa's biggest economy. Don't wait for that to happen before you invest in Nigeria. Here's a home-grown smart investment you can make today… “Economists expect Nigeria, already the continent's most populous nation and largest oil producer, to overtake South Africa ... ››› more
  • [04 January 2017]
  • Five things to consider when purchasing your next property
  • Five things to consider when purchasing your next property
    When you first decide to invest in a property the excitement pumps you up. Your heart starts racing, you already see the cash rolling in… But before your ambitions run away with your good judgement you should take a step back and evaluate whether the property you're looking to invest in will provide you with growth - or is it a cash-trap that'll suck your wallet dry. What to look for in ... ››› more
  • [15 December 2016]
  • How I use “Poisson Distribution” to successfully predict winning soccer outcomes
  • How I use “Poisson Distribution” to successfully predict winning soccer outcomes
    Every weekend myself and a couple of mates from work head over to our local sports bar, where we catch the lunch time Barclays Premier League game that day. The afternoon always starts out the same, with great debate and the odd bet or two. The most common friendly bet we place is the goal outcome for that game. But, here's something they don't know I have. It's helped me with the goal ou... ››› more
  • [13 December 2016]
  • Good news…All main exchanges are on the up!
  • Good news…All main exchanges are on the up!
    JSE up 3,3% Last week the JSE recovered from an oversold position to close the week with a gain of 3,3%. Financials gained 4,8% and Industrials were up 3,7%. Resources managed a gain of 1,5%. DAX up 6,6%, CAC up 5.2%. European markets breathed a sigh of relief as the Italian referendum failed, the Dax gained 6,6% and the CAC 5,2%. Italy was up 7,3% and Spain put in 6,5% US Markets... ››› more
  • [13 December 2016]


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