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  • How much money do you need to start investing?
  • How much money do you need to start investing?
    How much cash should you put into your account to start investing? Does it even matter? The amount of money you start out with could be of crucial importance - and if you miss this you could end up losing money from winning shares. But this doesn't mean you need thousands of rand to start investing though… Let me explain...   What you start out with will determine your succe... ››› more
  • [23 June 2016]
  • Do you make this classic first-time investor mistake?
  • Do you make this classic first-time investor mistake?
    Every week I chat to my cousin in Cape Town. We usually start off speaking about family politics and end up debating money and investing. Now, since he's been running a successful transport company in the Western Cape, he's been starting to invest a lot more of his cash. Usually, he makes relatively solid investment decisions, but this week, he made a classic investment blunder. He dec... ››› more
  • [23 June 2016]
  • The 3 kinds of stocks you need to avoid on the JSE right now
  • The 3 kinds of stocks you need to avoid on the JSE right now
    I don't think there's a thing as the “perfect” stock. Yes there are stocks that demonstrate consistent profit growth, churn out cash flow and reward shareholders on a yearly basis. But every stock has its flaws. Whether it's way too expensive, over-hyped, worryingly cheap or just run out of steam, investors could easily fall for buying the a stock that looks attractive but ends up bust... ››› more
  • [23 June 2016]
  • What will happen to stocks if Britain dumps the European Union?
  • What will happen to stocks if Britain dumps the European Union?
    If you thought politics and economics in South Africa is exciting, then you've been missing out on what happening in Europe right now. The United Kingdom is about to make a drastic decision that could have an impact on the global economic system. On Thursday, the UK will have a referendum on the 'Brexit' - to decide if the UK stays or leaves the European Union. Last week, a poll for the E... ››› more
  • [22 June 2016]
  • Four ways to prepare your portfolio for the next recession
  • Four ways to prepare your portfolio for the next recession
    You already know that rumours of a recession are circulating around the investment markets. 2016 has been a tough year for the South African economy and the hard times don't look like they're going to stop any time soon. Statistics South Africa shows that the economy is already down 1.2% for the year. We're in the middle of a drought and the price of food, electricity and water is steadily... ››› more
  • [22 June 2016]
  • One man pockets R21.8 million for Vodacom's decent performance
  • One man pockets R21.8 million for Vodacom's decent performance
    Since the markets opened on 4 January 2016, Vodacom's share price has increased nearly 6%. Its closest rival, MTN's share price fell nearly 5% since the markets opened. Telkom on the other hand has proved that it's less than worthy down nearly 11% over the same time frame. But there's one man that's smiling all the way to the bank. That's Vodacom's CEO Shameel Joosub... Vodacom pa... ››› more
  • [21 June 2016]
  • Do you want to invest in the top 20 shares on the JSE by Market Cap in 2016?
  • Do you want to invest in the top 20 shares on the JSE by Market Cap in 2016?
    The Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) is a complex web of companies and investment opportunities. If you look at all the shares on the JSE right now, you see big brands and recognisable logos. What you don't always see the billions of rands that keep these listed companies afloat. I looked around to find a list of the top 20 shares on the JSE right now... Most of the lists are outdated, making... ››› more
  • [17 June 2016]
  • Gold mining companies' broken promises results in unprecedented legal action
  • Gold mining companies' broken promises results in unprecedented legal action
    Every year, between 1,500 and 2,000 miners apply for compensation from mining companies for lung diseases like silicosis and tuberculosis. These diseases are direct a result of the mine workers coming into contact with dangerous chemicals in the mines. In 2003, the gold mining industry promised that by 2013, there would be no new cases of silicosis among workers exposed for the first time ... ››› more
  • [16 June 2016]
  • Should you be adding banks to your investment portfolio right now?
  • Should you be adding banks to your investment portfolio right now?
    Even though South Africa managed to dodge the downgrade bullet last week, the risk of recession, higher interest rates and a lack of foreign funding still plagues the South African banking industry. But larger fund managers like PSG Asset Management have recently been adding banks to their portfolios. Surely this is a mistake under the current challenging market environment. Well, let's ta... ››› more
  • [16 June 2016]
  • 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
  • [15 June 2016]
  • Why you should lend the government money
  • Why you should lend the government money
    It's simple, lending money to government is a guaranteed income bearing investment. Most investors fail to recognise the value in this form of investing. Yet, it's hugely important if you want to bank more than just capital profits on your investments. If you lend money to someone, you want to know that you're lending it to a person who can pay it back, along with the interest you charge. ... ››› more
  • [15 June 2016]


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