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  • Invest R1,200 a year and collect a 25% bonus for your children's education
  • Invest R1,200 a year and collect a 25% bonus for your children's education
    Earlier this week I spoke to a new parent who only earns R8,000 a month. With a three month old baby, she was concerned that she wouldn't have enough money for her child's education when the time came to send the child to school. She could only afford to save R1,200 a year for her child's education and put her first lump sum savings into a 32 day savings account that gave her a measly 5% inter... ››› more
  • [22 July 2016]
  • Three reasons you should attend shareholder meetings
  • Three reasons you should attend shareholder meetings
    If you think every company shareholder meeting involves as much pomp and ceremony as Berkshire Hathaway, think again. These meetings are long, they could be boring but they are essential for shareholders. These meetings are not just reserved for the executive team or those investors with hundreds and thousands of shares in the company. If you're invested, you have a right to go... But firs... ››› more
  • [22 July 2016]
  • One of the most attractive investment options for low-risk investors right now
  • One of the most attractive investment options for low-risk investors right now
    The other day, while making my morning coffee, a work colleague asked me about an opportunity to earn an 11.5% return on a fixed-term bond investment. And she wasn't talking about RSA Government Retail Bonds. She was talking about investing in a Participation Bond Fund, specifically the FedGroup Participation Bond Fund. When you invest in a Participation Bond Fund, money is pooled with oth... ››› more
  • [21 July 2016]
  • Three great ways to invest your money in 2016/17
  • Three great ways to invest your money in 2016/17
    Nothing could prepare investors for the volatility that we've seen in the markets in recent months. It's been interesting to watch the economy dodge junk status, the JSE tank under Brexit and investors scramble around trying their best to find investment opportunities. The good news is, just because the financial markets are going crazy, doesn't meant there are no opportunities for your to pro... ››› more
  • [20 July 2016]
  • Can the SA economy or your pocket handle another increase in maize prices?
  • Can the SA economy or your pocket handle another increase in maize prices?
    The drought that's battering Southern Africa right now is going to wreak havoc on your pockets in the near future. South African corn farmers are expected to produce the lowest maize produce in 8 years. The last time production numbers were this low was in 2008. The numbers are concerning and it seems that South Africa will have to drastically increase the amount of maize it imports to 3.8... ››› more
  • [13 July 2016]
  • 11 reasons why this young man has all the characteristics of a master investor
  • 11 reasons why this young man has all the characteristics of a master investor
    Three years ago, I walked into the FSPInvest boardroom. Seated at the freshly polished mahogany table in front of me were six specially selected investment interns. These were some of the brightest investment minds the management team at FSPInvest could find in South Africa. They just passed a rigorous interview process that earned them the right to be an intern at the FSP Invest office. All o... ››› more
  • [12 July 2016]
  • Get your budget ready for another Eskom price hike
  • Get your budget ready for another Eskom price hike
    If you're celebrating that we're almost through winter and had no load-shedding, I have some bad news for you. You and I might have had an “uninterrupted” power supply this winter but it's going to cost our pockets, big time! According to an article in the City Press newspaper this weekend, “The economy is set for a shock from the combined blows of Eskom's move to hike the cost of tw... ››› more
  • [12 July 2016]
  • Nobody's talking about it, but Platinum excites me more than Gold right now!
  • Nobody's talking about it, but Platinum excites me more than Gold right now!
    The gold price hit $1,354. It's the first time that it's above $1,300 since 2014! That's big news. And since the Brexit, all you hear is how investors are fleeing to the safety of gold. But I'm much more excited about another precious metal right now. I'm talking about platinum of course… The platinum price started 2016 at $820/ounce. Today it's trading $280 higher at $1,100 per ounc... ››› more
  • [12 July 2016]
  • If you thought you couldn't profit from B-BBEE - Think again...
  • If you thought you couldn't profit from B-BBEE - Think again...
    Thankfully, things have changed since the dark days of apartheid. The investment markets are certainly not racist, sexist or homophobic. If you have enough money, you can invest in anything you want. But the successes you achieve in the investment markets are based on the strategies you use, the opportunities you see and the risks that you avoid. With that in mind, I want to introduce you to ... ››› more
  • [11 July 2016]
  • Don't make these three fatal mistakes with a Tax-Free Savings Account
  • Don't make these three fatal mistakes with a Tax-Free Savings Account
    Just imagine the shock I got when I read that, “59% of TFSAs have been opened at banks, and the majority of investments are in cash.” Really? Cash investments? That really worries me. Think about this… Investing in a tax-free deposit account from the major South African banks will give a return between 6%-8%. But consider that inflation is sitting at 6.1% and not going to stop th... ››› more
  • [11 July 2016]
  • Why you should re-fall-in-love with these spurned market darlings
  • Why you should re-fall-in-love with these spurned market darlings
    Last year was a rough year for markets. The All Share Index only managed to eke out a measly 5.22%, almost a third of its long-term average return. It was also a year in which we witnessed the spectacular fall from grace of two the JSE's former market “darlings”. MTN which delivered 136.23% between 2010 and 2015, ended the year down -36%, after getting smashed on the news of its Nigerian ... ››› more
  • [08 July 2016]
  • Invest in the world's most powerful economy with just R100 a month
  • Invest in the world's most powerful economy with just R100 a month
    When the results of the Brexit referendum came on Friday 24 June 2016, the rand fell more than 8% against the dollar. This was the biggest fall against the American currency since 2008. The international impact of Britain's decision to leave the European Union is making it difficult for investors to figure out what to invest in next. If you're feeling confused, there is one market that still o... ››› more
  • [08 July 2016]
  • This safe haven asset surges to record highs as JSE financial stocks fall
  • This safe haven asset surges to record highs as JSE financial stocks fall
    Since the result of the Brexit referendum came in last week, investors have watched millions disappear from the companies in their portfolios. This week, it's the South African financial stocks that took the brunt of the impact. - Nedbank (JSE: NED) is 4% lower this week - Standard Bank (JSE:SBK) fell 4% - Barclays Africa (JSE: BGA) also took a 4% knock - While FirstRand (JSE: FSR) fell ... ››› more
  • [07 July 2016]
  • Zimbabwe shuts South Africa's gateway into Africa
  • Zimbabwe shuts South Africa's gateway into Africa
    Last week, the Zimbabwean Government implemented a law causing major unrest in the border towns of Zimbabwe and South Africa. The introduction of Statutory Instrument 64 of 2016 (SI64) restricts the import of certain goods from South Africa into Zimbabwe. This includes items like plastic pipes, doors, bottled water, window frames, baked beans, potato chips... Even peanut butter got the cut. ... ››› more
  • [07 July 2016]


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