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  • 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]
  • Maximum pessimism - Where great investment bargains hide
  • Maximum pessimism - Where great investment bargains hide
    Joshua Benton, Editor of Real Wealth loves looking at the strategies of the investment greats. Earlier this week I was having a cup of coffee with Joshua. He started telling me about a legendary investment move made by one of the greatest investors of all time, Sir John Templeton. It sounded more like legend than truth. But in the end, when Joshua showed me how to apply the strategy be... ››› more
  • [14 June 2016]
  • Did South Africa slip into a recession while nobody noticed?
  • Did South Africa slip into a recession while nobody noticed?
    Regular contributor to FSP Invest's South African Investor publication, Dawie Roodt, recently reported that he believes South Africa is already in recession. As we know, Roodt doesn't make any statement lightly. He is usually armed with facts and figures before he makes a statement like this. This begs the question, did South Africa slip into a recession and nobody noticed? Let's take ... ››› more
  • [10 June 2016]
  • Amazon hits all-time highs and we're buying: 6 facts you need to know
  • Amazon hits all-time highs and we're buying: 6 facts you need to know
    You're probably familiar with SA's successful emerging market tech and media giant: Naspers. 'But as a South African you might not have considered skipping across the water and putting some money to work by investing in its fast growing US eCommerce rival: Amazon. This US retail behemoth is often overlooked in offshore portfolios, but, I believe, should be a vital inclusion for any investor... ››› more
  • [09 June 2016]
  • When NOBODY invests in the JSE, BIG upside is ahead…
  • When NOBODY invests in the JSE, BIG upside is ahead…
    You've heard the term ‘Buy when there's blood on the streets'. This is contrarian investing at its hear. But it's been proven true time and again. In fact, if you'd simply bought a simple ETF like Satrix 40 following the 2008 financial crisis, you'd have made around 70%. Investing in individual shares following the same crisis would've made you 200%, 300% and in many cases, 600% or m... ››› more
  • [09 June 2016]
  • The one industry investors simply should not ignore…
  • The one industry investors simply should not ignore…
    In the year 1900 Africa was the world's most sparsely populated continent. Today, it boasts a seventh of the world's total population. While most people have only been pre-occupied with Africa's failure to develop like Western and many eastern countries have done, they've missed what is happening on the continent. Over 800 million people have been added to Africa's population in the pa... ››› more
  • [09 June 2016]


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