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  • Five warning signs to spot “dead companies walking”
  • There are many widely available tools, tricks and techniques that will help you spot good businesses that are likely to increase in value. But do you know how to spot companies that are going bust? Well if there's one person who does, it's Scott Fearon. An extremely successful money manager, Scott Fearon has shorted more than 200 companies that eventually ended up at zero. And spotting th... ››› more
  • [12 December 2016]
  • “What's a good share for me to buy right now?”
  • I'm amazed over and over again by how naïve and trusting people are... If I could have a cent for every person who'd asked me “What's a good share for me to buy right now?” I'd never have to work ever again. It's quite concerning that some investors believe they'll be able to make quick and easy money by asking a total stranger what share to buy! If you aren't prepared to make your... ››› more
  • [09 June 2016]
  • Whether you invest R10,000 or R100,000 don't ignore this rule
  • I often get this question from investors: “What makes a great company to invest in?” And while I can give you many technical answers about discounted cash flow (DCF) valuations, future growth forecasts and the like, the best answer is really simple. The very best companies are the ones that “pay back” their investors. That's the big rule of investing. Invest in companies that w... ››› more
  • [19 February 2016]
  • About the company: Zurich Insurance Company South Africa Ltd [JSE:ZSA]
  • Zurich Insurance Company South Africa is a short-term insurance provider. The company had a listing on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange until it was acquired… Full name: Zurich Insurance Company South Africa Limited Short name: N/A Ticker: N/A Sector: Insurance – non-life insurance   Five top facts about Zurich Insurance   Fact #1: SA Fire House acquired a... ››› more
  • [26 November 2015]
  • How to spot a fantastic long-term investment
  • When you're investing for the long-term, you want to put your money to work in companies that will continue to get bigger and better. You want them to be efficient and grow their profits over the years. So what are the signs of a company set to succeed for the long-term? Read on to find out… One of the biggest challenges is growing a company When companies grow, they face a big... ››› more
  • [08 October 2015]
  • Why you should have penny stocks in your portfolio
  • Some investors are put off investing in penny stocks because of the higher risks they carry. But by not including penny stocks in their portfolios, they're also missing out on potentially huge returns. Read on to find out why you should include penny stocks in your portfolio… Why invest in penny stocks Investing in penny stocks is worth the risk because their performance can beat... ››› more
  • [03 September 2015]
  • Four traits of successful entrepreneurs
  • Successful entrepreneurs who make it big tend to share some specific traits. So it you're a budding entrepreneur, what can you learn from the likes of Oprah Winfrey and Bill Gates? Read on to find out… Successful entrepreneur trait #1: Not relying on luck Successful entrepreneurs don’t think luck plays a part in their success, Mark Forbes in The Crux explains. Take a recent p... ››› more
  • [14 August 2015]
  • Benefit from the small company effect by investing in penny stocks
  • Investing in penny stocks can be immensely rewarding. If you manage to uncover the superstars of the future, you can make staggering profits from them. By investing in penny stocks, you're harnessing the small company effect. So what is the small company effect? And what difference does it make to your potential returns? Read on to find out… What is the small company effect? ... ››› more
  • [12 August 2015]
  • About the company: Rockcastle Global Real Estate Company Ltd [JSE:ROC]
  • Rockcastle Global Real Estate Company primarily invests in international real estate. The company has a listing on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange… Full name: Rockcastle Global Real Estate Company Limited Short name: Rockcastle Ticker: ROC Sector: Real estate – real estate & investment services Five top facts about Rockcastle Global Real Estate Company Fact #1: Rockcastle Globa... ››› more
  • [07 August 2015]
  • About the company: Harmony Gold Mining Company Ltd [JSE:HAR]
  • Harmony Gold Mining Company is a gold explorer and producer. The company has a listing on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange… Full name: Harmony Gold Mining Company Limited Short name: Harmony Ticker: HAR Sector: Basic resources - mining Five top facts about Harmony Gold Mining Company Fact #1: Across its operations, Harmony Gold Mining Company employs around 34,600 people. This inc... ››› more
  • [22 July 2015]
  • Why you should check out a company's CEO before investing in shares
  • The CEO (chief executive officer) is the person at the top of a company. He is the face of the business. When you're investing in a company, it pays to take time to check out the CEO. A bad CEO at the helm means problems could be looming. So what should you look out with a CEO of a listed company? Read on to find out… The essential qualities of a CEO A CEO should excel at runni... ››› more
  • [02 July 2015]
  • This “first of a kind” new listing on the JSE is a stock to watch…
  • The JSEs property sector is worth R590 billion. But until now it's only consisted of industrial, retail and office properties. But on the 19th June 2015 a new company called Indluplace listed on the JSE. This company is the JSEs very first purely residential property company (REIT). This is a big deal. Being the first mover in the residential property market gives Indluplace a massive adv... ››› more
  • [25 June 2015]
  • How useful is EBITDA when weighing up investing in a company?
  • As part of your research into shares you want to invest in, you may take a look at a company's EBITDA (earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation). It can prove useful when comparing different companies. But you should use it with caution. Let's take a closer look at why and what other measures you can use… How you can use EBITDA to look at a company’s performance... ››› more
  • [05 June 2015]
  • Serious about investing in property? You could start your own property business…
  • Investing in property is a good option to consider if you want to grow your wealth over the long-term. By buying property to rent out, not only will you hope to see the value of your properties rise over time, you'll also have monthly rental income to look forward to. One way to do this is by starting your own property business. Read on to find out more… Buying property as an inv... ››› more
  • [20 May 2015]
  • While Eskom struggles to keep the lights on in SA, consider this power play in Kenya…
  • While South Africa may be Africa's second largest economy, it's struggling to stimulate growth. But there are other countries on the continent showing strong economic growth, such as Kenya. Kenya is Africa's fifth-largest economy. And to ensure its electricity supplies grow with the country's needs, Kenya's sole electricity provider is worth a look at… Key facts about Kenya Over the ... ››› more
  • [24 April 2015]
  • About the company: Hwange Colliery Company Ltd [JSE:HWA]
  • Hwange Colliery Company is a coal producer. The company has a listing on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange… Full name: Hwange Colliery Company Limited Short name: Hwange Ticker: HWA Sector: Basic resources – mining Five top facts about Hwange Colliery Company Fact #1: Hwange Colliery Company employs around 3,200 people across its operations. Fact #2: Hwange Colliery Company h... ››› more
  • [09 April 2015]
  • About the company: Rex Trueform Clothing Company Ltd [JSE:RTO]
  • With its roots dating back to 1937, Rex Trueform Clothing Company has interests in the clothing retail sector and property. The company has a listing on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange… Full name: Rex Trueform Clothing Company Limited Short name: Rex True Ticker: RTO Sector: Retail – general retailers Five top facts about Rex Trueform Clothing Company Fact #1: Rex Trueform Clot... ››› more
  • [25 March 2015]
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