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  • 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]
  • The one industry I'm most excited about for 2017…
  • As I predicted last year, 2016 was a year of consolidation. Our market went nowhere. But shares are much cheaper today than they were a year ago. And that makes me optimistic about 2017. But there's one industry in particular that I've got my eyes on. It was arguably the worst sector for 2016. Agriculture. One of the worst droughts in decades hit South Africa. Farmers lost crop... ››› more
  • [18 January 2017]
  • 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]
  • Which will be the top retail pick in 2017?
  • Happy new year everyone, I hope you all had a good break and did tons of holiday shopping for your friends and family! Why? Because yesterday marked the beginning of the retail reporting season. And, in the next couple of weeks we're going to see just how much South African's spent at the shops in December. There is no doubt the market is expecting a super tough Xmas period for the beleag... ››› more
  • [12 January 2017]
  • The Year that was - The biggest winner of 2016 was the Rand!
  • 2016 has been a year many will quickly forget, but for the shock results of the Brexit vote and the US elections; it was a year where many cans were kicked down the road. Global growth remained benign and potential silver-linings have yet to gain material traction because of lingering uncertainties such as the future US foreign policy, the tensions in South East Asia, lingering debt problems i... ››› more
  • [11 January 2017]
  • 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 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]
  • Market Movers and Shakers - 3 to buy and 2 to sell
  • 3 to Buy We're expecting positive results to boost this retailers share price Yes, we have mentioned Steinhoff before, the stock has fallen significantly since June. They will release financial results later this week. We expect more clarity on the impact of Brexit and the acquisitions. Positive results will give the current price a lift, Buy Below R64,00. A rare opportunity to ... ››› more
  • [07 December 2016]
  • The JSE is overvalued, should I sell?
  • The JSE All-Share Index is just 10% off from its all-time high. It's sitting around the highest PE level of all time for the index, at 23.24. At the same time, US markets are at all-time highs, and interest rates are threatening to go up. With this in mind, I was recently asked by an investor, whether the JSE is overvalued and set for a massive correction. So, should you hold on or sel... ››› more
  • [01 December 2016]
  • Is the Proverbial Christmas Market Rally likely to happen this year?
  • In the past 24 months the JSE All share index has been unable to lift itself out of its sideways channel. In the last two years it only managed to deliver a 1% move for investors. The trading environment in the local market has been tough to say the least. There has been a slew of socio-political upheavals, both internationally and locally, that have negatively affected the market. With j... ››› more
  • [29 November 2016]
  • Why Bungee Jumping is like successful trading
  • Normally at a company's end year function, they make a reservation at a restaurant and have drinks and dinner. Not here at FSP, which is the company I work at. The team decided to go to Sky Bar at Pineslopes in Fourways. You can choose between a bunch of activities to do there. Abseiling, Rock Climbing, Bungee Jumping or you can just chill, drink and eat at the Sky Bar. At first I s... ››› more
  • [28 November 2016]
  • How every investor can avoid the “Disposition Effect”
  • Put yourself in this situation… You have R20,000 to invest. You decide to buy a stable growth company and an undervalued share with explosive potential. In six months' time, the stable growth company is up 50%, while your bargain buy is down 20%. Now a 50% return in 6 months' from just one stock sounds incredible - That's R5,000 in your pocket for doing nothing. You decide you don't wan... ››› more
  • [28 November 2016]
  • The lazy trader's way to profits
  • When I say trader what do you think about? How about a stressed out guy with over four screens, screaming every time he gets in and out of a trade? How about a guy who's pulling his hair out at the thought that he's losing his wealth very quickly? How about a guy that has tons of charts, calculators and pieces of paper on his desk to do complicated maths sums with his trades? This couldn'... ››› more
  • [24 November 2016]
  • Five market movements - 3 to buy and 2 to sell
  • JSE All Share marginally positive, up 0,7% After several volatile weeks, due to policy uncertainty, some calm appears to have returned to the markets. The JSE All Share Index was up 0,7% last week. Resources were down 3%, while Industrial's up 1,8% and Financials' up 2,5% lifted the markets overall. Brent Crude up 5% Russia indicated it would support a cut in output if adopted by Opec. Ma... ››› more
  • [23 November 2016]
  • The “Fool's Ratio” - Use it to spot the most profitable undervalued growth stocks
  • 23 years ago, two brothers, David and Tom Gardner, founded and built one of the world's greatest investment communities - The Motley Fool. Reaching millions of people every month through a website, books and the newspaper, they give independent financial and investment ideas to help ordinary investors make a lot of money. But these brothers are more than this. They've published best-selli... ››› more
  • [21 November 2016]
  • Momentum in the markets - 3 to buy and 2 to sell
  • Dear MoneyMorning reader, US Stock up 3%, Emerging Markets down 4,5% US Stocks recovered from sharply lower levels after a reconciliatory speech from President elect Donald Trump which eased market fears; Energy and Industrials were the leaders based on his plans for infrastructural development. Emerging Markets have been left out in the cold as investors evaluate the impact of a Trump p... ››› more
  • [17 November 2016]
  • Three top ways to save money over the festive season
  • In two weeks we will be in December and that means the festive season is drawing close. The festive season is a time to look forward to, but it's also a time of year you may dread as the costs mount up from overspending. So how can you save money over the festive season? Read on to find out… Festive money saving tip #1: Work out how much you’ve got to spend Before you start mak... ››› more
  • [17 November 2016]
  • Trumpoline stock to buy right now…
  • It's been a tough few years for the construction industry but now that Donald Trump is president of the United States things are starting to look up. The Trump presidency is turning out to be very bullish for the equity markets and especially the construction sector which will be helped by the new fiscal policy stance. Today's FTSE 100 stock has been touted as a potential beneficiary from an... ››› more
  • [16 November 2016]
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