The gold price in rand terms just hit its highest levels since April this year.
It has averaged around R16,400 per ounce for 2017, with a spike to R17,600 in April following Pravin Gordhan's axing.
More recently, the rand has weakened following yet another unsuccessful vote of no confidence in President Zuma.
At the same time, the dollar price of gold spiked with tensions between the U... ››› more
The revolution in electric vehicles set to upturn industries from energy to infrastructure is also creating winners and losers within the world's biggest commodities markets.
When Tesla first passed Ford's market cap, it was a big deal.
The bigger news came later, when the electric automaker passed General Motors.
Now Tesla's technological revolution in electric cars has paid off again.... ››› more
WTI Crude oil hit a low of $22 a barrel in early 2016. It then rose for much of the year, ending the year at $53.
But since the start of 2017, the oil price is down around 12% to $46.60.
So, with the oil price at lows, should you look at investing in the oil sector again?
Is demand growing fast enough or is supply still too high?
Get everyt... ››› more
What if I told you, that you could get a big business for free? You don't have to put money down, but you'd own a portion of a franchise store, a farm or a factory…
Sounds too good to be true.
But the fact is, right now there are scores of opportunities like this on the JSE.
I call them “No money down shares”.
Simply put, these are companies where if you pay for a portion of ... ››› more
These days with the internet and the wealth of information out there everyone wants to run their own portfolio. And who better to do that, as nobody else cares more for your money than yourself?
The fact is, anyone can manage a stock portfolio.
Just like anyone can drive a car.
But in the same way, it doesn't mean you won't hit a tree or slide off of the road every once in a while.
... ››› more
Over the past three years the JSE has gone nowhere!
On 4 July, 2014 the JSE All-Share Index stood at 52,060 points.
By the end of 3 July 2016 the same index stood at 52,164.
And yet it's PE is near an all time high of 19.94.
This makes the index ridiculously ‘expensive' and the average investor extremely despondent, crying where's the value.
But I'm hear to tell you, there's ... ››› more
In a recent report from ETF.com data released shows that the US have had $250 billion worth of cash inflows into ETF's during 2017 alone!
According to an estimate by The New Yorker, around 20 percent of the market in the US is made up out of JUST ETF's.
And “When you factor in “closet indexing”—when individual or institutional investors pursue indexing strategies without declaring... ››› more
South Africa's in a recession.
That means businesses are struggling.
Your salary is unlikely to grow as much this year as in years past, and that's if it grows at all.
That's why it's more important today than ever before to make sure you are in good shape financially.
In fact, if you've never done the exercise I'm about to share with you it is possible that you are bankrupt, without... ››› more
Drive through Sandton, Rivonia, Sunninghill or on the N1 between Pretoria and Johannesburg and you'll see literally hundreds of new office buildings, malls and smaller shopping centres being built.
And following a recent drive through Cape Town and Somerset West I saw the same thing.
Buildings are popping up everywhere.
The FNB/BER Building Confidence Index just hit its highest level i... ››› more
South Africa has just officially entered a recession.
GDP figures for the first quarter of 2017 show a GDP contraction of 0.7% quarter on quarter, and it follows the fourth quarter of 2016 which saw a 0.3% contraction…
This is the first time since 2008/2009 that South Africa's entered a recession, which is defined as two quarters of negative GDP growth.
So if our economy isn't growin... ››› more
With the success Famous Brands has had in the last decade scores of investors have flocked to similar ‘opportunities' in the food sector.
Taste Holdings was probably the most exciting of these opportunities.
It owned Scooters Pizza, and Maxi's.
And when the company announced it would acquire The Fish and Chip Co in October 2011, its share price started a boom from 150c, to 450c in 2013.... ››› more
Every time you get paid a dividend you need to pay dividend withholding tax on it.
That means, if you own 10,000 shares in a company and it pays you a dividend of R1 a share, instead of receiving R10,000 in dividends your dividend withholding tax will be deducted first.
In the past it was 15%.
But since March 2017, dividend withholding tax has been increased and now sits at 20%.
Th... ››› more
One of the questions I'm most often asked is “Should I invest in property using a company, or should I invest in my personal capacity?”
Whenever I hear this question I want to ask investors WHY they want to invest through a company.
You see, as with most things investing there's no clear cut, one-size-fits-all answer.
There are a number of things to consider before you invest as a ... ››› more
The Foschini Group is down 10.54% in the last month, Mr Price 10.40%, Truworths 6.33%.
And Lewis crashed a whopping 16.70%.
If you're invested in retail, it's been a bad month for you.
But before you start buying into the sector because it ‘shows value' I want to warn you…
South African retail sales are dropping and you need to watch out for the fallout
In its m... ››› more
How you can diversify yourself to safety with the ‘Rule of Four'
What do you do with your money in a crisis? Do you sell your share portfolio? Do you stick everything in a bank account, in property or in gold?
That's the question that popped up around a campfire I had going with friends over the weekend.
Considering South Africa's junk status, state capture and political unrest that'... ››› more
I don't like having to look for new tenants, setting up rental contracts, or making sure payments have been made each month.
That's why I'm always on the lookout for opportunities to make my life easier.
And I've found just that.
Without dealing with an estate agent, or meeting up with a single person you can get:
Higher rental income than you currently get (7% on average)
Guaranteed ... ››› more
Right now, there are just north of 400 shares on the JSE.
Of these shares, investment funds only invest in the top 40, and perhaps the top 100… Only 161 shares are on the JSE All-Share index…
If you invest in a fund you're most likely investing in the JSE's Top 40 Index. Unit trusts simply don't deviate from the index too far, because that's the only way they can match the index perfor... ››› more
Buying a house, renovating and then selling it (called "buy to flip") can be one of the most rewarding investments for property investors…
You buy an old home for say R1 million, spend R250,000 on renovations and then sell it for R1.6 million or more.
Most investors believe the biggest secret behind a buy to flip is getting the best deal on materials for your renovation.
That's the b... ››› more
The biggest lie you'll ever hear in the stock market is that: “As a private investor you're not smart enough, and you lack the information to invest and make money on the stock market.”
It's a lie presented by fund managers, personal financial advisers and media analysts alike.
Obviously, they don't say it quite like this, but it's what they mean.
The essence behind their big lie i... ››› more
“The JSE is too expensive, rather buy these offshore stocks”, if read this headline, and variations of it many times in the past year.
Yet, my Red Hot Penny Shares readers would've banked an average gain on shares we sold of 22.21% in 2016.
Whilst there are still calls to drop the JSE and put your money elsewhere I am optimistic.
I believe 2017 can be just as good, or better, than ... ››› more
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