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Francois Joubert

  • The one thing that will lose you money when you ‘buy to flip'
  • 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
  • [23 March 2017]
  • Four “must knows” before you invest in a single share
  • 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
  • [16 March 2017]
  • Why I'm calling a buy on the JSE, even though many call it expensive
  • “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
  • [02 March 2017]
  • You have to “Go Small” to add big returns to your portfolio
  • As an advisor to the South African Investor board I deal with investors that are looking for long term returns that'll help them live, and retire securely. That means we typically look at companies like Vodacom, Naspers, Bidvest and the like. Large blue-chip shares that have been around for years, and will continue to be there for years to come. Recommending these large companies is th... ››› more
  • [22 February 2017]
  • The most important investment decision you can make, in two minutes
  • Please don't let your portfolio fall because of this single mistake… In 2014, I got a mail from an investor: “Francois, I'm not investing in a single investment recommendation of yours again. I've bought Mr Price shares with my whole portfolio. And at the rate it's going now, I'll retire in a few short years. I bought Mr Price at R136 in February, and now that it's August, the sha... ››› more
  • [07 February 2017]
  • The shiny trade no one is talking about…
  • I call it platinum fatigue… Eight years ago, platinum hit $2,200/ounce. It subsequently crashed to $800, recovered to $1,500 and dropped back to $800 again in 2016. Everyone's basically given up on platinum, there's just been too much drama for the metal… Did you even notice that platinum is up $100 since December 2017?   On 26 December 2016, Platinum was at $894 per oun... ››› more
  • [01 February 2017]
  • Here's what no-one told you about low-cost RA's…
  • A week ago I was nearly convinced low-cost RA's are the way to go. I read a well written article on the web, promoting the virtues of low-cost RA's. The article uses the following example: Someone has saved R3 000 every month for 40 years into a retirement annuity (RA), and earns a return of 6.5% above inflation. If you pay an investment fee of 3% you'd end up with R3 million at the end ... ››› more
  • [25 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]
  • Five things to consider when purchasing your next property
  • When you first decide to invest in a property the excitement pumps you up. Your heart starts racing, you already see the cash rolling in… But before your ambitions run away with your good judgement you should take a step back and evaluate whether the property you're looking to invest in will provide you with growth - or is it a cash-trap that'll suck your wallet dry. What to look for in ... ››› more
  • [15 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]
  • They don't have a clue what they're telling you…
  • “Trump will be great for business” “Trump will make you, and me, richer” “15 industries that will be affected by a Trump presidency” Trump. Trump. Trump. It's the buzz word right now. Everyday there's a new article on Moneyweb, News24 and Bloomberg telling us how Trump will affect business, the stock market and even the world. They're telling you this, without a clue ... ››› more
  • [24 November 2016]
  • Four things I wish I'd known before I started investing in property
  • I bought my first rental property at the age of 22. Luckily it turned out a great investment. But since then I've learnt a lot. Truth be told, there's a heap of things I wish someone had told me about when I first got started in property back then. The time, the money it could've saved me... I sure as heck would have gone a lot further a lot faster if I'd had a clue about some things. ... ››› more
  • [16 November 2016]
  • SUSPENDED! You stand to lose your entire investment
  • Right now, there are at least 26 suspended shares on the JSE. If you own one of them, you'll know you can't sell your shares and there's no hope of growth coming from them. If you're incredibly lucky you might receive cents on the rand for your investment. But, if history is anything to go by, your cash will be tied up for years, and you might as well write off your entire investment! ... ››› more
  • [27 October 2016]
  • Why I'm bullish on the Wescoal share price
  • On 29 September 2016 Wescoal announced it would issue 124,995,373 new shares to a BEE investor, for an amount of R211,410,862. At the time Wescoal's entire market cap was R440 million. So this is a big deal - it is nearly 50% of Wescoal's total share capital being added. Usually a deal that dilutes earnings as much as this one will, is a bad thing. Shareholders don't like it. But since... ››› more
  • [20 October 2016]
  • Don't put your mind on this investment ‘sugar rush'
  • I'm sure you've seen what too much sugar does to a three-year-old… They become hyper-awctive. They stop listening to all reason. And as soon as the effect of sugar wears off, they hit a low. Until the next hit of sweetness. You might be doing the same thing to yourself when you invest. No, it's not that you're adding too much sugar to your coffee. The mistake you might be mak... ››› more
  • [12 October 2016]
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