When the global Financial Crisis hit back in 2008, investors flocked to gold.
In fact, gold achieved the highest return out of all assets.
The same thing happened when September 9/11 happened in 2001.
My point is, gold was generally the go-to “safe-haven investment when crisis hit.
But if a major crash or recession had to happen tomorrow, do you think investors would flock to gold fo... ››› more
While October was the month we had Black Tuesday in 1929, Black Monday in 1987 and a big sell off in October 2008 post Lehman's collapse, it generally ends the month up.
Over the past 100 years the Dow and S&P have ended positive 62% of the time with an average gain of 0.4% but with heightened vola... ››› more
“Francois, where should I take my money? ‘They' tell me to take as much as possible offshore right now. Is that the right place to invest?”
With the three year return on the JSE sitting at a grand total of 9.49% many investors are asking me whether it is still relevant investing in the JSE.
Perhaps inve... ››› more
The rand has been buoyed by tighter monetary policy in Turkey, Russia and Argentina. Our local inflation data assisted in the strength even though the Reserve banks held rates on Thursday.
The Rand has gained over R1.30 against the Euro, USD and GBP in the past three weeks.
Investors tend to panic and run for the exit all... ››› more
I have a number of interests in private businesses. One startup that I invested money in is about to pay off in a big way.
Suddenly I'm getting calls from investors wanting in on the opportunity….
But mere months ago - when the startup was burning through capital in order to get its products market ready investors didn't even want to give it a second glance.
They were saying that there'... ››› more
The GEPF recently announced that it plans to invest more of its funds offshore. This move could have a massive negative impact on South African financial markets.
How big a negative impact?
As much as FIVE times worse than the country being downgraded to junk status.
Some of you ... ››› more
Following on the theme of buying shares at a discount, today's company is trading at a discount to its net asset value as well as paying over 6.5% in dividends.
You will get paid to patiently wait for the company's share price to return to a premium to its net asset value (NAV).
The biggest reason for the discount is that it failed to comply with credit regulations in the past. These issues... ››› more
Stand aside bitcoin and Ethereum!
There's a new crypto storming the market.
And it could revolutionise the way the world transacts and more!
Things are hotting up fast already…
In three weeks, it's price surged 65% - from $0.43 in August to $0.72 in September.
Urgent Penny Stock News: September 30th - Ci... ››› more
Forget about the much-anticipated Bitcoin ETF.
Forget about the “big win for bitcoin” I mentioned last week.
You see, there's even bigger news that could be a game-changer for bitcoin and cryptos.
In short, Bitcoin could be on the verge of breaking through as a mainstream currency.
And it's all thanks to a start-up company that's soon to be launched by one of the most powerful pl... ››› more
The rand lost 4% of its value in mere days last week.
At the same time, between 13 and 15 August the JSE lost 4% of its value.
As uncertainty at home and abroad causes this kind of volatility, there's a simple kind of investment that warrants a place in portfolios.
I'm talking about dividend paying stocks. The appeal is simple, dividend payers can provide investors with tangible returns (... ››› more
Did you know in a 200-year period, nothing has come close to matching the long-term compounded returns of stocks?
In a study conducted by University of Pennsylvania finance professor, Jeremy Siegel,
showed that every $1 invested in:
• Treasury Bills, grew to $5,061
• Bonds were worth $18,235
• Gold rose to $32.84 204
And stocks returned a phenomenal $12.7 million.
But do... ››› more
We've seen almost every major financial institution in the world state that they either intend to start trading crypto, or that they already have.
We've seen companies like Coinbase bringing in multimillion-dollar hedge funds into this market.
We've seen regulators declare that bitcoin and Ethereum are not securities and regulations relaxed.
And yet crypto prices continue to slide.
But... ››› more
On 13 August Wescoal, a small coal miner on the JSE, had sales equaling to 3.5 million shares for the day.
This is roughly equal to 18 times the average shares traded per day - for the last year!
Clearly there was major interest in the company…
And, considering that volume trade in the company is 30% higher since July than it has been for the past year you'd be right to guess there's so... ››› more
Imagine if you made a 32,377% return in one year…
It would've turned a R1,000 investment into R323,770!
Well the incredible thing is one crypto managed to achieve exactly this in 2017.
Ripple's XRP coin - the third largest crypto by market cap today.
But despite such an incredible run last year, here's why you must avoid it in 2018.
Special: I’ve Reserved a Copy of... ››› more
Trump dialled down his trade war antagonism by pushing for less tariffs with Europe. This saw investors focus on other data which provided support for riskier assets like the Rand.
Last week we had a positive BRICs summit, the ECB held interest rates steady, US advance GDP came out at 4.1% from 2.2% previously, and China indicated a willingness to ease monetary policy further to support domesti... ››› more
In June, I revealed “The worst kind of crypto you can own” to my MoneyMorning readers.
Now, if thought this was a bad crypto, you haven't seen anything yet.
You see, recently, another new crypto has been making headlines, not globally, but interestingly, right here in South Africa.
It's called SAFCOIN and it just launched an initial coin offering (ICO) exclusively to South African inv... ››› more
Even though President Trump hasn't slowed down on his “Trade War” rhetoric, indicating he would levy tariffs against another $500 billion of Chinese goods, global markets are pushing higher. It's doing this on the back of positive earnings releases. We're almost a fifth of the way through Q2 earnings season and so far, 87% of US companies are beating analyst's forecasts.
When considering a... ››› more
The JSE was one of the few markets that ended last week lower. The Rand strengthened on the back of China being more passive in the “Trade War”. Commodity prices also pulled back last week causing the resources sector to impact the market performance. We've given up all the recent gains and are back in buying territory.
SA equities are cheap when you compare the median P/E ratio of the All... ››› more
When a deal this good pops up, it must go out, no matter what the publishers say!
Uncertainty spiked at the start of the year and it was very difficult to get good prices on guaranteed investments. Most financial institutions erred on the side of caution and charged extra for protection.
Luckily, my persistent research and patience has paid off and we've found a diamond in the rough!
... ››› more
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