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  • 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 one income investment that pays you FOUR times more than the JSE
  • These days, investing for attractive income returns is extremely hard to come by. Money market funds at most pay you 7.3%. The average share on the JSE is only paying investors around 2.9% in dividends per year. And once you factor in inflation, you're basically getting nothing! But there is a way, you can invest for income and receive a return… That beats every money market ... ››› more
  • [22 February 2017]
  • The proven five-step strategy ANY first time investor can use to buy their first share
  • When I began investing, I used to buy and sell shares without even knowing exactly what the company did. And my game plan couldn't have been more straightforward: If the share was moving higher, I bought it. If the share was falling, I sold it. I simply didn't care about the economics of a company. This wasn't much of a strategy though. In some cases, it would work but it certainly never g... ››› more
  • [13 February 2017]
  • What would you say to 100% market upside with no downside risk?
  • Imagine turning on the TV and finding the following Infomercial: We are giving you the opportunity to invest in the S&P500. It is the world’s premier equity index, dwarfing the JSE. Receive dollar based returns while getting exposure to some of the world's largest and most innovative companies including Apple, Berkshire Hathaway and Caterpillar.   But that’s not all, we also gi... ››› more
  • [09 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]
  • Warning: This type of investor's behaviour will destroy your wealth…
  • Since 28 December 2016, the JSE has rallied around 6%. Some investors or analysts will say it's just erased the losses from last year. But many will say the strong rally will continue delivering even more returns. Whether or not that's true, it would be no surprise to now see investors pile money into the stock market. And if you're one of those investors, that have been waiting pa... ››› more
  • [06 February 2017]
  • Two signs that signal the end of the property market bull-run
  • Over the past 10 years, the South African listed property sector has easily outperformed its peers. Investors who've jumped on this rally early, would have made a fortune investing in JSE property companies. But the smooth-sailing returns delivered by the commercial property market are coming to an end. You see, listed property returns have halved for the last three years - 25.1% in 2... ››› more
  • [30 January 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]
  • How to shield your portfolio against this one type of risk
  • No one can accurately predict where the markets will go in 2017. The fact is, the markets become volatile in times of uncertainty. And when the markets become volatile, there's a good chance your investments could decrease in value. This is simply known as market risk. The main causes of market risk are recessions, political turmoil, natural disasters and terrorist attacks. Or even sm... ››› more
  • [23 January 2017]
  • 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]
  • 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]
  • Four fantastic currency pairs and when to trade them Currency #2:
  • In the previous article, I told you I was going to reveal my four favourite currency pairs to trade and when to trade them. Today, I'll reveal the second fantastic currency pair… Fantastic currency #2: The Japanese Yen (USD/JPY)   This currency pair has to be the most traded currency out of the whole of Asia.    Not only that, but it’s one of the seven most traded cur... ››› more
  • [13 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]
  • If you make one investing New Year's resolution, make it this…
  • Consider this… From 2013 to 2015, South Africa's listed property sector has achieved a 17% annual average return. Over the same period, that's: Five times more than what SA bonds returned Three times more than what SA cash returned 3% better return than what SA equities has achieved But the many investors who allocated a large portion of their wealth into listed property in 201... ››› 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 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]
  • 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]
  • For the first time in 14 years, the Euro could be weaker than the US Dollar
  • What you're about to read will shock you… 1999 - The Euro came into existence in January which was the goal of the European Union and its predecessors since the 1960s. Initially there was a negative reaction as the Euro fell below parity (1:1) with the US Dollar for the first time. After, the dust settled and the EU was finding its feet with regulations, treaties and legislations, the E... ››› more
  • [07 December 2016]
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