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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]
  • 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]
  • 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]
  • 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 “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]
  • He was bullied but still won the table of $27.8 million
  • I've been watching the World Series Poker lately. There was one match that really got me on the edge of my seat. It was the most intense ALL-IN poker hand I've ever seen. It got to the point where it was between Will Kassouf and Griffin Benger. In short: Will Kassouf was using a bullying technique to Griffin and other poker players by ridiculing them. Griffin told Will it was “verbal... ››› more
  • [21 November 2016]
  • Three festive driving tips to save you money and keep you safe
  • We live in such a vast and beautiful country and if you're like me, then you enjoy long driving holidays. I love the feel of the road beneath the wheels, the power of the engine and the ever-changing scenery on the journey. I love singing with my family and counting the windmills as we drive. But, I don't like pulling into petrol stations along the way and filling up my tank. It just costs... ››› more
  • [17 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]
  • To trade or gamble? I say do both
  • There are only three topics I'm comfortable to write to you about... Trading, investing and strategic gambling. If you understand probabilities and risk management, the world is your oyster with those three topics. If you want to make a second income trading the markets, you need to know how to tilt the odds in your favour. And if you want to make a third income at the casino, you need... ››› more
  • [16 November 2016]
  • The easiest way to get into a triple digit gain on gold today - Part 2
  • Two weeks ago I posted an article where I made a prediction on where gold is more likely to be going next. The target I said was $1,550. At the time gold was trading at $1,305 an ounce. If you missed it, you can catch up at the end of the article. Since then, I've been overwhelmed by the number of questions you've asked me about this article. Whether I'm checking emails, presenting at ... ››› more
  • [10 November 2016]
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