Investing

  • How to handle the highs and lows of investing in penny stocks
  • Investing in penny stocks can be an extremely profitable venture, but with that comes higher risks. This means it's vital you handle your portfolio and risks to deal with this. So how can you go about doing this? Read on to find out… How to manage your penny stocks portfolio Of the portion of your portfolio you decide to invest in penny stocks, you should aim to invest in be... ››› more
  • [05 August 2017]
  • The biggest mistake you can make when building an offshore portfolio
  • I call it the “offshore investment conundrum”. Investors have no clue where to invest or what to invest in, leaving their cash exposed to unpredictable economic and political events. Investing in just any old offshore product will cost you time and more importantly, money. While I admire the ambition of investors to identify opportunities elsewhere, the fact of the matter is, over half of ... ››› more
  • [24 July 2017]
  • The three “Don'ts” when looking for an offshore safe haven
  • Around decades ago, offshore investing was only available to ultra-high net worth investors; but we've come a long way since then. Now you can invest in markets across America, Asia, Africa…you name it. And this makes the idea of offshore investing not only interesting, but downright exciting too. However, just as there are endless opportunities out there for you to choose from, ther... ››› more
  • [17 July 2017]
  • If your marginal tax rate is 39% or higher you are probably investing wrong
  • There are just two certainties in life: Death and taxes. Unfortunately, these are also the two topics people find most unpleasant to think about. For higher net worth individuals, understanding your taxes is almost as important as understanding investments. If you're a high income earner in South Africa, a return of 11% can be equal to one of 20% under the correct tax treatment. Many reader... ››› more
  • [13 July 2017]
  • Where else can you get a 35% return a year on your money?
  • About 10 years ago, I gave up with investing. The returns were just too slow for my liking. And so, trading took over a big portion of my life. Now as you know by now I'm a trader by heart. But I also understand that I need to diversify my money for the future. Why? Well, it's better to grow my retirement kitty with multiple streams of income, rather than with just one or two. With the st... ››› more
  • [08 June 2017]
  • This company is slowly burning, make sure you don't own it…
  • More bad news for the Lonmin share price In 2012 Lonmin asked shareholders for R7.12 billion in capital to keep the doors open. At that stage the company was worth R8 billion. But investing in Lonmin was a bad idea. By 2015 the company burnt through all of that money. Its value crashed, with the company being worth a mere R1.2 billion in November 2015. And then, as the creditors came knock... ››› more
  • [17 May 2017]
  • The proven secrets to master the “buy high and sell higher” strategy
  • We've all heard the expression to make money in the market you need to, “Buy low and sell high.” Well today, I'm going to shatter that conventional wisdom and introduce you to one investor who managed to master the art of “buy high and sell higher”. And in doing so, become one of the world's greatest investors. It was so effective, that his stock recommendation publication returned... ››› more
  • [08 May 2017]
  • Should I buy investment property using a company?
  • 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
  • [03 May 2017]
  • How “going electric” could cause the next oil crisis
  • In 1973, Egypt and Syria launched an attack on Israel. During this war, Israel was supported by its close ally, the US. In response to US support, the Organisation of Arab Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), who control much of the world's oil market, implemented an oil embargo against the US and its allies. Consequently, the price of oil soared from $3 a barrel to $12 a barrel. ... ››› more
  • [24 April 2017]
  • “Why the best laid investment plans usually go wrong”
  • More than three decades ago, best-selling author Harry Browne, argued that the odds are stacked against the typical investor who's overwhelmed by technical jargon, market volatility and the business of money management. That's why in his book, Why the Best Laid Investment Plans Usually Go Wrong, Browne explained that it's impossible to rely on advisors, brokers or systems to make money in the ... ››› more
  • [20 April 2017]
  • Use the Rule of Four to keep your portfolio in the green in ANY market
  • 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
  • [19 April 2017]
  • This is a hassle-free way to get guaranteed rental income for life!
  • 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
  • [05 April 2017]
  • A simple strategy to beat fund managers at their own game
  • 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
  • [29 March 2017]
  • Choppy waters ahead? - Two to buy and one to sell
  • The news yesterday that several ministers have been recalled to SA has created some consternation; the Rand jolted back 3%. There is speculation of a cabinet reshuffle and/or further legal developments relating to the impasse between Treasury, Banks, and the Gupta's…... The new Mining Charter is expected to be released this week. And the market is bracing itself for new challenges. This just... ››› more
  • [28 March 2017]
  • 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]
  • Why every investor needs this exit strategy
  • When you buy a stock and it doubles, what do you do? Many investors would sell, feeling like they've made a good profit. Then, they sit on the sidelines and watch as their stock goes higher and higher - cursing that they've sold too soon. Founder of Agora Publishing, Bill Bonner gives a great example of this: Financial writer Richard Russell of the Dow Theory Letters invested in Warren... ››› more
  • [20 March 2017]
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