Investment

  • Profit taking sees the JSE dip while global markets rally
  • 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
  • [18 July 2018]
  • Viv Govender's found another investment gem
  • 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
  • [12 July 2018]
  • The Ramaphoria optimism has not resulted in any tangible results in Q1
  • Q1 GDP coming out at -2.2%, the worst since Q1 2009, reflects that the Ramaphoria optimism has not resulted in any tangible results and likely kept investors complacent. The rand strength is hard to explain and perhaps it will weaken while investors and portfolio managers digest the impact of these GDP figures on their investments. Look to pick up the quality rand hedges that have been sol... ››› more
  • [05 June 2018]
  • The one investment opportunity you simply can't ignore
  • Wouldn't you like to generate returns like 44,400%, 885%, 198% and 110%? Sounds great right? Well, the investment opportunity I want to share with you today has achieved exactly that. These are the kind of returns that could boost your retirement; send you on a fancy holiday anywhere in the world or help you pay off some debt. That's why, you simply can't ignore this investment op... ››› more
  • [03 April 2018]
  • Are your trading profits suffering because of this hidden cost
  • While you're reading this one sentence, someone out there is making money, maybe it is you and maybe its no. It's all because of this one ‘opportunity' cost… FOMO FOMO is new generation jargon for Fear Of Missing Out. Basically, it's where you have so many profitable options to choose from and yet you just don't take the trade. FOMO can be a real challenge for traders. They end u... ››› more
  • [14 November 2017]
  • Why this common investment strategy won't make you rich
  • Today I'm going to explain why using one of the most popular investment strategies to make money is a bad idea. This strategy is probably used by almost every financial advisor out there. Worse off, some even advise using this strategy to build wealth for your retirement. The problem is, it simply won't make you rich. Or even grow your wealth quickly. Let me explain… Editor&... ››› more
  • [30 October 2017]
  • This is one of the most common investor mistakes
  • Today I want to explain one of the biggest mistakes investor's make. It has nothing to do with what you invest in, where you invest or how much you invest. It goes much deeper than that. It's got to do with your emotions and behaviour. The fact is, every investor experiences it at some point. And if you keep doing it, you're guaranteed to lose a fortune. Let me explain…   ------... ››› more
  • [30 October 2017]
  • 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
  • [22 September 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
  • [22 September 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
  • [22 September 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
  • [22 September 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
  • [22 September 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 September 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 September 2017]
  • Successfully build long-term wealth using these three basic habits
  • One of the best parts about working for Fleet Street is being able to connect and build relationships with top global investment experts. These are some of the brightest financial minds who help hundreds of thousands of readers from all over the world build wealth on a consistent basis. And every single day, I'm fortunate to receive all their best inside information from Agora Financial, M... ››› more
  • [22 September 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
  • [22 September 2017]
  • The cure for investor insanity
  • The great Albert Einstein once defined insanity as “doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” I'm sure on a personal level, you've experienced this insanity. The fact is, we continually make the same mistakes in all areas of life. And when it comes to investing, this is especially true. That's why today I'm going to explain the two most common inves... ››› more
  • [22 September 2017]
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