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Joshua Benton, Editor, Real Wealth

  • 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]
  • 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]
  • 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]
  • 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]
  • The 6th major asset bubble crash is coming in 2017…
  • You have to go back more than 400 years where the first major “asset bubble” happened. Between November 1636 and May 1637, tulip prices soared 20-fold, before plunging 99%. Then from January 1720 to June, the second major asset bubble occurred also known as the South Sea Bubble. Shares from UK-based South Sea company surged more than eight-fold from £128 to £1,050, before collapsing... ››› more
  • [16 November 2016]
  • For contrarian investors only…
  • On most days, you read the financial news and more than likely, you'll read negative headlines. Maybe it's a new crisis in the Eurozone; an “imminent bond crash”; or maybe it's the Rand crashing again. Whatever it may be, it's no surprise to hear many investors keeping their cash away from the markets right now. But as the saying goes, “out of crisis comes opportunity”. And today ... ››› more
  • [07 November 2016]
  • Warning… This big bank is on the brink of financial disaster
  • Do you know that one of the strongest and largest banks in Europe is in big trouble? Yes, Deutsche Bank struggles go way back to last year, when the company reported a loss of €6.8 billion. And just recently, news came out that the bank faces a $14bn charge over mis-selling mortgage securities in the US. But if you don't own Deutsche Bank's shares, why should you care? Well, South Af... ››› more
  • [03 November 2016]
  • How “unicorns” are the next “tulip bubble crisis” and how you can avoid them
  • Over 400 years ago in 1593, tulips were brought in from Turkey and introduced to the Dutch. Because they were unique, tulips were desired by the Dutch people, which made them fairly expensive. One day, the flower contracted a non-fatal virus called mosaic. Mosaic didn't kill the tulips but caused different colours to appear on the petals, which increased their rarity and value. Because of... ››› more
  • [27 October 2016]
  • The BEST investment to own during and after a market crash
  • Here's a simple question… What do you think is the best investment to own during and after a market crash? Well, logic will tell you that safe haven assets like gold and silver should be number one on your list, as investors flee to protect their portfolios. Even government bonds will spring to mind as investors seek guaranteed income. But this is far from the truth. In fact,... ››› more
  • [11 October 2016]
  • The one risk investors have complete control over, but most often overlook…
  • Most types of risks for investors are almost impossible control. Take politics for example - You have no control over what the Government says or does that could affect the markets. But there's one type of risk an investor can control - The risk of paying too much for a stock. Let me explain…     ------- Special Announcement -------    This ... ››› more
  • [26 September 2016]
  • The “2016 silver bull-run” is NOT over yet... And here are two reasons why
  • Since the start of 2016, Silver rose from $13.82 an ounce to a high of $20.63 - an incredible 49% return! Compare that to gold which is up around 25% and the JSE All Share which has returned just over 6% for the year. So it's no secret that silver is one of the best performing assets in 2016. But recently, silver took a knock and it's sitting around $18.85 today. The main factor that c... ››› more
  • [20 September 2016]
  • How South Africans can profit from Europe's fastest growing economy…
  • When you think of Europe's fastest growing economies, who comes to mind? Switzerland?, Germany?, maybe Netherlands? No it's none of them. The fastest growing economies in Europe consist of countries you don't hear much about in the news. I'm talking about Malta, Luxembourg, Romania and Poland. These countries' economies are expected to grow more than double the Eurozone's in 2016 and b... ››› more
  • [12 September 2016]
  • 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
  • [05 September 2016]
  • The secret to long-term wealth…
  • Investors will search high and low to discover the real secret to what generates wealth in the long term. Today I'm going to tell you the answer is simple. Professor of Finance at the University of Pennsylvania and well-known market commentator, Jeremy Siegel did a comprehensive study to discover the best investments over 188 years. And what he found proved, that one particular asset outp... ››› more
  • [29 August 2016]
  • What true growth investors can learn from the success and failure of the “Nifty-Fifty”
  • In the early 1970s, companies like Coca-Cola, IBM, Johnson & Johnson, Pepsi and 46 others soared on the stock market. These companies were dubbed the “Nifty-Fifty”. In simple terms, the “Nifty-Fifty” were a group of premier growth stocks that became market darlings in the early 1970s. All of these stocks had proven growth records, continual increases in dividends and high market caps. ... ››› more
  • [15 August 2016]
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