Joshua Benton

  • Beware: This worrying trend could destroy your wealth in 2018
  • In just a couple of days, around R183 billion was wiped off Steinhoff's market cap. The company's shares have lost over 80%. CEO Markus Jooste resigned with immediate effect. Investors, asset managers and fund managers lost a fortune! So what exactly happened? "Steinhoff has involved itself in some shady dealings which involves accounting irregularities and overstating profits.” ... ››› more
  • [11 December 2017]
  • Have we discovered the future of money?
  • Did you know that the story of money is older than civilisation itself? That's right. Money is an “innovation” that's older than the wheel and, as old as fire. Originally when humans wanted to trade outside their tribe or villages, they needed something that everyone agreed had value. Something that was accessible. Enter “commodity money”. There were many kinds of commodity... ››› more
  • [06 December 2017]
  • Even South Africa's biggest companies join the “Crypto Revolution”
  • Last week, cryptocurrency expert Sam Volkering shared how international companies are investing in blockchain technology. Companies like financial technology provider Novatti Group. “Novatti signed an MOU (memorandum of understanding) with Lightyear.io, an organisation that works with the Stellar Development Foundation. Stellar has developed a blockchain, but instead of providing pure pe... ››› more
  • [28 November 2017]
  • This Crypto “might just be the best thing that ever happened to Japan”
  • The cryptocurrency I want to tell you about today was founded in 2014 under the development of a team of Japanese developers. This year, this cryptocurrency has seen incredible growth. My colleague and cryptocurrencies guru, Sam Volkering explains why… “The reason is that the Japanese crypto market continues to see money flow out of the “traditional” banking and finance system,... ››› more
  • [13 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]
  • How to avoid one of the cardinal sins of the individual investor
  • Have you ever heard of overtrading? Overtrading is when an investor jumps from one stock to the next trying to make as much profit as possible. The thing is, overtrading can damage your portfolio. Why? You are trying to time minor daily fluctuations that are harder to read than long-term trends. And the more you do this, the more you're likely to bank losers. So how do you avoi... ››› more
  • [23 October 2017]
  • The next Bitcoin could make you a millionaire
  • On 1 January 2017, this cryptocurrency's price stood at around $8.24. At that time, its market cap was around $720 million. Fast-forward to today, its market cap has grown past $30 billion. But even better, its price has soared to around $322 - which is a 3,807% return compared to Bitcoin's 453% return this year. In other words, a R120 investment into this cryptocurrency on 1 January 2... ››› more
  • [16 October 2017]
  • Hunting the flying cows of Bermuda
  • “The state has grown used to treating its taxpayers as a farmer treats his cows, keeping them in a field to be milked. Soon, the cows will have wings.” - The Sovereign Individual, James Dale Davidson & Lord William Rees-Mogg The Sovereign Individual was written in the mid-90s, and predicted a future where computers and the internet would ultimately kill nation states, ushering in a new... ››› more
  • [02 October 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
  • [22 September 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
  • [22 September 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
  • [22 September 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
  • [22 September 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
  • [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]
  • An investor's greatest asset…
  • What do you believe an investor's greatest asset is? A high IQ? No. A stack of degrees behind their name? Definitely not! A workable investment strategy? Not at all. In fact, the answer has nothing to do with money or personal success. But it's something every potential investor can achieve. Let me explain… The world’s most famous investor confirms this... ››› 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]
  • 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]
  • 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
  • [22 September 2017]
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