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  • 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]
  • Cabinet reshuffle announced - Two to buy and one to sell
  • Admittedly, I expected more movement in the Rand once the cabinet reshuffle was announced. We have a saying that “the Market always knows” which seems to apply in this case. When Mr. Nene was removed, the Rand fell 8,5% within the first few days and then extended those losses by another 10% a few weeks later. By comparison the Rand has loss only 7% so far, perhaps the Market knew that SA I... ››› more
  • [06 April 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]
  • "Triple Witching" stirs local market rally- Two to buy and two to sell
  • “Triple Witching” refers to the combined expiration of the Index futures, Index options and stock options. In the UK and US this happens on Friday's, but in SA it happens a day earlier on Thursday. The event typically creates increased market activity and in some cases volatility. Global markets were relatively subdued for last week's expiry, the US, UK and European majors were firmer by b... ››› more
  • [21 March 2017]
  • Commodities take a step lower - Three to buy and one to sell
  • Commodities take a step lower Brent oil led the commodity basket lower last week, losing 8,1%; Platinum and Gold were down 5,7% and 2,4% respectively. Although the Rand softened, the pressure was too much for the JSE All Share Index which fell 0,8%. Resources fell 5,5%, but the rest of the sectors held up well. International indices were slightly softer across most time zone... ››› more
  • [16 March 2017]
  • US interest rates, Three to buy and one to sell
  • US interest rates on the rise. Fed Chair Janet Yellen provided testimony last week indicating a high likelihood of another US interest rate hike in March. The markets are now pricing in a 0,25% hike. The US dollar is strengthening again. Local markets were flat over the week. The All Share squeezed out a gain of 0,1%, Resources were similar and Industrials down marginally (0,5%), Fin... ››› more
  • [16 March 2017]
  • Good news…All main exchanges are on the up!
  • JSE up 3,3% Last week the JSE recovered from an oversold position to close the week with a gain of 3,3%. Financials gained 4,8% and Industrials were up 3,7%. Resources managed a gain of 1,5%. DAX up 6,6%, CAC up 5.2%. European markets breathed a sigh of relief as the Italian referendum failed, the Dax gained 6,6% and the CAC 5,2%. Italy was up 7,3% and Spain put in 6,5% US Markets... ››› more
  • [13 December 2016]
  • South Africa's deep mines are dying - but these companies are set to profit big time!
  • South Africa sits with the ‘achievement' of having 8 out of the world's ten deepest mines. While this is clearly an achievement in engineering - it's a problem specifically for our gold mining industry. Production costs have skyrocketed, accidents in the deep mines make it even more difficult to profit. In fact, in the 1970's South Africa produced as much as 80% of the world's gold,... ››› more
  • [05 October 2016]
  • There's no need to emigrate, just invest offshore!
  • Millions of South Africans have packed their bags and taken their knowledge, skills and families to other countries, never to return to South Africa. I don't blame them and I don't judge them. They're leaving because they want to protect their families and their wealth. While I can't help you with your personal security, I CAN help you protect and grow your wealth. Today, I'm going to show... ››› more
  • [12 May 2016]
  • Why the commodities super cycle is over for now
  • It doesn't seem that long ago when the prices of commodities were hitting the lights out. But the commodities super cycle is definitely over for now. So why were commodities doing so well? And what's changed? Let's take a closer look… The recovery of commodities   Back in 2000, prices of commodities hit historically cheap levels. Take zinc. When you adjust its price for i... ››› more
  • [30 November 2015]
  • If you want to invest in gold unit trusts, here's what to look for…
  • If you fancy buying gold stocks as you see a recovery coming for the sector or to gain exposure to the gold price, it can be difficult to know which ones to buy. One way to get around this is to buy into a unit trust that invests in gold stocks for you. So what should you look at when weighing up different gold unit trusts? Read on to find out…   The ins and outs of gold unit tr... ››› more
  • [27 November 2015]
  • An outperforming UK ethical fund to consider
  • Ethical investing is growing in popularity. Ethical investing involves only investing in companies that stick to certain ethics and this means avoiding investing in companies which deal in arms, tobacco and alcohol, for example. There is an ethical fund in the UK which has outperformed its benchmark and is looking good for further outperformance. Let's take a closer look… An ethi... ››› more
  • [23 November 2015]
  • About the ETF: NewFunds S&P GIVI SA Resource 15 ETF [JSE:GIVRES]
  • NewFunds S&P GIVI SA Resource 15 ETF exchange traded fund (ETF) tracks the performance of the S&P GIVI SA Resources Index. The ETF has a listing on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange… Full name: NewFunds S&P GIVI SA Resource 15 ETF Short name: S&PGIVRES Ticker: GIVRES Sector: JSE listed funds   Five top facts about NewFunds S&P GIVI SA Resource 15 ETF   Fact #1: ... ››› more
  • [17 November 2015]
  • About the ETF: NewFunds S&P GIVI SA Financial 15 ETF [JSE:GIVFIN]
  • NewFunds S&P GIVI SA Financial 15 ETF exchange traded fund (ETF) tracks the performance of the S&P GIVI SA Financials Index. The ETF has a listing on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange… Full name: NewFunds S&P GIVI SA Financial 15 ETF Short name: S&PGIVFIN Ticker: GIVFIN Sector: JSE listed funds   Five top facts about NewFunds S&P GIVI SA Financial 15 ETF   Fact ... ››› more
  • [13 November 2015]
  • Why the SABMiller and AB InBev deal will be the last major brewery deal
  • If the deal between SABMiller and AB InBev goes through, it's likely to be the last major deal the brewery industry will see. For years, there's been a lot of speculation over when this deal would actually happen. The merger would see consolidation in the sector. So why is this the last major deal in the sector? And what would the deal mean for the brewery sector? Let's take a closer look... ››› more
  • [03 November 2015]
  • Want to improve your investment strategy? Here's how you can do it…
  • Having a solid investment strategy is key to investing successfully over the years. But is your investment strategy as good as it could be? There are some core principles that you should adhere to, ways you can increase your chances of backing a winning stock and keep your emotions from interfering with your decisions. Let's take a closer look… The merits of a solid investment s... ››› more
  • [26 October 2015]
  • How to make your retirement comfortable
  • You no doubt know that planning for retirement from a young age gives you the best chance of achieving your financial goals for when you get there. To really prepare adequately for retirement, you need to spend time now making some decisions. This will help you plan more effectively. Let's take a closer look… Work out your retirement budget When you retire, the expenses you have n... ››› more
  • [14 October 2015]
  • The tax implications of investing offshore
  • Investing offshore is a great way to add some diversification to your portfolio. By investing in different markets across the world, you can gain access to companies and sectors that are simply not available to invest in here in SA. Investing offshore can also help protect you against the rand depreciating. If the rand weakens, your offshore profits can grow faster. So if you decide to inves... ››› more
  • [07 August 2015]
  • Want to take money offshore? Here's how to do it…
  • Maybe you want to buy into some offshore investments. Or maybe you want to move some of your cash into an offshore bank account. Whatever your reason behind taking money offshore, you may be wondering how you can do it. Read on to find out everything you need to know… How to get your money offshore Each year, you can transfer up to R1 million offshore as part of your single discre... ››› more
  • [26 June 2015]
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