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
“The JSE is too expensive, rather buy these offshore stocks”, if read this headline, and variations of it many times in the past year.
Yet, my Red Hot Penny Shares readers would've banked an average gain on shares we sold of 22.21% in 2016.
Whilst there are still calls to drop the JSE and put your money elsewhere I am optimistic.
I believe 2017 can be just as good, or better, than ... ››› more
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
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
Dischem is due to list on the JSE on 18 November 2016.
The company shared that it'll probably list at a price of R16.25 - R20.25. If demand for its shares is too high, it could increase the listing price.
Now, I must say, Dischem is a great business. It's doubled its number of stores since 2010, and tripled them since 2008.
It's clear that Dischem can take major market share from other co... ››› more
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…
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Before you even part with your money, the very first thing to do is to understand what makes this business tick.
It sounds simple but it's not. It takes time, effort and unfortunately there are no shortcuts.
Michael Shearn, author of The Investment Checklist: The Art of In-Depth Research, once said: "Many professional investors believe that in- depth research is a waste of time. To them, ... ››› more
Do you walk into a room full of investors and struggle to understand what's going on around you?
Are you lost in the jargon and anxious that someone is going to ask you a question, you just can't answer?
Well, if that sounds like you then I have some good news.
You don't need to play second fiddle to your investment advisor, your broker or even your smarty-pants friends. You don't need t... ››› more
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.
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The Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) is a complex web of companies and investment opportunities. If you look at all the shares on the JSE right now, you see big brands and recognisable logos.
What you don't always see the billions of rands that keep these listed companies afloat. I looked around to find a list of the top 20 shares on the JSE right now... Most of the lists are outdated, making... ››› more
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
You've heard the term ‘Buy when there's blood on the streets'.
This is contrarian investing at its hear. But it's been proven true time and again.
In fact, if you'd simply bought a simple ETF like Satrix 40 following the 2008 financial crisis, you'd have made around 70%.
Investing in individual shares following the same crisis would've made you 200%, 300% and in many cases, 600% or m... ››› more
When you're looking for a solid share to invest in, the company's Price Earnings Ratio (PE) is a great way to find a good investment.
You see, the PE ratio shows you the relationship between the price of a share and the profits the company is making.
But more importantly, the PE ratio reveals to you whether a share is cheap or expensive.
It could also tell you where the share's going (an... ››› more
You want to make money from the fastest growing shares on the JSE? Check.
You have a brokerage account and you're ready to invest? Check.
You've got cash to put into your first investment? Check.
Now all you need to do is find that first penny share with explosive potential to invest in.
That's why I've created this stock checklist to help you get your penny share portfolio off the gro... ››› more
I've experienced a few occasions where I believed I was investing in the right company at the right time... Only to see its share price plummet.
But as an investor sometimes you'll lose out - that's a big part of the experience. But the most important part is how you learn from these mistakes. That's why I look for these three indicators that tell me when a share is about to plummet.
Read on... ››› more
When markets are as volatile as they are at the moment, the old strategy of ‘buy and hold' can become a thorn in the side for investors.
Over the last year, the market traded in ranges reflecting investor optimism and pessimism at any given moment - sending even the very best shares into the doldrums.
And it's become increasingly difficult to just wait for your favourite shares to come to ... ››› more
During the last Red Hot Penny Shares PowA! Hour Matthew asked me, “Francois, please explain the PE ratio, how important it is to a company and what an acceptable PE ratio is?”
The short answer to this question is the PE ratio shows you the relationship between the price of a share and the prof its the company is making.
But more impor tantly, the PE ratio tells you whether a share is che... ››› more
No other investment vehicle can give you access to a more diversified fund as quickly and cheaply as ETFs can.
They're so popular, in fact, that there are over 4,000 ETFs available in the world right now.
But the one thing people will never tell you is that not all ETFs are created the same.
That's why today, I'll reveal the three most crucial boxes you need to tick before you invest your... ››› more
In 2009. I wanted to make an additional income investing in penny shares.
I piled into five different penny shares, which I thought were going to sky rocket.
Boy was I wrong! I lost R74,000.
If I knew about Francois Joubert's strategy before, I wouldn't have lost my money.
Maybe it will help save you…
Penny share investing is extremely profitable, if you know what you're doing!
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So, you've never invested before but you want to cut your teeth on the markets.
Well, a good degree of caution is necessary in the investment markets. However, after months of a bear market, I believe the markets will soon start turning.
By getting in early and snapping up the bargains, you stand to benefit.
Fantastic rewards await you if you get it right. But beware of the risk involved... ››› more
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