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  • The most important investment decision you can make, in two minutes
  • Please don't let your portfolio fall because of this single mistake… In 2014, I got a mail from an investor: “Francois, I'm not investing in a single investment recommendation of yours again. I've bought Mr Price shares with my whole portfolio. And at the rate it's going now, I'll retire in a few short years. I bought Mr Price at R136 in February, and now that it's August, the sha... ››› more
  • [07 February 2017]
  • The shiny trade no one is talking about…
  • I call it platinum fatigue… Eight years ago, platinum hit $2,200/ounce. It subsequently crashed to $800, recovered to $1,500 and dropped back to $800 again in 2016. Everyone's basically given up on platinum, there's just been too much drama for the metal… Did you even notice that platinum is up $100 since December 2017?   On 26 December 2016, Platinum was at $894 per oun... ››› more
  • [01 February 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
  • [25 January 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
  • [18 January 2017]
  • The Year that was - The biggest winner of 2016 was the Rand!
  • 2016 has been a year many will quickly forget, but for the shock results of the Brexit vote and the US elections; it was a year where many cans were kicked down the road. Global growth remained benign and potential silver-linings have yet to gain material traction because of lingering uncertainties such as the future US foreign policy, the tensions in South East Asia, lingering debt problems i... ››› more
  • [11 January 2017]
  • Five things to consider when purchasing your next property
  • When you first decide to invest in a property the excitement pumps you up. Your heart starts racing, you already see the cash rolling in… But before your ambitions run away with your good judgement you should take a step back and evaluate whether the property you're looking to invest in will provide you with growth - or is it a cash-trap that'll suck your wallet dry. What to look for in ... ››› more
  • [15 December 2016]
  • The JSE is overvalued, should I sell?
  • The JSE All-Share Index is just 10% off from its all-time high. It's sitting around the highest PE level of all time for the index, at 23.24. At the same time, US markets are at all-time highs, and interest rates are threatening to go up. With this in mind, I was recently asked by an investor, whether the JSE is overvalued and set for a massive correction. So, should you hold on or sel... ››› more
  • [01 December 2016]
  • They don't have a clue what they're telling you…
  • “Trump will be great for business” “Trump will make you, and me, richer” “15 industries that will be affected by a Trump presidency” Trump. Trump. Trump. It's the buzz word right now. Everyday there's a new article on Moneyweb, News24 and Bloomberg telling us how Trump will affect business, the stock market and even the world. They're telling you this, without a clue ... ››› more
  • [24 November 2016]
  • 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
  • [16 November 2016]
  • SUSPENDED! You stand to lose your entire investment
  • Right now, there are at least 26 suspended shares on the JSE. If you own one of them, you'll know you can't sell your shares and there's no hope of growth coming from them. If you're incredibly lucky you might receive cents on the rand for your investment. But, if history is anything to go by, your cash will be tied up for years, and you might as well write off your entire investment! ... ››› more
  • [27 October 2016]
  • Why I'm bullish on the Wescoal share price
  • On 29 September 2016 Wescoal announced it would issue 124,995,373 new shares to a BEE investor, for an amount of R211,410,862. At the time Wescoal's entire market cap was R440 million. So this is a big deal - it is nearly 50% of Wescoal's total share capital being added. Usually a deal that dilutes earnings as much as this one will, is a bad thing. Shareholders don't like it. But since... ››› more
  • [20 October 2016]
  • Don't put your mind on this investment ‘sugar rush'
  • I'm sure you've seen what too much sugar does to a three-year-old… They become hyper-awctive. They stop listening to all reason. And as soon as the effect of sugar wears off, they hit a low. Until the next hit of sweetness. You might be doing the same thing to yourself when you invest. No, it's not that you're adding too much sugar to your coffee. The mistake you might be mak... ››› more
  • [12 October 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]
  • How these penny shares grow profits by 30%, 50% while the JSE moves 1% for the year!
  • The JSE All Share Index is up 1% for the year so far. The Top 40 index, representative of the most ‘stable' shares on our market is down a miserable 2.25% since 29 December 2015. And our economy is struggling. It's fair to say that 2016's been a tough year. Many companies are losing money (or at least making smaller profits), and very few shares are up. But there are a select gro... ››› more
  • [28 September 2016]
  • These two stocks could also be victims of the #Feesmustfall movement
  • I'm not about to go into a political rant about the violence on university campuses or about the pros and cons of having free higher education for all. No. What I want to talk about is the newest campaign that just happened - on the back of #FeesMustFall. It's called #DataFeesMustFall! Thousands of people are unhappy with the data fees they're being charged by South African cell phone ... ››› more
  • [21 September 2016]
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