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  • 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]
  • Palladium: The precious metal nobody is talking about but should be
  • At times like this, gold and silver typically grab all the attention... And attract all the "safe" money. But there's another metal that could blast past both of these. That's because it has unique physical properties for which there is just no substitute - something its biggest consumers lose quite a bit of sleep over. It's 15 times more rare than platinum... and 30 times more rare than gold. Rea... ››› more
  • [06 January 2017]
  • 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 “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]
  • The world's next great investment megatrend
  • 89 million babies were born around the world this year. In the same time, 37 million people passed away. That means the world's population grew by more than 52 million people in only eight months! That's the equivalent of South Africa's population added to the world. Imagine that, an entire country gets added to the world every 8 months! And all of these people need an education,... ››› more
  • [17 August 2016]
  • The key aspects you should include in your investment strategy
  • Investing in the stock market provides you with a way to grow your wealth over the years. But investing comes with risks. So what can you do to minimise the risks you take on when you invest? Read on to find out… The basis of a great investment strategy   For your investments to perform well over the long-term, you need to build up a core holding of great stocks in your port... ››› 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]
  • If you're a risk taker, silver may be worth a look
  • If you've been watching the price of silver, you may have noticed that it's been doing marginally better lately. The precious metal is renowned for its volatility, but there are signs that things could be changing for silver. Let's take a closer look… Could the future be looking brighter for silver?   Earlier this year, silver plunged to a five-year low. But by mid-October, ... ››› more
  • [09 November 2015]
  • How to start investing in ETFs
  • Exchange traded funds (ETFs) are a great way to gain exposure to the stock market without having to pick individual shares. So how do ETFs work? And how can you start investing in them? Read on to find out more… How ETFs work   ETFs are baskets of shares. By investing in ETFs you gain exposure to all the shares making up the basket of shares they hold.   For example... ››› more
  • [04 November 2015]
  • About the ETN: Standard Bank Africa Commodity Index ETN [JSE:SBACI]
  • Standard Bank Africa Commodity Index exchange traded note (ETN) tracks the performance of the Standard Bank Africa Commodity Index. The ETN has a listing on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange… Full name: Standard Bank Africa Commodity Index ETN Short name: SBAC IDX Ticker: SBACI Sector: JSE listed notes Five top facts about Standard Bank Africa Commodity Index ETN Fact #1: ETNs are ... ››› more
  • [30 October 2015]
  • Want to start trading? You'll need to decide what to trade first…
  • Short-term trading can be very profitable. You can potentially make money from the rises and falls in the price of many different assets. So if you want to give trading a go, the first thing you need to decide is what you're going to trade. Here are your options… Trading option #1: Shares This is perhaps one of the most common forms of trading. Using a wide variety of trading t... ››› more
  • [02 October 2015]
  • Volkswagen's scandal sparks a 108% trading gain with this one precious metal!
  • Last week, we heard that Volkswagen admitted that up to 11 million vehicles, could be misreporting their true emission levels. Investors and companies took this news quite badly. In fact, Volkswagen shares dropped almost 30% last week. Not only that but, the former Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn stepped down and took responsibility for the German carmakers rigging of the US emissions tests. ... ››› more
  • [30 September 2015]
  • Could a fall in production propel platinum higher?
  • The price of platinum has almost halved over the last five years. After scaling the dizzy heights of $1,800 following the financial crisis, the price of the precious metal has now settled below $1,000 an ounce. But production of platinum is set to fall. Investment into the sector is also dwindling. Could these factors be what platinum needs to send its price higher? Let's take a close... ››› more
  • [22 September 2015]
  • How you can trade precious metals using futures contracts
  • If you want to speculate on the price movements of precious metals such as gold, platinum and silver, one way to do it is to trade futures contracts. By using futures contracts on precious metals, you gain leverage on changes in their prices. So what exactly are precious metals futures contracts? And how can you trade them? Read on to find out… What are precious metals futures con... ››› more
  • [16 September 2015]
  • How to diversify your portfolio with precious metals whatever your budget
  • Adding physical precious metals to your portfolio can be a great diversifier. Precious metals tend to do better when the financial markets are in turmoil. So if a crisis strikes, the performance of gold and silver should help to offset the losses you make in other investments. So if you want to invest in precious metals, what are your options? Read on to discover four different ways… ... ››› more
  • [14 September 2015]
  • Your introductory guide to investing in precious metals
  • Gold and silver don't just have an aesthetic appeal, many investors use them as vehicles to protect their wealth. They are the classic safe haven investments. If the market plunges or financial chaos ensues, the value of gold and silver doesn't disappear. So why should you opt to hold these precious metals in your portfolio? And how can you invest in gold and silver? Read on to find out... ››› more
  • [11 September 2015]
  • Within ten years, asteroid mining could become a reality…
  • The prices of commodities have been under severe pressure over the past few years. Miners in South Africa and across the world are struggling to generate money as metal prices tumble. But there could be a saving grace. A development that could revolutionise the mining industry. This is asteroid mining. And this sci-fi sounding development could become a reality in less than a decade. So w... ››› more
  • [14 August 2015]
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