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  • The one thing that will lose you money when you ‘buy to flip'
  • Buying a house, renovating and then selling it (called "buy to flip") can be one of the most rewarding investments for property investors… You buy an old home for say R1 million, spend R250,000 on renovations and then sell it for R1.6 million or more. Most investors believe the biggest secret behind a buy to flip is getting the best deal on materials for your renovation. That's the b... ››› more
  • [23 March 2017]
  • Putting a few eggs in other baskets is easier than you think
  • Imagine a country with massive amounts of natural resources. The richest economy in its region. However, there are signs of trouble, including rising inequality and societal unrest. To combat this the government is turning to populism by taxing the rich, confiscating assets and dramatically increasing the redistribution of funds to the poor. This is not South Africa in 2017 I am t... ››› more
  • [16 March 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
  • [06 March 2017]
  • The 3 most troubling takeaways from SONA
  • The State of the Nation Address (SONA) was certainly a spectacle, unfortunately mainly for the wrong reasons. However, as South Africans, it's essential to analyse the SONA - especially as it could have a significant impact on our lives. Personally, I found three aspects of SONA particularly troubling…   Why investors should be worried about SONA 2017 #1: The violence   In hi... ››› more
  • [16 February 2017]
  • The state of our nation + 3 to buy and 2 to sell
  • The JSE Top 40 closed the week down 1,5%. Higher commodity prices; Gold, Silver and Brent Oil were up more than 2%, while Platinum managed 1,6%. These were not enough to save the Resources Index (down 3%) from a stronger Rand. Industrials and Financials were also softer. Anglogold up 9,3% and Harmony 9,5% responding to a firmer Gold Price (up 2,5%). PSG rallied 6%, see comment below. ... ››› more
  • [08 February 2017]
  • 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]
  • 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
  • [30 January 2017]
  • Movers of the Week - Plus 3 to buy and 2 to sell
  • Trump in the White House - America First! As President Trump was being inaugurated the markets appeared to be waiting for direction. The JSE closed slightly lower, down 0,6% and the major developed markets were little changed if not slightly softer. Currency and Commodity also appear to be in a holding pattern. Trump's speech was direct and unambiguous, watch-out as America puts its foot... ››› more
  • [24 January 2017]
  • If you make one investing New Year's resolution, make it this…
  • Consider this… From 2013 to 2015, South Africa's listed property sector has achieved a 17% annual average return. Over the same period, that's: Five times more than what SA bonds returned Three times more than what SA cash returned 3% better return than what SA equities has achieved But the many investors who allocated a large portion of their wealth into listed property in 201... ››› 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]
  • 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]
  • Trumpoline stock to buy right now…
  • It's been a tough few years for the construction industry but now that Donald Trump is president of the United States things are starting to look up. The Trump presidency is turning out to be very bullish for the equity markets and especially the construction sector which will be helped by the new fiscal policy stance. Today's FTSE 100 stock has been touted as a potential beneficiary from an... ››› more
  • [16 November 2016]
  • Your burning CFD questions have been answered!
  • Below you'll find important questions and answers about CFD trading… Enjoy today's Q&A on CFDs. CFDs versus Share Codes   Q “Are the CFD share symbols codes the same as for normal shares? How do you distinguish between CFD and normal share?”   A The CFD is just the derivative of the share...   So you're not buying a share, you're buying the exposure... ››› more
  • [10 November 2016]
  • Have you thought about what you're going to do with your bonus?
  • It's coming to that time of year when many people may have an end of year bonus to look forward to. Whilst your first thought may be to go out and splash it, you should resist the temptation. So what should you do with your bonus instead? Read on to find out… What you can do with your bonus There are definitely ways you can put your bonus to better work than splashing it on u... ››› more
  • [04 November 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]
  • The one risk investors have complete control over, but most often overlook…
  • 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…     ------- Special Announcement -------    This ... ››› more
  • [26 September 2016]
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