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  • For the first time in 14 years, the Euro could be weaker than the US Dollar
  • What you're about to read will shock you… 1999 - The Euro came into existence in January which was the goal of the European Union and its predecessors since the 1960s. Initially there was a negative reaction as the Euro fell below parity (1:1) with the US Dollar for the first time. After, the dust settled and the EU was finding its feet with regulations, treaties and legislations, the E... ››› more
  • [07 December 2016]
  • Big Movers of the week with 3 to buy + 2 to sell
  • Big Movers of the week GOLD Stocks down 8,3% The rollercoaster ride in Gold stocks continued last week, after bouncing the week before the Index was down 8,3%. Sibanye faired worst falling 13,7% while all the other major gold stocks gave up their recent gains. MTN up 5,7% Rebounding from lows, MTN was up 5,7% last week after a year of problems. The company has announced several heavywe... ››› more
  • [03 November 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]
  • Things are looking rosier in Europe… Here's how you can make the most of it
  • The climate in Europe certainly looks like it is improving. Between April and June, sales from 75% of European companies beat analyst forecasts. And profits also did well, with 75% of companies matching or beating analyst forecasts. So what could lie ahead for European companies? And what's worth looking at? Let's take a closer look… European companies are on the up With result... ››› more
  • [19 October 2015]
  • Why the time is nearing to invest in European stocks
  • With global markets all over the place in the past few weeks, it puts many investors off taking advantage of opportunities that volatility brings. For the savvy investor, Europe is showing great prospects to invest in. Read on to find out more… The performance of European stocks Since the financial crisis struck, the performance of European stocks has been lack lustre in compariso... ››› more
  • [16 September 2015]
  • If Europe goes ahead with quantitative easing, it could be good news for the rand
  • The rand is holding its ground as markets around the world wait to hear the outcome of the European Central Bank's meeting. Analysts expect the bank to announce a massive quantitative easing programme. But the news will only come out later today. So if the European Central Bank launches a new stimulus programme, what effect will it have on the rand? Let's take a closer look… The r... ››› more
  • [22 January 2015]
  • The gold price hits near five-month highs as concerns grow over global economic growth
  • The gold price has been climbing higher and today touched levels not seen for nearly five-months. This is thanks in part to the decision by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to cut its global economic growth forecasts for this year and next. Also helping take the yellow metal higher are concerns over the state of the European economy. Speculation is growing over whether the European Cent... ››› more
  • [20 January 2015]
  • The rand weakens slightly as the start of a busy week kicks off
  • After gaining some ground on Friday, the rand weakened slightly against the dollar this morning. But today starts off a week full of local and international data releases. These could have a large bearing on the local currency. Let's take a closer look at what's going on… The rand comes under pressure After benefitting at the end of last week from the Swiss’ decision to scrap it... ››› more
  • [19 January 2015]
  • The rand kicks off 2015 on the back foot
  • The rand has started the New Year off weaker. The local currency is under strain as investors turn their backs on emerging market assets. So what's going on with the rand? And what lies ahead? Let's take a closer look… The dollar’s strength is hitting the rand The rand dipped to “a two-and-a-half week low against the dollar” this morning, says Fin24. This as investors specul... ››› more
  • [05 January 2015]
  • This once in 40-year event could pop a $1.5 trillion debt bubble soon…
  • Since the mid-1970s, the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) has controlled the price of oil... Cutting production when it got too low and opening up the floodgates when the price got too high. That's what the world expects OPEC to do. That's what OPEC has always done. But for once OPEC is defying all logic… OPEC's seemingly illogical move will send the oil price... ››› more
  • [28 November 2014]
  • Why Japan could be a good investment opportunity
  • The Japanese stock market jumped higher a couple of years ago after the government got the money presses going. This got investors interested in Japan again. But it wasn't long before interest waned and the economy didn't turnaround just as quickly as expected. Yet, the Japanese market has slowly been recovering and it's back to levels last seen at the start of the year. So what's going o... ››› more
  • [05 November 2014]
  • The rand strengthens slightly on positive economic growth data
  • Yesterday, the local currency strengthened very slightly against the dollar. This follows the release of local economic growth data covering the second quarter of the year. But the rand has been trading in a tight range. What could be in store for the currency? Let's take a closer look… The rand pulled back before the release of GDP figures On Monday, the rand weakened slightly in... ››› more
  • [27 August 2014]
  • Why Mario Draghi is about to pull his finger out of the dyke
  • Most people have heard the story of the little Dutch boy who stuck his finger into a hole in the dyke and saved his town from flooding. Well, Mario Draghi, the Head of the European Central Bank has been that boy holding back the flood. You see, for five years, he's held out and managed to avoid quantitative easing (QE). He's negotiated inter-bank lending structures… He's seen off the G... ››› more
  • [26 August 2014]
  • Why global banking is like cycling and how you can stay ahead of the pack
  • The global banking world can be an intimidating and confusing place. I mean when analysts start talking about quantitative easing, carry trade, sovereign debt and budget deficits, most people just hear blah blah blah… That's why today I thought I'd share with you the ideas of two Morgan Stanley analysts who've managed to simplify the world of global finance using a cycling race. That's rig... ››› more
  • [19 August 2014]
  • A weaker dollar helps the rand gain
  • Yesterday, it emerged that economic growth in the US fell sharply for the first quarter. This resulted in the dollar losing ground, which has benefitted the rand. Also buoying the rand was the end of the lengthy platinum sector strike. Let's take a closer look at what's going on with the rand… US GDP fell nearly 3% from January to March Data released yesterday in the US showed that “the wo... ››› more
  • [26 June 2014]
  • With an average return of 20% a year, these unit trusts are a must for your portfolio!
  • When it comes to property investing, many people believe that getting involved is simply too expensive. But that's not actually true. Thanks to property unit trusts, you can start investing in property without needing a BIG amount of money. And since they've returned 20% a year, on average for the last decade, you should definitely consider them as part of your portfolio. Today we'll show you why?... ››› more
  • [13 March 2014]
  • China's betting against America and buying gold, here's how you can profit!
  • The latest news is in... The Chinese are selling U.S. government debt... And they're buying gold. In fact, latest trade data shows China has just sold $50 billion worth of US debt, taking China's holdings of US debt levels to their lowest in two years! Simply put China believes the FED is making the wrong move cutting its quantitative easing and that gold is still the only true safe haven... ››› more
  • [25 February 2014]
  • Do bonds deserve a place in your investment portfolio?
  • When the financial crisis struck, many investors dumped their shares and ran. One asset class that benefited was bonds. Investors looking for a safer home for their money invested in them. And the action of central banks around the world also helped the bonds market. Let's take a closer look at how bonds work and if you should invest in bonds… After the financial crisis hit in 2007, central ba... ››› more
  • [12 February 2014]
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