I received a letter from Louis recently:
I have saved R6,000 in the last six months, and while I want to continue this savings I want my money to start growing as well.
I realise I won’t necessarily make thousands from the get-go, but I want to become more knowledgeable about investing, and start making money for my retirement one day.
I want... ››› more
In the past month or two, I've realized a worrying trend on the JSE.
This trend has been behind Sibanye Gold's 58% drop in the past year.
It's also been behind Woolies losing 25% of its value since 2016, and Brait dropping 41%.
What is this trend? Well, it's “making offshore acquisitions at ALL costs”…
And Warren Buffett has just warned investors against the trend.
Let me... ››› more
It's a new year and, as customary, I'm sharing a couple of insights that I believe will shape the stock market, our economy, and the world we see around us every day.
2017 was a year dominated by two themes.
The first one being, politics, drove the South African economy, investor sentiment and our currency.
The second was probably a symptom of the first. Because politics dominated ever... ››› more
In the race to the world's first public company worth a Trillion Dollars, Apple is closer than ever!
Between November and December 2017, the company hit $900 billion - nearing the Trillion dollar mark…
With the IPhone, IPod and IPad - Apple has managed to become the largest company in the world!
But new, research points to the EV revolution being MUCH bigger!
The fact is, Electri... ››› more
I can remember my honeymoon like yesterday.
We were crazy in love.
And for months afterward this euphoric phase continued.
I could make no mistake in her eyes, nor she in mine. Everything was perfect.
Then suddenly reality struck. Our first big fight after getting married.
And suddenly we realized being married is tough, and the good times go hand in hand with the tough ones…... ››› more
During its December conference the ANC vowed that, it would expropriate land and put it in the hands of the people.
The news is full of headlines like:
ANC NEC wants land expropriation 'urgently'
The ANC is making false promises of land expropriation
#Ramaphosa says ruling party is committed to land expropriation
And I can already see the pictures ... ››› more
If there's no cash in a business, it's dead. The most recent spectacular crash in Steinhoff shares is proof of that.
It is no different for property.
If your property doesn't generate a positive cash flow - the investment is dead in the water.
Choosing to lose money isn't a valid investment strategy
It's all too often that I hear investors say “I'm not making money on the property ... ››› more
I've been looking at ways to reduce my donations to the Nkandla Fund (SARS income tax)…
I have no objection to pay tax - when the government that receives that money makes use of it responsibly. But that's not the case at this stage.
And by putting off paying tax (legally) I can get my money to work for me faster than when I give nearly half of that away to the tax man.
Now instead o... ››› more
The mainstream media will only tell you about the biggest of the big shares. You'll often hear about Naspers, Richemont and BHP Billiton.
And fund managers will make these big shares the centre points of their investment funds. That is - the Balanced Fund your advisor will suggest you invest in for retirement so you don't need to take much risk.
But that means you can expect 9%, 10% and if... ››› more
Lonmin has been one of the great stories of value destruction for investors.
Since my first warning about the company in 2012, it has lost 96% of its value.
Simply put - it's been a big one to avoid.
Crypto Revolution: How the rise of bitcoin and cryptocurrencies could turn every R2,000 you stake into R980k
My warnings on Lonmin since 2012
... ››› more
The rand started out 2017 at 13.78, and quickly strengthened to R12.42 in mid-March.
This would've negated strengthening commodity prices world-wide.
The price of copper, ferrochrome, gold and aluminium all rose during 2017.
But - fortunately for South African producers of these commodities the rand weakened yet again, now trading in the R14 range.
And that means all of these commo... ››› more
When you invest in shares there are two things that can make you money - capital appreciation as the share price rises. And dividends putting hard cash in your pocket.
Most investors focus mostly on capital appreciation.
But the fact is dividends can make you massive returns.
If for instance you bought Adapt IT in 2009, you'd have paid 44c per share. Since then the company has paid out... ››› more
What if I told you there's a way to find shares that consistently outperform the market?
Sounds too good to be true.
But the fact is, fourteen shares I invested in between 2010 and 2016 provided me with returns outstripping 100% each….
In their 2013 paper titled “Fundamental Based Market Strategies”, Dr Angelo Aspris (research leader), Sean Foley, (researcher), Nigel Finch, and Z... ››› more
In the past six months, a little known JSE listed company, Insimbi, is up nearly 50%.
And on 26 September 2017, it announced its revenue increased 247%, and earnings per share increased 142%.
Growing profits by as much as 142% in an economy that's in recession is nearly impossible.
But Insimbi achieved this - how you ask?
Well, the company made a smart acquisition at the end of... ››› more
Throughout 2016 and early 2017 Rolfes had a great run, up from R2.76 to a high of R5.
But the share has suddenly dropped in the past two weeks.
A number of investors and analysts attribute this to the fact that the company hasn't released a trading statement.
So what does a trading statement have to do with share price?
The JSE requires companies to release trading statemen... ››› more
Please don't let your portfolio fall because of this single mistake…
In 2014, I got a mail from an investor:
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
As an advisor to the South African Investor board I deal with investors that are looking for long term returns that'll help them live, and retire securely.
That means we typically look at companies like Vodacom, Naspers, Bidvest and the like.
Large blue-chip shares that have been around for years, and will continue to be there for years to come.
Recommending these large companies is th... ››› more
In a recent report from ETF.com data released shows that the US have had $250 billion worth of cash inflows into ETF's during 2017 alone!
According to an estimate by The New Yorker, around 20 percent of the market in the US is made up out of JUST ETF's.
And “When you factor in “closet indexing”—when individual or institutional investors pursue indexing strategies without declaring... ››› more
There are a few things with trading that worry me.
The first is when the internet connection cuts out when I'm trying to get into a trade or when I modify my trading levels.
Second, is when the market environment goes into a sideways range where no matter whether we buy or sell - we lose either way.
And third, is when my subscribers write to me and tell me about the worst possible trading... ››› more
What if I told you, that you could get a big business for free? You don't have to put money down, but you'd own a portion of a franchise store, a farm or a factory…
Sounds too good to be true.
But the fact is, right now there are scores of opportunities like this on the JSE.
I call them “No money down shares”.
Simply put, these are companies where if you pay for a portion of ... ››› more
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