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  • Which will be the top retail pick in 2017?
  • Happy new year everyone, I hope you all had a good break and did tons of holiday shopping for your friends and family! Why? Because yesterday marked the beginning of the retail reporting season. And, in the next couple of weeks we're going to see just how much South African's spent at the shops in December. There is no doubt the market is expecting a super tough Xmas period for the beleag... ››› more
  • [12 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]
  • Three market beating gold shares
  • It's been an interesting year for gold bulls. The downtrend which brought the yellow metal down to its dismal dollar lows of $1050/oz in 2015 has reversed and gold is once again making an assault on the $1300/oz level. In the meantime, thanks to the uncharacteristically strong rand, which is now 13% firmer since January, the rand price of gold has pulled back to R17,442/oz from highs of above R... ››› more
  • [03 November 2016]
  • I've just made a huge prediction on where the pound is heading next…
  • What you're about to read might be great for South Africans, but not so great for the UK. Just a few months ago I was in London burning my fingers from every purchase. At the time the GBP/ZAR was trading at R23.00 to one pound. So every item of clothing, gadget and snack I bought in Regent Street was around four times more expensive than here in SA. MC Donalds alone on average was around ... ››› more
  • [27 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]
  • Broker Picks of the Week!
  • Singa Gungqisa, Portfolio Manager at Rand Swiss gives you an exclusive look into what he'd consider a buy this week and which shares you need to take out of your portfolio...   Three stocks to buy right now   Aspen Pharmacare APN.J –The group is very busy setting up businesses and partnering with local firms in Asia pacific where the scope for growth is high in the nutrition segment. ... ››› more
  • [06 October 2016]
  • How to understand “currency pairs”, in a way you'll never forget
  • Pips, strength, weakness, ZAR, USD! If you've watched Bloomberg, CNBC or sky news, it can be a daunting task to try and understand all of these jargon Forex terms. But what If I could show you how to understand these currency pairs in a way you'll never forget it. I'm not going to bore you with too much information. In fact, one chart is all we need to make sure you remember how to und... ››› more
  • [08 September 2016]
  • Dealing with the Brexit aftermath... Stop panicking
  • When I heard the results of the Brexit vote last Friday, I was watching TV, clutching a cup of coffee and snuggling under a blanket with my sons in the diamond city, Kimberley. As soon as the news bulletin ended, my phone started to buzz uncontrollably. First, a message from my brother asking, “Did you see the Brexit result?” I ignored it. Then, a message from a colleague, “How could... ››› more
  • [27 June 2016]
  • Finally, the rand finds a stable footing thanks to the South African Reserve Bank
  • The past few weeks have been harrowing for the rand. It's been taking a severe beating from the dollar in the past two weeks. Worst of all, rumours about the arrest of Pravin Gordhan has certainly not been helping matters at all. But, finally, it seems to have found a moment of stability. How long this will last, I don't know. But let's take a closer look... The rand is battered by t... ››› more
  • [20 May 2016]
  • 99% of South Africans expect downside for the rand - Here's why I don't
  • Ask any South African. “Where do you think the rand is going next” You'll probably hear answers like I've been hearing, “The rand is going down the drain”, “going to hell, “going to S#^t” But not me! Today I'm going against 99% of what South Africans say, as I expect the rand to go up from here. Read on to see why… I haven’t made a wrong prediction yet! I joined FSPInvest.... ››› more
  • [25 April 2016]
  • For the first time in three years - I see upside for the rand!
  • Normally when I write about the rand, I expect the rand value to drop big time. • In 2013, I told you how the rand was going from R9.00 to R10.50 to the dollar. • In 2015, I showed you how the rand was going from 11.00 to R16.00 to the dollar • And now I'm about to reveal where I expect the rand to go from R16.00 Fortunately over the years, every time I made a rand prediction it worked ... ››› more
  • [22 March 2016]
  • How to find out if you're ready to start investing in shares
  • If you want to start investing, you'll need to have some cash to put to work on the stock market. So how can you find out if you have enough money to start investing? Read on to find out… Working out if you have the money to invest in shares There are a few things you need to consider when deciding whether or not you’re going to start investing in shares. You’ll need to ha... ››› more
  • [27 January 2016]
  • South Africa's water shortage gives you the chance to save
  • Water shortages are becoming a serious problem in South Africa. The lack of rain and ongoing heatwave is making the problem much worse. Gauteng and Kwa-Zulu Natal are in the middle of water restrictions while water reservoirs in the Western Cape are 20% lower this year. The department of Water Affairs blames the water problems on poor planning, budget constraints and supply management challeng... ››› more
  • [26 January 2016]
  • First the spear, then the spike ... The rand crashes then recovers!
  • Last week, President Zuma made an unexpected announcement. Finance minister Nhlanhla Nene was let off (dare I say fired). And the sad thing is that he has been widely known to do a great job during difficult times. And is probably one of the most qualified person for the job. But as soon as the announcement came out, the rand crashed. It moved from R14.50 to R15.29 to the US dollar in just one h... ››› more
  • [14 December 2015]
  • The end of the South African rand is nigh!
  • What a bitter-sweet situation we're in. Jobs are being created in the United States of America and the economy is growing at a good pace. While back in South Africa we have the rand devaluing at record levels which is making it more and more expensive to travel and buy goods. You can understand why it's a win/lose situation. But it doesn't have to be. Let me take it a step further. ... ››› more
  • [11 November 2015]
  • The rand continues to weaken hitting new record lows
  • Since the US Labour Department released its jobs data on Friday, the rand has been weakening rapidly against major currencies. The rand is now trading in unchartered territories as it trades at levels unseen before. Let's take a closer look at what's going on… The rand is still reeling following good US jobs data   The rand kicked off the week still digesting news of “soli... ››› more
  • [10 November 2015]
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