They've been one of the major catalysts that's catapulted Bitcoin into the mainstream financial media and its price over the past year and half.
And it makes sense…
The more “Big Money” get involved in digital currencies, the further it legitimises them as an asset class.
Consequently, more investors jump on board pushing up prices.
We've seen t... ››› more
There are 217 dividend paying shares in the JSE today. The JSE All Share Index dividend yield is a mere 2.38% - simply put you're not making much in terms of yield if you buy the AVERAGE stock…
While a 2.38% dividend is surely better than nothing - this doesn't even cover the interest you'd have received on your cash with a fixed deposit.
And, once that money is paid out by a company the... ››› more
Q. “I refer back to Monday's article. You mentioned that the main reason for the rand's rally was based on global reasons rather than local. Don't you think South African interest rate changes could have an effect on the rands strength too?”
A. As there is no clear-cut answer, I can only speak from my economic background and experience.
Generally, when interest rates ris... ››› more
After a pretty hellish month for Bitcoin - dropping over $20,000…
Investors finally have something to cheer about!
The #1 crypto by market cap rallied over 15% in the past two days.
And this time, it had nothing to do with Elon, or any other billionaire.
Instead, something even BIGGER happened in the market - one that could have implications on countries worldwide and the world's... ››› more
On 20 May 2021 the SA Reserve Bank had its bimonthly monetary policy meeting.
The bank kept interest rates flat - at what is basically an all-time low for South Africans…
In its announcement the bank governor, Lestja Kganyago said “Economic and financial conditions are expected to remain volatile for the foreseeable future. In this uncertain environment, policy decisions will continue ... ››› more
What started as the online currency for the dark web Is now viewed by Wall Street as a legitimate asset class.
And it's in big part due to a number of tech companies (MicroStrategy, Square, Tesla), banks and billionaire investors entering the crypto market in some way.
The thing is, this is only the beginning…
In fact, recent reports hint that the world's largest tech company may just b... ››› more
A recent survey by FNB amongst its middle-income clients (R15,000 - R42,000 per month) shows that over 80% of the customers don't have a cent in savings they can access within 7 days in case of an emergency.
The bank says only 6% of its clients would be able to see themselves through a loss of their salary for three months - and that's even considering access to credit cards and overdraft faci... ››› more
When crypto crashes, something interesting happens…
An army of naysayers rush from out of the woodwork with the usual “I told you so”.
And I'm not just talking about people on social media, or even friends. But also professors of economics and fund managers!
Even this Nobel prize-winning economist had a go…
Final reminder... ››› more
I believe there is one commodity that can be seen as an indicator for a recovering world economy.
Think about it…
We need oil to run just about anything nowadays.
We need oil for transport, for electricity and to run massive operations.
Last year, I was extremely pessimistic and expected the price of oil to drop to $30. Which it did… And this year, my analysi... ››› more
With interest rates at the lowest they've been for most of South Africa's history there's not a lot of profit to be made from interest investments…
But there's a lot of potential on the JSE right now.
In fact, right now there are 51 shares on the JSE with dividends above a 5% dividend yield.
That means you're getting around DOUBLE what you would in an interest investment right now, a... ››› more
This is a term coined by Benjamin Graham in his 1949 book, ‘The Intelligent Investor'.
Basically, investors look at two prices when valuing shares.
What the share price should be according to the books.
And what the market (buyers and sellers) value the share price.
Sometimes, these two prices are way off…
In fact, the market's price is valued by the sentim... ››› more
In the past two years I've seen many JSE listed small cap companies become acquisition targets, and eventually get delisted from the JSE…
Think of Rolfes Holdings, Pioneer Foods, DAWN, Torre Industries, Indequity and more…
As we speak Value Group and Adapt IT are in the crosshairs of larger suitors looking to buy out, and delist the companies.
Even Distell is an acquisition target ... ››› more
Imagine if the government could track your money...
Including what you spend it on...where you shop...who you send money to...
I know that might seem hard to believe...
But a currency like this is already being tested in China…
Quick-Start Guide to Crypto + 3 Coins to Buy
If you haven't yet taken your first step... ››› more
What is a government to do if it has added billions, or even trillions of rands of debt in a short amount of time?
South Africa's national debt increased 30% to R3.7 trillion in 2020. The US printed a fifth of all the money in all its history - in mere months.
Simply put - these amounts are too big to just pay back.
So, these governments need to use another tactic. The ‘raise cash' b... ››› more
Did you hear?
One of the world's leading financial-data companies officially launched a cryptocurrency index...
On Tuesday 4th May, S&P Dow Jones Global Indices announced its three indexes to track digital assets are now live. The following three indexes were launched using closing prices from May 3:
• S&P Bitcoin Index, which tracks the performance of bitcoin.
• S&P Ethereum I... ››› more
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