The gold price in rand terms just hit its highest levels since April this year.
It has averaged around R16,400 per ounce for 2017, with a spike to R17,600 in April following Pravin Gordhan's axing.
More recently, the rand has weakened following yet another unsuccessful vote of no confidence in President Zuma.
At the same time, the dollar price of gold spiked with tensions between the U... ››› more
Over the past three years, the JSE's Financial index would've made you around 7%.
The JSE's Industrial's index would've returned around 27%, and had you invested in the Resources Index, you'd have lost a whopping 38% over the same period.
Clearly, you need to pay attention to where you're investing if you want to make money in today's tough market.
So, as we're heading into the last qu... ››› more
Today I'm going to explain an investment concept you may not have seen applied in the investment world.
But, I guarantee if you implement it today, it can drastically improve your investment decision-making as well as your overall portfolio performance.
In fact, two of the most successful investors - Warren Buffett and Peter Lynch used it to consistently pick winning investments.
Today... ››› more
Last week I told investors:
“There's one sector I'm more excited about than any… It's deemed one of the fastest growing sectors in South Africa!
For comparison, in 2016 the South African economy grew by 0.3%. The Information and Communications Technology (ICT) sector grew at a whopping 5% - more than 15 times faster according to an International Data Corporation report.
What's more... ››› more
We had a good week for our short-term trades.
• Sasol for a 6.71% gain
• Vodacom for 10.33% gain
• Sibanye for a 30%
All ungeared, see position updates below.
Paying too much for your retirement savings?
The weekend press has again highlighted the impact of costs your retirement savings. Most older policy are paying the industry norm of 3% and higher. It’s a littl... ››› more
Bitcoin - A new world currency…
If you had to ask most people to name a digital currency, the first answer you'd probably hear is Bitcoin.
Since 2009, Bitcoin has swept across the world offering new ways for people to transact, transfer money and even make money.
But how did bitcoin come to be?
Well first we have to go back to before Bitcoin was even an idea…
The Liberty dolla... ››› more
The northern half of South Africa had good rains in the past rainy season, and the rains predicted for this summer are also decent.
The Western and Northern Cape however still haven't had the rain (and snow) needed to top up dam levels and put them in the clear.
So how is this affecting businesses?
Construction in Cape Town is struggling
The construction industry in the We... ››› more
One of the easiest, and most popular ways to check if a share is a buy or sell in the stock market is to take the price of the stock or a pool of stocks, and then divide that by earnings.
This is the price/earnings (PE) ratio.
When the PE ratio is above some longer-term average, the stock is considered expensive - and possibly a sell.
When it's below average, it's considered cheap - an... ››› more
As I write to you, I'm still working out of the MoneyWeek offices in London. Yesterday I had a chat with two of my colleagues there, Dan Denning and Nick O'Connor.
Dan and Nick head up the daily free British stock market and economics email newsletter, Capital and Conflict.
Anyway, back to the chat I had with Nick and Dan. We spoke about Bitcoin.
If you haven't noticed Bitcoin has been ... ››› more
Investing in penny stocks can be an extremely profitable venture, but with that comes higher risks.
This means it's vital you handle your portfolio and risks to deal with this.
So how can you go about doing this?
Read on to find out…
How to manage your penny stocks portfolio
Of the portion of your portfolio you decide to invest in penny stocks, you should aim to invest in be... ››› more
I call it the “offshore investment conundrum”. Investors have no clue where to invest or what to invest in, leaving their cash exposed to unpredictable economic and political events. Investing in just any old offshore product will cost you time and more importantly, money.
While I admire the ambition of investors to identify opportunities elsewhere, the fact of the matter is, over half of ... ››› more
US interest rates on the rise.
Fed Chair Janet Yellen provided testimony last week indicating a high likelihood of another US interest rate hike in March. The markets are now pricing in a 0,25% hike. The US dollar is strengthening again.
Local markets were flat over the week. The All Share squeezed out a gain of 0,1%, Resources were similar and Industrials down marginally (0,5%), Fin... ››› more
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
The Budget was delivered without too much fuss. Everyone knew there would be a “Gap” and the balancing act was to find a suitable filler. The new tax bracket was a bit of a surprise, but the hiking of the marginal tax rate was expected. Never the less bracket creep was significant so everybody shoulders the burden.
In SA, the market fell 1%; Gold shares were under pressure as the Rand held ... ››› more
The state of our nation
A strong rally on Friday reversed losses on the JSE and helped the Top 40 close the week up 0,75%. Financials gained 2% while Industrials and Resources were marginally higher.
Markets continued to respond positively to the Trump administration's rhetoric, particularly regarding lower taxes. Data from China and Japan supported the market rally. The Nikkei rose 2,5% a... ››› more
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