Optimism is a great trait to possess in life, as it makes living in this world a lot easier and a shade brighter.
Would the world not be a better place if more of us took an optimistic approach to life?
Yes, I think so.
However, when it comes to betting, your happy go lucky, optimistic nature can turn into a big burden and affect your betting performance for the worse.
Let me explainâ... ››› more
One of world's most successful investors, Carl Icahn, said in an interview with CNBC.
âBefore the earthquake, you get the rumblings and then maybe you don't have an earthquake for 20 years, or 10 years, or five years. But these are the rumblings.â
Carl Icahn was specifically referring to the stock market crash.
The funny thing is, there is no obvious cause for all this. In fact, th... ››› 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
As we enter 2018, many people are looking to diversify their portfolios.
Normally this would be an ideal time to invest offshore, but unfortunately offshore markets are at record highs. So it's difficult to find any value.
At the same time, staying in cash is not viable with global inflation edging up slowly.
So how can you diversify offshore without putting too much of your money at ... ››› more
When analysing a game between two teams, it is always important to take into consideration the team playing at home.
Statistically speaking the home team across all different sports tend to enjoy a better performance in front of their home crowd.
However, the performance of the home team is different from sport to sport, team to team and even ref to ref.
So how important is home side adva... ››› more
Q. Which broker can I trade offshore CFDs and do I need a lot of money?
A. Just two years ago, you needed around $2,500 (R34,000) to open and trade offshore accounts.
Fortunately for you, those days are long gone.
We understand that finances are tight nowadays. And with the ever increasing costs of transport, food and living expenses, we've tracked down the most affordable offshore broker... ››› more
Have you ever heard of âGARP' investing?
No, I didn't make it up.
It's actually a four decade-old investment strategy popularised by one of the most successful fund managers to ever live - Peter Lynch.
Peter Lynch used âGrowth at Reasonable Prices (GARP)' investing to identify stocks with both value and growth qualities. He'd buy companies that demonstrated consistent earnings gr... ››› more
Over the last couple of months, you may have heard about structured products and why they're an attractive investment class.
I've been writing about them for MoneyMorning since March.
But I've not had a chance to recommend one until todayâŚ
Let me explain why.
New Release: âDouble your Moneyâ Stock Play Book for 2018 by Francois Joubert
This structure... ››› more
Did you know that the story of money is older than civilisation itself?
That's right. Money is an âinnovationâ that's older than the wheel and, as old as fire.
Originally when humans wanted to trade outside their tribe or villages, they needed something that everyone agreed had value. Something that was accessible.
Enter âcommodity moneyâ.
There were many kinds of commodity... ››› more
Last week South Africa side stepped the exclusion from the World Government Bond Index, as Moody's didn't downgrade its local currency. Instead, Moody's placed South Africa on Credit Watch. This is a period of up to 90 days where it critically evaluates any material changes and can downgrade SA at any-time.
S&P downgraded SA, which sparked panicked selling of the rand after the JSE closed, but... ››› more
Northam Platinum CEO, Paul Dunne said in a recent interview with MiningMX âThere's been a lot of hype around battery-powered EVs, but these will not replace the internal combustion engine for a number of reasons.â
Now I understand you âtalk your book'. If you are a platinum miner, you want to ensure people know you are positive of the outlook for the industry you operate in.
But it's... ››› more
Immigration is one of the most divisive topics in global politics.
It's split political parties, as well as nations. One side wants to lock down borders and stop the influx of immigrants into the country.
While others are happy to welcome almost anyone through our borders. At least, that's the story you're likely to read and hear about.
In reality it's a far more complex issue, one tha... ››› more
The cryptocurrency I want to tell you about today was founded in 2014 under the development of a team of Japanese developers.
This year, this cryptocurrency has seen incredible growth.
My colleague and cryptocurrencies guru, Sam Volkering explains whyâŚ
âThe reason is that the Japanese crypto market continues to see money flow out of the âtraditionalâ banking and finance system,... ››› 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
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