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
Today I'm going to explain why using one of the most popular investment strategies to make money is a bad idea.
This strategy is probably used by almost every financial advisor out there.
Worse off, some even advise using this strategy to build wealth for your retirement.
The problem is, it simply won't make you rich. Or even grow your wealth quickly.
Let me explain…
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Today I want to explain one of the biggest mistakes investor's make.
It has nothing to do with what you invest in, where you invest or how much you invest. It goes much deeper than that.
It's got to do with your emotions and behaviour.
The fact is, every investor experiences it at some point. And if you keep doing it, you're guaranteed to lose a fortune.
Let me explain…
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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
On 1 January 2017, this cryptocurrency's price stood at around $8.24.
At that time, its market cap was around $720 million.
Fast-forward to today, its market cap has grown past $30 billion. But even better, its price has soared to around $322 - which is a 3,807% return compared to Bitcoin's 453% return this year.
In other words, a R120 investment into this cryptocurrency on 1 January 2... ››› more
The Top40 index is up 15.5% year to date, which is a result of Naspers and Richemont. In fact, if you strip out NPN and CFR, the Top40 index would be down 0.50%.
We've had a buy on both shares this year, and remain invested.
Global markets are working in tandem and hitting record highs, this week we have Federal Open Market Committee minutes and Mario Draghi, all eyes are on any indication... ››› more
A decade ago, Zimbabwe experienced one of, if not, the worst inflation crises.
Hyperinflation wiped out Zimbabweans' personal savings.
It left shops empty.
And it became almost impossible for people to buy a tank of petrol or daily groceries.
There's no accurate number that shows how much Zimbabwe's inflation actually rose, but some estimated as high as 500 billion percent!
To ... ››› more
March 2009 - that was the first time I ever bought a share…
It was Old Mutual. And while Old Mutual was a massive company, the 2008 financial crisis decimated it, and the share became a ‘penny stock'.
I bought my first shares in the company for 603c, with the money I made from vacation work as a student at the mine I had a bursary with. I bought 990 shares with around R6,000.
By No... ››› more
PSG has pulled back to a good buying level around the R235 mark. We've been trading the R230/R270 range this year very well.
When you buy PSG you get exposure to a number of companies, like Capitec, now one of South Africa's “big 5” and growing by over 100,000 clients per month.
Through PSG, you also gain exposure to Curro and Studio, which has been unbundled from Curro and starts tradin... ››› more
“The state has grown used to treating its taxpayers as a farmer treats his cows, keeping them in a field to be milked. Soon, the cows will have wings.”
- The Sovereign Individual, James Dale Davidson & Lord William Rees-Mogg
The Sovereign Individual was written in the mid-90s, and predicted a future where computers and the internet would ultimately kill nation states, ushering in a new... ››› more
Over the last year, the one question I have been asked more than any other is…
“How do I invest offshore?”
Today, I'm going to answer that question and show you how to invest offshore in three easy steps…
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Step #1: Determine how ... ››› more
Industrials down 3%
Industrials took the brunt of weaker markets last week as concerns regarding the economic outlook post US elections weighed on sentiment. Woolies was down 6,3% and several other industrial shares fell by approximately 4%.
Naspers down 7,9%
Rand strength and weakness in social media stocks put pressure on Naspers. Facebook was down 8,6% while Groupon fell 19%. Some anal... ››› more
Two weeks ago I posted an article where I made a prediction on where gold is more likely to be going next.
The target I said was $1,550. At the time gold was trading at $1,305 an ounce.
If you missed it, you can catch up at the end of the article.
Since then, I've been overwhelmed by the number of questions you've asked me about this article.
Whether I'm checking emails, presenting at ... ››› more
23 years ago, two brothers, David and Tom Gardner, founded and built one of the world's greatest investment communities - The Motley Fool.
Reaching millions of people every month through a website, books and the newspaper, they give independent financial and investment ideas to help ordinary investors make a lot of money.
But these brothers are more than this.
They've published best-selli... ››› more
The JSE All-Share Index is just 10% off from its all-time high.
It's sitting around the highest PE level of all time for the index, at 23.24.
At the same time, US markets are at all-time highs, and interest rates are threatening to go up.
With this in mind, I was recently asked by an investor, whether the JSE is overvalued and set for a massive correction.
So, should you hold on or sel... ››› more
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