I get it… This has been a tough start to 2016.
Between 28 December 2015 and 21 January 2016 the JSE handed you a ‘New Year's' gift of -11% and the market is still down year to date.
And when you look at the largest companies on the JSE, the concerns don't magically disappear…
Intu Properties reported a 10.6% decrease in earnings for the year, Liberty Holdings profit dropped about... ››› more
Interest rates are up 100 basis points since May 2015. Since the start of May 2015 the JSE has dropped from its all-time highs around 54,640 points to its current 49,852 points.
Clearly investors are spooked - the markets are showing it.
But instead of reacting to interest rate increases like a mindless Zombie you should rather look at what they mean for investments…
And today I'd like ... ››› more
“Francois: I read your article on using ‘buy limit orders' to buy shares at lower prices and decided to do it. But something seems to have gone horribly wrong. I tried buying R5,000 worth of shares with a limit price of 51c. But when I checked my account it only traded about R500 worth. My cost per share, after brokerage, is now 67c per share. What's going on???” - BM
The right tools, u... ››› more
Over the years I've noticed investors tend to ask the same things, but even more so - They make the same mistakes as well. It all comes down to human nature I guess.
That's why today I want to show you how to avoid the three most common mistakes I see investors make, over and over.
Classic Investment Mistake #1 – Investors bet the bank when they shouldn’t!
Penny shares can go ... ››› more
“Francois, what happened to share X today? It dropped 10% instantly!”
“Francois, what happened to share Y today? It soared 10% instantly!”
If you've been following the JSE over the last few years, you would've seen certain shares drop and jump by over 10% - more than once - in a single day.
So what is going on?
And what should you do if you'd rather be on the profit side of the... ››› more
If there's one thing about investing you absolutely have to understand it's this strategy...
Not only will this strategy from Benjamin Graham, the world's best value investor, make you more money from shares you invest in, it'll also make sure you lose less money if things do go wrong!
Best of all, this strategy isn't hard to understand. In fact, it can be summed up in three words!
Margin... ››› more
Let me make one thing very clear: Being a good stock picker is never enough.
EVERY new investor I speak to believes you only need a couple of hot tips to make money on the stock market. I wish it were so. But sadly not.
If you want to be a successful investor, you've got to do more than just f ind stocks that are likely to go up. You've also got to figure out how much to invest in them. You'... ››› more
I often get this question from investors: “What makes a great company to invest in?”
And while I can give you many technical answers about discounted cash flow (DCF) valuations, future growth forecasts and the like, the best answer is really simple.
The very best companies are the ones that “pay back” their investors.
That's the big rule of investing.
Invest in companies that w... ››› more
It's not picking great stocks… It's a business strategy a hundred times more powerful - and today I'm showing you a backdoor into it!
Most people have fallen for the myth surrounding Warren Buffett.
Buffett is believed to be the most successful investor in history. He regularly ranks as one of the top three richest men in the world. He controls one of the greatest fortunes ever mad... ››› more
These days with the Inter net and the wealth of information out there, everyone wants to run their own portfolio. And who better to do that, as nobody else cares more for your money than you do?
The fact is, anyone can manage a stock portfolio. Just like anyone can drive a car. But in the same way, it doesn't mean you won't hit a tree or slide off the road.
To make sure you don't slide off t... ››› more
“Francois, I'm subscribed to Red Hot Penny Shares and need advice on ways to reduce my tax that I'm paying on my trading profits. I already owe close to R20,000 in taxes for the profits I made last year and I'm worried that for this current year that I might pay a similar amount in taxes.” - Reagan
If you've been investing in shares and you're making money (and I believe you are), you will ... ››› more
Let's be realistic, Penny Shares are risky.
And the thing that really makes them ‘unsafe' is the fact they're so volatile. A single news announcement can send them flying or falling in minutes. And you can easily see your portfolio crash as one of these shares come falling down.
But, with the technique I'm about to show you, you could avoid that crazy volatility and even have a profitable po... ››› more
During this month I spent some time at the offices of one of our broker partners.
I met with asset managers, analysts and traders.
This definitely helped me keep in touch with the industry…
But it was also very insightful in another way…
While I was there the current market cor rection we're experiencing began.
Being in the midst of the market day in and day out you become less ... ››› more
“I've opened my brokerage account. I've funded it and I've picked my f irst share. What now?”
It's a question I get very often.
And that's why I want to show you today that it's really easy to buy your f irst penny share.
In f act, I'll share four investment tips with you to make sure you don't make these common first time investor mistakes or take any unnecessary risks…
Four ... ››› more
During the last Red Hot Penny Shares PowA! Hour Matthew asked me, “Francois, please explain the PE ratio, how important it is to a company and what an acceptable PE ratio is?”
The short answer to this question is the PE ratio shows you the relationship between the price of a share and the prof its the company is making.
But more impor tantly, the PE ratio tells you whether a share is che... ››› more
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