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  • What does the US inflation figure mean for your portfolio?
  • US inflation came in at 7% on Wednesday. This is so far beyond the US target rate of 2% it's terrifying. To give you some perspective about how big a miss this is, our SA target rate is up to 6%. So, to miss it as much as the US did, our inflation rate would need to be 21%. Up until recently, the US Fed argued they didn't have to raise interest rates to combat inflation, since it was “t... ››› more
  • [18 January 2022]
  • 5 Important trading resolutions to kick off 2022 on a profitable note
  • If you're looking to build your wealth through trading and you're finally feeling it's time to take action - This article is for you. Each year, I love to start the year with direction and purpose when it comes to trading. Share this article, send it to your friends and family and let's start your year off on a profitable note. Here are my favourite 5 trading resolutions in 2022. -... ››› more
  • [14 January 2022]
  • Three themes that could dominate 2022
  • Incredibly, it's already that time of year when brokers, banks and analysts' dust off their crystal balls and start making wild predictions on what will happen to financial markets over the next 12 months. Now, it's important for you to remember, that no matter how fancy the title of the person making predictions, or how prestigious the institution, the future has a way of surprising us all. ... ››› more
  • [12 January 2022]
  • Predicting 2022 in 5 minutes
  • Every year we start off with our biggest, boldest and best predictions for the coming 12 months. How will the world around us change? What will stock markets do? And where do the biggest opportunities exist? Five predictions to start off the year Prediction #1 - The pandemic will end in 2022 It’s the prediction no one has been willing to make. Just as we think things are taking... ››› more
  • [11 January 2022]
  • Metaverse…Sandbox…Decentraland…What does it all mean for you as an investor?
  • For many decades, we escaped reality through books, magazines, and movies. In the future, we will escape via 3D-internet platforms, like VR gaming, virtual bars/clubs, and immersive shows and movies. This future world, where the physical and the digital combine, to transform the online sphere into a more immersive, 3D experience is called the “Metaverse”. And the metaverse is expected... ››› more
  • [07 January 2022]
  • Is South Africa heading for a recession again?
  • Last week's GDP data showed that South Africa's economy shrunk in the third quarter of 2021. This follows four quarters of economic growth from pandemic lows. It also means that another quarter of economic contraction would put the country back in recession. So, are we heading back into recession, or will the economy turn upwards from here? Let's have a look at what the numbers say… ... ››› more
  • [15 December 2021]
  • Did Boris Johnson make the market fall
  • I sometimes imagine the stock market as a constant humming. Not the hubbub hum of an open outcry trading floor, nor the electrical buzz and click of servers and machines, but the whine of millions of voices guiding billions of dollars, rand and rupees into bets on global business profits, economic scarcity and the future direction of mankind. It's the droning roar of the engine that powers the wor... ››› more
  • [13 December 2021]
  • So what do you do with Brait N-Shares?
  • I recently got a mail from Keith asking about Brait's latest rights offer: “Hi Francois. Hope all is well with you. I have BAT shares, only 545. Now they have some kind of rights offer and I got 1 BATN, lol. I need to make an election, but I don't understand. Currently the BATN is trading around 1000 c. Take up value is 100,000c. Does it mean I can take up the nil share, it gets added to the 5... ››› more
  • [09 December 2021]
  • What should you learn from the Turkish lira crisis?
  • In Ernest Hemingway's 1926 novel “The Sun Also Rises” two characters are discussing bankruptcy: “How did you go bankrupt?” Bill asked. “Two ways” Mike said, “gradually and then suddenly”. The “slowly at first, and then all at once” concept is wonderfully described in Malcom Gladwell's debut book The Tipping Point. Gladwell defines this idea as “the moment of critica... ››› more
  • [08 December 2021]
  • Why the rising petrol price is here to stay
  • The petrol price in South Africa is breaking the R20 a litre level. December 2020 it sold for R14.26 a litre. That's an increase of 41.6% Sure - the 2020 level for petrol prices was a low base. Covid reduced demand and the oil price was really low. But the huge increases we're seeing now are hurting - and they'll definitely affect business as well. -------------------------------------------... ››› more
  • [03 December 2021]
  • Did you miss my first prediction on the SP500? Here's my next one...
  • In July this year, I pinpointed 3 green lights for its rally to 4,600. And have you seen recently it's been trading at around 4,681 The price has shot right through the price target and then some. At first, I was going to just bank my profits and run… However, I've just been alerted another 3 MAJOR buying signals. And now my SP500 price target just got bigger, better and even mor... ››› more
  • [01 December 2021]
  • An easy formula to calculate your trading wins
  • Q. ”This year I joined Timon's trader service. I must say I'm loving the simplicity of the emails and the high number of profits so far. In one of the recent emails, it said that you had banked a certain percentage on a trade. Please clarify a formula to calculate the gain and loss percentage in a trade?” A. Thank you for the question Happiness and glad to have you on board.   Le... ››› more
  • [25 November 2021]
  • I'm no Nostradamus - But the rand is in major trouble
  • The rand has really taken a beating this year.    In July I wrote an article, From Lockdown 4 to Jumanji - Here's why I'm selling the rand. I predicted that the rand would fall from R14.30 to R15.58.   This was due to local reasons such as the looting that took place, the slow vaccination roll-out as well as a bearish chart pattern.    And to catch you up, you... ››› more
  • [23 November 2021]
  • Want to trade Brent Crude and FTSE 100 with a SA account? Read this
  • Q. “Would you please clear something for me. There was recently a trade recommendation for Brent Crude. This is quoted in US dollars? How do you work out a 2% risk with a South African rand denominated account?”     A. Sure, I’ll share with you an easy calculation from the most recent Brent crude trade we sent out via Pickpocket Trader on 28 October 2021.   Here are the tr... ››› more
  • [19 November 2021]
  • 10 Super fast & easy steps to start profiting with Red Hot Storm Trader
  • In the last part of 2021, we've already banked seven profitable trades. Take a look at the last 7 trades… • Aspen for a 28.02% gain in just 38 days. • Anglo American for a 63.39% gain in 9 days. • Spar for a 25% gain in 10 days. • BHP Billiton for a 73.12% gain in 5 days. • First Rand Bank for a 5.83% gain in 15 days. • Spar for a -28.40% loss in 28 days. ... ››› more
  • [16 November 2021]
  • If inflation is back, here's what you need to know…
  • US inflation just hit a 30 year high. And the US is not the only country experiencing rising prices. The EU, as well as the UK, have also seen the price of goods and services rising. There are many reasons for this: Supply chains were disrupted by the pandemic; oil prices are high; demand has increased due to stimulus; wages are rising… the list goes on. But the big question every inve... ››› more
  • [15 November 2021]
  • New exciting Satrix ETF I'll be adding to my trading arsenal
  • Q “Last Wednesday you mentioned the 5 Satrix ETFs you're mainly trading. I saw that recently they launched another Satrix ETF called the CAPI… Can you please explain what the ETF does and if you're looking at trading it in the future?” A. Yes, most definitely. As soon as the CAPI is available to trade on the trading platform and there is high volume of buying and selling, I will be a... ››› more
  • [12 November 2021]
  • To buy or sell the JSE in November?
  • This month is a major one for South Africa… On 1 November we had the local municipal vote where we saw negative sentiment for both the rand and bonds. In fact, not only did the the rand fall over 1.1% versus the dollar, the nation's local-currency debt also dropped 1.2% in dollar terms. This weaker rand helped boost resources share prices, as our resources are exported in US dollars.... ››› more
  • [10 November 2021]
  • How to profit off this 200-year-old mega-trend
  • The most important news is often the easiest to miss. Why? Because for a story to be truly important, it usually needs to be about something that is both long lasting and/or has exponential characteristics. Most of what really affects your life is long-term exponential trends. A terrorist attack using aeroplanes may make for a spectacular news story, but the long-term improvement ... ››› more
  • [08 November 2021]
  • If you're a fan of structured products you might like this one
  • I have been picking structured products for several years now and rarely have I seen a product as good as the one I've found this month. Tell me where you've ever heard of an investment that: Has a 100% capital guarantee, Delivers 400% of UNCAPPED index performance, Offers a guaranteed 12% tax-rate on your final return, Is backed by an A-rated international bank, ... ››› more
  • [05 November 2021]
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