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  • Crypto is about to officially become regulated - here's what you need to know
  • For years now the Crypto asset space has been marred by companies like MIT, MMM Global and more. While there was nothing wrong with the asset class as such - the industry was like the wild west. Until recently when there was a crypto scam, or investors were defrauded there was basically nothing to be done. The SARB said that it did not regulate crypto currencies, and investors should conta... ››› more
  • [26 November 2020]
  • The BIG Story Investors Missed During the US Election
  • Last week was crazy for all sorts of reasons… Bitcoin hit $16,000 - the highest level since 2018. The JSE rallied over 7%. Covid-19 cases spiked in the US and Europe forcing new lockdown measures. However, the main focus on everybody's mind was the highly anticipated US elections on Tuesday. Although the election may still be contested (due to Trump's legal challenges), there... ››› more
  • [17 November 2020]
  • Joe Biden may be President but I still expect downside in the markets - Here's why…
  • Q. “Timon you were right about the delay in the voting in the USA, due to the counting of hand mail. But now the big question is. What can we expect with the US stock markets, with Joe Biden becoming the next American President?”   A. I did some research on the weekend. When I went to back-test the US stock markets over the last 23 election years, what I found might surprise ... ››› more
  • [12 November 2020]
  • Investors are looking left… when they should be looking right
  • The only thing on investors' minds right now is the US election. At the time of writing the final votes have yet to be tallied. Right now, many battleground states are still up for grabs, with Pennsylvania looking like the key to victory. Trump has already claimed the win and approached the courts filing multiple lawsuits in most of the swing states. He's demanded a recount in Wisconsin. A... ››› more
  • [06 November 2020]
  • Five EASY steps to offshore trading profits
  • Q. “Hi Timon, with the gemors going on in South Africa, I really want to just be able to trade overseas. Could you please tell me how I can open an offshore trading account, how much money I'll need and which brokers are the easiest to trade with?”   A. I fully understand where you’re coming from.   It’s not safe anymore to keep your money in just one place – especiall... ››› more
  • [06 November 2020]
  • How do elections affect the stock market?
  • Right now everyone's talking about the US presidential elections. While the US president doesn't directly affect us - what happens to the US economy affects the entire world. So, there's definitely some merit in keeping an eye on the Americans… Similarly - in 2021 we'll have local government elections again in SA as well. So how do elections affect the stock market? And is there anything... ››› more
  • [06 November 2020]
  • A booming online tech market you should consider investing in…
  • Have you heard of SaaS? Well, SaaS forms part of the growing Cloud Computing industry. And over the past two decades, it's grown exponentially! Just consider in the 2000's, just 12% of businesses were making use of it. But thanks to the growth of the internet, the SaaS market has exploded with more than 73% of all businesses using it today! And it's thanks to this rapid adoption, t... ››› more
  • [27 July 2020]
  • Now is a great time to start investing in shares
  • I bought my first shares in the midst of the 2008 financial crisis. My first buy was Old Mutual shares, and the price rose by more than 211% in the 18 months following my buy… I rolled some of my returns into a property company, and an industrial stock - in the end I turned a couple thousand rand as a student into enough money to pay for my studies, put down a deposit on my first propert... ››› more
  • [03 June 2020]
  • Five bear market survival strategies for investors
  • A bear market refers to a widespread decline in asset prices of at least 20%. We've seen stock markets fall 20% and more in recent months. The oil price fell through the floor, and unemployment is soaring. This is not a fun time to be in, and you might be confused, panicked or just blown away. The good news is, this is only a phase - and it will also pass. Things will turn around and l... ››› more
  • [13 May 2020]
  • Spot market VS futures markets and what you need to know
  • “I am trying to wrap my mind around the spot and the futures market. Could you please clarify between the two and what the differences are between them?” ~ Graham   A. There are two different types of markets when it comes to trading – the spot and futures market.    The spot market or cash market is a public financial market in which the actual financial instrument is... ››› more
  • [29 April 2020]
  • Who is making money in this stockmarket chaos?
  • ***What's a circuit Breaker? Q. Circuit Breakers? This is a new term that I've been seeing on Bloomberg lately. Could you explain what it means and does it apply to the JSE as well?   A. A circuit breaker is a safety device which stops the flow of electricity by switching itself off, if anything goes wrong.   The same applies in the financial world…   A circuit brea... ››› more
  • [21 April 2020]
  • Has gold lost its “safe-haven” status?
  • Lots of people think of gold as a hedge against uncertainty. And that's usually the case. But over the past two weeks, something odd happened in the gold market…   From 9 March to 19 March, the dollar gold price fell from $1,679 to $1,472.   If gold is the ultimate hedge against uncertainty, why then, did it fall double digits (over 12%) in less than two weeks?  ... ››› more
  • [01 April 2020]
  • The REAL reasons why the crypto market LOST $100 billion last week
  • Over the last seven days, the crypto market shed around half of its value. With the entire market cap dropping from $220 billion to $120 billion in less than 24 hours. Most of the major crypto-currencies dropped 20%, 30% or even more And surprising enough, these massive price swings weren't crypto related at all. Here are the real reasons why most crypto-currencies crashed last week... ››› more
  • [23 March 2020]
  • How this asset helps reduce risk, eliminate volatility and cut losses
  • When market uncertainty is prevalent (like it is right now in South Africa), investing in this asset helps fund managers combat the triple portfolio threat of risk, volatility and losses. And what's more important than making money? Not losing it! So how exactly does it do this? ________________________________________   A Guaranteed Income Booster You simply Can't Igno... ››› more
  • [20 March 2020]
  • How do you keep your wealth intact in the midst of all this panic?
  • Winston Churchill famously said: “A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity, an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” I love that saying. Except today I'm changing it just a little: “A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity, an investor sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” And that's what my piece is about this week.   Br... ››› more
  • [20 March 2020]
  • Black Monday madness creates buying opportunity?
  • Yesterday marked the worst day for global markets since the 2008 financial crisis. This is on the back of the collapse in oil prices, down over 30% at one point, as Saudi Arabia notified its clients that it will sell oil at reduced prices from 1 April 2020. This is to protect its market share while demand is low. This is effectively the second black swan to hit the market after the corona viru... ››› more
  • [10 March 2020]
  • The Coronavirus is far worse than the media is telling you
  • This coronavirus is getting out of control! And markets couldn't care less… The S&P500 is at record highs. Chinese shares have bounced almost 8% from their lows. And yet, every indication is, we're facing massive real-world consequences after the Chinese authorities continue to quarantine tens of millions of Chinese workers. It's no wonder markets are pushing higher however a... ››› more
  • [20 February 2020]
  • What is the 200MA and why it is crucial to your trading success
  • Q. "When it comes to Red Hot Storm Trader, what is the criteria you use to find the perfect markets to trade?" A. In short, I look for the highest volume traded stocks on the JSE. To find these stocks, I have a simple yet effective 2-criteria checklist.   Criterion #1: Market cap needs to exceed over 20 billion   The market capitalisation is equal to the total number o... ››› more
  • [19 February 2020]
  • The #1 investment rule for 2020
  • Happy New Year and welcome to 2020. The last time we entered a new decade, the world was recovering from the 08/09 Financial Crisis. Since then, the US stock market has repeatedly hit new all-time highs (despite some bumps in the road). And while we know the turning point in the cycle could be around the corner… we have to remember… ________________________________________ ... ››› more
  • [13 January 2020]
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