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  • An investment opportunity contrarian investors dream about
  • You may or may not have heard of Jim Rogers, but he's one of the world's most successful investors. In the 1970s, Jim Rogers' Quantum Fund delivered a 4,000%-plus return to investors, while the S&P 500 gained just 42%. This incredible success early in his career enabled Rogers to retire at the age of 37! But this isn't the reason why I bring up Jim Rogers today. It all has to do w... ››› more
  • [25 March 2019]
  • Should you be adding banks to your investment portfolio right now?
  • Even though South Africa managed to dodge the downgrade bullet last week, the risk of recession, higher interest rates and a lack of foreign funding still plagues the South African banking industry. But larger fund managers like PSG Asset Management have recently been adding banks to their portfolios. Surely this is a mistake under the current challenging market environment. Well, let's ta... ››› more
  • [16 June 2016]
  • Greece will reopen its banks after a three week shutdown
  • Three weeks ago today, the Greek government closed the doors of the country's banks. The government imposed the closure to protect against a run on its banks. This happened as the country was on the brink of bankruptcy after not meeting a multimillion euro loan repayment to the International Monetary Fund. Since then, the country has agreed to a new bailout in principle with its European par... ››› more
  • [20 July 2015]
  • Markets are under pressure as Greece shuts banks and its stock market as default looms
  • Financial markets are feeling the pressure today as the Greek government announced its decision to close banks and instil capital controls until next Monday. The Greek government has taken this move as the country will vote in a referendum on 5 July. Greece is on the verge of defaulting on a loan to the International Monetary Fund tomorrow. Let's take a closer look at what's going on… ... ››› more
  • [29 June 2015]
  • Five banks are to pay $5.8 billion in fines over market rigging
  • Five of the world's largest banks are facing fines amounting to almost $6 billion. This follows investigations into currency rigging. Four of the banks' fines relate to forex market rigging. The other bank's fine relates to the rigging of benchmark interest rates. Let's take a closer look at what happened… For five years, currency traders manipulated the forex market Five of the w... ››› more
  • [21 May 2015]
  • About the company: Finbond Group Ltd [JSE:FBL]
  • Finbond is a financial services provider of savings, investment and credit products. The company has a listing on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange… Full name: Finbond Group Limited Short name: Finbond Ticker: FBL Sector: Banks – banks Five top facts about Finbond Group Fact #1: Finbond Group employs over 600 people across its operations. Fact #2: Finbond Group has a listing ... ››› more
  • [07 October 2014]
  • Two major advantages of using Bitcoin as a currency
  • If someone had said to you a couple of years ago about using a digital currency to pay for goods, you might have dismissed the idea. But Bitcoin is now growing in popularity and the idea of using a digital currency is no longer such a strange concept. With Bitcoin the most popular digital currency out there, what would be the advantages of using it? Let's take a closer look… Bitco... ››› more
  • [18 September 2014]
  • South Africa's banks look safe from another credit rating downgrade… for now
  • It's just over two weeks since African Bank released a trading statement that rocked the banking sector. The knock-on effects from the bank's financial mess led the Reserve Bank to rescue the ailing lender. And most of South Africa's other banks received a nasty shock when rating agency Moody's decided to downgrade them. But investors may find solace in Standard & Poor's announcement today ... ››› more
  • [21 August 2014]
  • Why global banking is like cycling and how you can stay ahead of the pack
  • The global banking world can be an intimidating and confusing place. I mean when analysts start talking about quantitative easing, carry trade, sovereign debt and budget deficits, most people just hear blah blah blah… That's why today I thought I'd share with you the ideas of two Morgan Stanley analysts who've managed to simplify the world of global finance using a cycling race. That's rig... ››› more
  • [19 August 2014]
  • Delving deeper into a bank's debt before investing
  • When you invest in banks, you have to take into account that banks carry high levels of debt. And carrying too much debt can make them very risky. You want a bank to generate a good return, but not at the expense of carrying a massive amount of debt. So what's the best way to weigh this up? Let's take a closer look at how you can weigh up a bank's debt… Examining a bank’s debt A good measu... ››› more
  • [02 July 2014]
  • What you can learn from the big players in the forex market
  • The fund managers and big banks are the biggest players in the forex markets. And what they do has a large bearing on the market. It pays to watch what they're up to so you can tag along for a profitable ride. So how can you do that? Let's take a closer look… There is a way to check what the big boys are doing The large banks and funds can’t just go into the market and get what they want. ... ››› more
  • [03 June 2014]
  • Where does the world's gold come from?
  • If you've bought gold jewellery or a Kruger rand or two, have you thought about where the gold came from? There are essentially two main suppliers of gold in the world. And with gold becoming a much sought after commodity, there are also companies out there now that will buy your gold from you in practically any form. These companies then sell this gold on. Let's take a closer look at the world's ... ››› more
  • [26 May 2014]
  • The Reserve Bank fines the top four banks R125 million over lax FICA controls
  • Earlier today, the South African Reserve Bank announced it fined the four largest South African banks over lax Financial Intelligence Centre Act (FICA) controls. This relates to the banks failing to have adequate provisions against money laundering and the financing of terrorism. The central bank dealt each bank a hefty fine. Let's take a closer look at what happened… *************************... ››› more
  • [16 April 2014]
  • The JSE tumbles following overseas markets lower
  • Shares on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange took a slide yesterday, mirroring the performance of global markets. Not helping the JSE was a heavy fall by Naspers. Its share price took a knock as its Chinese investment Tencent continues to slide. Let's take a closer look at what happened on the JSE yesterday… The JSE fell over 1% The JSE slid yesterday shadowing “a broad-based sell-off across... ››› more
  • [08 April 2014]
  • Along with world markets, the JSE fell as investors worry about growth in China
  • Yesterday, the JSE took a knock as concerns over economic growth in China continue. The JSE wasn't the only market to slide under the pressure. International markets were all under strain. Why are investors so concerned? Let's take a closer look at what's going on… It was a bad day on stock markets across the world The JSE’s Top 40 Index tumbled “just over 1%”yesterday, reports Fin24.... ››› more
  • [13 March 2014]
  • The JSE closes firmly higher lifted by Naspers and a firmer rand
  • It was a bumper day on the JSE as the local bourse closed higher. Helping boost the local market was multinational media giant Naspers. The company soared to an all-time high. And a stronger rand helped out the banks. Let's take a closer look at what happened on the JSE on the first trading day of the week… Yesterday saw the JSE finish the day “at its highest level in four weeks,” reports ... ››› more
  • [18 February 2014]
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