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  • Is the bear market nearing its end?
  • The JSE crashed 14.45% between 2 March 2022 and 9 May 2022. Similarly, the Dow Jones index in the USA is down 10.74% year to date of which half of this drop has been in the past month. And the S&P 500 index is down 14.75% year to date. We hear about inflation, war, lockdowns, supply chain issues all as contributing to this bear market… So, what is fuelling the market's drop - and are we... ››› more
  • [19 May 2022]
  • 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]
  • Investing during Pullbacks, Corrections and Bear markets
  • Yesterday saw global stock markets retreat, sending the JSE and other emerging markets into a tailspin. This is on the back of the Coronavirus and a missile attack on the US embassy in Bagdad. But if it wasn't for this, it would have been something else… Investor sentiment has been high, pushing major US indices to all-time highs and others including the JSE to recent highs.     ... ››› more
  • [28 January 2020]
  • The ‘Bitcoin-Gold' connection
  • Right now, many investors are scrambling to find assets that don't follow the swings of the stock market. Their first choice is gold. You see, gold has constantly proved itself as a supreme store of value. If investors get scared by financial or political news, gold makes a great insurance policy. It is almost certain to hold its value over time. And obviously in times of turmoil, ... ››› more
  • [01 July 2019]
  • Can your share selection strategy thrive in every bull and bear market?
  • When I began investing, I used to buy and sell shares without even knowing exactly what the company did. And my game plan couldn't have been more straightforward: If the share was moving higher, I bought it. If the share was falling, I sold it. I simply didn't care about the economics of a company. This wasn't much of a strategy though. But with experience came an understanding that I need... ››› more
  • [20 April 2016]
  • Is the time right to buy these 'down and out shares' today?
  • What a time we've had… Since November 2015, the JSE All Share Index crashed 11.8%. The Small-Cap index dropped 18%! You might've thought you were prepared for a market crash like this when you started investing… But I bet you're panicking now. It's tough. It's scary. And it really isn't nice to see your entire portfolio of shares crash like this. Today, I want to give you some goo... ››› more
  • [11 February 2016]
  • Why the commodities super cycle is over for now
  • It doesn't seem that long ago when the prices of commodities were hitting the lights out. But the commodities super cycle is definitely over for now. So why were commodities doing so well? And what's changed? Let's take a closer look… The recovery of commodities   Back in 2000, prices of commodities hit historically cheap levels. Take zinc. When you adjust its price for i... ››› more
  • [30 November 2015]
  • Use these tips when investing in bonds
  • When the stock market goes through a bear market, one asset class that tends to perform is bonds. During bear markets, high quality bonds perform well. And this has been the case for the vast majority of bear markets over the past 100 years. So how can you invest in in bonds? And what's the best way to go about it? Read on to find out… How to invest in bonds If the stock marke... ››› more
  • [30 September 2015]
  • Why you must think long-term to get ahead on the stock market
  • You invest on the stock market to build your wealth. But if you focus too much on the daily goings on, you can end up fighting with the market rather than making profits from it. One of the key investment principles you have to bear in mind is that the market rises over time. Read on to find out how you can make the most of this investment principle and make money from it… You ha... ››› more
  • [28 July 2015]
  • How to make money from falling share prices with CFDs
  • One of the benefits of trading contracts for difference (CFDs) is you can put short trades on. This means if you think the price of a share is going to fall in value, you can potentially profit from this move by selling CFDs instead of buying them. But short selling has its risks. So how can you improve your chances of success? Read on to find out… Follow these six rules to impro... ››› more
  • [15 June 2015]
  • If you're not already, here's why you should trade forex
  • If you enjoy trading or are seriously considering it, have you thought about trading forex instead of shares? There are a number of reasons why you should think about trading forex. Read on to find out what these reasons are… Six benefits of trading forex There are numerous advantages of trading forex over other financial markets… Benefit #1: The link between the forex market... ››› more
  • [27 May 2015]
  • Could 2015 be the year that resources snap out of their bear trend and start to climb?
  • It's easy to understand why many investors follow the herd when it comes to investing. They only feel comfortable buying when prices are high. But that goes against the grain of a contrarian investor. When prices are rock bottom, that's when a contrarian investor thinks about buying. Not after the price has already gone up. One sector that's fallen hard over the past few years is resource... ››› more
  • [23 December 2014]
  • The gold price continues to suffer… When is it going to end?
  • Recently, the gold price has perked up slightly. Looking at gold at the moment, there could be a short-term buying opportunity, but what about over the long-term? Where is gold heading? Well if hedging is anything to go by, the price may have further to fall. Let's take a closer look… The volatile life of the gold price From 1971 to 1980, gold stormed from $35 to $850 an ounce.... ››› more
  • [20 November 2014]
  • What the gold-silver ratio tells us about the gold price
  • The gold-silver ratio describes how many ounces of silver it takes to buy an ounce of gold. You can use this ratio to look at the relationship between silver and gold to indicate where the gold price is going. Let's take a closer look at how this works… The current gold-silver ratio At the moment, it takes about 68 ounces of silver to buy one ounce of gold. When silver hit its ... ››› more
  • [29 September 2014]
  • The silver price is down again… What's going on?
  • If you like silver as an investment, you'll probably have noticed that its price has slid once again. So why is there so much pressure on the silver price? Let's take a closer look… Why is the silver price sliding? A report by Reuters last week showed that silver holdings of exchange traded funds (ETFs) reached all-time highs. Unfortunately this is a very bearish signal, Domini... ››› more
  • [25 September 2014]
  • Why I'm recommending ‘Losers' right now
  • Over the past few months I've been recommending investors buy these ‘Losers' because I believe some of them could be the best performing stocks of the next three years. I know this sounds odd. But let me explain… Losers are shares that have fallen dramatically. Shares in a market that have underperformed or lost you money for a multiyear period. And the market I see the best value in ... ››› more
  • [22 September 2014]
  • How a Porsche Panamera got me into the market
  • I want to tell you about the day I started believing in the stock market. I have a friend who I'm lucky to consider one of my mentors; he used to tell me all the same things I'm telling you now. Buy assets, get into the market, save, even just a little bit and invest conservatively. Those were good tips but I didn't see a reason for it. You can have all benefits to something but until you ha... ››› more
  • [29 August 2014]
  • Is a gold bull market around the corner?
  • The current bear market for the price of gold is in its 127th week. For about two years, the gold price has struggled. So surely the price of the yellow metal is due some respite? Surely a new gold bull market is just around the corner? Let's take a closer look at what could be in store for the price of gold… What happened to the gold price in the past? Over the past 44 years, of the five ma... ››› more
  • [19 June 2014]
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