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  • Why on earth would a company buy back its own shares?
  • Right now, there are scores of companies doing share buy backs of their own shares. Think of Argent, Onelogix, Bowler Metcalf, Insimbi, Mpact and Trellidor… And these are just a handful of penny stocks. There are many more on the JSE actively buying shares in themselves. So why would a company do this, and is it good or bad? ________________________________________   No ord... ››› more
  • [25 February 2021]
  • The Week Ahead - Central Bankers in Focus
  • The Rand has been given a welcome boost from central bankers intensifying accommodative monetary policy that will keep interest rates lower for longer. This week central bankers from America, UK, New Zealand, China, Switzerland will be releasing interest rate announcements or provide additional information relating to recent announcements and economic outlooks. More information on the potentia... ››› more
  • [23 September 2020]
  • What to do with your money in an upside down world
  • In the upside-down world we find ourselves in today, many clients and investors are looking for low risk investment opportunities that will provide significant upside potential over a few years. While several opportunities have crossed my desk, none have really caught my eye until now. This is an opportunity that provides 100% downside protection, with exposure to global companies plus a t... ››› more
  • [19 August 2020]
  • Don't ignore MTN
  • MTN will deliver half year financial results to the market on Thursday 6 August. This is another company that has been overlooked by the market, MTN has already announced that the Headline earnings will increase by about 120%. The company's earnings are coming off a low base, but these results should show that it has successfully operating during the lockdown. It should benefit from the work-f... ››› more
  • [05 August 2020]
  • 3 Stocks to Buy in value territory
  • The global stock market indices continue to rally, with a handful of companies contributing to the positive performance since the march lows. And while the anecdote says, “a rising tide lifts all boats”, this isn't the case. Many sectors in the market are just bobbing up and down and not moving decidedly higher. These overlooked companies offer value, still 20% or more below their pre Covi... ››› more
  • [07 July 2020]
  • Buy these two shares for post Covid 19 profits
  • This week we follow on with two more investment themes set to perform in the new economic reality, which will evolve post Covid 19 lockdowns.   • Alcohol & Tobacco   These are seen as defensive sectors and have been known to perform better than food in times of recession. The relaxation of alcohol sales by some countries in the SADC region from the beginning of June should see s... ››› more
  • [26 May 2020]
  • Why you should keep an eye out for companies doing share buybacks
  • 2020 has barely begun yet we're already set to be flooded by hundreds of companies set to report financial results between February and March. Results releases are even more important for small-cap and penny stocks. That's because these companies don't have as much interest from institutional analysts - so results announcements are the main way for news about these companies' potential to ... ››› more
  • [15 January 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]
  • What you need to know about stock buyouts
  • JSE listed stocks are selling at their cheapest levels in a decade. And that's created an opportunity for internationally listed, and private equity companies to make a mint. You see, these companies borrow money internationally at 3%, 4% or 5% interest. They then buy these South African companies that are selling cheaply and the dividends they receive from them are enough to repay their b... ››› more
  • [28 November 2019]
  • ‘Tis the season to be Chocolatey!
  • While you're enjoying the summer sun and clear skies back in SA paradise… I'm afraid I'm not. I'm trying to keep warm sitting inside a local restaurant in Greece with a cup of hot chocolate while I search for my next trade. And surprise, surprise, cocoa popped up on my radar… Here are three reasons why I'm buying cocoa and where I expect it to head next. _____________________... ››› more
  • [25 November 2019]
  • Buy Naspers before the smart money piles in
  • Naspers result are due on Thursday and we should see buyers push the share price higher into year end. Yesterday's trading update provided some insight into what to expect as it highlighted core earnings from continuing operations will increase between 7% and 10%. Last week Tencent released results, and while it didn't excite traders and investors, it highlighted that a maturing business c... ››› more
  • [19 November 2019]
  • Higher platinum demand HALVES surplus stocks - could this be the year for platinum?
  • The platinum price has been depressed for a couple of years because of high surpluses on the back of mining and recycling of the metal putting more of it in the system than is being bought up by investors and producers. But 2019 saw this take a turn. Platinum demand for 2019 is already up significantly. Full year forecasts puts the metal's demand at 8,045 koz, compared to the 2018 figure o... ››› more
  • [09 October 2019]
  • The 4 Entry Orders You Need To Know When You Trade
  • Q. “Hi Timon, I've been using MetaTrader 4 for the last month, and I still have no idea how to place an entry. Before I would just type the price I wanted into my other platform and now with MT4 I have to choose between 4 different entry orders. Could you please explain when to use each one so I know for the future?” A. This was a question I had when I changed platforms as well… And I be... ››› more
  • [09 October 2019]
  • What investors must do when crypto prices crash
  • In what was one of the largest 24-hour market sell-offs this year, over $30 billion was dumped from crypto assets. At one stage, the largest crypto, bitcoin, was down around 20% as its price crashed to a three-month low of just over $7,800. While, many predicted a huge drop to around $8,000, it was still quite a shock to see it happen. So what caused the crash and what should crypto in... ››› more
  • [07 October 2019]
  • Bargain hunting in Bear territory: Issue 2
  • Globally, investor sentiment is at a low, investors on the JSE are no different. They are faced with the same issues and risks as global investors but with the added risks locally. It's not easy being optimistic enough to deploy additional capital but you can stack the odds in your favour by slowly deploying capital into the many JSE “bargains” that periods of sustained pessimism bring. Ba... ››› more
  • [25 September 2019]
  • Buying property at a discount and 12% dividend yield
  • The hunt for yield and aversion to risk is causing something we have never seen before. Interest rates and bond yields are falling globally and have turned negative. You can get a home loan in Denmark at an interest rate of -0.50% per year fixed for 10 years. While we are still far away from that with real rates in positive territory, investors must be tactical in deploying capital.   ... ››› more
  • [17 September 2019]
  • The tide is turning on this small-cap education stock
  • The most lucrative opportunities are found in times of maximum pessimism. Investors just need to filter through the noise for the right shares to invest in, that have potential tail winds in the months and years ahead. Small caps have lost favour with investors. Many are trading at all-time lows while growing profits steadily in these tough economic times. One such share is a little-known ... ››› more
  • [10 September 2019]
  • What should you do with your Naspers?
  • If you haven't already read about it, Naspers (NPN) plans to list its international internet assets, in a company called Prosus, on the Euronext Amsterdam exchange and the JSE on September 11.   So, you need to own Naspers on 12 September (Ex-div date) to qualify for Prosus shares or additional Naspers shares.    For a lot of investors, the biggest consideration affecting their d... ››› more
  • [03 September 2019]
  • Suddenly $1,900 gold doesn't look that crazy any more…
  • In June 2019 I told readers that gold is headed higher… Back then I had a longer term target of $1,900 in mind. Today, the gold price is already $100 higher than it was back then. The rand is also weaker - leading to a rand gold price of more than R750,000/kg. That is R110,000 per kilo more than it was in June... Gold has suddenly become so bullish that Goldman Sachs just upgraded it... ››› more
  • [14 August 2019]
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