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  • Should you use this massive sell-off to buy into China?
  • For years, many in the West have admired the ability of the Chinese Government to push through policies that would never fly in a democratic country. This has allowed them to build structures like the Three Gorges Dam. This hydroelectric project is the world's largest power station and provides about 10% of the country's electricity. But it also required the relocation of over 1 million people.... ››› more
  • [12 May 2022]
  • Gold rockets through $2000 per ounce
  • I think we can all agree. 2020 is completely nuts! In the last week, we saw a nuclear-sized explosion in Beirut, after 2750 tons of ammonium nitrate flattened the port city. Trump is trying to force Chinese-backed TikTok to sell its US interests to Microsoft (with the US treasury getting a slice of the action) in what has to be the strangest M&A deal in history. And we have both the te... ››› more
  • [07 August 2020]
  • Before buying your first house, do this first…
  • If you're in your mid-twenties or early thirties, chances are you're getting ready to buy your first house. If you're a parent - you might be advising your kids on how to do this. But this might just be a bad idea right now. Don't get me wrong… I am an avid property investor. And that's why I want to share with you this bit of advice… ... ››› more
  • [28 November 2018]
  • The one thing that will lose you money when you ‘buy to flip'
  • Buying a house, renovating and then selling it (called "buy to flip") can be one of the most rewarding investments for property investors… You buy an old home for say R1 million, spend R250,000 on renovations and then sell it for R1.6 million or more. Most investors believe the biggest secret behind a buy to flip is getting the best deal on materials for your renovation. That's the b... ››› more
  • [22 September 2017]
  • Nine essential investment tips every woman must know about
  • August is Women's Month. As South Africa celebrates the role women played in the liberation of the country against apartheid, the women of South Africa are now facing a new struggle. That's the fight for financial equality. Not only is the investment world still largely dominated by men, a large number of households still rely on men for financial security. The good news is that the stereo... ››› more
  • [11 August 2016]
  • Property in South Africa is too big a risk to invest…
  • Last week a property investors told me that: “Property in SA is too big a risk. New laws coming out soon will limit property ownership to two properties and there will be no foreign ownership allowed.” Is this true? Should you up and sell your property right now, or is there hope left for the South African property sector?   The truth about new property laws – it’s not as bad as yo... ››› more
  • [21 July 2016]
  • How to buy your perfect dream home for long-term prosperity
  • Before you even think about financing your home, you need to know exactly what you want from it. There are certain steps you must take to find your perfect home. So start your buying process by considering the following important elements. What type of home will best meet your needs?   Buying a house is a long-term commitment. You don’t want to make the mistake of buying a property that you... ››› more
  • [21 December 2015]
  • The basics of CFDs: Getting to grips with gearing and the margin
  • One of the reasons that traders choose contracts for difference (CFDs) is the gearing aspect they offer. Gearing amplifies the movement of the underlying share price. This can work for you by multiplying your potential profits, but against you too as it also multiplies your losses. Gearing comes from trading on margin. Read on to find out how this work… The impact of trading CFDs ... ››› more
  • [18 June 2015]
  • How to qualify for a Government housing subsidy
  • Those interested in buying a house for the first time can try to obtain a government housing subsidy. Individual housing subsidies are available to low-income applicants who wish to buy a residential property for the first time. However, not everyone is eligible to apply for a government housing subsidy. If you want to qualify for a housing subsidy, here are the criteria to be met:   1... ››› more
  • [15 July 2014]
  • An easy way to make more money from assets you already own!
  • Today I want to show you a great way to free up money from things you already own! For example: Let's say you own an apartment. And right now, you're renting that apartment out. You bought the apartment a couple years ago and you decide to get it evaluated to find out its current value. The evaluator tells you the actual value of the apartment is worth R1 million. Although it's wor... ››› more
  • [08 November 2013]
  • The advantages of investing in REITs
  • Real estate investment trusts (REITs) are property companies listed on the stock exchange. They invest in rental properties. These can range from commercial properties to residential properties. You can easily buy and sell them through your stockbroker, just like shares. Read on to discover the advantages of investing in REITs… REITs can be a much better option than buying and renting a proper... ››› more
  • [04 November 2013]


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