Can you believe it's ‘Januworry' again?
I honestly think there's nothing worse than the point when your bank account tells you, you had just a little too much fun over the December holidays.
Thankfully, 2020 could be the very last January you ever feel this way - IF you make this pre-emptive strike today.
The man who bo... ››› more
Electricity is fundamental to the way we live our lives. You simply can't live without it. Just consider the disastrous effect of load shedding this past week.
Roads in chaos, stockpiles of food rotting in refrigerators and many downstream services just grinding to a halt.
And yet, if you look at the big picture… And, I'm talking the development of mankind “big picture”, we've only h... ››› more
If you've been following the news, you'll know that Moody's recently changed its outlook for South Africa to negative. That means our sovereign debt is one step away from ending up in the dustbin.
If that happens, it'll have far reaching consequences for SA Inc. and your locally-held savings and investments.
This isn't something you should take lightly.
You need to protect your hard-ea... ››› more
If you, or your business, receive regular payments from abroad, you have to be pretty annoyed with the rand. After all, it's one of the most volatile currencies in the world.
Which is pretty frustrating when you consider the South African Reserve Bank (SARB) forces you to convert any money you receive from abroad into rand within 30 days of you getting it - or sends your money back.
But he... ››› more
I remember, when I was younger, how PC gamers were the social pariahs.
Life was simple: The rugby players were the popular ones. The PC gamers were the geeks.
How things have changed!
‘The Great JSE Takeover’
If you’d bought stock just before these companies were taken over... I'm talking about Absa, SA br... ››› more
If you're like most “information age” investors, you've probably taken a “do-it-yourself” approach to building long-term wealth.
I've seen many non-professional investors take this approach and, the truth is, it's rarely pretty.
Because there are three common mistakes people tend to make when crafting their own investment portfolio. And if you're making even one of them,... ››› more
Recent poll numbers show that President Trump has lost some serious favour with his core constituency.
I can't say I'm surprised.
The trade war has hit American farmers hard. With the Chinese increasing tariffs on US agricultural goods, Chinese customers are no longer buying them.
And that means that Trump needs to act - and fast - if he wants any chances at securing a second term in t... ››› more
If you've ever watched The Big Short, chances are you know who Michael Burry is. He's the guy who figured out a bubble was forming in the US housing markets pre-2008. He also correctly predicted a market crash would ensue and made a ton of money shorting the housing market.
This week, he noted there are correlations between the bubble which formed in the housing market and Exchange Traded Fund... ››› more
It's been a tough few weeks for South Africa.
It all started when finance minister, Tito Mboweni, unveiled yet another bailout for Eskom. The R59 billion taxpayer band aid then spooked international investors and prompted announcements from ratings agencies Fitch and Moody's.
Both echoed the usual concerns about slowing growth, rising government debt and the inability of our policy framewo... ››› more
The US markets are closed today for the 4th of July public holiday. And, to celebrate our American friends' Independence Day, I thought it would be an excellent time to look at one of the most successful companies to come out of their capitalist democracy: Microsoft.
Why I think these gold shares could make 2019 the most profi... ››› more
Let's just get it out of the way immediately, Naspers is a great company.
It really is.
I am in no way a Naspers bear. But I am a cautious bull.
I do not, for one second, think Naspers will pull a Steinhoff, Mediclinic, Aspen, Tongaat, [insert other JSE listed entity] on us anytime soon.
But I am still underweight on the stock for some very fundamental investment reasons. And, given t... ››› more
Theresa May's recent (modified) Brexit deal has again been convincingly beaten in the House of Commons.
Although it was by a smaller margin than before, it was however still a strong rebuke of her overall deal.
So, what’s next?
At the time of writing we were about to face a vote by MPs that will determine whether or not the UK wants to leave the EU with no deal in... ››› more
Look at the chart below...
It looks messy as hell, doesn’t it?
But what if I told you it is, in fact, the most efficient chart you will see in your life.
It’s called the Ichimoku Kinko Hyo.
It’s an all-inclusive technical indicator which was developed by Goichi Hosoda, a Japanese journalist, over the better part... ››› more
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