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  • Should you sell in May and go away…?
  • News flow seems to have subsided for now, markets continue to grind gradually higher. The JSE added 1% last week on the back of stronger commodity prices; Brent recovered 3,4% after trading softer for several weeks. Internationally, markets continue in a holding pattern; testing new highs. Commodities are responding to a weaker dollar and US Markets stumbled for the second time on new challen... ››› more
  • [22 September 2017]
  • A Tale of Two Halves - Three to buy with updates
  • The JSE's Top40 index closed the first half of the year slightly positive at 0.8%. The Industrials were the leaders of the pack as the only major sector to rack up a positive return of 6.4% while resources were underwater by 9.6%. The entire market has been propped up by a handful of top performing shares like Naspers, Richmont, BATS, BidCorp, Mondi and Capitec. The interesting thing to note i... ››› more
  • [21 September 2017]
  • How the world's fastest growing car producer is shaking up the commodities market
  • The revolution in electric vehicles set to upturn industries from energy to infrastructure is also creating winners and losers within the world's biggest commodities markets. When Tesla first passed Ford's market cap, it was a big deal. The bigger news came later, when the electric automaker passed General Motors. Now Tesla's technological revolution in electric cars has paid off again.... ››› more
  • [21 September 2017]
  • All eyes on Jackson Hole - One to buy and one to sell
  • The entire investment community will be watching the Jackson Hole Symposium this week. Starting on Thursday and lasting three days, investors will look for ques from Janet Yellen and Mario Draghi to see how and when the easy monetary policies (quantitative easing) will end. With Inflation as low as it is, they could indicate a more aggressive conclusion to all the stimulus the markets have... ››› more
  • [22 August 2017]
  • The biggest mistake you can make when building an offshore portfolio
  • I call it the “offshore investment conundrum”. Investors have no clue where to invest or what to invest in, leaving their cash exposed to unpredictable economic and political events. Investing in just any old offshore product will cost you time and more importantly, money. While I admire the ambition of investors to identify opportunities elsewhere, the fact of the matter is, over half of ... ››› more
  • [24 July 2017]
  • Valentines Stocks! + 3 to buy and 1 to sell
  • The state of our nation A strong rally on Friday reversed losses on the JSE and helped the Top 40 close the week up 0,75%. Financials gained 2% while Industrials and Resources were marginally higher. Markets continued to respond positively to the Trump administration's rhetoric, particularly regarding lower taxes. Data from China and Japan supported the market rally. The Nikkei rose 2,5% a... ››› more
  • [16 February 2017]
  • Good news…All main exchanges are on the up!
  • JSE up 3,3% Last week the JSE recovered from an oversold position to close the week with a gain of 3,3%. Financials gained 4,8% and Industrials were up 3,7%. Resources managed a gain of 1,5%. DAX up 6,6%, CAC up 5.2%. European markets breathed a sigh of relief as the Italian referendum failed, the Dax gained 6,6% and the CAC 5,2%. Italy was up 7,3% and Spain put in 6,5% US Markets... ››› more
  • [13 December 2016]
  • The best way to get into the Chinese stock market for long-term gains
  • With a booming population and an ever growing investment market, China overtook the US as the world's largest recipient of foreign capital investments. Official statistics from China's Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) show foreign direct investment (FDI) into China reaching $35.4 billion in the first quarter of 2016. That's a 4.5% increase from the same period in 2015. The US economy fell from its po... ››› more
  • [06 September 2016]
  • 15 tips to help you become a successful long-term investor
  • If you're a long-term investor, you understand how challenging it is to find the right investments that will deliver your expected returns while you hold the stocks. Once you set your investment goals, you need to put a strategy in place to help you achieve those goals. Now it's important to understand that there are no hard and fast rules to long-term investing. So it's important that you cre... ››› more
  • [25 July 2016]
  • 7 reasons why I look to the South African Investor to build and protect my wealth
  • Investing in South Africa today is proving to be a challenge for even the best investors. We have to deal with constant attacks to our investment capital. Scam artists, investment fees, taxes, increasing cost of living as well as political decisions both local and internationally all seem to be aligned to do one thing, eat away at the wealth we are trying so hard to build. The current situ... ››› more
  • [06 July 2016]
  • 17 reasons to add penny shares to your investment portfolio today
  • Penny shares are the black sheep of the investment market. Most investors ignore these shares because they simply don't know how to deal with them. Penny shares are volatile - They'll be up one day and down the next. Their share prices tend to swing around violently leaving investors that are unprepared for this activity nervous and afraid of what the share price will do next. But there ar... ››› more
  • [24 June 2016]
  • Do you make this classic first-time investor mistake?
  • Every week I chat to my cousin in Cape Town. We usually start off speaking about family politics and end up debating money and investing. Now, since he's been running a successful transport company in the Western Cape, he's been starting to invest a lot more of his cash. Usually, he makes relatively solid investment decisions, but this week, he made a classic investment blunder. He dec... ››› more
  • [23 June 2016]
  • Do you want to invest in the top 20 shares on the JSE by Market Cap in 2016?
  • The Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) is a complex web of companies and investment opportunities. If you look at all the shares on the JSE right now, you see big brands and recognisable logos. What you don't always see the billions of rands that keep these listed companies afloat. I looked around to find a list of the top 20 shares on the JSE right now... Most of the lists are outdated, making... ››› more
  • [17 June 2016]
  • Could a “ban of cash” by Government and Central Banks ever hit South Africa?
  • On my trip to London last year, my international colleagues from the MoneyWeek offices discussed an interesting concept that was secretly emerging throughout the world. They called it “The War on Cash”. Simply, it's a sinister scheme already being actioned throughout the global financial system, which allows governments and Central Banks to keep borrowing, and transfer your wealth into the... ››› more
  • [02 June 2016]
  • How you can bank 61% gains this year from the bull market NOBODY is talking about
  • This is the most exciting bull market for 2016 yet… One that almost nobody is talking about... But it has huge implications for investors like you and I… I'm talking about the bull market in chrome ore. I know… Commodities are ‘out of flavour' right now. And nobody's predicting any of them will go up. It's all based on slowing demand from China. But people have been saying thes... ››› more
  • [26 May 2016]
  • Investing offshore could help you protect your money and even profit from the weak rand
  • Since 1990, the rand has depreciated at an average of 6% per year against the US dollar. Due to the growing budget deficit and poor economic situation in South Africa, the rand is likely to get worse. Think about this. The JSE only contributes around 0.5% to global GDP, that means if you stick to local investments only, you're not taking advantage of international investment opportunities. ... ››› more
  • [04 May 2016]
  • The number 1 way to protect and grow your retirement nest egg
  • One of the keys to successful income investing is proper asset allocation, how you balance your portfolio among stocks, bonds, cash, real estate, commodities, gold, and other investments. And asset allocation is not just for your investment portfolio. The can apply the same strategy to your retirement nest egg. Read on to discover the number one way to protect and grow your retirement nest egg… ... ››› more
  • [07 March 2016]
  • Trading gold was a nightmare - But not anymore!
  • I remember, back in the day, when gold was difficult to trade... You needed a conversion calculator and a bit of logic.    In fact, whenever you saw a juicy gold trade, you only had one option to trade it. You first needed to look at the gold chart priced in US Dollars. Then choose an instrument that works in British Pounds. And before you got into the trade, you then had to conve... ››› more
  • [29 February 2016]
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