The rand is once again in hot water.
In August, we saw the currency drop from R15.00 down to R17.78 for the first time since 21 May 2020.
And this is due to one main factor.
We hit half a million cases of Coronavirus in SA, taking us to the top five infected countries in the world.
It's clear the COVID-19 pandemic still has the power to cause a see-saw in market sentiment.
And... ››› more
Q. “With the number of infection and death rates picking up, there are talks that the second Coronavirus wave has already started. I'd like to know if there are any specific industries you're looking at buying which don't have a major effect on the pandemic?”
A. Yes, I have seen the COVID-19 levels up as well. I believe this is due to, countries opening the economies, allowi... ››› more
The economy is opening up again following lockdown.
Restaurants and hotels are opening their doors again, so it might sound like a good idea to take a bet on these companies share prices recovering quickly now…
But before you do that, just give me a moment to explain why these sectors, and specifically two stocks in these sectors aren't headed for a recovery yet.
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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
You know the saying…“Out of crisis comes opportunity”?
Well, today I'm going to share two investors who followed this “investment mantra” and made a fortune.
Plus, I'll show you a way to access some great opportunities in our market that exist right now thanks to the pandemic.
"There are decades where nothing happens; and th... ››› more
It's been an absolute roller coaster for the rand this year.
In January it was trading strongly at R14.50 to the US dollar.
In late April, we thought it was the end of the rand as it traded at R19.00 to the dollar.
And now, it's currently trading at R16.55.
I believe there's been two main causes for the rand's volatility namely.
South Africa entering into ... ››› more
The final theme in our 6-part series is Healthcare and Pharmaceuticals.
While the global pandemic seems to be “under control” and vaccine trials on the go, there's a continued focus on healthcare, hospitals and medication. These form part of a defensive sector that is generally less cyclical.
In preparation for an increase in Covid-19 patients the healthcare sector ramped up medical e... ››› more
Last week I mentioned that the worst was finally over for America and that I expected the Dow Jones to hit new all-time highs.
This was based on three things…
• The boost in confidence as the economy was starting to re-open.
• Two bio-tech companies announced the progress of future vaccines for the coronavirus.
• The federal reserve to inject $600 billion for SME (Small-Medium En... ››› more
Over the past few weeks, many clients have contacted me to discuss their prospects in the face of looming retrenchment and salary cuts. Some are facing early retirement; others have been forced into unpaid leave which means their savings are starting to suffer. All of them are afraid of what this means for the future.
There is no question, the economic impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and the r... ››› more
The world is in turmoil!
Although looking at global stock prices you might not believe it.
But let me tell you, despite the insane market recovery, economic chaos and uncertainty are still the order of the day.
And, when you're reviewing your potential investment options, it's not surprising if you feel like you've been dropped in the middle of the jungle with nothing but a survival kn... ››› more
Central banks have vowed to do what ever it takes to ignite economic growth.
Growth is the only thing that will address the Covid-19 unemployment crisis facing the world.
That means there will be a lot of cheap and seemingly “free” money thrown at this problem.
We have several central bankers talking this week and our own monetary policy committee is due to make an interest rate an... ››› more
I received an email the other day from David Deebs…
I'll leave you with the question he asked which I'm sure will resonate with a lot of my Trading Tips members…
“Timon, I’m still umming and ahhing whether this Red Hot Storm Trader Service is what I’ve been looking for to generate an extra income for my future. I think the final decider will be when I see WHY this... ››› more
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
During this lockdown period I've been unwilling to even go to the shops.
Not that I'm that scared of social contact - but I don't like dealing with road blocks. I've just heard too many stories of police brutality.
So, I've been looking at every way to reduce my need to drive about.
My butcher delivers my meat, a local farmer delivers fruits and veggies… And now, my wife's chronic m... ››› more
Just in: The South African Reserve Bank just lowered interest rates by another 1%, the second time in a month.
This puts the South African repo rate at a historic low!
We can write essays about what the lower interest rate means for business and consumers. But in short - lowering interest rates historically has meant one thing for gold. Its price goes up!
And as you can see in the c... ››› more
It's enough to make you sick.
Because that, my friend, is not the price of a loaf of bread these days.
Or even the cost of a litre of petrol.
It's how much you would have to cough up to buy a single dollar on Monday morning.
Shocked? I was too, when three days ago the ZAR touched its worst level ever!
And the awful reality is, it's not about to rally back to R14.00... ››› more
March 2020, will be known as one of the most brutal months that the JSE and the equity markets have ever seen.
On 12 March, the index fell 9.51% and a further 11.98% on 16 March - two of the biggest daily drops since the 2008 Financial Crash.
CEO - JSE, Leila Fourie, said in an interview about the value drop and trade volumes:
“Over the past few weeks on average we've been processing... ››› more
Warren Buffett has a famous quote: “Be fearful when others are greedy and greedy when others are fearful.” As with many great quotes, there's a great deal of wisdom packed into those few words.
And today, I've found the opportunity that perfectly puts Buffett's quote into practice.
Here are its features:
1- Your capital is tied up for a maximum of just three years
2- You stan... ››› more
On 3 February 2020, I sent out an article:
WARNING: The deadliest threat to the JSE
At the time the JSE All Share Index was trading at 55,000…
I predicted that the index would drop to 50,405 in a couple of weeks…
Did you miss ANOTHER triple-digit gain this last week?
Those canny Pickpocket Traders didn’t - thi... ››› more
Just when you think, things couldn't get any worse with the financial markets…
Last week it did…
Not only did we experience the worst week for stocks since ‘Black Monday' in October 1987…
We also saw major crashes in the cryptocurrency markets.
I'm talking about cryptos falling (in the past five days):
• Bitcoin -33% and -60% for the month
• Ethereum - 30%
• Ri... ››› more
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