If you have a JSE portfolio, you know the markets have been bad for the last few years.
From the start of January 2015 until the end of February 2019, the JSE top 40 is up less than 15%, which is less than 5% per year. This is much less than the “normal” return of about 15% per year.
The recent underperformance of the JSE is a key reason many retirees are now experiencing a shortfall i... ››› more
So far we've already made two big predictions on Gold and the South African rand and where your money should be.
Today I'm going to let you in on my 3rd prediction for the year – The Euro (EUR/USD).
It seems like Europe is out of the limelight when it comes to the debt crisis with the PIGS (Portugal, Italy, Greece an... ››› more
Many people have dubbed cryptos, the currency of criminals.
People believe that each day millions of dollars' worth of cryptos are being used for hacking, money laundering or drugs.
Of course, there are people that use cryptos for illegal purposes, but if this was its main purpose, then the crypto market would be MUCH bigger.
The fact is, criminals still favour cash…and banks.
Let me... ››› more
Last week, I explained a “new” type of cryptocurrency that's making headlines - stable coins.
More specifically, I delved into the first type of stable coin currently available right now called fiat-collateralised stable coins.
These are simply coins backed by real currencies like dollars and gold to bring stability to the volatile crypto market.
Today, I'm going to share the next typ... ››› more
Last week, I introduced MoneyMorning readers to the world of stable coins - price-stable cryptocurrencies.
Their ultimate goal?
To eliminate volatility and create stability in crypto prices.
Without price stability, cryptocurrencies may struggle to achieve mass adoption, widespread circulation and, ultimately, everyday use.
So these cryptos could be a game-changer if they're able to so... ››› more
A useful currency should be a medium of exchange, a unit of account, and a store of value. But to this day, Bitcoin - which was touted as a viable alternative currency - has failed to achieve this.
You see, because bitcoin is so volatile, a consumer or an investor can significantly overpay or underpay for a product. A product that costs $7,000 can cost $8,000 or $6,000 in a few hours.
Also... ››› more
We've seen almost every major financial institution in the world state that they either intend to start trading crypto, or that they already have.
We've seen companies like Coinbase bringing in multimillion-dollar hedge funds into this market.
We've seen regulators declare that bitcoin and Ethereum are not securities and regulations relaxed.
And yet crypto prices continue to slide.
But... ››› more
Imagine if you made a 32,377% return in one year…
It would've turned a R1,000 investment into R323,770!
Well the incredible thing is one crypto managed to achieve exactly this in 2017.
Ripple's XRP coin - the third largest crypto by market cap today.
But despite such an incredible run last year, here's why you must avoid it in 2018.
Special: I’ve Reserved a Copy of... ››› more
Have you seen a bitcoin price chart lately?
Well, if you haven't, something incredible has happened over the last seven days.
Just take a look at the chart below…
The chart shows you the bitcoin price in rands. In just seven days’, the price has increased over R16,700!
In dollars, bitcoin shot up from $6,155 to $7,367 as I write this. And other cryptocurrencies have followed.
But why... ››› more
Over the past month, I've been receiving many questions from readers who are invested in Bitcoin and Ethereum.
And the one question most South African crypto investors want to know the answer to is...
“Does Bitcoin and Ether have any growth potential?”
This isn't a surprise given that both these cryptos have fallen quite substantially this year. The thing is, so has the entire crypto ... ››› more
Have you heard about a new crypto that's been making headlines in the crypto world?
It's called Hedera Hashgraph and it claims to be able to do everything blockchain technologies like bitcoin and Ethereum can do but much, much better.
Its white paper says it can process over 250,000 transactions per second (tps).
That's about five times what VISA can do. About 12,500 times what Ethereum c... ››› more
Okay. So you've got in, bought some cryptos, hopefully seen your profits increase and now cashed out for a sizeable gain.
The only thing left to do, before you go spending all that money, is pay your taxes.
I know this is not the most exciting part of the guide, but it's potentially the most important.
You don't want SARS to come knocking at your door, because you didn't pay any tax.
... ››› more
You've decided you want to invest in cryptocurrencies.
You've opened an account with a cryptocurrency exchange.
You've deposited your money and bought some Bitcoin, Ethereum or another cryptocurrency.
Now how do you make sure your cryptos are secure and stored safely?
Well, before I tell you, you need to know that storing cryptos isn't like storing cash. There are no intermediaries... ››› more
Did you know that in 2017 alone, Bitcoin returned over 1,300% and Ethereum returned over 9,000%?
Amazing isn't it?
But these returns were child's play when you compare them to other cryptos like…
• Ripple, which returned over 36,000%
• NEM, which returned over 29,800%
• Stellar, which returned over 14,400%
You could've made an absolute fortune if you bought any of these cr... ››› more
Just a few years ago, trading offshore was an absolute nightmare.
Not only did you have to physically take your money out of the country, you also had to endure these five tedious experiences:
~ $2,500 minimum deposit
~ Endless paper work to fill in and sign
~ Limited access to instruments and control of the portfolio
~ Over a week to withdraw and deposit funds
~ Costs through the roof
... ››› more
Welcome to the second part of my “Beginner's guide to investing in crypto”.
Last week, in part one, I covered…
The number one rule for crypto investing
One type of crypto
The best ways to research cryptos.
If you haven’t caught up on part one yet, you can read it here.
Today, we’ll cover more about the different types of cryptos and why you w... ››› more
Did you know that the story of money is older than civilisation itself?
That's right. Money is an “innovation” that's older than the wheel and, as old as fire.
Originally when humans wanted to trade outside their tribe or villages, they needed something that everyone agreed had value. Something that was accessible.
Enter “commodity money”.
There were many kinds of commodity... ››› more
• Who owns and controls Bitcoins and are they like shares?
• How can I buy Bitcoin?
• How can my Bitcoins get lost and can I retrieve them back?
Q. Who owns and controls Bitcoins and are they like shares?
Answer by Timon Rossolimos:
Let’s think of a share first. A share is a part of a public listed company on the Stock Exchange. A share is owned by its sh... ››› more
It's interesting to see how interest in Bitcoin has increased. Searches on Google for the “Bitcoin price” have increased sharply since 2016.
Below is a chart of the Bitcoin price in US Dollars and the volume of searches in Google.
Source: Prodigy Asset Management, Google Trends and Coin Desk
As you will see, the higher the volume of ... ››› more
On 1 January 2017, this cryptocurrency's price stood at around $8.24.
At that time, its market cap was around $720 million.
Fast-forward to today, its market cap has grown past $30 billion. But even better, its price has soared to around $322 - which is a 3,807% return compared to Bitcoin's 453% return this year.
In other words, a R120 investment into this cryptocurrency on 1 January 2... ››› more
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