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  • Why the sudden spike of interest in the crypto market?​
  • While many investors have been focusing on gold hitting new highs, the crypto market has boomed behind the scenes… For instance, the entire crypto market has added $100billion in the last month…. Bitcoin recently shot past $11,000 for the first time this year… And Ethereum has soared over 54% in the past 2 weeks taking its total gain for 2020, to over 181%. So, what's going o... ››› more
  • [05 August 2020]
  • Why STOs will change how we invest in the future
  • Remember, last month, I introduced a crypto concept called “decentralised finance or DeFI". In short, DeFi would allow you to create an entire financial system without banks or central authorities. And, because this would make things cheaper and more efficient, DeFI could overtake every area of traditional finance. One avenue of DeFi, is something called Security Token Offerings (STO... ››› more
  • [06 April 2020]
  • The “Great Reset”
  • As the global fall out of the coronavirus accelerates, there is a big push to for social distancing that has schools and businesses closing doors. Most are moving onto digital platforms to ensure they aren't left behind. And there are many platforms out there that can facilitate learning and businesses. The stock market is undergoing a “Great Reset” as the JSE falls to levels last see... ››› more
  • [17 March 2020]
  • What is “DeFI” and why's it so revolutionary?
  • ‘Decentralisation' is a word you constantly hear throughout the crypto world. And there's a good reason for this… It forms the foundation of everything in crypto. The idea you don't need to rely on a central authority to make things work - be they financial transactions, contracts, proof of ownership, proof of identity… anything - is what crypto is all about. In traditional finan... ››› more
  • [09 March 2020]
  • Buying property at a discount and 12% dividend yield
  • The hunt for yield and aversion to risk is causing something we have never seen before. Interest rates and bond yields are falling globally and have turned negative. You can get a home loan in Denmark at an interest rate of -0.50% per year fixed for 10 years. While we are still far away from that with real rates in positive territory, investors must be tactical in deploying capital.   ... ››› more
  • [17 September 2019]
  • Redefine Properties Limited (RDF) is paying dividends - You have a decision to make
  • If you've been holding Redefine Properties (RDF) shares, you have an important decision to make. You see, the company is paying a dividend of 41.70 cents for the six months ended 29 February 2016. You need to choose if you want to receive the cash dividend or use the dividend to reinvest to buy more shares. The biggest advantage of reinvesting your dividends is compounding   You accumulate... ››› more
  • [09 May 2016]
  • Your essential forex glossary
  • If you're new to forex trading, you'll come across a number of terms and definitions that you may be unfamiliar with. So what are the key terms you need to know? Read on to find out… Nine forex terms you need to know   Base currency This is the first currency in a currency quote. The base currency shows how many units of the other currency there are in the quote.   ... ››› more
  • [26 November 2015]
  • Poorer than expected US GDP data gives the rand some respite, for now…
  • Since the medium-term budget, the rand has been under immense pressure. With the US Federal Reserve indicating on Wednesday that an interest rate hike is on the cards in December, the rand faced renewed headwinds. But with data out of the US yesterday showing weaker than expected economic growth, the rand has clawed back some of its losses. Let's take a closer look… The rand bene... ››› more
  • [30 October 2015]
  • What Nene revealed in his medium-term budget
  • Today saw finance minister Nhlanhla Nene give his medium-term budget. Whilst he didn't drop in any surprises, he did say that the Treasury would be looking at ways to increase tax revenues. Let's take a closer look… South African economic growth should start rising next year Last year, the Treasury introduced a number of austerity measures to cut back spending, reports Fin24. Nene... ››› more
  • [21 October 2015]
  • South Africa's trade deficit balloons as exports wane
  • Yesterday, SARS released its trade data for the month of August. The trade deficit grew to nine times greater than July's deficit and was much greater than economists forecast. So what led to the trade deficit widening so much? Let's take a closer look… The trade deficit widens to R9.95 billion The trade deficit grew from R1.1 billion in July to R9.95 billion in August, report... ››› more
  • [01 October 2015]
  • The rand gains as the current account deficit reduces more than expected
  • Yesterday, the South African Reserve Bank released its latest figures on the current account. Data showed that the current account deficit eased for the second quarter of the year. The data surprised economists who had forecast a reduction, but not by as large a margin. The rand gained on the news. Let's take a closer look… The current account deficit is now at its smallest in four y... ››› more
  • [16 September 2015]
  • About the company: Redefine International Plc [JSE:RPL]
  • Redefine International is a real estate investment trust based in London with a broad portfolio of properties. The company has a listing on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange… Full name: Redefine International Plc Short name: RIPlc Ticker: RPL Sector: Real estate – real estate investment trusts Five top facts about Redefine International Fact #1: Redefine International has a prope... ››› more
  • [27 July 2015]
  • About the company: Redefine Properties Ltd [JSE:RDF]
  • Redefine Properties is a real estate investment trust. The company's main focus is its property portfolio in South Africa. Redefine Properties has a listing on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange… Full name: Redefine Properties Limited Short name: Redefine Ticker: RDF Sector: Real estate – real estate investment trusts Five top facts about Redefine Properties Fact #1: Redefine Prop... ››› more
  • [09 July 2015]
  • South Africa's trade deficit grows to R2.51 billion in April
  • Earlier today, SARS released its trade data for April. Even though the data showed the trade deficit actually worsened last month, it was better than forecast. Let's take a closer look at what the data revealed… Trade data for April wasn’t as bad as expected In April, the “trade deficit widened to R2.5 billion,” says Bloomberg. This was down to exports declining “more tha... ››› more
  • [29 May 2015]
  • Your guide to understanding bonds
  • When you buy bonds, you loan money to a government or corporation. In return for this loan, you receive interest payments twice a year until the end of the term of the bond. There are certain definitions that you need to understand when it comes to buying bonds. Let's take a closer look at what these terms are and how they work in relation to bonds… The basics of bonds Here are... ››› more
  • [06 May 2015]
  • The trade deficit narrows, but was wider than expected
  • Earlier today, the South African Revenue Service (SARS) released its trade account data for February. The data showed that the deficit narrowed significantly from January. This was thanks to a strong rise in exports. But the trade deficit was higher than economists predicted. Let's take a closer look at what the data showed… The trade deficit for February was R8.48 billion SARS... ››› more
  • [31 March 2015]
  • Renewed dollar strength puts the rand on the back foot once again
  • The rand has crept back over R12 to the dollar. On Friday, the US Federal Reserve (Fed) hinted at the future for interest rates in the world's largest economy. This saw investors piling back into the dollar. This has dragged the rand weaker. Let's take a closer look at what's going on… The rand weakens further against the dollar This morning, the rand continued to ebb against t... ››› more
  • [30 March 2015]
  • South Africa's current account deficit narrows to 5.1% of GDP
  • This morning, the South African Reserve Bank released its current account data for the final three months of last year. The figures were better than economists were expecting. Let's take a closer look at what the data revealed… The current account deficit narrowed as exports rose The current account deficit shrank more than forecast in the last three months of last year, reports F... ››› more
  • [17 March 2015]
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