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  • Has the “Crypto Revolution” reached SA?
  • We all know the “Crypto Revolution” has taken the world by storm. And on many occasions, I've revealed some of the game-changing events happening in the global crypto market. Events like, the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) opening up a bitcoin exchange and Goldman Sachs moving ahead with a crypto trading desk. And how the absurdly wealthy Rockerfeller and Rothschild families were stocki... ››› more
  • [04 July 2018]
  • "It's not often I give up details on two great shares to buy
  • Extremely wealthy people don't invest in ETF's. They don't buy properties from estate agent listings… They buy into private deals. They buy businesses before they even list on the stock market… And, they typically do the opposite of what textbooks tell you to do… They don't invest in hundreds of businesses and ‘diversify' their holdings by industry, country and market… They tend to... ››› more
  • [07 June 2018]
  • What kind of investor are you?
  • Whether you've been an investor for years, or you've just decided you want to start investing money, you need to know what kind of an investor you are. The reason is, if you understand what kind of investor you are, you can understand what your risk profile is. That matters, because - there's no use in investing in bonds if you are an aggressive investor looking to double your money in a y... ››› more
  • [23 April 2018]
  • My #1 structured product pick for February 2018
  • As we enter 2018, many people are looking to diversify their portfolios. Normally this would be an ideal time to invest offshore, but unfortunately offshore markets are at record highs. So it's difficult to find any value. At the same time, staying in cash is not viable with global inflation edging up slowly. So how can you diversify offshore without putting too much of your money at ... ››› more
  • [31 January 2018]
  • Even South Africa's biggest companies join the “Crypto Revolution”
  • Last week, cryptocurrency expert Sam Volkering shared how international companies are investing in blockchain technology. Companies like financial technology provider Novatti Group. “Novatti signed an MOU (memorandum of understanding) with Lightyear.io, an organisation that works with the Stellar Development Foundation. Stellar has developed a blockchain, but instead of providing pure pe... ››› more
  • [28 November 2017]
  • Five warning signs to spot “dead companies walking”
  • There are many widely available tools, tricks and techniques that will help you spot good businesses that are likely to increase in value. But do you know how to spot companies that are going bust? Well if there's one person who does, it's Scott Fearon. An extremely successful money manager, Scott Fearon has shorted more than 200 companies that eventually ended up at zero. And spotting th... ››› more
  • [22 September 2017]
  • If you make one investing New Year's resolution, make it this…
  • Consider this… From 2013 to 2015, South Africa's listed property sector has achieved a 17% annual average return. Over the same period, that's: Five times more than what SA bonds returned Three times more than what SA cash returned 3% better return than what SA equities has achieved But the many investors who allocated a large portion of their wealth into listed property in 201... ››› more
  • [22 September 2017]
  • The most important investment decision you can make, in two minutes
  • Please don't let your portfolio fall because of this single mistake… In 2014, I got a mail from an investor: “Francois, I'm not investing in a single investment recommendation of yours again. I've bought Mr Price shares with my whole portfolio. And at the rate it's going now, I'll retire in a few short years. I bought Mr Price at R136 in February, and now that it's August, the sha... ››› more
  • [22 September 2017]
  • The one income investment that pays you FOUR times more than the JSE
  • These days, investing for attractive income returns is extremely hard to come by. Money market funds at most pay you 7.3%. The average share on the JSE is only paying investors around 2.9% in dividends per year. And once you factor in inflation, you're basically getting nothing! But there is a way, you can invest for income and receive a return… That beats every money market ... ››› more
  • [22 September 2017]
  • Successfully build long-term wealth using these three basic habits
  • One of the best parts about working for Fleet Street is being able to connect and build relationships with top global investment experts. These are some of the brightest financial minds who help hundreds of thousands of readers from all over the world build wealth on a consistent basis. And every single day, I'm fortunate to receive all their best inside information from Agora Financial, M... ››› more
  • [22 September 2017]
  • The latest Interest Rate cycle that could end in financial disaster
  • Have you ever heard of the saying, “Those who do not remember the past, are condemned to repeat it?” Well, humans can learn valuable lessons by looking back at historical events, but choose not to. And in many cases, we tend to repeat history and make the same mistakes. Think about how many financial decisions we've made that ended up in economic disaster. For example, the deci... ››› more
  • [22 September 2017]
  • Use the Rule of Four to keep your portfolio in the green in ANY market
  • How you can diversify yourself to safety with the ‘Rule of Four' What do you do with your money in a crisis? Do you sell your share portfolio? Do you stick everything in a bank account, in property or in gold? That's the question that popped up around a campfire I had going with friends over the weekend. Considering South Africa's junk status, state capture and political unrest that'... ››› more
  • [22 September 2017]
  • The investment concept that's “100 times more important than any stock pick”
  • If it all hits the fan and the market goes downhill, does your investment portfolio have enough protection? Most people can't give a confident straight answer of “yes”. And this is a big problem. But relax, because you can kick this problem to the curb. How? By using a concept that is described by Editor at Stansberry & Associate, Dr David Eifrig Jr as, “100 times more imp... ››› more
  • [22 September 2017]
  • Where else can you get a 35% return a year on your money?
  • About 10 years ago, I gave up with investing. The returns were just too slow for my liking. And so, trading took over a big portion of my life. Now as you know by now I'm a trader by heart. But I also understand that I need to diversify my money for the future. Why? Well, it's better to grow my retirement kitty with multiple streams of income, rather than with just one or two. With the st... ››› more
  • [21 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]
  • Politicians Playing Chicken with Ratings Agencies - Two to buy and One to Sell
  • The Rand continued its slide last week as news emerged that Nationalising the Reserve Bank was discussed at the ANC conference. Investors are not amused by the uncertainty the ruling party are creating, which is a recipe for further downgrades. And as mentioned in prior weeks, if our local currency and debt are downgraded we could see sustained Rand weakness. Bond yields would also spike as in... ››› more
  • [21 September 2017]
  • How to handle the highs and lows of investing in penny stocks
  • Investing in penny stocks can be an extremely profitable venture, but with that comes higher risks. This means it's vital you handle your portfolio and risks to deal with this. So how can you go about doing this? Read on to find out… How to manage your penny stocks portfolio Of the portion of your portfolio you decide to invest in penny stocks, you should aim to invest in be... ››› more
  • [05 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]
  • 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]
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