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  • One of my favourite shares just got even more attractive!
  • When Afrimat listed in 2006, it focused only on building materials. Had it remained this way, it would have been in big trouble. However, early diversification let it supply contractors working on large infrastructure projects. And during the financial crisis and the subsequent recession, it chose to diversify further, with less reliance on government infrastructure spending. The company did... ››› more
  • [20 October 2015]
  • To successfully build your wealth, “Keep it simple. Keep it cheap. And keep at it.”
  • Agora founder Bill Bonner explains the basics of building wealth as, “Keep it simple. Keep it cheap. And keep at it.” Bill also mentions that “success depends on habits, personalities, and luck.” Now I can't change your personality or give you luck. But what I can do is share with you the three most basic habits for building wealth. In fact, these three habits seem so simple, y... ››› more
  • [29 September 2015]
  • The beginner's guide to investing in penny stocks
  • Penny stocks are riskier than larger stocks, but they also have the potential to turbo charge your profits. So if you want to start investing in penny stocks, how can you begin? What sort of account do you need with a stock broker? How much should you invest? And why are penny stocks worth the extra risk? To find out the answers to these questions and much more, let's take a clos... ››› more
  • [28 September 2015]
  • Want to buy gold? Here are four ways to do it…
  • Gold in your portfolio can be a great diversifier. It acts as a hedge against chaos in the financial markets. This means if a financial crisis strikes again, the uptick in the value of gold should help to offset losses in other parts of your portfolio. So how can you invest in physical gold? And how much should you buy? Read on to find out… Why you should buy gold You don’t a... ››› more
  • [21 September 2015]
  • How to add international diversification to your gold holdings
  • Diversifying some of your portfolio into gold is a wise decision. Gold acts as a form of insurance. During times of financial chaos, gold tends to perform. This means the rise in the gold price should offset some of the losses in other assets in your portfolio. When it comes to investing in gold, you have a number of different options. If you want to invest in gold and add international ... ››› more
  • [15 September 2015]
  • News of Truworths on the acquisition trail again sends its shares higher
  • Yesterday, Truworths International announced that it was looking into the potential acquisition of a UK shoe retailer. Shares in the company soared higher on the news. If this acquisition goes through it would add to two others the company made earlier in the year. Let's take a closer look at the potential deal… Truworths are in talks about buying Office Early yesterday mornin... ››› more
  • [15 September 2015]
  • How to get the balance right with stocks
  • Diversification is a well-known way of reducing your overall investment risk. By spreading your investments across different asset classes you reduce risk, but spread too much and your returns will suffer. So how can you get the balance right in your stock portfolio? Read on to find out… The goal of diversification Diversifying your portfolio is a commonly used investment stra... ››› more
  • [14 September 2015]
  • How to diversify your portfolio with precious metals whatever your budget
  • Adding physical precious metals to your portfolio can be a great diversifier. Precious metals tend to do better when the financial markets are in turmoil. So if a crisis strikes, the performance of gold and silver should help to offset the losses you make in other investments. So if you want to invest in precious metals, what are your options? Read on to discover four different ways… ... ››› more
  • [14 September 2015]
  • Your introductory guide to investing in precious metals
  • Gold and silver don't just have an aesthetic appeal, many investors use them as vehicles to protect their wealth. They are the classic safe haven investments. If the market plunges or financial chaos ensues, the value of gold and silver doesn't disappear. So why should you opt to hold these precious metals in your portfolio? And how can you invest in gold and silver? Read on to find out... ››› more
  • [11 September 2015]
  • Three ways to hedge yourself against a weaker rand
  • This year so far, the rand is down over 10% against the dollar. It's a similar story with the currency's performance against the euro and the pound. It looks like the rand is far from out of the woods yet. So if you haven't hedged yourself against the rand's fall, what can you do now? Read on to find out… Rand hedge #1: Hold foreign currency You can hedge yourself against the r... ››› more
  • [19 August 2015]
  • About the company: Emira Property Fund [JSE:EMI]
  • Emira Property Fund is a real estate investment trust (REIT). The company has a listing on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange… Full name: Emira Property Fund Short name: Emira Ticker: EMI Sector: Real estate – real estate investment trusts Five top facts about Emira Property Fund Fact #1: Emira Property Fund invests in different commercial properties across South Africa. Fact #... ››› more
  • [11 August 2015]
  • Investing offshore 101: Taking on currency risk
  • Investing offshore has its advantages. By investing in offshore markets, you diversify your portfolio. This helps to lower your overall risk. But by investing offshore, you take on currency risk. So what is currency risk? What does it mean for your investments? And can you avoid currency risk? Read on to find out… What is currency risk? Currency risk is a risk you take on wh... ››› more
  • [07 August 2015]
  • About the company: Invicta Holdings Ltd [JSE:IVT]
  • Invicta Holdings is a South African investment holding and management company in the industrial engineering arena. The majority of the company's assets are in southern Africa. Invicta Holdings has a listing on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange… Full name: Invicta Holdings Limited Short name: Invicta Ticker: IVT Sector: Industrial goods & services – industrial engineering Five top fac... ››› more
  • [03 August 2015]
  • Investing 101: Two rules you should never break when investing
  • When you invest, there are a whole host of things that can help you to improve the returns you see on your portfolio. There are also some rules that you should break at your peril. By not adhering to these rules, you're increasing your risks. So what are the two rules you should never break when investing? Read on to find out… Investing rule #1: Diversify Diversification is on... ››› more
  • [31 July 2015]
  • Secure your financial future by creating multiple income streams
  • Financial security isn't something to take for granted. If you've got a full-time job, you may think you have security. But don't be fooled. Things can change very quickly. Imagine what would happen if you lost your job. Your current financial situation would change, immediately. That's why it's crucial that you create multiple income streams. By doing this you can ensure your financial secu... ››› more
  • [29 July 2015]
  • Improve the performance of your share portfolio by following these three tips
  • One of the most renowned economists last century was John Maynard Keynes. As well as being a highly respected economist, he was also a very successful investor. For a quarter of a century he ran the Kings College of Cambridge's endowment fund with great success. Much of this was down to his style of investing and the rules he followed. Read on to uncover three top tips that helped Keynes ach... ››› more
  • [29 July 2015]
  • Boost your returns offshore by seeking growth and value
  • If you want to diversify your portfolio to include overseas investments, you certainly have a lot of choice. As with investing in SA, you want to make ample returns. So how can you pick the best country to invest in? Read on to find out… How is economic growth performing? Several studies have shown that countries with good growth prospects tend to offer investors higher returns... ››› more
  • [27 July 2015]
  • Where to find international penny stocks
  • If you want to broaden your penny stock horizon, you can look overseas to see what other markets have to offer. The benefit of doing this is you can find companies in sectors that aren't available to invest in here in South Africa. For example, biotechnology stocks. So where can you find international penny stocks? Read on to find out… Which markets should you look to for internat... ››› more
  • [09 July 2015]
  • Investors are piling into alternative investments… What is the attraction?
  • Alternative investments are seeing a boom. They're one of the fastest growing asset classes at the moment. So what are alternative investments? And what are the pros and cons of investing in them? Read on to find out… What are alternative investments? Broadly speaking, alternative investments are assets you can invest in that aren’t shares, bonds or cash. This means there’s... ››› more
  • [02 July 2015]
  • Are there any safe stocks to buy at the moment?
  • Today's D-Day (30 June 2015). Greece has a massive debt payment due to the IMF. They'll make a decision whether they pay the International Monetary Fund the €1.6 billion or they decided to default. Whether Greece defaults or not, it's anybody's guess at the moment. But what I do know is this. This Eurozone crisis is not only dragging the European stock market down, but also the JSE. ... ››› more
  • [01 July 2015]
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