I've been a stock market freak for the better part of a decade.
It's both my passion and career to find the best investment opportunities all over the world.
One thing I've learnt over the years is the best investment gains often come from stocks when they're hated by the market.
In 2008, when stocks were at their worst, many of the best companies in the world were trading at prices that ... ››› more
Earlier today, Old Mutual released its interim results. And the insurer impressed the market with what it had to offer. The share was one of the best performers on the JSE today. Let's have a closer look at what the results revealed…
Old Mutual said that “profit from continuing operations” from January to June increased 14% “on emerging market sales,” reports IOL.
Earnings for the f... ››› more
The rand has had it all thrown at it over the past couple of weeks and its struggling to hold ground. But now, additional pressures are growing against our pained currency. Last night, news broke that Nelson Mandela's health had deteriorated further and his condition is now critical. The rand weakened further on the news…
The rand is struggling. There’s no denying that.
Since last week’... ››› more
Emerging markets are exciting…They're sexy.
These fast growing, booming economies are very attractive to investors chasing large gains…
And those gains are very possible.
From 2001 to 2007 when China first really started emerging as a major world economy its markets sky rocketed. In fact between 2005 and 2007 stock in China gained just under 400%!
But these economies aren't for ever... ››› more
Stock markets around the world have fallen today. And there's no respite for the JSE. Here's what's going on and why it's made the markets so skittish…
The global markets are plagued with uncertainty at the moment.
No one knows what’s going to happen in Japan or the States, and this is knocking on to the markets.
Worse hit are emerging markets who are the victims of abandonment in time... ››› more
After plunging amidst the latest emerging market sell-off, the rand edged higher yesterday. But today, the rand is volatile once again. Here's the lowdown on what's going on with our local currency…
The rand made global headlines after spiralling to four year lows on Tuesday.
But it wasn’t alone. Emerging market currencies all came under pressure as investors bailed out these markets, tak... ››› more
Yesterday mayhem ensued on emerging markets, which unfortunately includes our very own JSE. But what happened? Read on to find out what's going on and why emerging markets are bearing the brunt…
Tuesday saw a massive sell off in emerging market resulting in their respective stock markets plunging.
It resulted in the JSE suffering its "biggest one-day loss in 20 months”, reports BDLive.
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You've probably heard that if you want access to greater growth opportunities, you need to invest offshore. But did you know that emerging markets are fast becoming the best offshore opportunities around? In fact, the BRICS economies already account for 43% of the world's population and 21% of its GDP. Read on to discover investment trends playing out in emerging markets that you should keep an ey... ››› more
Since the financial crisis of 2008 governments have been using conventional and unconventional tactics to kick start their economies.
Interest rates have been slashed to all-time lows, and countries without room for further cuts have decided that throwing a huge amount of money at the problem is the answer.
The latest nation to go on a spending spree is Japan.
And the Bank of Japan's (... ››› more
Over 100 years ago, in 1888, when Queen Victoria sat on the English thrown, the company that would later become Unilever, decided India was the country of the future and established business there.
Now, over a century later, the company still feels the same way.
In fact, it's so convinced of this, it's betting $5.4 billion on it.
But should you be pushing your hard earned wealth into the ... ››› more
Did you know that over the next eight years, diamond demand will outstrip supply by three times? “Thanks to rapidly rising demand from India and the limited supply of good quality diamonds available, diamond demand is expected to outpace supply (2.8% annual supply growth) by over three times by 2020,” says Investment Expert Gavin Fourie in The South African Investor. Read on to discover how ea... ››› more
When most people think about investing in emerging markets, they think about the BRICS - Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. They forget about the incredible emerging market investment opportunities in places like Asia. For example, right now, the emerging market ‘gold medallist' is Korea. And while there are growing tensions between North and South Korea at the moment, that doesn't m... ››› more
Investors are bored with the West's constant currency wars and they're looking for a new direction. And China and Brazil are leading the way. At this week's BRICS Summit, they signed an agreement to move their trade exchanges out of the US dollar zone. The best part? You can profit from these emerging market superpowers with minimal risk through an ETN!
Want proof that you should be investing i... ››› more
The Fifth BRICS summit held in Durban this week has come to an end. There were fears that the much-mooted BRICS Development Bank wouldn't be discussed, but it now appears to be firmly on the cards. That's great news for South Africa because it firmly cements our place among the BRICS emerging markets. And that's exactly where you should be investing - in emerging markets!
The Fifth BRICS Summit... ››› more
Looking for a top performing company to invest in? Look no further than SABMiller. It's just seen a positive response from investors to its first bond issue in nearly six years‚ and it continues to bolster the South African economy. If you haven't already invested in SABMiller, do so before the 1st of April…
From 1 April 2013, beer drinkers will pay 7c more for a 340ml can of beer.
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As the most recent addition to the BRICS nations, South Africa's still trying to prove itself. Next week's BRICS Summit, being held in Durban on 26 and 27 March, could go a long way to proving South Africa deserves its spot in the BRICS economies. Here's why you shouldn't wait a moment longer to invest in South Africa's economy…
Most investors think the new ‘S’ in ‘BRICS’ stands for S... ››› more
The BRICS nation economies are doing better and better. As a result, the fifth annual BRICS Summit, taking place in Durban on 26 and 27 March, will be the setting for exciting new talks of the formation of a new BRICS bank. Here's how you can take advantage of this by investing in the emerging markets banking sector.
The BRICS nations of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa have proven... ››› more
If you're new to offshore investing, you've probably never considered any other markets than America, England and Europe. After all, these Western developed markets are safe investment destinations for offshore investors. But think again, says investment expert Warren Jeffery. Investing in the East with Emerging market funds just makes sense…
"The most significant feature of the global econom... ››› more
Today I drove to work in a German designed car listening to music on a South Korean manufactured radio sent to South Africa by a Swiss shipping company. Quite a mouthful if you ask me and that was only the start of the day!
The world has indeed gone global.
So why should your investment universe be any different?
There are 162 shares in the JSE All share index which makes up over 90% of t... ››› more
If you're looking for a hot new investment opportunity, look no further than SAB. South African Breweries (SAB) has been around since 1895 in South Africa. It listed on the London Stock Exchange in 1999 to raise capital for acquisitions, and purchased the Miller Brewing Company in North America in 2002, changing its name to SABMiller. With its recent local investment set to boost the economy and c... ››› more
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