It's no secret that investors take profits on winning bets…
And if there's an investment where one would expect to see money come off the table - after rising rapidly - it's bitcoin.
This is what happened after the largest crypto hit the $41k mark in early January.
Interestingly, this time round the sell-off hasn't lasted long…
There are signs that point to investors taking ... ››› more
At the end of January, there was a phenomenon that took place world-wide.
In all my 19 years of being in the markets, I've never seen anything like this…
GameStop (an everyday old fashioned gaming company selling video games and accessories) jumped from $45 up to $360 in a single day.
Only thing is, it wasn't the fundamentals (company events) that gave rise to the price - but a group... ››› more
Did you know the Scotch Whisky industry makes Scotland around as much money as the entire platinum mining industry makes in South Africa.
That's if you combine its contributions from whisky exports and tourism!
Now what if I told you Africa could soon get a very big boost to its economies on the same scale as Scotch to Scotland… Most probably even bigger!
What am I talking about?
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2020 was a horrible year for many industries…
But this one enjoyed record-shattering growth!
So much so, commentators across the world believe it could be at a tipping point.
“Why I think these five shares could turn 2021 into the most profitable year of your life”
And as you ... ››› more
There were many casualties of the Covid-19 Crisis…
Businesses going under, people losing jobs, economies closing down…
But a major casualty for investors were dividends.
Many companies opted to not pay dividends this year. Some cut their payments down by 50% or more.
And while, you can argue it was the right decision for some companies, it was investors who suffered.
The i... ››› more
Right now, all of the popular DeFi projects are built on top of Ethereum.
In fact, if you look at the top 100 cryptos by market cap, most of them are built on top of Ethereum.
But as you may know, Ethereum doesn't deal well with massive network demand just yet. (That's part of the reason Ethereum 2.0 is so hotly anticipated.)
And so, transaction fees have gone through the roof. It curr... ››› more
“Timon since Joe Biden won the elections, do you think it is another reason why we can expect the American markets to help the JSE rally from here?”
A. Oh absolutely… In fact, when Joe Biden won the elections, that week was the start of both a local and global rally.
And in just one month, the JSE and the American markets broke out of their downtrend, and have been edg... ››› more
Property stocks on the JSE have had an atrocious year.
Right now, they're still around 46% lower than they were one year ago.
We all know that many landlords, especially in the retail space, had empty shops and tenants that couldn't pay during the hard lockdown…
But the property index has started a turnaround. Since 1 November 2020 the SA Listed Property Index (SAPY) is up 15.81%.
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Q. “Timon you mentioned in Monday's article that the two new vaccines are good for an oil price hike.
Could you tell me a few reasons why this would be the case?
A. Yes absolutely. First of all, I’ve always found oil to be one of the leading economic indicators.
And this is because oil is used in just about any industry. Especially when it comes to transport, manufacturing, p... ››› more
Bitcoin has been on a tear lately.
In fact, it's been on a tear for most of 2020 - up nearly 150%.
It's just that the media has only started giving it attention again now that it is closing in on its previous all-time high.
It recently breached the $18,000 mark for the first time since 2017 - rising over 30% in the past month alone.
You shouldn't be surprised by this rally.
I'm... ››› more
I feel like I'm in a dream.
In the span of two weeks we've have good news overflow the markets.
We had Joe Biden win the elections. Then a few days later, two vaccines come out to end the Covid-19 pandemic.
And both local and global markets have rallied over 4% in that time.
And when I went to my charts, I saw a commodity that is ready for an 18% rally.
I'm talki... ››› more
Q. "Timon with Joe Biden becoming the next president, what are your thoughts on energy and oil prices?"
A. For a short answer, I have never been more bullish (positive) with oil and the energy sectors.
You see, with the Donald Trump administration there were ongoing trade wars and tension with China over the last four years.
And for this reason, we ke... ››› more
Last week was crazy for all sorts of reasons…
Bitcoin hit $16,000 - the highest level since 2018.
The JSE rallied over 7%.
Covid-19 cases spiked in the US and Europe forcing new lockdown measures.
However, the main focus on everybody's mind was the highly anticipated US elections on Tuesday.
Although the election may still be contested (due to Trump's legal challenges), there... ››› more
Last week, was a wild ride.
We had a global sell-off in stocks and currencies due to:
• The nail-biting election between Trump & Biden
• Major dollar weakness with the lack of confidence in America
• A resurgence in COVID-19 cases to new highs in Europe and America
And while all hell was breaking loose, the South African rand was on fire.
In fact, last week it broke below ... ››› more
The only thing on investors' minds right now is the US election.
At the time of writing the final votes have yet to be tallied. Right now, many battleground states are still up for grabs, with Pennsylvania looking like the key to victory.
Trump has already claimed the win and approached the courts filing multiple lawsuits in most of the swing states. He's demanded a recount in Wisconsin. A... ››› more
Election, Stimulus, Resurgence and Rectangle.
These four words, could be the underlying reasons for a major Dow Jones crash.
I'm sure you felt things were starting to get better, economically, socially and mentally.
We were wrong…
The next COVID-19 wave has already hit America and Europe, and it's a matter of time before it comes back to South Africa.
And I'm d... ››› more
“Timon do you believe that with the second wave of COVID-19 cases in Europe will also cause the price of Brent Crude to drop in price?”
A. Absolutely! Thank you for reminding me Joe.
In fact, it’s one of the main factors I forgot to mention in this week’s article.
In the last month, we have seen a resurgence in infections throughout Europe.
We have see... ››› more
To think, in 2011, Brent Crude was at $120 barrel. And today is barely hanging onto $40.
This was all thanks to the Corona-crisis.
In fact, we are now seeing a resurgence in Europe with new restrictions and lockdowns.
And just look at who's contracted the virus.
• President Donald Trump and the first lady
• British Prime Minister Boris Johnson
• Brazil's Jair Bolsnaro
• ... ››› more
The rand has been extremely volatile this year, ranging between R14/USD to over R19/USD. Recently, the currency seems to have found a range between R16.40/USD and R17.20/USD. This stability may be short-lived however as the rest of the year will likely prove turbulent.
Overseas, we have the US election looming in early November. It's set to be one of the most contentious in recent memory. Thou... ››› more
Gold has had a fantastic run up this year.
In fact, over the past year we saw gold prices surge over 39% taking it to all-time highs at over $2,060 an ounce.
Best yet, we called it!
However, since the gold price hit my first price target at $1,960, in August, things turned very sour very quickly.
Just in the last week alone, we saw gold's worst weekly loss since November 2016.
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