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  • Bargain hunting in “bear” territory
  • Following on from last week's article where I quoted Sir John Templeton as saying “tell me where there is the most pessimism and I will tell you where to invest”. That describes global equity markets now and more accurately the South African market. Most investors are bearish and pessimism is high. But that doesn't mean you should be buying every stock making 52-week lows or in bargain territo... ››› more
  • [27 August 2019]
  • Investors rank SA Junk status
  • Last week I wrote about never letting a good crisis go to waste. It's one of the most difficult things for investors to do while you're in the thick of it. You don't want to deploy capital when things look like they are going to get worse, much worse. But that is the precise time to “slowly drip” capital into the market. It's an investors primary focus to look past the noise to see opportunity... ››› more
  • [13 August 2019]
  • Buy Firstrand before it rallies 9.2%
  • On Friday Firstrand (JSE: FSR) released a positive trading update indicating earnings will be up over 22% on the back of its final payment for the Discover Card transaction. This R2.3 billion is a welcomed boost for FSR as its operational earnings growth has matured and grows steadily in the high single digits. Having been awarded the “Most Innovative African Bank” in 2017 and the “B... ››› more
  • [28 February 2019]
  • Running for the Exit ‘en Mass' - One to Buy with one to Sell
  • The mid-term budget spooked many investors as it was thin on detail, but exposed an unexpected gap between income and expenses. These events typically create spikes in the currency. History shows that this is not the time to panic, however the risk of further downgrades has certainly increased and now look unavoidable. We have consistently suggested that you regularly review your offshore i... ››› more
  • [31 October 2017]
  • This safe haven asset surges to record highs as JSE financial stocks fall
  • Since the result of the Brexit referendum came in last week, investors have watched millions disappear from the companies in their portfolios. This week, it's the South African financial stocks that took the brunt of the impact. - Nedbank (JSE: NED) is 4% lower this week - Standard Bank (JSE:SBK) fell 4% - Barclays Africa (JSE: BGA) also took a 4% knock - While FirstRand (JSE: FSR) fell ... ››› more
  • [07 July 2016]
  • About the company: FirstRand Ltd [JSE:FSR]
  • Founded in 1998, FirstRand's roots stem back to the 1970s when three entrepreneurs formed an investment bank. It's one of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange's Top 40 companies… Full name: FirstRand Limited Short name: Firstrand Ticker: FSR Sector: Banks – banks Five top facts about FirstRand Fact #1: FirstRand employs over 38,500 people working in 44 countries in its banks, branch... ››› more
  • [04 June 2015]
  • FirstRand shares fall over 3% despite the bank growing earnings over 20%
  • Earlier today, FirstRand released its provisional results for the full-year to the end of June. The bank showed strong growth in earnings over the period. But FirstRand disappointed investors by not paying a special dividend. The company's share price dipped on release of the results. Let's take a closer look at what FirstRand revealed… FirstRand saw earnings rise 21% As expect... ››› more
  • [09 September 2014]
  • After downgrading Capitec, Moody's does the same to four of South Africa's biggest banks
  • Yesterday, Moody's Investor Services announced that it downgraded four of the country's biggest banks: Standard Bank, Absa, Nedbank and FirstRand. Moody's has concerns over the Reserve Bank's ability to protect creditors following what happened with African Bank a few weeks ago. Let's take a closer look at what's going on… Moody’s cut the credit ratings of Standard Bank, Absa, Nedb... ››› more
  • [20 August 2014]
  • The Reserve Bank fines the top four banks R125 million over lax FICA controls
  • Earlier today, the South African Reserve Bank announced it fined the four largest South African banks over lax Financial Intelligence Centre Act (FICA) controls. This relates to the banks failing to have adequate provisions against money laundering and the financing of terrorism. The central bank dealt each bank a hefty fine. Let's take a closer look at what happened… *************************... ››› more
  • [16 April 2014]
  • Make sure your stock broker isn't ripping you off with CFDs
  • “How does brokerage work with CFDs?” Many traders get into CFDs (Contract for Difference) but they have no idea what brokerage they'll pay. This is very dangerous because if you pay high brokerage costs, you could wipe out all of your gains. Here's what you need to know to make sure your stock broker isn't screwing you with high brokerage costs. Here are three steps to calculate y... ››› more
  • [11 April 2014]
  • FirstRand lifts earnings 20%
  • Earlier today, FirstRand released its results for the full year to June. And the results showed that the bank is doing well in the current economic climate. Let's take a closer look at what the results show… Africa’s second biggest lender by value, FirstRand, reported “a 20% jump in full year earnings” today, reports Fin24. Strong loan income and “earnings from fees and commissions” ... ››› more
  • [10 September 2013]
  • Room for one more? FirstRand launches asset manager
  • In an already crowded market place, FirstRand have launched asset management business, Ashburton Investments. Read on to find out what this means for SA's second biggest bank… Since the market crash of 2008 some changes have happened in the banking sector. Not surprising when you consider that irresponsible lending was partly responsible for the global meltdown. But this change also means t... ››› more
  • [12 June 2013]

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