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  • Three themes that could dominate 2022
  • Incredibly, it's already that time of year when brokers, banks and analysts' dust off their crystal balls and start making wild predictions on what will happen to financial markets over the next 12 months. Now, it's important for you to remember, that no matter how fancy the title of the person making predictions, or how prestigious the institution, the future has a way of surprising us all. ... ››› more
  • [12 January 2022]
  • The #1 way to avoid rand volatility on any money you make overseas
  • If you, or your business, receive regular payments from abroad, you have to be pretty annoyed with the rand. After all, it's one of the most volatile currencies in the world. Which is pretty frustrating when you consider the South African Reserve Bank (SARB) forces you to convert any money you receive from abroad into rand within 30 days of you getting it - or sends your money back. But he... ››› more
  • [14 November 2019]
  • Grow your portfolio with these JSE “Safe Haven” investment opportunities
  • Week after week, market commentators highlight how investors are not making positive returns in USD. The US dollar is king now, with it paying a positive yield and investors who have missed the gold rally are hording it. This has caused liquidity to be squeezed. It's increasingly likely that President Trump will use the 1934 Gold Reserve Act to sell US Dollars and buy foreign currency as a way... ››› more
  • [08 October 2019]
  • Bitcoin: “A bet on the future; a shelter for the present"
  • The quote above is what Jehan Chu, managing partner at blockchain investment and advisory firm Kenetic Capital in Hong Kong, recently said about Bitcoin. What made him say this? Well, last week Donald Trump continued his ‘tariff tantrum' by adding 10% tariffs on another $300 billion in Chinese imports, starting 1 September. China retaliated by asking state buyers to halt American ag... ››› more
  • [12 August 2019]
  • The ZAR's Eskom induced downward spiral
  • I'm sure you have seen the headlines signaling the Rand is on a downward spiral. We highlighted the Rand being at risk of weakness when it was below R13.90 to the USD two weeks ago. It's lost almost 3% but recovering steadily. This bout of weakness is on the back of Eskom's new lifeline of R59 billion, over the next two years. After government committed R69 billion over three years earlier thi... ››› more
  • [30 July 2019]
  • Trump's Trade Truce lines up Santa Claus Rally
  • President Trump sent global markets roaring higher after he and China's President Jinping agreed to de-escalate the tit-for-tat tariffs. It's only for the next three months, but signals Trump is realising the potential damage he is causing to the US economy. This is good news, when you consider Fed Reserve Chair... ››› more
  • [04 December 2018]
  • This oil giant just entered “Buying Territory”
  • Globally, shares are deep in correction territory, offering patient investors opportunities to deliver returns in a tough market. Sasol has fallen almost 30% from its September high to below R420 on a weaker oil price and weak global sentiment. The R400 support level should be the bottom ahead of a move higher. Last week, Sasol released a positive trading update for the interim period to 3... ››› more
  • [29 November 2018]
  • 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]
  • While the Cape roasts, Trump has upset Paris! - Three to buy, one to sell
  • Last week local news was dominated by developments around the #Guptaleaks. New revelations seem to jeopardise President Zuma and that served to strengthen the Rand. To top it off, S&P held our foreign currency rating a notch below investment grade, which drove the Rand below USD/ZAR 12,80. At about the same time, President Trump pulled out of the Paris accord, still denying any link with clima... ››› more
  • [21 September 2017]
  • MAY DAY MAY DAY - Tories loose majority and tech stocks stumble - Three to buy with updates
  • Global Markets are busy digesting the UK election results, which indicated the Tories have lost their small majority. The UK now sits with a Hung Parliament, which will see the UK enter the Brexit negotiations set to start next week on the back foot. It will be interesting to see if the EU takes a harder line with them than previously expected. The weaker pound should buoy the FTSE. The ECB left i... ››› more
  • [21 September 2017]
  • One man pockets R21.8 million for Vodacom's decent performance
  • Since the markets opened on 4 January 2016, Vodacom's share price has increased nearly 6%. Its closest rival, MTN's share price fell nearly 5% since the markets opened. Telkom on the other hand has proved that it's less than worthy down nearly 11% over the same time frame. But there's one man that's smiling all the way to the bank. That's Vodacom's CEO Shameel Joosub... Vodacom pa... ››› more
  • [21 June 2016]
  • If there's one thing you invest in this 2016, it's this…
  • JSE All Share is 6% lower than it was a year ago. Many JSE listed companies have taken a knock and continue to fall as we speak. And because of this, investors have lost a lot of money. Unfortunately, no one can predict what's going to happen in the markets in 2016. But what you can do to make sure your investments are well-protected. You see, one of the biggest themes for investors t... ››› more
  • [21 January 2016]
  • Will rising interest rates mean the end for the listed property boom in 2016?
  • South African interest rates are up 0.5% for the year. This was the South African Reserve Bank's (SARB) reaction to growing inflation and a weakening rand. And, looking, at what's going on internationally I expect South African interest rates to go up even more in 2016. You see, the US Federal Reserve Bank signalled it was likely to increase interest rates at its next meeting on 15 Decemb... ››› more
  • [07 December 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]
  • What exchange controls mean for your overseas travel plans
  • If you're going overseas, one thing you'll need to sort out before you go is foreign currency. You'll need to buy foreign currency before you head off. But thanks to exchange controls in place in SA, there are a few rules you have to adhere to. Let's take a closer look… What are exchange controls? Exchange controls give a government a way to control money coming in and out of the... ››› more
  • [12 August 2015]
  • Exchange controls 101: How to get your money out of South Africa to invest
  • If you want to invest offshore, one of the first things you need to consider is exchange controls. Before you can invest in any opportunities offshore, you need to sort out taking your cash out of SA. So what's involved? It depends on how much you want to take out. Let's take a closer look… Exchange controls in South Africa Exchange controls in SA mean you need to sort this si... ››› more
  • [11 August 2015]
  • What exchange controls mean for you taking money out of SA
  • South Africa has strict exchange controls in place. Whilst South Africa isn't alone in implementing these regulations, the number of countries using exchange controls is falling. So what are exchange controls? And what do they mean for you taking money out of SA? Read on to find out… What are exchange controls? Exchange controls are measures taken by a government to control ... ››› more
  • [05 August 2015]
  • Forget the plummeting rand hurting your investments! Here's how to profit it…
  • Last week, as investors continue to dump emerging market assets in anticipation of US interest rate hikes, the rand hit a 14 year low of R12.77 to the dollar. The rand hasn't been this low since December 2001. Since the beginning of 2015 alone, the rand fell almost 10% against the dollar. My point is, our local currency is under pressure and this has a major impact on you. You see, e... ››› more
  • [03 August 2015]
  • How you can trade international currencies in South Africa
  • If you're interested in trading international currencies, the good news is it's never been easier. And you don't need to use your offshore allowance. You have a couple of options. It all depends on what currencies you want to trade. Let's take a closer look at how you can get started… What is currency trading? Currency trading involves trading the foreign exchange market. This is ... ››› more
  • [22 May 2015]
  • About the company: Global Asset Management Ltd [JSE:GAM]
  • Global Asset Management specialises in project, structured, and asset finance. The company has a listing on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange's AltX… Full name: Global Asset Management Limited Short name: Global Ticker: GAM Sector: AltX Five top facts about Global Asset Management Fact #1: Global Asset Management employs around 12 people across its operations. Fact #2: Global A... ››› more
  • [19 February 2015]
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