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  • What China's banking crisis means for you
  • The term banking crisis is often overused. Certainly, there are times when it's appropriate, like during the 2008 Global Financial Crisis, however it's usually just a term used to describe a rather minor disruption to the normal functioning of a country's banking sector. Well, that's not the case with China currently. The country is in the midst of a true banking crisis. How bad is it? Well, th... ››› more
  • [03 August 2022]
  • COVID-19 + Junk Status + Recession fears = another 25% crash on the JSE
  • March 2020, will be known as one of the most brutal months that the JSE and the equity markets have ever seen. On 12 March, the index fell 9.51% and a further 11.98% on 16 March - two of the biggest daily drops since the 2008 Financial Crash. CEO - JSE, Leila Fourie, said in an interview about the value drop and trade volumes: “Over the past few weeks on average we've been processing... ››› more
  • [06 April 2020]
  • What you should know before investing offshore
  • By now, I assume, most investors would agree, having all your money invested in SA is a bad idea. Our low growth, unstable politics and a volatile currency are important considerations. However, the most important reason to invest offshore, is the local investment universe is simply too small. At less than 0.6% of global GDP, South Africa is simply too small to provide you with enough opportun... ››› more
  • [08 August 2019]
  • Are the rumours about an IMF bailout for South Africa true?
  • It's all over the news… “Why SA is on the verge of an IMF bailout” - Business Live “Is an IMF bailout for SA imminent” - News 24 “Does SA need help from the IMF?” - eNCA Prominent billionaire and business man, Johann Rupert has even suggested this. According to a Business Live report Rupert said an IMF bailout is “a serious possibility”, while Paul Harris, one of ... ››› more
  • [07 August 2019]
  • Three top risks for the rand in 2019 and how to profit
  • South Africans are at the edge of their seats, with what's going on this year. From the ongoing US-China trade war, never ending Brexit decision, South Africa going back into the dark ages, the spreading rumours that the US is about to enter a recession this year - and this is just the tip of the iceberg for 2019. The worst is yet to come. And it all starts, and ends, with the rand. To... ››› more
  • [02 April 2019]
  • The three “Don'ts” when looking for an offshore safe haven
  • Around decades ago, offshore investing was only available to ultra-high net worth investors; but we've come a long way since then. Now you can invest in markets across America, Asia, Africa…you name it. And this makes the idea of offshore investing not only interesting, but downright exciting too. However, just as there are endless opportunities out there for you to choose from, ther... ››› more
  • [21 September 2017]
  • The best way to get into the Chinese stock market for long-term gains
  • With a booming population and an ever growing investment market, China overtook the US as the world's largest recipient of foreign capital investments. Official statistics from China's Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) show foreign direct investment (FDI) into China reaching $35.4 billion in the first quarter of 2016. That's a 4.5% increase from the same period in 2015. The US economy fell from its po... ››› more
  • [06 September 2016]
  • The one industry investors simply should not ignore…
  • In the year 1900 Africa was the world's most sparsely populated continent. Today, it boasts a seventh of the world's total population. While most people have only been pre-occupied with Africa's failure to develop like Western and many eastern countries have done, they've missed what is happening on the continent. Over 800 million people have been added to Africa's population in the pa... ››› more
  • [09 June 2016]
  • Is this cryptocurrency the next best safe haven for your money
  • Bitcoin is getting a lot of airtime in the mainstream media lately. Last week Francois Joubert discussed it when he warned you about your investments in MMM Global and MMM Global's ‘Bitcoin Republic'. Then, Carte Blanche spoke about it on Sunday night. So it would be a flaw on my side if I didn't do my research into the cryptocurrency (a digital currency that's beyond government re... ››› more
  • [27 April 2016]
  • Business confidence slides to a multi-decade low
  • Yesterday, the South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SACCI) revealed that business confidence in the country hit a 22 year low last month. So what's causing business confidence to continue to fall? Let's take a closer look… Business confidence plunged to 81.6 Last month, business confidence sunk to hit “its lowest level since the end of apartheid,” reports Fin24. Thi... ››› more
  • [07 October 2015]
  • Investing offshore: Delving into tax havens
  • You've no doubt heard the term ‘tax haven' before. So what exactly are tax havens? Who are these tax havens for? And what countries fall into the tax haven category? Let's take a closer look… What are tax havens? Tax havens are countries which have favourable legislation in a bid to attract foreign investment and business. A tax haven doesn’t necessarily impose no taxes at... ››› more
  • [05 August 2015]
  • Government failures could offer you a potential opportunity to profit
  • As a South African, we're tired of waking up every day and reading the comedy politicians spew out. In some way it's very entertaining. But in another way, it's very worrying that these are the people that lead our country on a daily basis. It's extremely worrying that we have government officials who have no clue what they're doing. Yet we still have people standing up and delivering the... ››› more
  • [27 May 2015]
  • A spate of xenophobic attacks in SA could turn foreign investors away
  • Yesterday, police in Durban locked down the city centre as a barrage of xenophobic attacks took place on foreign-owned businesses. The city has been dealing with the attacks since last week. The rise of xenophobic incidences is not good news for South Africa. It could have a big impact on foreign investment in the country. Let's take a closer look… Yesterday saw xenophobic violence e... ››› more
  • [15 April 2015]
  • BEWARE: Unemployment's new best friend will knock South Africa backwards
  • Unemployment is one of South Africa's most pressing challenges. Not only is it sitting "pretty" at 25.4%, there's absolutely no sign that it'll improve anytime soon. So you'd think the proposal for a national minimum wage (NMW) would be the answer. But it isn't! A NMW won't only result in higher levels of unemployment, but will create a chain-reaction, that'll take our economy deeper in... ››› more
  • [26 November 2014]
  • Since when did the right to strike become more important than the right to work?
  • South Africa is heading down a dangerous path. One described as rampant and uncontrolled unionism that if not halted, will become unaffordable. For five months, Amcu lead crippling strikes in the platinum sector. A strike that won workers about R36,000 over three years, but cost them R52,000 in lost wages. Then as soon as the platinum strike ended, NUMSA announced it would strike. And alr... ››› more
  • [15 July 2014]
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