Francois Joubert

  • Steinhoff 2.0 is at it again
  • In July 2018 I told investors that Trustco Holdings, and the accounting tricks the company were up to, was flashing red lights on my radar… As I explained to investors back then, Trustco was being investigated for insider trading, the company's CEO has a dubious management and remuneration agreement with it, and there were deals being done with the CEO that weren't fair to investors. Wha... ››› more
  • [19 June 2019]
  • Seven investment ideas I wish I learned earlier in life
  • Don't you wish you started investing earlier in life? I certainly do. Even though my first investments were made during my university years, there was so much money I wasted on expensive clothes, computer games and gadgets. While I'm happy with where I am now, there are so many things I wish the younger me knew. From the nitty-gritty details of how and why to invest, to the bigger-picture ... ››› more
  • [12 June 2019]
  • A new R27 billion ‘gold rush' could start in South Africa within four years!
  • In 1884 gold was discovered on the Witwatersrand by a prospector. Then in 1886 another prospector discovered a larger reef on the farm Langlaagte, registered it with the South African government and sold his claim for 10 pounds! News of the gold spread, Cecil John Rhodes rode from Kimberley to the Witwatersrand and purchased the first batch of Witwatersrand gold for £3000! And with that... ››› more
  • [05 June 2019]
  • Why this 16% dividend yield simply isn't good enough for me
  • If you have a scan of the JSE you'll find there are currently around 68 stocks with a dividend yield of 5% and higher… You'll also see that a specific stock, Quantum Food Holdings, sits on a massive 16% dividend yield! That's right, R1,600 in dividends for every R10,000 invested… If you invest R10,000 into a fixed deposit today you'd be lucky to get 6% on your money - for R600 in i... ››› more
  • [29 May 2019]
  • Sometimes the best call is to sell your property at a loss
  • This week I received a message from a friend, P, saying: “Celebration time - we sold the property and took a big loss” Usually you'd not celebrate when taking a big loss on an investment. But in this case it is a good thing. And as soon as I explain I hope you'll see that selling an investment at a loss isn't always losing…   ________________________________________ ... ››› more
  • [22 May 2019]
  • You need to avoid this investment trap
  • “Francois - AEEI shares look really attractive. The company's interim earnings showed a profit of 38.67cps and the company's net asset value is a whopping R10 - while the share price is a mere R2.55. Certainly there must be upside potential here?” Surely a company trading at a 74.5% discount to its assets and a PE of 6.59 on half year earnings is cheap, and a certain buy? Well, in some... ››› more
  • [15 May 2019]
  • A new alternative energy to challenge battery operated cars is emerging
  • Electric cars have been the only answer to reducing the world's dependence on oil and reducing carbon emissions. China specifically has led the charge in electric car sales in an effort to reduce its smog ridden cities. This has seen electric car sales in China surpass 1 million cars a year. Expectations are that China alone will sell more than 1.8 million electric cars in 2019 - but t... ››› more
  • [09 May 2019]
  • This single indicator predicts what the platinum and palladium prices will do
  • Dear reader,     Earlier in 2019 I wrote about Palladium – telling investors the metal had just hit an all-time high. At $1,434.50 palladium had run 70% in the preceding months.   However I told investors that at these heights I wouldn’t put my cash in the metal but rather in a miner that produces the metal.   Since then Palladium hit $1,560 mere dollars off the tar... ››› more
  • [02 May 2019]
  • Warning signs that you could be holding the next Steinhoff
  • The Steinhoff debacle hurt a lot of investors. If you held Steinhoff shares before the crash - you'd be down around 97% on your money today. And the chances of ever recovering all the losses are close to zero… But what you should know is that situations like this can be avoided. There are at least four clues to follow that are warnings signs of an impending disaster like that of ... ››› more
  • [24 April 2019]
  • EOH shares just jumped 71% in the past week - here's what its results said
  • On Wednesday 10 April 2019 EOH shares traded at a low point of 946c. By 10:00 Am on Tuesday 16 April 2019 the share traded at 1625c, up 71.77% in less than 7 days! That must be one of the biggest runs a stock has done on the JSE this year! But here's the thing - since 30 September 2016 EOH shares are still down 90% from their level of R176! So, what does this mean for investors lik... ››› more
  • [17 April 2019]
  • What share buybacks and director dealings mean for these penny stocks
  • On 28 March 2019 Argent Industrial announced it bought R11.5 million of its own shares back. Rolfes Technology Holdings directors have also been on the acquisition road. On 2 April Chris Seabrooke bought R2.3 million worth of shares in the company, and then on 9 April CEO, Richard Buttle, bought R572,764 shares back in the company. Then there's Santova directors that have bought R13.4 mil... ››› more
  • [10 April 2019]
  • How you can buy Capitec and other JSE shares at 20%, 30% and 50% discounts
  • Right now Capitec shares trade at R1,384. But what if I told you that you could get hold of these shares - and benefit from their upwards movement - at a discount of 20%? My guess is this sounds like a great opportunity? In fact, if you could get a share like Capitec - but end up paying as much as 20% less, why would you not jump at the opportunity? Well, I've uncovered scores of t... ››› more
  • [03 April 2019]
  • The US just became the world's largest oil producer - here's what it means for investors
  • For years the Saudi's and Russia were the world's largest oil producers - with the US being a net importer of oil… But that's changed overnight. US oil production increased by 2 million barrels per day since 2018. The US now produces 12 million barrels of oil per day. Russia trails the US with 10.65 million barrels per day and Saudi Arabia is third in the world, producing 10.2 millio... ››› more
  • [27 March 2019]
  • Keep your hands off my pension
  • If you're in your 50's you might have heard of ‘prescribed assets' before - for millennials this term might be ‘foreign'. But it is very actual - in fact it's from the 1980's and it was part of the Apartheid government playbook. In short - the government back then forced pension funds through legislation to invest up to 77.5% of their funds into parastatals and government bonds. No... ››› more
  • [20 March 2019]
  • What is Net Asset Value - and what does it tell you about stocks?
  • When you're looking for stocks to invest in you'll typically either use fundamental investing strategies (looking at financial and other real world data) or technical analysis (looking at charts and price movement to predict future moves). At the end of the day - financial performance drives stocks in the long-run. And as an investor in businesses I gravitate towards what these businesses and ... ››› more
  • [13 March 2019]
  • 20 Top experts say there's $120 or more upside in the gold price in 2019!
  • It's no secret that I believe 2019 will be a good year for gold. You see, the London Bullion Market Association (LBMA) polled 30 experts on expectations for the gold price in 2019. Twenty of these experts expect the gold price to rise PAST $1,400 in 2019! Only six of the 30 analysts expect the gold price to remain below $1,300 for 2019. Ross Norman of Sharps Pixley, London's top bulli... ››› more
  • [06 March 2019]
  • Is South Africa about to turn into a major oil and gas producer?
  • On Thursday 7 February French oil and gas company, Total, announced a major discovery. It discovered gas condensates 175km off the coast from Mossel Bay in the Western Cape. This discovery was termed as ‘world class' by Total. President Ramaphosa mentioned it in his state of the nation address. And it's been a talking point in many newspapers these past two weeks. So how big ... ››› more
  • [20 February 2019]
  • Why is this market darling down 32.65% in the past year?
  • Between March 2009 and March 2018 investors in Shoprite made a 524.75% total return on their shares in the company - that's roughly double the 260% the JSE Top 40 index produced in the same time. But in the past twelve months Shoprite lost 32.65% of its market value. And from its March 2018 high it is down 41.21%.      Shoprite’s meteoric rise and fall       ... ››› more
  • [13 February 2019]
  • The ONLY six things that matter when you invest for real wealth
  • At a new year's party, a family member introduced me to a friend and mentioned to them that I work in the investment industry.   The guy leaned in and asked, “So what will the stock market do this year?”   To which I replied “There’s no way to be sure, and it’s not something I focus on when investing”   “How about the economy, will it grow again in 2019?... ››› more
  • [06 February 2019]
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