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Francois Joubert

  • South Africa's economy is saved from recession - but we're not out of the woods yet
  • The latest release from StatsSA showed that South Africa's economy grew 3.1% for the second quarter of 2019. This was better than the 2.5% expected by most economists, and it's a good sign for South African's who were worried about recession hitting. Unfortunately, this growth doesn't necessarily mean our economy is growing again… With first quarter GDP shrinking 3.2%, 3.1% growth do... ››› more
  • [19 September 2019]
  • Sasol: When mega-projects turn into mega-mistakes
  • A couple of years ago Sasol announced it would enter the US market by building an ‘ethane cracker'. A massive petrochemicals plant called Lake Charles that would require it to invest nearly as much as its market cap was at the time. The company said this was where its future lay, and the project would change the face of the company forever. Right now however Sasol shares are at their low... ››› more
  • [11 September 2019]
  • Sanity ALWAYS prevails when investing - EVENTUALLY
  • Sometimes the stock market behaves inexplicably. Quality companies trade at unbelievable discounts. Or they sell at prices so high that you might flinch. What makes this difficult to muster is the fact that these ‘discrepancies' tend to keep going on for much longer than you'd think possible. One such share was Curro Holdings. The company listed in July 2011 and investors could p... ››› more
  • [04 September 2019]
  • When fear grows - these stocks soar
  • The rand is at R15.37 to the dollar - the weakest we've seen since the Zuma era. We can blame this on NHI, EWC or a string of other three lettered government policies that aren't business friendly. But at the end of the day the whole world is running scared right now. Thanks to the US trade war, negative bond yields in many European countries and increasing world debt. In fact, for t... ››› more
  • [29 August 2019]
  • One of the top penny stocks to watch in September 2019
  • By definition, Penny Stocks trade at R10 or less and they're typically small companies with big growth potential. These investments are attractive because small share price moves translate into large percentage gains - or losses if you pick the wrong stock. In short, these are volatile investments, so you're advised to use caution. But if you're looking for one of these top penny stock com... ››› more
  • [21 August 2019]
  • Suddenly $1,900 gold doesn't look that crazy any more…
  • In June 2019 I told readers that gold is headed higher… Back then I had a longer term target of $1,900 in mind. Today, the gold price is already $100 higher than it was back then. The rand is also weaker - leading to a rand gold price of more than R750,000/kg. That is R110,000 per kilo more than it was in June... Gold has suddenly become so bullish that Goldman Sachs just upgraded it... ››› more
  • [14 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]
  • Breaking News! Land expropriation bill is a go! What does this mean for investors?
  • On 26 July 2019 the SA government's National Assembly pushed forward with expropriation without compensation plans. It established a committee to introduce legislation for amending our constitution. The recommendation was that the expropriation bill should be passed speedily to replace the existing 1975 apartheid-era expropriation act. So, what does this mean for South African investors like y... ››› more
  • [31 July 2019]
  • 3 Small-Cap Stocks with BIG potential
  • Landing winning stocks doesn't have to mean investing in small, high-risk operations. Even big companies offer the potential of rich returns over time. But some small businesses will turn into tomorrow's biggest winners and create massive wealth for investors that got in at the right time. Small-cap stocks, or the penny shares we invest in, are generally companies with market caps of less than... ››› more
  • [24 July 2019]
  • Why these shares that DON'T pay dividends just could be the best investments right now
  • There are 275 dividend paying shares in the JSE today. They average a dividend pay-out of 3.88%. While a 3.88% dividend is surely better than nothing - this doesn't even cover the interest you'd have received on your cash with a fixed deposit. And, once that money is paid out by a company the money is lost to it forever. But what if I told you there's a better option - a company that d... ››› more
  • [17 July 2019]
  • Does it still pay to invest in gold?
  • Gold's been a form of money, an investment and a store of value for almost as long as modern day man has walked the earth. Some argue gold is a barbaric relic that no longer holds the monetary qualities of the past. They say paper currency, or electronic currencies such as Bitcoin, are the assets of choice. But the fact remains that gold has been a very stable appreciating asset for centur... ››› more
  • [11 July 2019]
  • Russia is hoarding gold like there's no tomorrow
  • Russia is hoarding gold. The country has bought around 230 tonnes of gold since the start of 2018. What's more - back in the year 2000 Russia held 830 tonnes of gold - its gold reserves now total more than 2,119 tonnes!    Russian central bank gold reserves are soaring   In fact, there are reports that the Central Bank of Russia is studying a proposal to create a gold-b... ››› more
  • [04 July 2019]
  • Gold just hit its highest level in 6 years - what's going on?
  • The last time gold was at $1,400+ was back in August 2013. But on Tuesday 25 June 2019 it hit a high of $1,436 to an ounce.   Currently the gold price has pulled back a bit from this sharp rally and sits at $1,408.   But here’s the thing – on 28 May gold sold for $1,276 an ounce. So the shiny metal is up 10.3% since then.   What’s behind this ... ››› more
  • [27 June 2019]
  • 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]
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