In November's issue of the South African Investor, I warned readers about two types of “danger” shares lurking on the JSE.
One of these types is called the “High-Yielder”.
Simply these are shares that sit on suspiciously high dividend yields.
You've probably heard me speak about these “income-traps” before, but in the South African Investor, I went further and reveale... ››› more
While it may have been just another ordinary Thursday afternoon to you and me, for eight South Africans sitting around a table in a small boardroom in Pretoria, things looked very different.
These eight people held the fate of the country in their hands.
Call things right, and they may just put SA's ailing economy back on track. Call things wrong, and they could decimate the rand, stifle g... ››› more
Q. “My question is really basic and so please bear with me… I have been wanting to invest in shares for the last three years and I would very much like to receive dividends as a passive income. Could you please explain what dividends are exactly and why a company would pay dividends to shareholders?”
A. I am always happy to answer these questions, because we all have to start somewhere w... ››› more
If you own income investments like…
• High yield dividend stocks
• Money-market or bond investments
• Preference shares
• Savings accounts
Then the investment tool I'm about to introduce to you, can play an essential part in helping you achieve your long term income goal.
Outperf... ››› more
Before Donald Trump escalated trade wars, which sent shockwaves through the markets, stocks were performing well overall.
The major US indices like the Nasdaq and S&P500 were flying.
Even the JSE All Share was showing good returns. From its lowest level to its highest, the JSE was up around 14%. A great comeback from 2018's negative return.
However, while stocks were making all the ... ››› more
We all like to make a lot of money. It's human nature.
Take investing for example…
People tend to invest most of their money into stocks. Why?
Because stocks are usually the best place to put your money for the highest and fastest growth.
But by doing this, investors sometimes ignore or underestimate the importance of income investing.
Here's what I mean…
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Do you know what the true meaning of generating an income is?
It's not selling a TV or some furniture for a few thousand bucks.
It's certainly not getting paid to take online marketing surveys.
And it's definitely not receiving your wages every week or salary every month.
The true meaning of “generating an income” is…
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On 18 July 2018, I told readers that buying an annuity at retirement was a more secure way to ensure you don't run out of money. Rather than taking a lump sum and managing it yourself.
Following this article, I received the following letter from G:
I read your email regarding retiring with R5.5 million and receiving a monthly income of R46,777 guaranteed for life.
I just d... ››› more
If you're an avid reader of MoneyMorning, you've probably heard about “value-traps” - companies that seem cheap because they're trading at a massive discount to its sector, peers or net asset value for a period of time.
But do you know what an “income-trap” is?
Well, they're companies that seem attractive because of their high dividend yields.
You may not believe me, but many i... ››› more
2016 has been a year many will quickly forget, but for the shock results of the Brexit vote and the US elections; it was a year where many cans were kicked down the road.
Global growth remained benign and potential silver-linings have yet to gain material traction because of lingering uncertainties such as the future US foreign policy, the tensions in South East Asia, lingering debt problems i... ››› more
These days, investing for attractive income returns is extremely hard to come by.
Money market funds at most pay you 7.3%.
The average share on the JSE is only paying investors around 2.9% in dividends per year.
And once you factor in inflation, you're basically getting nothing!
But there is a way, you can invest for income and receive a return…
That beats every money market ... ››› more
Investing for income is a wonderful thing.
Income is what gives you the freedom to enjoy your life.
Income supercharges your retirement savings.
More importantly, income is what you need to ensure you and your family live a comfortable life.
So what's really the best form of income?
Dividends are “rewards” you get for investing in stocks. And they're vital to... ››› more
Uber is no doubt one of the most convenient and cost effective transport solutions in the country right now. As an avid Uber user myself, I've never waited more than five minutes for the driver to pick me up once I make the booking on the user friendly app.
The car is always clean, the driver is always friendly and I've never had an incident where I was unhappy with the service.
It's safe... ››› more
I've spent days, weeks and even months researching all sorts of crazy passive income ideas. One thing that I've learnt is that it really is possible to make money while you sleep.
To create streams of passive income, you should spend very little time setting up the income stream and sit back and watch as your bank account grows. It really is possible.
Passive income is not a dream or a my... ››› more
It's Monday morning. The sun is peeping over the horizon, you're sipping on a cup of coffee waiting for seven ‘o clock to arrive. You need to hit the road.
You pull out of your driveway and watch the stream of cars head into the city. A smile drifts over your face because you're driving in the opposite direction. You're leaving town, hitting the open road. The ocean is ca... ››› more
There's a scary word floating around the investment world right now.
It's hanging over your portfolio like a black cloud. It's threatening your income, your investments and your financial future.
The frightening thing is many investors don't even know that their money is in danger. They're ambling along blind to the fact that they're about to lose a large portion of their investments.
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Wouldn't it be a nice for a change, to see consistent income flowing in your account instead of out?
I'm talking about the kind of income that could help you:
• Pay off debts
• Supercharge your retirement
• Build the wealth you need to live the lifestyle you want
Basically do whatever you want, when you want - with no money worries. The kind of income that comes streaming in no m... ››› more
Last week a property investors told me that: “Property in SA is too big a risk. New laws coming out soon will limit property ownership to two properties and there will be no foreign ownership allowed.”
Is this true? Should you up and sell your property right now, or is there hope left for the South African property sector?
The truth about new property laws – it’s not as bad as yo... ››› more
“Investing in property doesn't make money any more. I should rather sell everything and put my money in the bank.”
That's the words of a friend of mine, Jaco, whilst we spoke about property investing the other day.
Jaco owns a number of properties but feels that he's not making enough money from them to keep on bothering investing in property.
The thing is, after investigating the ... ››› more
Whenever I look for a way to generate income, I ask myself three questions:
• How much is this going to cost me to start?
• How much effort will I have to put into this?
• How quickly can I make my money back?
These three questions are important. I know that most of us don't have money to waste investing in ideas that may, or may not work.
The good news is that I've done this... ››› more
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