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  • Have you spotted this recovery opportunity?
  • Mark Twain wasn't wrong when he said: “History doesn't repeat itself, but it often rhymes.” The more things change, the more they stay the same - this is true when it comes to the fear, greed and herd mentality in the markets... If you've been investing long enough you will see the same patterns on repeat. Just think back to the 2007/2008 financial crisis… I remember buying ... ››› more
  • [22 January 2020]
  • 3 Investment Strategies that work!!
  • I'm often asked where I invest my own funds and how individuals “beat the market”? I have been trading for 25 years and Finova has been focused on Financial Innovation for 15 years and these 3 strategies have consistently produced unbeatable returns in these markets: ________________________________________   The man who bought bitcoin for just $12 now says…   “B... ››› more
  • [21 January 2020]
  • Why you should keep an eye out for companies doing share buybacks
  • 2020 has barely begun yet we're already set to be flooded by hundreds of companies set to report financial results between February and March. Results releases are even more important for small-cap and penny stocks. That's because these companies don't have as much interest from institutional analysts - so results announcements are the main way for news about these companies' potential to ... ››› more
  • [15 January 2020]
  • Four important questions to ask when you invest in penny stocks
  • So, you want to invest in JSE-listed penny stocks…. But you don't know where to start? There are hundreds of stocks out there, and so little freely available information. Today I'm going to run you through four crucial questions you should ask yourself before making any penny stock investment. Think of it as the first cut - the criteria with which you can start looking at the pen... ››› more
  • [08 January 2020]
  • Two of my favourite contrarian investment ideas that can make you money in 2020
  • Sometimes taking a contrarian view of a market or investment, can pay off big time… One of my all-time favourite investors, Benjamin Graham, proved this nearly 100 years - during the Great Depression. When stocks crashed nearly 70%, Benjamin Graham didn't give up and avoid the stock market. In fact, he saw this as a perfect opportunity to make money by pinpointing bargain stocks from... ››› more
  • [06 January 2020]
  • Last week, I warned investors about this “income-trap” and it just crashed 31%!
  • 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
  • [09 December 2019]
  • JSE Outlook - A Santa Claus Rally or a lump of coal?
  • It's that time of year again… Just like children eagerly wait in anticipation for Santa to deliver presents to them, so do investors. Investors are waiting for the arrival of stock market profits during Christmas time as well. This is all because of the Santa Claus rally which is, right now, flooding the mainstream media. Go to Google, Bloomberg, Business Times and you'll see big ... ››› more
  • [09 December 2019]
  • Is the JSE losing its monopoly?
  • For almost 130 years the JSE was the only stock exchange in South Africa. But as of a couple of years ago that changed when three new exchanges were given stock exchange licences. In 2019 the JSE has seen 21 companies de-list. Digging a little deeper, it's important to take note of what's been happening with the competition…   All three of these JSE competitors are growing ... ››› more
  • [27 November 2019]
  • Buy Naspers before the smart money piles in
  • Naspers result are due on Thursday and we should see buyers push the share price higher into year end. Yesterday's trading update provided some insight into what to expect as it highlighted core earnings from continuing operations will increase between 7% and 10%. Last week Tencent released results, and while it didn't excite traders and investors, it highlighted that a maturing business c... ››› more
  • [19 November 2019]
  • The next “High-yield investment trap” you must avoid now
  • In April 2019, I warned investors about Rebosis - A JSE listed property company that had a dividend yield of 57%. You see, at the time, a yield this high was very unusual for a company listed in SA. So I warned investors not to fall for this “high yield investment trap” And, since then, the company cut its dividend completely and its shares have plummeted from 162c to 32c - around an ... ››› more
  • [18 November 2019]
  • 3 Top tips to cut your trading anxiety
  • “I have started with the MATI Trader System Programme to help me with my trading anxiety. I just don't know what to do about it. When I take a trade, I am scared of losing money, I lose trust in the system I'm following and I don't trust myself as a trader… Are there any pointers you have to help with my trading anxiety?” A. In lesson 4 of the MATI Trader System programme, I go in... ››› more
  • [24 October 2019]
  • When low cost passive investing becomes expensive
  • Many retail investors are bombarded with ways to invest through exchange traded funds (ETF), most of which passively track an index. The ETF platforms highlight how cheap they are, but in actual fact they aren't cheaper. If you have more than R80,000 in the account, its expensive. The ETF platforms charge between 0.35% and 0.65% ex VAT just for annual admin fees. That's on top of the other fees... ››› more
  • [24 October 2019]
  • Two simple investment traps every investor should avoid
  • Here's something you might agree on… Investing is hard! If it were easy, I guess, everybody would be rich. But as investors, we often make it harder for ourselves to make money and grow our wealth - especially when we continuously fall into - often easily avoidable - investment traps. Today I'm going to share two common ones, and how you can avoid them... *************   ... ››› more
  • [22 October 2019]
  • Is it now time to bail on JSE listed stocks for good?
  • The JSE is down 3.95% for the past three months, 5.13% in the past six and we're only up 8% over the past three years. With politics the way they are and the performance of the South African economy many investors are asking whether they should bail on SA listed stocks for good. I'll give you my take on the situation now, let's first have a look at the facts: SA’s economy is already... ››› more
  • [16 October 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]
  • Finally…Bakkt is set to launch today! And it could be great news for crypto investors
  • One year ago, the Intercontinental Exchange (ICE) - which owns the NYSE - revealed plans to launch a futures exchange and digital assets platform - called Bakkt. Bakkt's goal? To transform Bitcoin into a trusted global currency with broad usage. More importantly, make Bitcoin a more sound and secure offering for key players in the market who mostly shunned it… I'm talking about the... ››› more
  • [23 September 2019]
  • Q&A: New opportunities to trade Bitcoin and Cannabis
  • Q. "I heard on the news last week, that soon we will be able to trade Bitcoin futures and that it will be a major game changer for traders all around the globe. Can you share a few details about this and when the futures will be available to trade?" A company called Bakkt which is a subsidiary of the New York Stock Exchange - parent company - Intercontinental Exchange (ICE) has given the go ah... ››› more
  • [29 August 2019]
  • Bargain hunting in “bear” territory
  • Following on from last week's article where I quoted Sir John Templeton as saying “tell me where there is the most pessimism and I will tell you where to invest”. That describes global equity markets now and more accurately the South African market. Most investors are bearish and pessimism is high. But that doesn't mean you should be buying every stock making 52-week lows or in bargain territo... ››› more
  • [27 August 2019]
  • Concerned about the yield curve? Find out what to do when recession hits…
  • Markets have been incredibly skittish over the last week. And, while there are many reasons for concern, one of the main issues driving share prices lower is fear over the “inverted yield curve”. If you skim the financial news, you'll see headlines like: “Yield curve inversion hammers US small banks” “Bond market yield curve inverts, signalling Fed may be too slow to cut... ››› more
  • [22 August 2019]
  • Have you missed your chance to move money out of the country?
  • The rand has collapsed over the last two weeks. It moved from below R13,90/$ to worse than R15,30/$. That's more than 10% weaker in a fortnight. Obviously, many of you are worried you've lost your chance to get money out of SA at a reasonable exchange rate. The question on everyone's mind: Should you get out now or wait for a better level? The only way to answer this question is to look f... ››› more
  • [15 August 2019]
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