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
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
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
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
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
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
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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
“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
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
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...
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One year ago, the Intercontinental Exchange (ICE) - which owns the NYSE - revealed plans to launch a futures exchange and digital assets platform - called Bakkt.
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
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
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
Q. "I refer to the article you wrote about REITs. I just want to ask the reasons for investing in REITs rather than just owning the property itself?"
A. Here are my top 3 reasons to invest in REITs.
Reason 1: Own property and earn returns by doing nothing
First, when you own a REIT stock, that's all the action you need to take in order to earn returns ... ››› more
Our market scanner has highlighted several shares in overbought and oversold territory.
Below is extracted from our weekly data table. Our model scans most of the shares in the JSE All Share Index and measures their standard deviation using our proprietary methodology. We supplement the standard deviation with fundamental and technical analysis to come up with our investment ideas.
Someti... ››› more
Right now, many investors are scrambling to find assets that don't follow the swings of the stock market.
Their first choice is gold.
You see, gold has constantly proved itself as a supreme store of value. If investors get scared by financial or political news, gold makes a great insurance policy.
It is almost certain to hold its value over time.
And obviously in times of turmoil, ... ››› more
As you may know, many shares pay dividends. A dividend is a portion of a company's earnings that it pays to its shareholders. Usually this payment happens once or twice a year.
And because they offer this added benefit of a regular income stream, income-seekers love dividend-paying stocks.
But occasionally, companies surprise investors by electing to pay a ‘special dividend'.
Special... ››› more
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
I'm only 28 but I'm not like most under 30s…
I constantly think about my future retirement nest egg. And its most likely because I've worked in the investment industry for eight years and surrounded by a lot older colleagues.
I've also been lucky enough to attend a lot of our global investor conferences where I got to chat to people a lot older than me… People either preparing to retir... ››› 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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