Investing

  • Should you invest in a company that pays ‘special dividends'?
  • 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
  • [18 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]
  • Three common mistakes that can cost your retirement a fortune
  • 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
  • [11 March 2019]
  • Don't ignore the power of income investing
  • 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…     ... ››› more
  • [11 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]
  • Why you should invest in these two stocks in 2019 if you want to double your income!
  • From mid-2002 to mid-2017, the JSE All Share returned a cumulative 420%. Doesn't sound too bad, right? But if you had re-invested dividends, the return would be over 700% Just think about that for a second… That's an extra 300% growth thanks to simply reinvesting the dividends. To put it another way, R10,000 back in mid-2002 would be worth over R50,000 invested in the JSE. Bu... ››› more
  • [24 January 2019]
  • A simple method to manage your risk when investing
  • When you invest in a share, there's always certain risks involved…. Competition, new regulations, the economy, currency…just to name a few. The problem is, it can be hard for investors to quantify all these potential risks. Rather than develop a complex, but flawed, analysis of risk... it's more helpful for an investor to think of "risk" in a simpler form… ... ››› more
  • [13 December 2018]
  • South Africa out of recession… where to from here?
  • At 11:30 on 4 December 2018 Stats SA announced that South Africa is out of its recession. GDP Growth for the third quarter came in at 2.2%, after a 2.6% decline in the first quarter and a 0.4% decline in the second quarter of 2018. Editor's Note:  This is your FINAL chance to be a part of the biggest "bonus" we'... ››› more
  • [06 December 2018]
  • Trump's Trade Truce lines up Santa Claus Rally
  • President Trump sent global markets roaring higher after he and China's President Jinping agreed to de-escalate the tit-for-tat tariffs. It's only for the next three months, but signals Trump is realising the potential damage he is causing to the US economy. This is good news, when you consider Fed Reserve Chair... ››› more
  • [04 December 2018]
  • This oil giant just entered “Buying Territory”
  • Globally, shares are deep in correction territory, offering patient investors opportunities to deliver returns in a tough market. Sasol has fallen almost 30% from its September high to below R420 on a weaker oil price and weak global sentiment. The R400 support level should be the bottom ahead of a move higher. Last week, Sasol released a positive trading update for the interim period to 3... ››› more
  • [29 November 2018]
  • The surprising truth about US stocks
  • It's no secret that US stocks are flying. Even if there's a small correction, share prices always seem to bounce back and keep going higher. In fact, US stocks have gone up for almost 10 years now - without a losing year. This has led many people to think that they're extremely expensive. But what if I told you US stocks are actually cheap? You'd probably be surprised and call me crazy. ... ››› more
  • [28 November 2018]
  • Before buying your first house, do this first…
  • If you're in your mid-twenties or early thirties, chances are you're getting ready to buy your first house. If you're a parent - you might be advising your kids on how to do this. But this might just be a bad idea right now. Don't get me wrong… I am an avid property investor. And that's why I want to share with you this bit of advice… ... ››› more
  • [28 November 2018]
  • Is NOW the time to invest in the world's CHEAPEST index?
  • Right now, the world's best value in stocks is in a specific country's stock index. And I'm not talking about a small random country but one of our global trend setters. Its index holds some of the largest companies in the world. Companies bigger than its US counterparts in terms of assets and sales. So why is this index verging on rock bottom? ... ››› more
  • [22 November 2018]
  • When investors lose patience at precisely the wrong time
  • Most investors are losing patience with the JSE as returns have been non-existent. The JSE All-Share index is back in it's previous trading range - which is pretty much 2014 levels. The problem with investors losing patience and selling, is they do it at precisely the wrong time. The Magellan fund managed by Peter Lynch achieved a remarkable 29% annualised return between 1977 to 1990 b... ››› more
  • [22 November 2018]
  • The investment secret that made Buffett a billionaire
  • In 1954, 24-year-old Warren Buffett received a phone call that would ultimately change his life. The person on the other line offered Buffett a job in New York City and he accepted without asking about the salary. It was arguably the smartest - and most profitable - decision he ever made. That's because Buffett knew the man who had just employed him. A man he studied under at Columbia Uni... ››› more
  • [12 November 2018]
  • The five biggest lies you've been told about penny stock investing
  • When you've been around the penny stock investing industry as long as I have, you get tired hearing the same old lies about penny stocks over and over. While these stories don't affect me at all, I am tired of how they discourage investors that are eager to start, and to learn more about the opportunities out there. So, give me a moment of your time today to tell you about the lies, and myth... ››› more
  • [08 November 2018]
  • The Stock Market is offering a Great Deal with this JV. It's Time to Buy!
  • Last week, Richemont (CFR:JSE) announced its joint venture with Alibaba. An opportunity for mass distribution like this could see Richemont's sales soar over the coming years. Especially in China, where Alibaba has a strong presence and China is expected to account for nearly 50% of the luxury goods market in the next six years. ... ››› more
  • [06 November 2018]
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