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
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
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
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…
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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?
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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
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
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
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.
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If you're looking for the ultimate formula that consistently picks winning investments, I'm sorry to say, there isn't one.
If there was, we'd all be rich.
But there are ways to improve your chances of winning more often…
And that's by knowing these three secrets to picking the right investments
You ma... ››› more
You've probably never heard of Abraham Germansky and Jesse Livermore. Both were investors nearly 100 years ago.
Abraham Germansky was a multimillionaire real estate developer in 1920s. He also loved stocks, investing heavily as the market boomed. But when the crash of 1929 unfolded, he was wiped out.
After that he disappeared.
On the other hand, Jesse Livermore had a very different experi... ››› more
Today I'm going to share one of the most important charts in investing.
As investors, we are risk-seeking when it comes to our losses, but we are risk-averse when it comes to our gains.
What does that mean?
Well, we feel the pain of loss more intensely than we feel the pleasure of gain. Quite simply, we may like to... ››› more
At first glance investing seems inaccessible, confusing and sometimes even scary.
But the concept really is simple - investors (like you) buy small pieces of companies called shares.
The amount of money you make will be based on how well the company's share price does, and whether it gives you any share of the profits it makes (called dividends).
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When the market opens today it will officially be in a bear market as the JSE extends the recent sell-off on overnight weakness offshore.
Most of this sell-off has been driven by global politics and rising interest rates in the US, with other developed markets to follow suit.
Retail investors are yet to “Panic” about the value of their portfolios.
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Many people have dubbed cryptos, the currency of criminals.
People believe that each day millions of dollars' worth of cryptos are being used for hacking, money laundering or drugs.
Of course, there are people that use cryptos for illegal purposes, but if this was its main purpose, then the crypto market would be MUCH bigger.
The fact is, criminals still favour cash…and banks.
Let me... ››› more
When the global Financial Crisis hit back in 2008, investors flocked to gold.
In fact, gold achieved the highest return out of all assets.
The same thing happened when September 9/11 happened in 2001.
My point is, gold was generally the go-to “safe-haven investment when crisis hit.
But if a major crash or recession had to happen tomorrow, do you think investors would flock to gold fo... ››› more
While October was the month we had Black Tuesday in 1929, Black Monday in 1987 and a big sell off in October 2008 post Lehman's collapse, it generally ends the month up.
Over the past 100 years the Dow and S&P have ended positive 62% of the time with an average gain of 0.4% but with heightened vola... ››› more
“Francois, where should I take my money? ‘They' tell me to take as much as possible offshore right now. Is that the right place to invest?”
With the three year return on the JSE sitting at a grand total of 9.49% many investors are asking me whether it is still relevant investing in the JSE.
Perhaps inve... ››› more
The rand has been buoyed by tighter monetary policy in Turkey, Russia and Argentina. Our local inflation data assisted in the strength even though the Reserve banks held rates on Thursday.
The Rand has gained over R1.30 against the Euro, USD and GBP in the past three weeks.
Investors tend to panic and run for the exit all... ››› more
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