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
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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The State of the Nation Address (SONA) was certainly a spectacle, unfortunately mainly for the wrong reasons. However, as South Africans, it's essential to analyse the SONA - especially as it could have a significant impact on our lives.
Personally, I found three aspects of SONA particularly troubling…
Why investors should be worried about SONA 2017 #1: The violence
In hi... ››› more
What do you believe an investor's greatest asset is?
A high IQ?
A stack of degrees behind their name?
A workable investment strategy?
Not at all.
In fact, the answer has nothing to do with money or personal success.
But it's something every potential investor can achieve.
Let me explain…
The world’s most famous investor confirms this... ››› more
Welcome to the first Q&A for 2017 dedicated trader.
I see already, you're asking exciting trading questions/.
What is fantastic is that, I can see you want to prepare yourself for good profits in 2017.
I recommend all traders take a read at these questions and answers.
Q. Forex, Penny shares, equity – Which are best for me?
I'd like to start trading for wealth building. Wha... ››› more
The biggest lie you'll ever hear in the stock market is that: “As a private investor you're not smart enough, and you lack the information to invest and make money on the stock market.”
It's a lie presented by fund managers, personal financial advisers and media analysts alike.
Obviously, they don't say it quite like this, but it's what they mean.
The essence behind their big lie i... ››› more
We've all heard the expression to make money in the market you need to, “Buy low and sell high.”
Well today, I'm going to shatter that conventional wisdom and introduce you to one investor who managed to master the art of “buy high and sell higher”. And in doing so, become one of the world's greatest investors.
It was so effective, that his stock recommendation publication returned... ››› more
I'm sure you've seen what too much sugar does to a three-year-old…
They become hyper-awctive. They stop listening to all reason.
And as soon as the effect of sugar wears off, they hit a low. Until the next hit of sweetness.
You might be doing the same thing to yourself when you invest.
No, it's not that you're adding too much sugar to your coffee.
The mistake you might be mak... ››› more
Do you walk into a room full of investors and struggle to understand what's going on around you?
Are you lost in the jargon and anxious that someone is going to ask you a question, you just can't answer?
Well, if that sounds like you then I have some good news.
You don't need to play second fiddle to your investment advisor, your broker or even your smarty-pants friends. You don't need t... ››› more
Until Sunday 24 July 2016, economists, local and international investors were investing under a false notion that foreign investors bought South African equities to the value of nearly R100 billion.
Economists were mostly baffled by the figures being reported by the JSE. They could not understand why so many investors were buying up such a large portion of South African listed companies. Some ... ››› more
If you think every company shareholder meeting involves as much pomp and ceremony as Berkshire Hathaway, think again. These meetings are long, they could be boring but they are essential for shareholders.
These meetings are not just reserved for the executive team or those investors with hundreds and thousands of shares in the company. If you're invested, you have a right to go...
But firs... ››› more
It's a global argument that continues to gain traction and plague most fund managers. Crucially, today this argument is becoming more prevalent in the South African financial industry.
I'm talking about performance fees.
Should they be removed? Are investors getting their money's worth when investing in a fund?
There's a growing consensus that performance fees only benefit the fund man... ››› more
You've probably heard the famous story of how Warren Buffett grew Berkshire & Hathaway into a multibillion dollar business. Or how the king of value investing, Benjamin Graham conquered the US stock market through the Great Depression.
But have you heard of the investor who managed to earn $19 million for his fund in just one year?
An investor who also managed to outperform the stock mark... ››› more
Joshua Benton, Editor of Real Wealth loves looking at the strategies of the investment greats.
Earlier this week I was having a cup of coffee with Joshua. He started telling me about a legendary investment move made by one of the greatest investors of all time, Sir John Templeton.
It sounded more like legend than truth.
But in the end, when Joshua showed me how to apply the strategy be... ››› more
We all have bad habits. The problem is that bad habits can have a serious impact on your well being.
Think about the effects of smoking, if you keep doing it, you'll end up with a respiratory disease that could lead to your early death.
The same applies to your investing. There are certain bad habits that are common to investors. If you don't stop these bad habits, it could destroy your in... ››› more
I'm amazed over and over again by how naïve and trusting people are...
If I could have a cent for every person who'd asked me “What's a good share for me to buy right now?” I'd never have to work ever again.
It's quite concerning that some investors believe they'll be able to make quick and easy money by asking a total stranger what share to buy!
If you aren't prepared to make your... ››› more
Over the last two months we've seen the gold price trickle from its low at $1,053 to $1,292 an ounce.
South African investors worldwide are piling into gold stocks.
This is a big problem according to my analysis.
You see, South Africa might have been the world's biggest gold producer, but not anymore!
In 1970, South Africa produced over 67.7% of the world's gold production.
But now it... ››› more
Standard & Poor's and Fitch ratings agencies is expected to give their verdict on the country's rating by the end of this week.
The financial analysts at FSPInvest believe that a downgrade to junk status is inevitable. Even if this doesn't happen this month, it will happen before the end of 2016.
Here's what will happen to the economy and your investment portfolio if the downgrade does happ... ››› more
“The rand could hit R60 to the dollar by 2019: Chris Hart” - Business Tech
“Chris Hart: Nothing can prevent SA's slide to junk” - Fin24
I spoke to Chris about his recession and junk status predictions at the South African Investor member meeting on 24 May 2016. I asked him if he was misquoted in the media. However, he was adamant that he is right about these predictions.
One of the... ››› more
The situation is more serious than we thought...
As you'll see in a moment, it's become clear that South Africa is headed for a recession.
SA government economic policy has been doing very little to improve the state of our economy and now, the South African economy, consumers and investors are paying for the sins of our decision makers.
But all is not lost...
Due to the severity of... ››› more
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