I used to play tennis all the time when I was a kid. I wasn't amazing...But I knew how to hit the ball over the net and won a game here and there. Then one day, my coach encouraged me to enter a tennis tournament he had organised. I was quite nervous because most of the other kids were older and bigger than I was. A few weeks before the tournament my coach gave me some words of wisdom, “Jono,... ››› more
Everyone has a talent. Everyone is special. This is what we were told when we were kids…But what we weren't told is how to turn these unique skills into hard cash. Probably because it's normally so difficult! Your odds of making it in this world as a singer, for example, are very small because our planet is rife with competition.
But today I’ll show you an easy way to turn your talent... ››› more
“Come on Sasol, you beauty! Keep going up!”
“No MTN how could you do this to me?” These were the cries I heard when I visited a brokerage house the other day… And let me tell you, it's not for the faint-hearted. It's an electrifying place where the emotions of the brokers ride the waves of the market. When the good times roll, the drinks come out, smiles filling the atmosphere…But... ››› more
How do you know if you're really ready to hang up your boots? Emotionally you might want to quit your day job today, but financially, you might not be in the right place. That's why retirement shouldn't be an emotional decision. You don't want to retire before you are financially ready. After all you don't want to live longer than your money. So before you quit your job, make sure that you're t... ››› more
This weekend, South Africa was shocked with the news of the ‘Morning Live' presenter, Vuyo Mbuli's sudden death. No one saw it coming. I mean, he just collapsed whilst watching the Cheetahs and the Reds on Saturday night. What makes it even scarier is that he passed away at the age of 46!
This really spooked me. It made me realise how precious life is and how, at any moment, it can all be gon... ››› more
Recently I took a long hard look at all my finances. I made a list of all my expenses, debt, income and my investments. I quickly learnt I had a problem. My expenses seemed to be piling up every month and none of them were contributing to my future. They were merely leeching from my bank account so I could barely survive the month.
Then I discovered a way to turn one of my largest expenses in... ››› more
You probably have a retirement dream. Whether it's teeing off every day at the golf course, or travelling overseas and exploring the world. Whatever it is, you dream of a future free from work and worries. But…if you're like most people, your dream could very likely become a nightmare… This is because people are often too busy in their lives to sit down and work out exactly how much they'll... ››› more
Being a research analyst, I often get asked by friends and family what they should put their money into right now. This is a difficult question to answer, especially when dealing with loved ones. If I give advice on what I believe to be a promising investment, they'll jump to it like a kid craving sugar. If luck goes against them and the investment price drops, they could hold it against me. So... ››› more
I remember back in the day, my gran had placed a chunk of her wealth into buying a second home. The reason she did this, as many retirees do, was to live off the rental income it provided. Soon she found out just how difficult it was to squeeze out the rent from the tenant. She practically had to beg them for the money! And even after she took legal action against the tenants to get them out the... ››› more
A couple of weeks ago I was speaking to some brokerage buddies of mine. And one broker told me a morbid story. You see, one of his clients had a non-discretionary account. This basically means that it's totally up to the client to decide where to put his own money… And this particular client was absolutely convinced this one share in particular would skyrocket. Disregarding the broker's advice... ››› more
Whether you believe in global warming or not, is irrelevant. The fact of the matter is, many governments do... And that's what will shape the future of our world. You see, the European Union wants to get 20% of its energy from renewable sources by 2020 in an effort to cut down on pollution.
But how they'll achieve this is important. If they were to rely solely on solar and wind energy they would... ››› more
A Gauteng man has been through hell. This man, had done nothing wrong... But for five years he has been jumping though bureaucratic hoops trying to clear his name, but still hasn't managed to do so.
You see, this man had his identity stolen. Someone had been masquerading around using all his personal details to take personal loans in his name. Eventually the man was cleared of the fraud from th... ››› more
Investing your money can be a formidable task.
The money you put in, and those good intentions you have along with it, can be thwarted by the simple lack of experience you have with the markets…
That's why many people decide to place their money with a fund manager. These managers spend most of their time analysing and making important decisions so that you don't have to.
But the proble... ››› more
The SA Banking Risk information Centre (Sabric) has warned of a new scam doing the rounds. With this software identity theft scam, unsuspecting consumers are being tricked into giving out banking details to scammers who claim they're from computer companies. Luckily, if you keep your head and make a smart investment today, you can protect your banking details - and hard-earned cash - from this typ... ››› more
You may not know it… But there's a massive international war going on. This is not your regular type of war with people scattered on the battlefield. But a war that's destroying companies worldwide!
I’m talking about the cyber war that’s been spread across the media over the last few weeks. Simply put, this is a war where intellectual property is being stolen. The major players in this w... ››› more
I hate the expression “Time is money.”
If that were true, technically, the more time you spent deciding on what to invest the more you should earn. This is NOT always the case.
That's why it's perhaps time you consider the ‘passive investment' lifestyle and sip on some piña colada while watching your money grow!
You see, today, you don't have to spend hours upon hours deciding what... ››› more
South African investors absolutely adore dividends. Many swear by them as a route to successful investing.
In fact, they're quite happy to buy any share as long a as it pays a good dividend.
But today I want to warn you… Not all dividends are good.
In fact there are some companies on the JSE that are simply paying out all their profits. And these unsustainably high dividends they're pay... ››› more
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