I bought my first shares in the midst of the 2008 financial crisis.
My first buy was Old Mutual shares, and the price rose by more than 211% in the 18 months following my buy…
I rolled some of my returns into a property company, and an industrial stock - in the end I turned a couple thousand rand as a student into enough money to pay for my studies, put down a deposit on my first propert... ››› more
A bear market refers to a widespread decline in asset prices of at least 20%.
We've seen stock markets fall 20% and more in recent months. The oil price fell through the floor, and unemployment is soaring.
This is not a fun time to be in, and you might be confused, panicked or just blown away.
The good news is, this is only a phase - and it will also pass. Things will turn around and l... ››› more
“I am trying to wrap my mind around the spot and the futures market. Could you please clarify between the two and what the differences are between them?”
A. There are two different types of markets when it comes to trading – the spot and futures market.
The spot market or cash market is a public financial market in which the actual financial instrument is... ››› more
***What's a circuit Breaker?
Q. Circuit Breakers? This is a new term that I've been seeing on Bloomberg lately. Could you explain what it means and does it apply to the JSE as well?
A. A circuit breaker is a safety device which stops the flow of electricity by switching itself off, if anything goes wrong.
The same applies in the financial world…
A circuit brea... ››› more
Q. Timon I have an issue with my strategy… I follow a simple Moving Average trading system. With the current lockdown, I have a lot more time on my hands to trade in a week.
My problem is that my system sometimes doesn't even line up one trade in a week.
Can you tell me a few tips I can use to help me increase the number of trades I take per week?
A. I understand it can be ra... ››› more
Lots of people think of gold as a hedge against uncertainty. And that's usually the case.
But over the past two weeks, something odd happened in the gold market…
From 9 March to 19 March, the dollar gold price fell from $1,679 to $1,472.
If gold is the ultimate hedge against uncertainty, why then, did it fall double digits (over 12%) in less than two weeks?
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Over the last seven days, the crypto market shed around half of its value.
With the entire market cap dropping from $220 billion to $120 billion in less than 24 hours.
Most of the major crypto-currencies dropped 20%, 30% or even more
And surprising enough, these massive price swings weren't crypto related at all.
Here are the real reasons why most crypto-currencies crashed last week... ››› more
When market uncertainty is prevalent (like it is right now in South Africa), investing in this asset helps fund managers combat the triple portfolio threat of risk, volatility and losses.
And what's more important than making money?
Not losing it!
So how exactly does it do this?
A Guaranteed Income Booster You simply Can't Igno... ››› more
Winston Churchill famously said:
“A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity, an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.”
I love that saying. Except today I'm changing it just a little:
“A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity, an investor sees the opportunity in every difficulty.”
And that's what my piece is about this week.
Br... ››› more
Yesterday marked the worst day for global markets since the 2008 financial crisis. This is on the back of the collapse in oil prices, down over 30% at one point, as Saudi Arabia notified its clients that it will sell oil at reduced prices from 1 April 2020. This is to protect its market share while demand is low.
This is effectively the second black swan to hit the market after the corona viru... ››› more
This coronavirus is getting out of control!
And markets couldn't care less…
The S&P500 is at record highs.
Chinese shares have bounced almost 8% from their lows.
And yet, every indication is, we're facing massive real-world consequences after the Chinese authorities continue to quarantine tens of millions of Chinese workers.
It's no wonder markets are pushing higher however a... ››› more
Q. "When it comes to Red Hot Storm Trader, what is the criteria you use to find the perfect markets to trade?"
A. In short, I look for the highest volume traded stocks on the JSE.
To find these stocks, I have a simple yet effective 2-criteria checklist.
Market cap needs to exceed over 20 billion
The market capitalisation is equal to the total number o... ››› more
Happy New Year and welcome to 2020.
The last time we entered a new decade, the world was recovering from the 08/09 Financial Crisis.
Since then, the US stock market has repeatedly hit new all-time highs (despite some bumps in the road).
And while we know the turning point in the cycle could be around the corner… we have to remember…
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If you hold property stocks, or one of the big four supermarket chains you need to listen up…
A major new finding by the Competition Commission is coming into effect, and it could have far reaching implications for these companies.
Let me show you in more detail.
Is this the secret to becoming a stock market millionaire?
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Last week we initiated a long USD/ZAR trade as we believed the market was pricing in too many positives.
After the sobering news from the medium-term budget speech, it promptly lost over 60 cents.
Traders who used futures would have made over 30% as our initial profit target was reached in just over a day.
The Rand is strengthening on the back of Moody's just reducing the outlook from s... ››› more
Did you see recently the huge news on the Canadian cannabis front?
Well, on 17 October 2019, derivatives of marijuana — topicals and extracts — that were previously out of the question, were legalized in Canada.
This next stage of cannabis legalisation will create a tidal wave of new profits for cannabis companies.
And in turn reward early investors - who bank on the right compani... ››› more
If you're like most “information age” investors, you've probably taken a “do-it-yourself” approach to building long-term wealth.
I've seen many non-professional investors take this approach and, the truth is, it's rarely pretty.
Because there are three common mistakes people tend to make when crafting their own investment portfolio. And if you're making even one of them,... ››› more
That's what Su Zhu, the CEO of hedge fund Arrows Capital, said after the anti-climactic launch of crypto platform Bakkt.
You see, after the first 24 hours, the exchange recorded only 72 BTC had been entered into monthly contracts.
However, people should not be alarmed by the bleak start as regulated futures contracts mostly kick off slow. Su Zhu continued…
"The reality is that most ... ››› more
Over the past year we've seen a number of factors drag the world economy down.
From the sudden cut in interest rates in September, to the ongoing war with Brexit and with the US-China trade war, to the oil output being decimated by a drone attack in Saudi Arabia…
We are now seeing the aftermath and the ripple effect, unfortunately hit home…
In fact, we had an announcement last week... ››› more
Q. "Hi Timon, I'm looking to expand the number of international shares to trade. I have seen through Real Wealth and Trading Tips that there are a number of growing industries in the world. Three that come to mind include: Artificial Intelligence, Electric Cars and Renewable Energy... Could you name a few of the large names that make up these industries so that I can add these shares to my watch l... ››› more
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