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  • How to profit off this 200-year-old mega-trend
  • The most important news is often the easiest to miss. Why? Because for a story to be truly important, it usually needs to be about something that is both long lasting and/or has exponential characteristics. Most of what really affects your life is long-term exponential trends. A terrorist attack using aeroplanes may make for a spectacular news story, but the long-term improvement ... ››› more
  • [08 November 2021]
  • Covid-19 has destroyed my job - what now?
  • Over the past few weeks, many clients have contacted me to discuss their prospects in the face of looming retrenchment and salary cuts. Some are facing early retirement; others have been forced into unpaid leave which means their savings are starting to suffer. All of them are afraid of what this means for the future. There is no question, the economic impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and the r... ››› more
  • [04 June 2020]
  • The REAL reason why cryptos are so revolutionary
  • Today, we're going to forget about crypto prices… The amazing blockchain developments… The new crypto platforms like Bakkt… And look at something I think every investor - or anyone - should know. I'm talking about The REAL reason why bitcoin and cryptocurrencies are revolutionary inventions. To explain, we need to go back to more than a century ago… The beginning o... ››› more
  • [14 October 2019]
  • Why bitcoin will never die...
  • It's been a decade since bitcoin officially started. Over this time, it's gained a lot of followers and of course, haters. Some have called it a revolutionary asset, while others have labelled it, a downright Ponzi scheme. The thing is, whether you love them or hate them, bitcoin will never die. Demand will always be there - especially in today's world. And it's all because… ... ››› more
  • [27 August 2019]
  • The three “Don'ts” when looking for an offshore safe haven
  • Around decades ago, offshore investing was only available to ultra-high net worth investors; but we've come a long way since then. Now you can invest in markets across America, Asia, Africa…you name it. And this makes the idea of offshore investing not only interesting, but downright exciting too. However, just as there are endless opportunities out there for you to choose from, ther... ››› more
  • [21 September 2017]
  • What are the chances the finance minister will introduce a new wealth tax?
  • Tomorrow, the finance minister Nhlanhla Nene will give his medium-term budget. With the government's coffers feeling the strain of slowing economic growth, Nene is under pressure to introduce new ways of increasing tax revenue. But how is he going to do it? Since Thomas Piketty, a French economist, suggested introducing a new ‘wealth' tax in SA, could this happen? Let's take a closer lo... ››› more
  • [20 October 2015]
  • Africa's untapped potential is hungry for investors, today Here's how you can profit…
  • When you think of Africa, the first thing that may come to your mind is disease, war and riddled with poverty. However, there's a more attractive side to Africa that you need to know about… • Africa's economic growth is set to grow close to 5%. • African consumers will have over $1 trillion spending power by 2020. • African countries will spend over $90 billion a year upgrading IT... ››› more
  • [27 August 2015]
  • Why high charges erode the benefits of tax-free savings accounts
  • In March this year, the National Treasury introduced tax-free savings accounts. The main reason behind the treasury introducing these accounts was to encourage South Africans to save, especially those on lower incomes. Saving is something many South Africans aren't good at. So what exactly are tax-free savings accounts? And what should you need to watch out for? Read on to find out… ... ››› more
  • [05 August 2015]
  • BHP Billiton and Transnet enter a R24 billion deal
  • Earlier today, Transnet announced that it had entered a new deal with diversified miner BHP Billiton. The deal is worth R24 billion and is for the duration of ten years. Let's take a closer look at the agreement… The coal contract will last ten years Earlier today, Transnet and BHP Billiton “signed a ten-year R24 billion coal transporting contract,” reports Fin24. Transnet is ... ››› more
  • [30 September 2014]
  • In his State of the Nation address, Zuma promises to turn the economy around
  • Over the last few years, economic growth in South Africa has been lagging. This as many nations are starting to pick up the rate of growth. Last night, in his State of the Nation address, President Jacob Zuma says the economy's performance is down to two main factors that are holding the country back. Let's take a closer look at what President Zuma said… Zuma sees economic growth at 5% in fiv... ››› more
  • [18 June 2014]
  • Budget: Gordhan cuts economic growth forecast for 2014
  • This afternoon, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan presented his budget to parliament. As economists expected, Mr Gordhan cut economic growth forecasts for 2014/2015. But he left the following two year projections unchanged. The rand fell slightly after his address. Let's take a closer look at what the Finance Minister said about South Africa's economy in his budget… As expected, in his budget ad... ››› more
  • [26 February 2014]
  • The 3 week strike at Northam has cost R200 million so far
  • As the strike by workers at Northam Platinum's mine in Limpopo enters its fourth week, Northam warns of the potential knock-on effects. The platinum producer says that a longstanding strike could result in job losses. The strike has cost Northam R200 million so far in lost revenue. But the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) vows to continue with its industrial action. Let's take a closer look at ... ››› more
  • [25 November 2013]
  • Marcus' remarks send JSE down at week end - can this week's GDP announcement fix it?
  • The JSE ended last week on a down note even as the Dow hit a new all-time closing high. Statements from the South African Reserve Bank (SARB) were partly responsible for this. Today, we look at why as well as analyse what we expect to when GDP figures are announced later this week… In the latest SARB announcement, Governor Gill Marcus highlighted the fact that SA’s inflation remains uncomfo... ››› more
  • [25 November 2013]
  • The number of African billionaires more than triples
  • Earlier today, Nigerian magazine Ventures said that the number of African billionaires topped 55. And that's a modest estimate. But this is in stark contrast to the number of people living in poverty on the continent. The number is still growing rapidly. Let's take a closer look at what the report revealed… It looks like there have been many beneficiaries of the “decade long period of intens... ››› more
  • [07 October 2013]
  • How you can make as much money as Facebook and Google's first investors!
  • When it comes to investing, it's the early investors that make the big money. For example entrepreneur Peter Thiel was the first man to invest in social media company Facebook way back in 2004. His $500,000 investment back then is worth over $3 billion today! Electrical engineer Andy Bechtolsheim was Google's first real investor… His $100,000 initial investment grew to $1.5 billion in j... ››› more
  • [20 September 2013]
  • Will the AMCU agree to the new gold sector wage deal?
  • Last Friday saw three of the four unions involved in the gold sector wage talks agree to new terms. But the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union still has not agreed to the deal. Let's take a closer look at what's going on… The Chamber of Mines and the AMCU are to meet today to “discuss implementation of the wage deal negotiated in the gold sector,” reports Fin24. The Chamber ... ››› more
  • [13 September 2013]
  • Three reasons why now is the time to bet on the African consumer
  • In the coming, years millions of African people are going to be banking, talking on cell phones, buying houses and cars where previously there was nothing. For example there are already 650 million mobile phone users on the continent, around half its population. And as smart phones sweep across the continent this number is on the rise! Companies that provide consumer products like this in A... ››› more
  • [19 August 2013]
  • The greatest threat to South Africa right now
  • On Tuesday, as I sat down with my morning cup of coffee, and opened the newspaper, I was greeted by an all too familiar news headline: “Six month hold up means Eskom will battle to meet electricity demand!” I rocked back in my chair and thought to myself, no wonder Eskom pays for advertising to tell people not to use its product. The company just can't seem to get things right. Now... ››› more
  • [12 July 2013]
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