While you're enjoying the summer sun and clear skies back in SA paradise…
I'm afraid I'm not.
I'm trying to keep warm sitting inside a local restaurant in Greece with a cup of hot chocolate while I search for my next trade.
And surprise, surprise, cocoa popped up on my radar…
Here are three reasons why I'm buying cocoa and where I expect it to head next.
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In October 2019 the US Federal Reserve Bank announced that instead of shrinking its balance sheet by $50 billion a month it is now PRINTING $60 billion worth of money extra per month!
That's right… The bank was in the process of unwinding the nearly $4 trillion worth of money it printed to get the US economy going following the 2008 financial crisis.
Now it is printing more money each mo... ››› more
I'm talking about Platinum.
This precious metal has been in a depressed state for the past 10 years.
In fact, from 2008, the platinum price crashed from its peak at $2,308 down to a low of $780.
And since then we've seen it move in a sideways-downward range.
But in 2019, we've seen a major turn where the platinum price has finally broken out of this downward trend.
Today we... ››› more
I don't know if you noticed, but last weekend, bitcoin's price soared from around $7,500 to over $9,600 - a +28% gain!
Many cryptocurrency market analysts pointed to comments made by China's president President Xi Jinping that the country should "seize the opportunity" of bitcoin's blockchain technology, as the reason behind bitcoin's sudden rally.
You see, China banned bitcoin and cryptoc... ››› more
The platinum price has been depressed for a couple of years because of high surpluses on the back of mining and recycling of the metal putting more of it in the system than is being bought up by investors and producers.
But 2019 saw this take a turn.
Platinum demand for 2019 is already up significantly. Full year forecasts puts the metal's demand at 8,045 koz, compared to the 2018 figure o... ››› more
Right now there's one sector I'm particularly excited about on the JSE.
I recently banked a 150%+ gain from a share in less than 4 months in this sector, and I believe it has only started running.
I'm talking about Gold…
And while the shiny metal itself has delivered investors very good returns over the years, right now gold miners are in an even better position to profit.
Let me... ››› more
Sometimes the stock market behaves inexplicably.
Quality companies trade at unbelievable discounts. Or they sell at prices so high that you might flinch.
What makes this difficult to muster is the fact that these ‘discrepancies' tend to keep going on for much longer than you'd think possible.
One such share was Curro Holdings.
The company listed in July 2011 and investors could p... ››› more
The rand is at R15.37 to the dollar - the weakest we've seen since the Zuma era. We can blame this on NHI, EWC or a string of other three lettered government policies that aren't business friendly.
But at the end of the day the whole world is running scared right now.
Thanks to the US trade war, negative bond yields in many European countries and increasing world debt.
In fact, for t... ››› more
By definition, Penny Stocks trade at R10 or less and they're typically small companies with big growth potential.
These investments are attractive because small share price moves translate into large percentage gains - or losses if you pick the wrong stock. In short, these are volatile investments, so you're advised to use caution.
But if you're looking for one of these top penny stock com... ››› more
Russia is hoarding gold. The country has bought around 230 tonnes of gold since the start of 2018.
What's more - back in the year 2000 Russia held 830 tonnes of gold - its gold reserves now total more than 2,119 tonnes!
Russian central bank gold reserves are soaring
In fact, there are reports that the Central Bank of Russia is studying a proposal to create a gold-b... ››› more
The last time gold was at $1,400+ was back in August 2013.
But on Tuesday 25 June 2019 it hit a high of $1,436 to an ounce.
Currently the gold price has pulled back a bit from this sharp rally and sits at $1,408.
But here’s the thing – on 28 May gold sold for $1,276 an ounce. So the shiny metal is up 10.3% since then.
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It's been a big month for Bitcoin.
You see, investors and traders from all over the world have been waiting eagerly for the SEC to either accept or reject the Bitcoin ETF (VanEck SolidX bitcoin-exchange-traded-fund) proposal.
However, on 22 May 2019 Wednesday, last week the decision was once again delayed to 19 August 2019 for the final deadline.
This gives us the perfect opportunity ... ››› more
Earlier in 2019 I wrote about Palladium – telling investors the metal had just hit an all-time high. At $1,434.50 palladium had run 70% in the preceding months.
However I told investors that at these heights I wouldn’t put my cash in the metal but rather in a miner that produces the metal.
Since then Palladium hit $1,560 mere dollars off the tar... ››› more
A troubled shareholder was running next to me on the treadmill at the gym yesterday.
He looked around 55 years of age and he was gunning it (running fast).
While I was enjoying my brisk walk, I could see something was troubling him.
At first I said "slow down speed racer you're making me look like a lazy trainer." As he caught his breath, he told me how he invested in Asp... ››› more
When you're looking for stocks to invest in you'll typically either use fundamental investing strategies (looking at financial and other real world data) or technical analysis (looking at charts and price movement to predict future moves).
At the end of the day - financial performance drives stocks in the long-run. And as an investor in businesses I gravitate towards what these businesses and ... ››› more
Today's prediction will provide you with a bitter sweet taste.
On the one hand, we can expect the oil price to shoot up this year which will mean higher petrol and consumer prices.
On the other hand, we can bank a decent profit from the rise in oil with three different ways.
Today I'm going to discuss why I expect oil to shoot up from here to $80 and how you can profit in three differe... ››› more
In August 2018 the gold price traded at $1176. Since then it's shot up in a near straight line, hitting $1307 on Tuesday 29 January…
For South African's the current gold price is even more significant…
You see, in rand terms the gold price is very close to its one year high…
In February 2018 the gold price was R494,365 per kilogram. Today it sits at R572,615 per kilogram.
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Buying shares at a significant discount provides some downside protection.
Knowing you bought R1 of assets for 79 cents gives you comfort, and one investment holding company is trading at exactly that.
While investment holding companies typical trade at a discount to their some of the parts value, when these companies sell or distribute assets, the benefit is received at full market value.
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On 27 June I told Money Morning readers I expected the oil price to drop.
That week saw the oil price start a slide which has been its longest downturn in three years!
As you can see, the oil price has had seven weeks of downturns following end of June. This past week has seen it halt the decline, but I don't foresee this as a sustained upturn.
Simply put - oil shouldn't trade above $70 a... ››› more
The rand lost 4% of its value in mere days last week.
At the same time, between 13 and 15 August the JSE lost 4% of its value.
As uncertainty at home and abroad causes this kind of volatility, there's a simple kind of investment that warrants a place in portfolios.
I'm talking about dividend paying stocks. The appeal is simple, dividend payers can provide investors with tangible returns (... ››› more
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