Imagine the gold rush at the turn of the century. Thousands streaming into the gold fields, looking to discover the next big gold find. Or perhaps panning for gold in a river bend.
These people took great risks, leaving behind their lives and their livelihood for something that could end up a dead end…
That's the thing with mining.
You could make millions.
Or go bust.
Right now, t... ››› more
Q. “Hi Timon, I read your article on Ethereum and why you're buying it on a technical point of view. I know crypto doesn't base its value on anything physical, but I wanted to ask.
Do you have any fundamental (news worthy) reasons to buy Ethereum? I do like to take into account the two approaches to trading.” A. Hi Mbala, thank you for your question.
There are many reasons (technically and f... ››› more
It has been more than five years in the making.
And it's been touted as the biggest upgrade to Ethereum's code in its history.
But more than that, it will have reverberations that extend FAR beyond Ethereum itself.
Here's what I'm talking about...
What is the Ethereum Merge - aka Ethereum 2.0.
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The American economy shrank by 1.6% in the first quarter of 2022, with a second quarter contraction of 0.9%.
This stoked a massive online debate over whether the US economy is in recession or not.
So, what is it, and should we be worried? What is a recession?
The US National Bureau of Economic Research defines a recession as “a significant decline in economic activity that is spread acros... ››› more
The US has just entered into a technical recession. That is, two consecutive quarters of negative GDP growth.
Now, some think the US economy will struggle over the next year as inflation remains high, the Fed hikes interest rates, and consumers become more conservative with spending.
Others believe our economy has a lot of room to run — especially as we start to get back to normal followin... ››› more
Recently, we received the following question from one of our South African Investor members:
The reader was interested in the “Gone Fishin” portfolio model as a possible way to invest his son's inheritance…
So let's start with a recap of the “Gone Fishin” Portfolio and how it works… “The Gone Fishin’ Portfolio” explained…
In 1990, Dr Harold Markowitz won the Nobel Priz... ››› more
Over the past six months the JSE All Share index dropped over 11% on average.
The JSE's Resources index is down a whopping 28% for the same period.
Does this mean the losses are permanent? Should you be selling your stocks? Or does it show us an opportunity? The stock market is volatile – but that shouldn’t worry you too much
When stock markets drop, like they just have – it is due ... ››› more
The hardest decision one can make as a trader is this.
You sit at the computer after a clear trade has lined up…
And even though you should press the buy button.
By nature, most people are too worried about the “what ifs”.
WHAT IF there is: - An unexpected news announcement
- The market crashes
- Or maybe your second choice is the better trade…
These thoughts... ››› more
Three Arrows (popularly known as "3AC") is a crypto hedge fund based in Singapore.
The company had no retail customers, but it borrowed money from many crypto firms that did, such as Celsius and Voyager. That money was largely made up of customer deposits.
Three Arrows made a lot of risky bets with it.
Some of the money was invested in start-ups, but hundreds of millions went into crypto-... ››› more
Q. “I've been looking at stock trading lately. I see each share is calculated according to market capitalization. I'm trying to wrap my head around this. Could you explain the difference between market capitalization, shares outstanding and shares floating?”
A. With stock, you are 100% correct in saying it is calculated by market cap.
Each listed (public) company has two types of share.
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For younger readers it might be hard to understand what a big deal Japan was before the 1990s. This relatively small country, devastated by WW2, rose like a phoenix from the ashes and became the world's second largest economy, in little over a single generation.
If you were to ask people in 1990 what Japan's future would hold, most would have told you it was set to become the next global superp... ››› more
We all want to buy low, sell high. Or buy a property at the lowest price possible, and get the best possible rental income from it, right?
So, is there a best time to invest in property? Is there anything to look out for when making your investment?
The reality is, great investors learn to make the best of every market cycle. The key is to have strategies that fit the different market cycles.
L... ››› more
Bitcoin hit my second target of $30,000 and as promised…
I have now written a new prediction analysis on where I think it's headed next.
But before I reveal the next prediction, let me bring you up to speed just in case you're not familiar with Bitcoin's price manoeuvres.
While crypto crashes and globa... ››› more
Last week the Federal Reserve pushed US interest rates up by 0.75%. This was an attempt to fight inflation which has risen to multi-decade highs.
By raising interest rates, the Fed hopes to slow economic growth and stifle employment. This will reduce the demand for goods and services within the economy and (hopefully) get inflation under control.
It's important to understand reducing growth,... ››› more
A year ago, banks were saying they don't want to finance coal mine development any longer.
European countries were closing down coal power plants.
It looked like there was little interest in the commodity going forward.
But now the price of coal is booming.
In October last year a ton of export coal sold for around $90.
Today it sells between $300 and $400!
That's a big change…
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n the last few weeks, we have seen hundreds of billions of dollars wiped out of the markets.
We have seen crypto drop its trillion US dollar market cap status.
And we have seen top traders, influencers and institutions lose their portfolios.
It's exactly times like these where the inexperienced, greedy and clueless traders destroy their accounts…
And it's not because they don't have a ... ››› more
Even though I started my investment ‘career' during my university years, I still wish I had done so earlier.
Even a year or two, well timed, can make a world's difference. There was so much money I wasted on games, gadgets and expensive clothes…
Possibly the most important investment idea not to miss out on…
Investment Idea #1 - The earlier you start - the more you will end up with
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“The South African economy is BOOMING.”
“The South African economy is BLEEDING.”
Both these statements are true at the same time.
South Africa's economy is back at the size it was before the coronavirus pandemic struck, after growing faster-than-expected in the first quarter.
Gross domestic product expanded 1.9% in the three months through March, compared with revised growth of... ››› more
Elon Musk recently courted controversy by claiming a population collapse, not overpopulation, is a significant global threat. You might think that sounds strange. The world population is at the highest it has ever been and is still rising. A higher population also means more competition for finite resources.
Given these facts, why would you worry about a population crash? If anything, you shoul... ››› more
South Africa is making some progress toward adding new generation to its underpowered electricity grid.
The government recently signed a power purchase agreement with Scatec SA for 150 megawatts of capacity from private projects.
Scatec is an Oslo-based company that constructs solar and battery storage technology. Ultimately, this deal (and future renewable energy projects) will do a lot to ... ››› more
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