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  • Three JSE small caps that could become acquisition targets before the year is out
  • Small companies on the JSE have become popular takeover targets. In 2021, 25 companies were delisted from the JSE, many of these were companies being bought out by management teams or acquiring companies from abroad. Think of companies like Value Group, Adapt IT, Anchor Group and Spanjaard. These companies are delisting because their share prices have remained too cheap - and that's creat... ››› more
  • [31 March 2022]
  • A simple plan to transform your savings today
  • A recent survey by FNB amongst its middle-income clients (R15,000 - R42,000 per month) shows that over 80% of the customers don't have a cent in savings they can access within 7 days in case of an emergency. The bank says only 6% of its clients would be able to see themselves through a loss of their salary for three months - and that's even considering access to credit cards and overdraft faci... ››› more
  • [03 June 2021]
  • Don't underestimate the interest rate effect
  • Interest rates in SA are at a generational low - this might be the lowest we'll see them for many years to come. And while the opportunity is here - it's clear that many home buyers and businesses are grabbing it. A recent report from bond originator, OOBA, shows that in the fourth quarter of 2020 home loan applications shot up a whopping 36% compared to the same quarter in 2019. The major... ››› more
  • [28 January 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]
  • 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… Â... ››› more
  • [27 August 2019]
  • Steinhoff 2.0 is at it again
  • In July 2018 I told investors that Trustco Holdings, and the accounting tricks the company were up to, was flashing red lights on my radar… As I explained to investors back then, Trustco was being investigated for insider trading, the company's CEO has a dubious management and remuneration agreement with it, and there were deals being done with the CEO that weren't fair to investors. Wha... ››› more
  • [19 June 2019]
  • Three common mistakes that can cost your retirement a fortune
  • I'm only 28 but I'm not like most under 30s… I constantly think about my future retirement nest egg. And its most likely because I've worked in the investment industry for eight years and surrounded by a lot older colleagues. I've also been lucky enough to attend a lot of our global investor conferences where I got to chat to people a lot older than me… People either preparing to retir... ››› more
  • [11 March 2019]
  • The investment secret that made Buffett a billionaire
  • In 1954, 24-year-old Warren Buffett received a phone call that would ultimately change his life. The person on the other line offered Buffett a job in New York City and he accepted without asking about the salary. It was arguably the smartest - and most profitable - decision he ever made. That's because Buffett knew the man who had just employed him. A man he studied under at Columbia Uni... ››› more
  • [12 November 2018]
  • What is real income and how do you make it?
  • Do you know what the true meaning of generating an income is? It's not selling a TV or some furniture for a few thousand bucks. It's certainly not getting paid to take online marketing surveys. And it's definitely not receiving your wages every week or salary every month. The true meaning of “generating an income” is…        ________________________________________... ››› more
  • [21 August 2018]
  • Is this the next “Steinhoff”?
  • Back in 2015 I made a quick 56% return from Trustco Holdings. Back then, the share looked like it had a lot of promise. And had I held on, I could've made even bigger gains as the share continued rising - now sitting at R10 a share from its 2015 lows of 255c. But my reasons for selling the share were, and are still valid. The CEO sold personal assets to the company under questionable cond... ››› more
  • [11 July 2018]
  • You should be worried…
  • You should be worried. Why? Well, there's one industry in South Africa that's in absolute shambles. In fact, I would go as far as to say, this industry plays a huge role in how you live (even survive) in the future. That's why you shouldn't ignore what I'm about to show you… The numbers don’t lie…   Consider this…   Less than 10% of working Sout... ››› more
  • [17 April 2018]
  • Do you know at what age you will be ready to retire?
  • According to a retirement round table hosted by the CFA Society and the Financial Planning Institute of Southern Africa, only about 6% of South Africans can maintain their standards of living when they retire. And, based on the Global Retirement Index, South Africa is among the worst 8% of countries in the world to retire in. That's because state healthcare, social security and a number of oth... ››› more
  • [04 April 2018]
  • Successfully build long-term wealth using these three basic habits
  • One of the best parts about working for Fleet Street is being able to connect and build relationships with top global investment experts. These are some of the brightest financial minds who help hundreds of thousands of readers from all over the world build wealth on a consistent basis. And every single day, I'm fortunate to receive all their best inside information from Agora Financial, M... ››› more
  • [22 September 2017]
  • Here's how to avoid being bankrupt, without knowing it…
  • South Africa's in a recession. That means businesses are struggling. Your salary is unlikely to grow as much this year as in years past, and that's if it grows at all. That's why it's more important today than ever before to make sure you are in good shape financially. In fact, if you've never done the exercise I'm about to share with you it is possible that you are bankrupt, without... ››› more
  • [21 September 2017]
  • 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 my mother taught me about retiring wealthy
  • I probably learned more from my mother's retirement experience than anyone else's. When she retired, she wanted security, lived austerely, but had no idea whatsoever of enhancing value. And therein lay the disaster. My mother sold her home, moved into a seemingly more secure rented complex, and placed all financial resources into a low interest bearing building society account in an extremely h... ››› more
  • [14 August 2017]
  • Eight reasons you won't have enough to retire - Here's what you need to do right now!
  • You won't have enough money to retire. I know I sound like the harbinger of doom, but it's a reality that you and most South Africans need to face up to. Now you might be asking, why am I saying this about you? Well, I am only looking at the statistics. The Financial Planning Institute of South Africa says less than a quarter of South Africans can afford to retire. If you think that's ... ››› more
  • [11 August 2016]
  • 14 mistakes you make with your money but refuse to admit
  • Ah South Africans! Blinded by politics, multicultural in every way, revered by the world... But man, do we suck when it comes to money? We're a country of proud people. We've survived some of the most severe political turbulences the world has ever seen. We beat it all. Despite all the challenges our country still faces, we have a proud heritage. Maybe that's why so many of us refuse to adm... ››› more
  • [18 July 2016]
  • How to avoid the 20 most common retirement planning mistakes
  • There are so many things you need to consider when planning for your retirement. Of course, there's the obvious retirement planning concerns, like how much you earn and how much debt you have but there are other factors that could leave you scrambling around trying desperately to build up your retirement savings. To help you prepare for your retirement, I've found 20 of the most common ret... ››› more
  • [02 June 2016]
  • Even if you're not invested in mining shares - you need to read this…
  • Imagine this… The mining sector is in talks with mining minister Mosebenzi Zwane on 25 and 26 April 2016. This comes after the release of the new “Draft mining charter”. In the draft mining charter the minister of mining set new requirements for mining companies in South Africa. You might think this doesn't affect you as an investor. But it does. Even if you're not invested in... ››› more
  • [27 April 2016]
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