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  • The ONLY six things that matter when you invest for real wealth
  • At a new year's party, a family member introduced me to a friend and mentioned to them that I work in the investment industry.   The guy leaned in and asked, “So what will the stock market do this year?”   To which I replied “There’s no way to be sure, and it’s not something I focus on when investing”   “How about the economy, will it grow again in 2019?... ››› more
  • [06 February 2019]
  • Seven Habits of Highly Effective Traders (Part 2)
  • Last week I revealed three of the most important trading habits you'll need to adapt to become a successful trader. These habits were based on one of the most popular financial books of all time called “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People”. It's one book that I like to read and absorb every five years, to apply to my trading and with life.     If you missed it, you... ››› more
  • [03 December 2018]
  • What you need to know to secure the biggest income possible at retirement
  • On 18 July 2018, I told readers that buying an annuity at retirement was a more secure way to ensure you don't run out of money. Rather than taking a lump sum and managing it yourself. Following this article, I received the following letter from G: “Francois, I read your email regarding retiring with R5.5 million and receiving a monthly income of R46,777 guaranteed for life. I just d... ››› more
  • [25 July 2018]
  • For the first time in 14 years, the Euro could be weaker than the US Dollar
  • What you're about to read will shock you… 1999 - The Euro came into existence in January which was the goal of the European Union and its predecessors since the 1960s. Initially there was a negative reaction as the Euro fell below parity (1:1) with the US Dollar for the first time. After, the dust settled and the EU was finding its feet with regulations, treaties and legislations, the E... ››› more
  • [22 September 2017]
  • Happy New Year! Here are three easy resolutions to make your 2017 a profitable one!
  • Let's start your year on a profitable note. I'm sure you hear how many people make resolutions when their year starts. I want to lose 10 kilograms I'm going on a lifestyle-change diet I'm going to save 1/3 of my money this year These are all great, but let's be honest. Most resolutions last around two months' tops, and then all is given up. I need you to make realistic and achievab... ››› more
  • [22 September 2017]
  • Three top ways to save money over the festive season
  • In two weeks we will be in December and that means the festive season is drawing close. The festive season is a time to look forward to, but it's also a time of year you may dread as the costs mount up from overspending. So how can you save money over the festive season? Read on to find out… Festive money saving tip #1: Work out how much you’ve got to spend Before you start mak... ››› more
  • [17 November 2016]
  • One way to save money over the festive season
  • It's not long until the schools break up for the holidays and the festive season will get into full swing. Whilst this time of year gives you time to spend time with friends and family, it can also be an expensive time of year. So how can you save money over the festive season? How about skipping a holiday and staying at home? Read on to find out more… The festive season is an e... ››› more
  • [13 November 2016]
  • How using Uber could save you R5,490.19 every month
  • If you've been thinking of buying a new car, think again. Buying a new car is generally a bad investment because it depreciates in value quickly and has high monthly costs. Like most bad investments you make, the decision to buy a new car is ultimately driven by your emotions. You want to be the envy of your colleagues, friends and family pulling up in a spanking new vehicle. Slick car... ››› more
  • [04 October 2016]
  • Five ways to get started saving up to invest your money today
  • If you want to start investing but you don't know where to start. I want to show you five ways to save enough money so that you can start investing your money as soon as possible. Most people believe that it's difficult to save your money but this isn't true. You just need to take a good look at your financial situation and the services at your disposal to find the money you need. Sometim... ››› more
  • [02 June 2016]
  • Avoid these two novice mistakes and bag yourself unbelievable car auction deals!
  • A couple of weeks ago, I went to a car auction. I saw people snatching great car deals that even baffled the commission-incentivised auctioneer! Some of the cars were literally selling for about half of what I knew the retail value to be. I was stumped... I know they say “In war, there are no winners”… But believe me, after what I saw - in bidding wars - there certainly are. Today I'll reve... ››› more
  • [18 May 2016]
  • South Africa's underground R49 million economy is open for business
  • It started out as an informal short-term savings scheme in the 1800s. Since then it has evolved into a R49 million investment vehicle that services about 8.6 million South Africans. This revolutionary system allows people to save money for groceries, school fees, funerals and even lavish holidays. With a minimum of 11 savers in each group, this underground system encourages trust between membe... ››› more
  • [11 May 2016]
  • “Francois, why on earth are my investment costs so high?”
  • “Francois: I read your article on using ‘buy limit orders' to buy shares at lower prices and decided to do it. But something seems to have gone horribly wrong. I tried buying R5,000 worth of shares with a limit price of 51c. But when I checked my account it only traded about R500 worth. My cost per share, after brokerage, is now 67c per share. What's going on???” - BM The right tools, u... ››› more
  • [23 February 2016]
  • Oh dear…
  • If you've been reading Trading Tips (TradingTipsSA.co.za) regularly, by now you should have: • Essential trading rules to not blow your trading portfolio • A few profitable trading strategies to follow • Tips on how to boost your trading success But where on earth do you find the money to start using these tips to trade for your retirement? I'm going to address this issue today so yo... ››› more
  • [15 February 2016]
  • “How can I save some money every month to trade Forex?"
  • First, I want to thank you for your questions on the Investors club. Every question you ask, helps me get an idea on what you need to trade more successfully. This year I want to make sure I answer as many of your burning questions as possible. And starting today, I thought we'd address this question from Markus. “How can I save some money every month to trade Forex?" Freeing up money to trad... ››› more
  • [10 February 2016]
  • How to find out if you're ready to start investing in shares
  • If you want to start investing, you'll need to have some cash to put to work on the stock market. So how can you find out if you have enough money to start investing? Read on to find out… Working out if you have the money to invest in shares There are a few things you need to consider when deciding whether or not you’re going to start investing in shares. You’ll need to ha... ››› more
  • [27 January 2016]
  • 5 Game Changers to Coach Your Company to Success
  • I'm not a big rugby fan. However, when it comes to the World Cup. I watch every South African game. I'm a patriotic South African. I feel that it's important to support our sports teams when we're playing in such important international games. I get really worked up when the team wins and fails. I end up shouting, jumping and clutching the couch pillows out frustration and anxiety. And I know I... ››› more
  • [27 January 2016]
  • South Africa's water shortage gives you the chance to save
  • Water shortages are becoming a serious problem in South Africa. The lack of rain and ongoing heatwave is making the problem much worse. Gauteng and Kwa-Zulu Natal are in the middle of water restrictions while water reservoirs in the Western Cape are 20% lower this year. The department of Water Affairs blames the water problems on poor planning, budget constraints and supply management challeng... ››› more
  • [26 January 2016]
  • Could years of lower oil prices lie ahead?
  • Commodities have had it hard over the past few years. But oil managed to stand its ground, until just over a year ago that is. Since then, the oil price has slid lower and Brent crude oil struggles to trade above $50 a barrel for long periods of time. So what's going on with the oil price? And is a recovery in sight? Let's take a closer look… What’s going on with the oil price? ... ››› more
  • [29 September 2015]
  • The Reserve Bank keeps interest rates unchanged, for now
  • Earlier today, the South African Reserve Bank's monetary policy committee decided to keep interest rates unchanged for the moment. This follows the US Federal Reserve's decision last week to keep its interest rates also on hold. Let's take a closer look at the Reserve Bank's decision… Interest rates remain unchanged as inflationary pressures ease The governor of the Reserve Bank, ... ››› more
  • [23 September 2015]
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