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  • Buy the USD/ZAR before 11h30 today for a quick profit
  • The Rand has strengthened against the majors over the past few weeks, but it has lost momentum and can't break below a key support level. We have our third quarter GDP numbers out at 11h30. With trade war uncertainty that hasn't abated and the VIX (aka the fear gauge) climbing from below 12 to above 14, we should see the Rand weaken against the majors over the next week or two. When the ... ››› more
  • [03 December 2019]
  • Really… You're telling me to invest in bonds and stash my cash?
  • While it may have been just another ordinary Thursday afternoon to you and me, for eight South Africans sitting around a table in a small boardroom in Pretoria, things looked very different. These eight people held the fate of the country in their hands. Call things right, and they may just put SA's ailing economy back on track. Call things wrong, and they could decimate the rand, stifle g... ››› more
  • [28 November 2019]
  • What happens if Moody's downgrades South Africa to JUNK?!
  • Q. “Hi Timon, I read the weekly article where you expect the JSE ALSI40 to rally. My question is, if Moody's does eventually decide to downgrade South Africa to junk what would happen and when is the next grading?” A. The next possible downgrading for South Africa would happen as soon as March, if South Africa fails to come up with a plan with “Credible debt-stabilisation”.  ... ››› more
  • [13 November 2019]
  • Don't get caught in South Africa's debt death-spiral
  • Last Friday, ratings agency Moodys dropped their outlook for SA debt from stable to negative. This means within the next 6 to 24 months it's likely we'll see the last of the three major ratings agencies cut our government debt rating to junk. As an economist, I am now all but certain the downgrade will happen. SA will become a junk status borrower. ________________________________________... ››› more
  • [08 November 2019]
  • Its finals time!! This is your last chance to profit from the 2019 Rugby World Cup...
  • It's finals time! The 2019 Rugby World Cup is almost at an end but there are still two opportunities for us to profit! Third and fourth place will be decided on Friday between the defending champions and Wales. While South Africa look to take on England on Saturday, in what will be considered the most important game of the tournament.   Will South Africa stun the world and li... ››› more
  • [31 October 2019]
  • It's time to sell the Rand
  • The Rand has made a strong recovery against the major currency pairs over the past month. And faces several headwinds this week with the Mid-Term Budget Speech due tomorrow. There's also the Moody's decision and a slew of important data points from the US, Europe and the UK. These events have the potential to see the Rand lose 50c or more in the coming weeks against the USD. Look at t... ››› more
  • [29 October 2019]
  • South Africa's economy is saved from recession - but we're not out of the woods yet
  • The latest release from StatsSA showed that South Africa's economy grew 3.1% for the second quarter of 2019. This was better than the 2.5% expected by most economists, and it's a good sign for South African's who were worried about recession hitting. Unfortunately, this growth doesn't necessarily mean our economy is growing again… With first quarter GDP shrinking 3.2%, 3.1% growth do... ››› more
  • [19 September 2019]
  • Have you missed your chance to move money out of the country?
  • The rand has collapsed over the last two weeks. It moved from below R13,90/$ to worse than R15,30/$. That's more than 10% weaker in a fortnight. Obviously, many of you are worried you've lost your chance to get money out of SA at a reasonable exchange rate. The question on everyone's mind: Should you get out now or wait for a better level? The only way to answer this question is to look f... ››› more
  • [15 August 2019]
  • Investors rank SA Junk status
  • Last week I wrote about never letting a good crisis go to waste. It's one of the most difficult things for investors to do while you're in the thick of it. You don't want to deploy capital when things look like they are going to get worse, much worse. But that is the precise time to “slowly drip” capital into the market. It's an investors primary focus to look past the noise to see opportunity... ››› more
  • [13 August 2019]
  • Are the rumours about an IMF bailout for South Africa true?
  • It's all over the news… “Why SA is on the verge of an IMF bailout” - Business Live “Is an IMF bailout for SA imminent” - News 24 “Does SA need help from the IMF?” - eNCA Prominent billionaire and business man, Johann Rupert has even suggested this. According to a Business Live report Rupert said an IMF bailout is “a serious possibility”, while Paul Harris, one of ... ››› more
  • [07 August 2019]
  • Why this ‘Mountain-Hill pattern' is showing huge upside for the South African rand
  • Early on Tuesday last week, Finance Minister Tito Mboweni announced that Eskom will be receiving an additional R59 billion over the next two years, to help Eskom service its debt. There are mixed reviews about the bill and how it will help South Africa. Some people say this could be the light at the end of the tunnel and others say it's just another wait for an oncoming train… As ... ››› more
  • [29 July 2019]
  • What impact will the G20 have on the rand and why the rich are leaving South Africa
  • The G20 summit in Osaka, Japan has just finished. Who would have thought this two-day conference could have such an impact on our stocks, economy and even our currency. And even the bullish sentiment towards the world markets and the US dollar, has left South Africa in a troubled state for the rand for rest of 2019. Today I'm going to discuss two reasons why I expect the rand to we... ››› more
  • [08 July 2019]
  • Breaking down 2019's biggest sporting events - Part 1 - The ICC Cricket World Cup
  • 2019 has arrived and we are already five months into the year! We need to start preparing for this year's two biggest sporting events. The Cricket World Cup & the Rugby World Cup. In order for us to get a head start on the competition, I'll be breaking down the first of these major sporting events starting on the 30th of May. The Cricket World Cup! So let's get started.   ... ››› more
  • [23 May 2019]
  • Three top risks for the rand in 2019 and how to profit
  • South Africans are at the edge of their seats, with what's going on this year. From the ongoing US-China trade war, never ending Brexit decision, South Africa going back into the dark ages, the spreading rumours that the US is about to enter a recession this year - and this is just the tip of the iceberg for 2019. The worst is yet to come. And it all starts, and ends, with the rand. To... ››› more
  • [02 April 2019]
  • South Africa vs the World
  • If you have a JSE portfolio, you know the markets have been bad for the last few years. From the start of January 2015 until the end of February 2019, the JSE top 40 is up less than 15%, which is less than 5% per year. This is much less than the “normal” return of about 15% per year. The recent underperformance of the JSE is a key reason many retirees are now experiencing a shortfall i... ››› more
  • [14 March 2019]
  • South Africa out of recession… where to from here?
  • At 11:30 on 4 December 2018 Stats SA announced that South Africa is out of its recession. GDP Growth for the third quarter came in at 2.2%, after a 2.6% decline in the first quarter and a 0.4% decline in the second quarter of 2018. Editor's Note:  This is your FINAL chance to be a part of the biggest "bonus" we'... ››› more
  • [06 December 2018]
  • The surprising truth about US stocks
  • It's no secret that US stocks are flying. Even if there's a small correction, share prices always seem to bounce back and keep going higher. In fact, US stocks have gone up for almost 10 years now - without a losing year. This has led many people to think that they're extremely expensive. But what if I told you US stocks are actually cheap? You'd probably be surprised and call me crazy. ... ››› more
  • [28 November 2018]
  • Rand stages a comeback rally - take advantage of it!
  • The rand has been buoyed by tighter monetary policy in Turkey, Russia and Argentina. Our local inflation data assisted in the strength even though the Reserve banks held rates on Thursday. The Rand has gained over R1.30 against the Euro, USD and GBP in the past three weeks. Investors tend to panic and run for the exit all... ››› more
  • [27 September 2018]
  • This could be the #1 crypto in the future
  • Stand aside bitcoin and Ethereum! There's a new crypto storming the market. And it could revolutionise the way the world transacts and more! Things are hotting up fast already… In three weeks, it's price surged 65% - from $0.43 in August to $0.72 in September. Urgent Penny Stock News: September 30th - Ci... ››› more
  • [10 September 2018]
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