“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
In 2020 the South African economy saw an unprecedented crash because of the Covid-19 pandemic.
In dollar terms our country's GDP dropped from $351.4 billion to $301.92 billion.
That's roughly R740 billion that disappeared from our GDP overnight.
Tourism came to a halt.
Restaurants, hotels, gyms and car dealerships hit a massive slump.
Property, specifically office space became a hot... ››› more
Last week's GDP data showed that South Africa's economy shrunk in the third quarter of 2021.
This follows four quarters of economic growth from pandemic lows.
It also means that another quarter of economic contraction would put the country back in recession.
So, are we heading back into recession, or will the economy turn upwards from here?
Let's have a look at what the numbers say… ... ››› more
It's a year since 2020's hard lockdown ended.
We're back in level 4 today.
But life has changed a lot. We've adapted to the pandemic and its effects on our lives and businesses.
So, what's the state of the South African economy today, and how does it affect your investments?
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On 20 May 2021 the SA Reserve Bank had its bimonthly monetary policy meeting.
The bank kept interest rates flat - at what is basically an all-time low for South Africans…
In its announcement the bank governor, Lestja Kganyago said “Economic and financial conditions are expected to remain volatile for the foreseeable future. In this uncertain environment, policy decisions will continue ... ››› more
They're usually small companies, which are largely ignored by the big money investors…
Yet they demonstrate huge growth potential, generate consistent profits and in many cases, pay attractive income.
I call them “Below-the-Radar” stocks.
And when investors finally take notice of them, their share prices can soar 50%, 100%, even 200% in a short period.
Here's one below-the-ra... ››› more
Do you remember Mt.Gox?
It was a huge crypto exchange.
It's believed at its peak to have handled around 70% of all bitcoin trading. It was unstoppable.
Until it failed due to theft, insolvency and a collapse of operations that smashed the industry.
But as Mt.Gox failed, another crypto exchange would rise to greatness…
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Ronald Reagan once said it is “as violent as a mugger, as frightening as an armed robber, and as deadly as a hitman.”
Margaret Thatcher said “inflation is the parent of unemployment and the unseen robber of those who have saved.”
The SA Reserve Bank didn't increase interest rates - as it expects inflation to stay in check. Most investors are simply ignoring the threat of inflation,... ››› more
The rand is once again in hot water.
In August, we saw the currency drop from R15.00 down to R17.78 for the first time since 21 May 2020.
And this is due to one main factor.
We hit half a million cases of Coronavirus in SA, taking us to the top five infected countries in the world.
It's clear the COVID-19 pandemic still has the power to cause a see-saw in market sentiment.
And... ››› more
It's been a terrible start for the rand.
Last week we saw it hit R15.00, dropping it down over 6.07% for the year.
According to Bloomberg, the rand was the second-worst performing currency out of the 24 emerging-market currencies world-wide.
And it looks like this is only the beginning.
In today's article we'll discuss the four reasons why I expect the rand to plunge to R1... ››› more
If Cyril Ramamphosa's recent announcement at Business Unity SA's second annual Business Economic Indaba is for real, you, me and every other investor and business owner could be thanking him!
After all analysts estimate Eskom has cost our economy R338 billion since 2007.
And while Eskom's power problems appear to have no end in sight, this announcement by Ramaphosa could greenlight a great... ››› more
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
The JSE is down 3.95% for the past three months, 5.13% in the past six and we're only up 8% over the past three years.
With politics the way they are and the performance of the South African economy many investors are asking whether they should bail on SA listed stocks for good.
I'll give you my take on the situation now, let's first have a look at the facts:
SA’s economy is already... ››› more
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
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.
What’s behind this ... ››› more
Imagine investing R100,000 in a company and receiving over R600,000 in dividends alone…
Or investing the same amount and getting back nearly R200,000 just in dividends…
Now that's serious income that could guarantee a comfortable retirement. Now imagine owning six of these shares right now…
I'd call that the ‘Ultimate Paycheque' retirement.
And as I said, I've identified si... ››› more
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
“Francois, where should I take my money? ‘They' tell me to take as much as possible offshore right now. Is that the right place to invest?”
With the three year return on the JSE sitting at a grand total of 9.49% many investors are asking me whether it is still relevant investing in the JSE.
Perhaps inve... ››› more
It's a new year and, as customary, I'm sharing a couple of insights that I believe will shape the stock market, our economy, and the world we see around us every day.
2017 was a year dominated by two themes.
The first one being, politics, drove the South African economy, investor sentiment and our currency.
The second was probably a symptom of the first. Because politics dominated ever... ››› more
I can remember my honeymoon like yesterday.
We were crazy in love.
And for months afterward this euphoric phase continued.
I could make no mistake in her eyes, nor she in mine. Everything was perfect.
Then suddenly reality struck. Our first big fight after getting married.
And suddenly we realized being married is tough, and the good times go hand in hand with the tough ones…... ››› more
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