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  • What is the state of SA's economic recovery right now?
  • 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? ________________________________________   How to Grow a Multi-Million Rand Retirement   ... ››› more
  • [08 July 2021]
  • Why Interest Rates are doing nothing for the rand right now
  • Q. “I refer back to Monday's article. You mentioned that the main reason for the rand's rally was based on global reasons rather than local. Don't you think South African interest rate changes could have an effect on the rands strength too?”   A. As there is no clear-cut answer, I can only speak from my economic background and experience.   Generally, when interest rates ris... ››› more
  • [18 June 2021]
  • Investors are looking left… when they should be looking right
  • The only thing on investors' minds right now is the US election. At the time of writing the final votes have yet to be tallied. Right now, many battleground states are still up for grabs, with Pennsylvania looking like the key to victory. Trump has already claimed the win and approached the courts filing multiple lawsuits in most of the swing states. He's demanded a recount in Wisconsin. A... ››› more
  • [06 November 2020]
  • Do you feel like your investments are trapped in South Africa? I have a solution!
  • The rand has been extremely volatile this year, ranging between R14/USD to over R19/USD. Recently, the currency seems to have found a range between R16.40/USD and R17.20/USD. This stability may be short-lived however as the rest of the year will likely prove turbulent. Overseas, we have the US election looming in early November. It's set to be one of the most contentious in recent memory. Thou... ››› more
  • [09 October 2020]
  • Why March 2021 is a crucial date if you've got a pension fund or RA
  • Odds are you have a pension fund, or money invested in a retirement annuity. For good reason - we all need to prepare for retirement. And the tax benefits are a great benefit to these retirement funds. But if you're planning on emigrating - even if it is something you've got planned for your distant future, you should listen up… Come March 2021 and your plans could become considerabl... ››› more
  • [17 September 2020]
  • Time is running out. You need to take action right now!
  • For the first time in nearly 16 years inflation is below the South African Reserve Bank's targeted range. Yesterday, Consumer Price Inflation (CPI) slowed to 2.1%. That's the lowest number since September 2004. Now, you're thinking inflation is low, that's a good thing, right? It's a bit more complicated. Let's explore…   ________________________________________   Di... ››› more
  • [16 July 2020]
  • Even if you hate me for this - I can't stay silent any longer
  • Some years ago I called out the Sharemax investment scheme. And I got flack from advisors and investors invested in the company - collecting fat dividends. But Sharemax crashed and burnt. And investors lost out big time.   In early March 2016 I warned investors that MMM Global would bankrupt them.   I received hate mail, MMM Global investors laughed at me. You see, they ... ››› more
  • [26 June 2020]
  • Breaking news: This move by government could send the gold price past $2,000
  • Just in: The South African Reserve Bank just lowered interest rates by another 1%, the second time in a month.   This puts the South African repo rate at a historic low!   We can write essays about what the lower interest rate means for business and consumers. But in short - lowering interest rates historically has meant one thing for gold. Its price goes up!   And as you can see in the c... ››› more
  • [15 April 2020]
  • 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]
  • The #1 way to avoid rand volatility on any money you make overseas
  • If you, or your business, receive regular payments from abroad, you have to be pretty annoyed with the rand. After all, it's one of the most volatile currencies in the world. Which is pretty frustrating when you consider the South African Reserve Bank (SARB) forces you to convert any money you receive from abroad into rand within 30 days of you getting it - or sends your money back. But he... ››› more
  • [14 November 2019]
  • The best strategy to muscle your way through the looming financial crisis
  • Last week the Repo rate jumped more than 400%. Now, I'm not talking about the South African rate which is set by the South African Reserve Bank. I'm talking about the “real Repo rate”. The US one, which affects over trillions of dollars' worth of transfers each day. This rate, which is normally just over 2% spiked up to 10% last Tuesday (17 of September) as global lending markets s... ››› more
  • [26 September 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]
  • Has the “Crypto Revolution” reached SA?
  • We all know the “Crypto Revolution” has taken the world by storm. And on many occasions, I've revealed some of the game-changing events happening in the global crypto market. Events like, the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) opening up a bitcoin exchange and Goldman Sachs moving ahead with a crypto trading desk. And how the absurdly wealthy Rockerfeller and Rothschild families were stocki... ››› more
  • [04 July 2018]
  • The interest rate will drop at the end of March!
  • The South African Reserve bank will hold its Monetary Policy Committee meeting between 26 and 28 March. At this stage all the indications are that interest rates might actually drop by 0.25%. That means, if you keep paying the same amount on your property loan, you will pay it off 13 months faster - just thanks to the lower interest rate! So how can we know that this'll happen, and wha... ››› more
  • [22 March 2018]
  • Pravin Gordhan believes South Africa will dodge another recession
  • So far this year, you've heard the word recession a lot. It's a real threat to the economy right now. The third quarter of 2015 saw 0.7% gross domestic product (GDP) growth - the fourth quarter saw 0.6% GDP growth. Results of the first quarter of 2016 shows the economy contracted 1.2%. Economists expected the economy to contract only 0.1%, which leads me to believe that nobody really knows... ››› more
  • [28 July 2016]
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