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  • Five investment ideas I wish I learned earlier in life
  • Even though I started my investment ‘career' during my university years, I still wish I had done so earlier. Even a year or two, well timed, can make a world's difference. There was so much money I wasted on games, gadgets and expensive clothes… Possibly the most important investment idea not to miss out on… Investment Idea #1 - The earlier you start - the more you will end up with ... ››› more
  • [16 June 2022]
  • If you've never invested before - this should be your first step
  • So, you spend less than you earn and you're putting some savings in the bank each month? Truth is - your money in a savings account isn't doing anything for you with how low interest rates are right now… Perhaps you've considered investing - but you've been unsure about where to start? Here's what you need to know… ________________________________________   Get starte... ››› more
  • [22 July 2021]
  • Two 5G sectors you can profit from starting today!
  • Investors betting on 5G should temper their expectations. The rollout will be more evolution than revolution. For years to come, 5G networks will coexist with the current 4G LTE networks. And the speeds could be limited as the complex networks are built. But this new technology will eventually allow you to download a movie in seconds, virtual and augmented reality on the go, and remote sur... ››› more
  • [24 August 2020]
  • How you can start investing today - even with a tiny amount of money
  • The word “investing” might conjure up men in suits, big deals around boardroom tables and the exchange of millions of rands. But today I'm here to tell you that investing is not just for the rich, it's not just for super smart financial gurus. And you don't have to be the Wolf of Wall Street to start investing. Even if you have only a few rands to spare, you can start investing today.... ››› more
  • [17 June 2020]
  • Now is a great time to start investing in shares
  • I bought my first shares in the midst of the 2008 financial crisis. My first buy was Old Mutual shares, and the price rose by more than 211% in the 18 months following my buy… I rolled some of my returns into a property company, and an industrial stock - in the end I turned a couple thousand rand as a student into enough money to pay for my studies, put down a deposit on my first propert... ››› more
  • [03 June 2020]
  • If you have ‘ants in your pants' when it comes to trading , you should read this…
  • Q. “I have a strange question and I don't know if you can help me… On the one side I have your MATI Trader System which I follow and take trades around twice a week. On the other side, I have this incredible desire where I would also like to take a few trades based on different market events that present themselves in a day… Do you have any suggestions on how I can compromise bet... ››› more
  • [18 March 2020]
  • The #1 investment rule for 2020
  • Happy New Year and welcome to 2020. The last time we entered a new decade, the world was recovering from the 08/09 Financial Crisis. Since then, the US stock market has repeatedly hit new all-time highs (despite some bumps in the road). And while we know the turning point in the cycle could be around the corner… we have to remember… ________________________________________ ... ››› more
  • [13 January 2020]
  • 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]
  • Seven investment ideas I wish I learned earlier in life
  • Don't you wish you started investing earlier in life? I certainly do. Even though my first investments were made during my university years, there was so much money I wasted on expensive clothes, computer games and gadgets. While I'm happy with where I am now, there are so many things I wish the younger me knew. From the nitty-gritty details of how and why to invest, to the bigger-picture ... ››› more
  • [12 June 2019]
  • The five biggest lies you've been told about penny stock investing
  • When you've been around the penny stock investing industry as long as I have, you get tired hearing the same old lies about penny stocks over and over. While these stories don't affect me at all, I am tired of how they discourage investors that are eager to start, and to learn more about the opportunities out there. So, give me a moment of your time today to tell you about the lies, and myth... ››› more
  • [08 November 2018]
  • What kind of investor are you?
  • Whether you've been an investor for years, or you've just decided you want to start investing money, you need to know what kind of an investor you are. The reason is, if you understand what kind of investor you are, you can understand what your risk profile is. That matters, because - there's no use in investing in bonds if you are an aggressive investor looking to double your money in a y... ››› more
  • [23 April 2018]
  • Beginner's guide to investing in crypto: Part one
  • Right now, we are living through a revolution in money - the cryptocurrency revolution. I'm sure by now, you already know the potential of cryptocurrencies and how they're minting new millionaires every day. The more mainstream cryptos have become, the more people have started to take interest in it. In fact, over the past year or so, plenty of South African's have invested in cryptos and ... ››› more
  • [13 April 2018]
  • I have R6,000 and want to start investing - but I know NOTHING of shares
  • I received a letter from Louis recently: “Hi Francois,   I have saved R6,000 in the last six months, and while I want to continue this savings I want my money to start growing as well.   I realise I won’t necessarily make thousands from the get-go, but I want to become more knowledgeable about investing, and start making money for my retirement one day.   I want... ››› more
  • [08 March 2018]
  • The most important investment decision you can make, in two minutes
  • Please don't let your portfolio fall because of this single mistake… In 2014, I got a mail from an investor: “Francois, I'm not investing in a single investment recommendation of yours again. I've bought Mr Price shares with my whole portfolio. And at the rate it's going now, I'll retire in a few short years. I bought Mr Price at R136 in February, and now that it's August, the sha... ››› more
  • [22 September 2017]
  • You have to “Go Small” to add big returns to your portfolio
  • As an advisor to the South African Investor board I deal with investors that are looking for long term returns that'll help them live, and retire securely. That means we typically look at companies like Vodacom, Naspers, Bidvest and the like. Large blue-chip shares that have been around for years, and will continue to be there for years to come. Recommending these large companies is th... ››› more
  • [22 September 2017]
  • 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]
  • This popular share is like a deep dark pit for your money
  • With the success Famous Brands has had in the last decade scores of investors have flocked to similar ‘opportunities' in the food sector. Taste Holdings was probably the most exciting of these opportunities. It owned Scooters Pizza, and Maxi's. And when the company announced it would acquire The Fish and Chip Co in October 2011, its share price started a boom from 150c, to 450c in 2013.... ››› more
  • [22 September 2017]
  • The Rand's rally stalls as investors eye 2nd quarter GDP figures - TWO to buy
  • The major news is today's GDP growth figure for the 2nd quarter. The print should come out at 2.6% and signal a short-lived recession. The Rand's strength was given a boost after poor jobs numbers out from the US on Friday, but has started consolidating around R12.95. We believe clients should use the current strength to allocate an appropriate portion of assets to offshore markets. - Contact ... ››› more
  • [21 September 2017]
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