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  • Joe Biden may be President but I still expect downside in the markets - Here's why…
  • Q. “Timon you were right about the delay in the voting in the USA, due to the counting of hand mail. But now the big question is. What can we expect with the US stock markets, with Joe Biden becoming the next American President?”   A. I did some research on the weekend. When I went to back-test the US stock markets over the last 23 election years, what I found might surprise ... ››› more
  • [12 November 2020]
  • 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]
  • Five EASY steps to offshore trading profits
  • Q. “Hi Timon, with the gemors going on in South Africa, I really want to just be able to trade overseas. Could you please tell me how I can open an offshore trading account, how much money I'll need and which brokers are the easiest to trade with?”   A. I fully understand where you’re coming from.   It’s not safe anymore to keep your money in just one place – especiall... ››› more
  • [06 November 2020]
  • What impact ISIS could have on global stock markets
  • The Islamic State (ISIS) group has committed a number of attacks over the past few weeks. This includes the downing of a Russian passenger plane, the attacks in Paris and suicide bombings in Beirut. Many countries across the world are on high alert as worries grow over where the group could strike next. So what impact could ISIS have on the stock markets? Let's take a closer look…  ... ››› more
  • [25 November 2015]
  • Stocks rally and oil soars over 9% as US economic growth beat expectations
  • Yesterday afternoon, the US Commerce Department revealed that the US economy has grown over 1% more than first thought during the second quarter of this year. This led to stocks rallying in Europe and the US, and the oil price going through the roof. The upbeat data could give the US Federal Reserve enough reason to hike interest rates this year. Let's take a closer look… US GDP c... ››› more
  • [28 August 2015]
  • Global stock markets plunge as panic sets in over China
  • Since the markets in the Middle East opened yesterday, global stock markets have been going in one direction: Sharply down. Investors are selling off holdings as concerns grow over what lies in store for the Chinese economy. This morning, Asian stock markets closed down in excess of 5%. So what is all the panic about? Let's take a closer look… Asian stock markets fell hard A... ››› more
  • [24 August 2015]
  • Markets slide after Greece votes ‘no' to a bailout
  • Yesterday, the people of Greece voted in a referendum to determine whether or not the country should accept the current bailout offer. The resounding ‘no' by the Greek people led the country's finance minister to step down from his position. Markets are opening down on the news. Let's take a closer look at what's going on… Greece’s finance minister steps down following the ‘... ››› more
  • [06 July 2015]
  • Understanding stock markets: How you can participate in the two main functions of the JSE
  • The Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) began operating in 1887. At its inception, its main role was to provide a means for mining companies to raise funds. Over the years, the JSE has evolved. And even though it still has many mining companies on its board, a number of different companies now have listings too. So what are the main functions of the JSE? And what do these functions mean to you... ››› more
  • [17 March 2015]
  • Not sure how much money to commit to investing? Make sure you follow this rule…
  • Putting your money to work on the stock market can be extremely rewarding as your capital grows and you receive dividends. But as the financial crisis in 2008 reminded us, there's the chance of stock market crashes and other blips along the way. So how can you work out how much money you should put to work in the market? And how much should you keep in the bank? Read on to find out… ... ››› more
  • [06 March 2015]
  • Why you should steer clear of the stock market rumour mill, especially with penny stocks
  • If you put money into any stocks, it's understandable that you may want to check what's happening with the company from time to time. And this includes reading information about a company that may not have come from it directly. But you should be cautious about the information you act on if it's not from the company itself. It could be based on nothing. And this is especially the case with penn... ››› more
  • [28 January 2015]
  • The stock markets are volatile… Does it mean a bear market is looming?
  • Volatility in the stock markets has been on the increase over the past couple of weeks. The large swings in global stock markets, including the Johannesburg Stock Exchange, are testament to that. So what does volatility tell you about the stock markets? And does it give an insight into what's ahead? Let's take a closer look… What does volatility in the stock markets mean? Vola... ››› more
  • [16 October 2014]
  • What's going on with the stock markets and commodities?
  • The last few weeks have seen some pretty volatile movements on stock markets across the world. Some markets suffering more than others. Not just that, commodity prices are falling too. Oil is trading down at $85 a barrel. Let's take a closer look at movements in the main stock markets and commodities… The rollercoaster ride of the world’s stock markets At the beginning of last m... ››› more
  • [16 October 2014]
  • What effect could a global outbreak of Ebola have on the stock markets?
  • With countries across the world on high alert over Ebola, it certainly doesn't look like this nasty virus is going to fade away. Six months into reports of the first diagnosis and cases are spreading outside of West Africa. Ebola has made its way into Europe, the US and with worldwide air travel, it seems it's just a matter of time before it spreads further. So what does Ebola mean for the s... ››› more
  • [15 October 2014]
  • The role of the stock market in the modern financial world
  • As an investor, you may just accept that there are stock markets across the world which allow you to buy and sell shares in a variety of companies. But what is the role of a stock market? And what are the benefits to investors and companies of using a stock market? Let's take a closer look… One of the main functions of a stock market A stock market, such as the Johannesburg Stock ... ››› more
  • [25 August 2014]
  • The JSE plummets over 1.2% following global markets sharply lower
  • Today, shares on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange followed global markets lower. Last night, the S&P 500 in New York lost over 2%. So what's causing the markets to fall? Let's take a closer look… Stock markets are making up for the sharp fall in New York Stock markets are under severe pressure after the “sell-off in New York” yesterday, reports Fin24. There are a number of ... ››› more
  • [01 August 2014]
  • How to hedge your investments against rising geopolitical tensions
  • Stock markets across the globe continue in their march higher. A low interest rate environment and stimulus programmes has helped money flow into bourses far and wide. But as the markets rise, so do geopolitical tensions. There's the situation in Ukraine for one and Israel as examples. So how can you protect yourself against the potential for situations in certain areas of the world to wors... ››› more
  • [30 July 2014]
  • The JSE rallied strongly along with global markets as geopolitical tensions abate
  • Following three trading sessions down, shares on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) blasted higher yesterday. And the JSE wasn't the only stock market to have a good day. Across the globe, bourses rallied. Let's take a closer look at what's going on… The JSE rose over 1% The JSE closed strongly higher breaking its losing run, says Fin24. An appetite for risk “returned to global ma... ››› more
  • [23 July 2014]
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