Central banks have vowed to do what ever it takes to ignite economic growth.
Growth is the only thing that will address the Covid-19 unemployment crisis facing the world.
That means there will be a lot of cheap and seemingly “free” money thrown at this problem.
We have several central bankers talking this week and our own monetary policy committee is due to make an interest rate an... ››› more
Everyone has favourites. A favourite food. A favourite colour. A favourite vacation spot. And, even though you'll never admit it, some people even have a favourite child.
For me, this pertains to the world of stocks too.
So, what is that one stock? The one I just have to hold no matter what anyone says?
Well, it's a company that, for the longest time, operated in the shadows of its mai... ››› more
Over the long-term cash isn't the best investment, it underperforms in times of economic prosperity. And impacts portfolio returns as it barely keeps pace with inflation. But in times of increased uncertainty and a stock market sell-off like we've just experienced…
Cash is King… Its value is less volatile than riskier assets. But you should be ready to deploy the cash when the time is rig... ››› more
Did you know that every decade since the 1970's, the world has been defined by a core technological breakthrough?
And people who recognised these breakthroughs, turned into multi-millionaires, even billionaires.
You see, in the 1970's, mainframe computers emerged, which saw the rise of IBM.
In the 1980's, personal computers went mainstream, which saw Apple, Microsoft and Hewlett-Packar... ››› more
As I predicted last year, 2016 was a year of consolidation. Our market went nowhere. But shares are much cheaper today than they were a year ago.
And that makes me optimistic about 2017.
But there's one industry in particular that I've got my eyes on.
It was arguably the worst sector for 2016.
One of the worst droughts in decades hit South Africa. Farmers lost crop... ››› more
Where is, the Rand going?
The biggest surprise last week came from the Rand which strengthened another 2,3% against the US Dollar and 3% to the Pound. This put Rand hedge stocks under pressure and the Resources Index fell 2,7%. The JSE Top 40 index was down 1,5%.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 1,8% and the S&P500 1,5%, touching new highs. European markets were firmer but m... ››› more
What you are about to read, may sound like science fiction...
But I assure you it is fact.
Think about Hollywood blockbuster movies like Gattica and Splice, where healthy, genetically modified children are a standard feature in everyday life. Now imagine a new technology that can help you decide if your child has black hair, hazel eyes or tanned skin. Not only does this new technology allo... ››› more
This weekend, Samsung booked out a large chunk of Sandton Square to put on a very innovative promotion based around their new Oculus VR gear. As you walked in, your eye was immediately drawn to a series of rollercoaster seats where people were screaming, throwing their hands in the air or ducking away from non-existent obstacles. Well, non-existent in our reality, of course.
Welcome to the wor... ››› more
You've no doubt heard of Bitcoin. The digital currency uses blockchain.
Blockchain is a technology that has the potential to revolutionise the way we do things now, for the better.
So what does this mean for you as an investor?
Let's take a closer look…
What blockchain could do
The supporters of blockchain see it:
Eradicating fees... ››› more
Technology stocks have come a long way since the dotcom bust of 2000. Technology is such an integral part of daily life.
Just think how you rely on technology for so many aspect of your day to day tasks: Online banking, social media, email, etc. The list is long.
And it's not just individuals that need technology. Companies across the globe depend on it for their businesses.
So what sort ... ››› more
Think back 20 years. If you wanted to check your bank statement, you waited for your bank to post it out to you. If you wanted to buy clothes or a book, you had to go shopping.
Thanks to the Internet, you can now do so many things online. But with this growing reliance on the Internet comes a growing problem: Cybercrime.
Thanks to this, cybersecurity is a growing industry. And it presents yo... ››› more
The price of Bitcoin has had it tough over the last year. But just because the price is down, it doesn't mean that there isn't amazing potential with the digital currency and the technology it uses.
So what is so special about the technology that Bitcoin uses? And how can you get your slice of the action?
Read on to find out…
The special thing about Bitcoin is the blockchain
The t... ››› more
Think about how you bank these days compared to a few years ago. Chances are you opt for internet banking, and use your phone and tablet for much of your online activity.
It appears we're now on the cusp of an even bigger change. Instead of using these devices to send payment instructions and look at your bank accounts, they can become means of payments themselves.
This development could hav... ››› more
Ascendis Health is a health and care brand company. It has a listing on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange…
Full name: Ascendis Health Limited
Short name: Ascendis
Sector: Health care – pharmaceuticals & biotechnology
Five top facts about Ascendis Health
Ascendis Health employs over 1,400 people across its operations.
Ascendis Health... ››› more
Take a closer look into your phone and your iPad, look under the hood of every hybrid car, into the lenses of every digital camera or into the heart of a medical wonder…
Each of these technologies has changed the way we work and the way we live and they all have one thing in common, Technology Metals.
What are Tech Metals and what do they do?
Technology Metals are a set of 17 ... ››› more
CYNK Technology has soared from a measly few cents to nearly $15 in less than a month. The stock, which isn't on a regulated exchange such as the New York Stock Exchange, trades on an over the counter (OTC) exchange.
So why has CYNK's share price scaled so high? Is there substance to this company, or is it a classic case of a ‘pump and dump'?
Let's take a closer look…
What is CYNK Tec... ››› more
Bitcoin has had its fair share of controversy since its conception. But Bitcoin is a revolutionary new technology. This means Bitcoin is probably set to follow the path of other revolutionary technologies. And if it follows the paths of these other revolutionary technologies, it's preparing for take-off. Let's take a closer look at the evidence…
Bitcoin is preparing for rapid growth
Have a l... ››› more
Today, we are very dependent on computers.
Almost every building we enter, we see different types of computers!
Acer, Lenovo, LG, Dell, Sony, HP computers you name it…
And the demand for computer technology is not even remotely slowing down…
People will always want the newest and trendiest computers.
And with people buying, means the companies will make good profits which will... ››› more
South African stocks ended the week lower, mirroring the trend across the world's major markets. Concerns about the value of technology stocks is causing some market jitters. The JSE was under pressure as Naspers resumed its slide lower due to its large stake in Tencent. Let's take a closer look at what happened on the JSE on Friday…
A pr... ››› more
There is a metal that's getting ready to soar. This metal is 15 times rarer than platinum. In fact, this metal is 30 times rarer than gold. And no substitute can replace this metal because of its unique physical properties. This metal is palladium. And the price of palladium is looking set to double. Let's take a look at why… ]
Modern technology needs palladium to function
Palladium is a met... ››› more
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