To think that just five years ago, if you mentioned anything about cannabis, marijuana or weed, it was a major taboo and they might have thought you were a druggie or a drug dealer.
Fast forward to today and already it's become not only a legal industry, as of the end of 2018, but also, it's become a multi-billion dollar industry world-wide.
In fact, there are major developments for cannab... ››› more
Q. "I refer to the article you wrote about REITs. I just want to ask the reasons for investing in REITs rather than just owning the property itself?"
A. Here are my top 3 reasons to invest in REITs.
Reason 1: Own property and earn returns by doing nothing
First, when you own a REIT stock, that's all the action you need to take in order to earn returns ... ››› more
The ongoing trade war between the US and China escalated last week when President Trump said they would initiate another 10% tariff hike on Chinese imports worth $300 billion effective 1 September 2019.
Since then, we have seen a huge drop - over 5% on the S&P500, Dow Jones, Yuan currency and even the JSE.
Investors are becoming really worried about global stability and it's driving them ... ››› more
Q. "I've seen that REITs have become widely spoken about in the news lately, since the Federal Reserve decided to cut the interest rates by 25 basis points to 2%. This has sparked my interest to look into investing in REITs. Timon could you explain briefly what a REIT is, how they work and why the drop in interest rates have attracted investors into buying them?”
A. REITs (pronounced R... ››› more
At the end of February 2019, I sent out a prediction article on silver.
In it, I mentioned that silver's price broke above a ceiling level (blue line in the graph below) at $15.80.
Since then, the silver market’s price buying momentum picked up and has been in a strong upward trajectory.
In fact, right now the silver price is trading at around $16.52, ... ››› more
Q. "I've been following PickPocket Trader service for a few months and I must say I'm happy about the four winning trades in a row. I find that Trader X has a strategy where he likes holding onto trades for several weeks. However, I would like to incorporate a strategy alongside with his and would like to hear what you think…
Essentially, I'll buy at the price Trader X sends out, and if the ... ››› more
Early on Tuesday last week, Finance Minister Tito Mboweni announced that Eskom will be receiving an additional R59 billion over the next two years, to help Eskom service its debt.
There are mixed reviews about the bill and how it will help South Africa.
Some people say this could be the light at the end of the tunnel and others say it's just another wait for an oncoming train…
As ... ››› more
Q. “Other than the technical side of trading, what else can I ask my broker which may help with my trading and investing knowledge and the financial decisions I make for my portfolio?”
A. I love this question because I think most people feel intimidated by even talking to their broker.
When you phone up your broker, you may ask them a number of investment and trading questions which th... ››› more
We are already in July 2019 and in the last six months, we've seen the SP500 index rise 17% for the first time since 1997.
With the truce agreement between the US and China that took place at the G20 summit, the rumours about the FED cutting interest rates and the index breaking above the psychological 3,000 level - It looks like we are in for a very profitable ride with the SP500.
But, ... ››› more
Q. “Last month, you sent out an article about the Fibonacci sequence, explained how the different ratios act as support and resistances on any high traded market and gave us a trading strategy.
I found this fascinating and would like to try and build a Fibonacci calculator for currency pairs and markets that aren't available to trade on my trading platform.
Could you help share with me the... ››› more
If you're interested in making money in the US markets, I have an amazing opportunity for you today.
With the G20 coming to an end on a high note, with the US adding 100s of thousands of more jobs and with the Dow Jones hitting all-time highs, I believe this is just the start of a long run up.
In today's article, I'm going to highlight why the Dow Jones is set to fly over 16.69% in the nex... ››› more
Q. "It drives me nuts that I can't get a straight answer on what the difference between ripple and XRP is. Maybe you can help me?"
A. Ripple is a software solutions company that offers banks a software called Ripple Connect. This software uses ILP (InterLedger Protocol) to transfer US dollars between banks for a minimal fee.
The Ripple company basically sells and licenses software to fina... ››› 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
Q. "I received a trade from PickPocket Trader last week to short the rand using CFDs. Could you tell me a formula I can use to know how many CFDs I must sell, in a way that I don't lose more than 2% on my R35,000 portfolio?"
A. The CFD calculation for Forex currency pairs is a little different to the calculation you need for buying stock CFDs.
Here's a formula you can use for currency CFD... ››› more
This year alone we've seen Bitcoin rise over 200% in price. And in just one month, it's pierced right through the expected target of $11,890 which I sent out on 27 May 2019.
Take a look at the before and after chart to see how it panned out.
This is the first time, in 17 months, we've seen Bitcoin hit these kinds of high prices. The interesting thing is that it looks... ››› more
Q. "Now that Facebook is launching a new crypto-currency, I'm very interested to start trading it. Could you briefly explain what I need to know to understand the new crypto-currency and why people are getting so excited over it?"
A. Facebook's crypto-currency is called Libra. It is a one of a kind global currency and financial infrastructure which will be powered by a smart contract platform... ››› more
It's been like something out of a movie this month.
I'd call the movie something like "The Return of the Tanker Wars".
If you're old enough, you'll remember the 80s, when the oil tankers were targeted by US warships in the fight against Iran.
Fast forward to today and already this year, we've seen six oil tankers that have been attacked in the Gulf of Oman and now near the U.A.E.
... ››› more
Q. "I would like to know if it's wise to start trading with capital of R10,000? I am a beginner and have never traded before?"
A. I always recommend a starting portfolio value of at least R5,000, when you start to trade.
Not only will you be able to grow your account larger and at a faster rate, but also because of these four main reasons.
Reason #1: More funds mean more trades... ››› more
What a month it's been, especially last week!
We saw giant companies like Tongaat, Lonmin and Basil Read suspend their shares.
These are companies that have been around 30 to 127 years and now they're being taken off the JSE.
And despite this mass culling, the JSE is still rising to new highs.
In this article we'll briefly catch you up on what happened in June with the m... ››› more
Q. "I see there's been a lot of hype about Bitcoin and gold over the last couple of weeks. Could you briefly compare the two coins so that I can understand better what I am trading?"
A. I'll compare Bitcoin and gold with different categories.
6 Differences between gold and bitcoin
1. What is it?
Bitcoin is a digital and an int... ››› more
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