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  • What a third interest cut means for US stocks!
  • Last week, the US Federal Reserve finally cut interest rates again. The rationale behind this move is to help sustain US growth. Now the quarter-point cut marks the third rate cut this year. And this can be good news for stock investors. In fact, following the latest announcement, US stock markets hit new highs. But even better…. If history is anything to go by, we could see US stock... ››› more
  • [11 November 2019]
  • “Cannabis 2.0”: The next wave of pot profits just arrived
  • Did you see recently the huge news on the Canadian cannabis front? Well, on 17 October 2019, derivatives of marijuana — topicals and extracts — that were previously out of the question, were legalized in Canada. This next stage of cannabis legalisation will create a tidal wave of new profits for cannabis companies. And in turn reward early investors - who bank on the right compani... ››› more
  • [28 October 2019]
  • Goodbye China and hello 30,940 for the Dow Jones!
  • Trump may have imposed 100s of billions of dollars on tariffs in the US China trade war and it seems he isn't about to stop there… In fact, the trade war could escalate to a new level of madness where we see the US delist a number of Chinese companies from the US stock exchanges. Just to put it into perspective, in February, as per government data, there were 156 companies that traded on... ››› more
  • [07 October 2019]
  • Why the JSE will continue higher despite Trump's latest tariff - wars
  • Last week we discussed how after a national SA election there is always a rally on the JSE in the following 12 months.    If you missed the article, you can catch up here.    In today's article however, I would like to follow up and explain why I expect a strong rally despite the carnage that is taking place in the international markets.      Recommended: _... ››› more
  • [20 May 2019]
  • About the ETF: db x-trackers MSCI USA Index ETF [JSE:DBXUS]
  • db x-trackers MSCI USA Index exchange traded fund (ETF) tracks the MSCI USA Index. The ETF has a listing on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange… Full name: db x-trackers MSCI USA Index ETF Short name: DBX USA Ticker: DBXUS Sector: JSE listed funds Five top facts about db x-trackers MSCI USA Index ETF Fact #1: ETFs are passively managed funds, which track the performance of an underly... ››› more
  • [04 September 2015]
  • Bitcoin: What happened in 2014 and what lies ahead
  • In its short life, 2014 was by far the worst year for Bitcoin. The digital currency shed a massive 67%. That means it earns the worst performing ‘currency' award of last year. So far, 2015 isn't looking much better for Bitcoin. Two weeks ago it plummeted another 47% to $170. Now it's back around $265. Let's take a closer look at what's going on and what may lie ahead… What happened... ››› more
  • [28 January 2015]
  • Turn five minutes of work into thousands of rands in profits when you trade indexes
  • If you have a few minutes to spare every few days, you have the potential to unlock thousands of rands in profits. This trading strategy doesn't require any previous experience, hard work or special equipment. You just need a cell phone. By following some simple instructions, you could be on your way to banking pay outs like R2,010. R2,261 and R2,308 just by trading indexes… Today, we want to ... ››› more
  • [19 February 2014]
  • 3 letters, 2 predictions, 1 way to profit
  • Three letters: U.S.A. 2014 is going to be the year of America. You see, two things are about to happen that'll push the American economy back to its former glory... And there's an easy way for you to profit along with it. Let me explain... Prediction #1: USA stocks will thrive in 2014   I believe the USA’s stock exchange, or more specifically its S&P 500 market index, w... ››› more
  • [23 January 2014]
  • US job figures surprise to the upside
  • On Friday, the US Labor Department released its non-farm payroll data for October. The numbers surprised, with more jobs created than forecast. But unemployment also notched up from September. Let's take a closer look at what the US jobs data revealed… The US Labor Department revealed that employers created “a surprisingly strong 204,000 jobs” in October, says IOL. This is in spite of the ... ››› more
  • [11 November 2013]
  • US economic growth comes in higher than expected
  • Late yesterday, the US Commerce Department released its gross domestic product (GDP) for the third quarter. The data surprised. It showed a better than forecast uptick in economic growth. But data also showed that consumer spending fell. Let's take a closer look at what the data revealed… The US saw its economy expand “at an annual pace of 2.8% in the third quarter,” reports the BBC. This ... ››› more
  • [08 November 2013]
  • The US government comes to an agreement on the eve of the deadline
  • The US government certainly kept the world waiting on this. On the eve of the day that it was expected the US government would hit its debt ceiling, the matter has been resolved. The US government finally agreed a new budget. The US stock markets roared higher on the news. Let's take a closer look at what went on... The leaders of the US Senate, the Republicans and Democrats, finally “struck a... ››› more
  • [16 October 2013]
  • How to get rich after South Africa strikes out with foreign investors
  • South African labour unions are not having as much success bullying foreign investors as they have with the government… International firms like BMW, frustrated by the losses they're incurring due to strikes, are threatening to call off their plans for expansion. Who can blame them? The most recent fiasco cost the motor vehicle sector about R20bn and slashed exports by 75%! The outlook... ››› more
  • [09 October 2013]
  • America's playing chicken with your money… Make sure you don't get wiped out!
  • Right now the world's biggest game of chicken is taking place. On the one side, you have the US government Democrats and on the other you have the Republicans. And as America is rapidly approaching its debt ceiling, the point at which the US will default on its debts, both parties are stubbornly not backing down. Should the worst happen and the US defaults, they'll blame each other for n... ››› more
  • [07 October 2013]
  • A staid end to the JSE's week
  • After the US government began its partial shutdown on Tuesday last week, the markets have been waiting to see what's going to happen. Investors want to know when the US government will sort out its differences and sort out its budget. The result is a JSE that didn't see any vast movement on Friday. Let's take a closer look at what happened on the JSE on Friday… The JSE “moved sideways in slu... ››› more
  • [06 October 2013]
  • Mining Minister: A lengthy strike in the gold mining sector is bad for the economy
  • Earlier today, the Minister for Mining, Susan Shabangu warned that a lengthy strike in the mining sector would be bad for the economy. Strike action is set to begin tonight after wage talks failed. Let's have a closer look at the impact of a lengthy strike in the gold mining sector… Susan Shabangu, Minister of Mines, warned earlier today that a “protracted strike in the gold industry” will... ››› more
  • [03 September 2013]
  • The NEXT BIG THING in the telecommunications sector isn't where you'd expect…
  • Everyone I've spoken to is sure about one thing. Within the next five years EVERY 'dumb' cellphone in the world will be replaced by a smartphone. The developed world is already 80% converted. Within the next year 80% of South Africans will have followed the same trend. The media calls it the 'Smartphone Revolution'… But I believe the producers of smartphones won't benefit greatly fro... ››› more
  • [25 July 2013]
  • You can profit from the 'cheap oil' revolution today
  • In the mid 1800's oil mania hit America. As the country industrialized it soon became clear that oil would be one of the most important resources in a mechanizing world. There was a huge rush for this ‘black gold' and some got very rich from it. None more so than John D Rockerfeller - The world's first billionaire. But now a new energy revolution is sweeping across America, and this ti... ››› more
  • [09 July 2013]
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