Q. “Hi Timon, it's been a tough two months trading, with this sideways market.
Right now, I'm worried because I'm down 15% of my portfolio.
It's entirely my fault as I let my trades run down without a stop loss.
Do you possibly have a calculation that I can use to see how much I need to recover to get my portfolio back to what it was?”
A. Hi Andrew, yes it is most defin... ››› more
Vodacom released interim results yesterday, and it isn't enough to see it push through the critical resistance level above R136.50.
Headline earnings per share came in at R4.60 (half year), which is below the full year 2020 consensus expectation of R9.61. Vodacom will have to do very well in the remaining period to achieve consensus and not disappoint investors.
SA reported mobile service ... ››› more
So you've heard the terms bandied about.
Small Cap, Mid Cap and Big Cap stocks.
What does this mean - and how do stocks get labelled as either a small or mid cap for instance?
It is important to know the differences between these different categories of shares - as it will affect your investment strategy…
‘The Great JSE Takeove... ››› more
Dividends can make you massive returns.
If for instance you bought Adapt IT in 2009, you'd have paid 44c per share. Since then the company has paid out 81.84cps in dividends - a return of 186% from dividends alone.
Based on the latest dividend of 17.1cps, you'd make 38.8% on your original investment THIS YEAR ALONE.
... ››› more
In today's Money Morning…day 6 of your 7-day course…the hard part is actually finding the stocks…how to find potentially profitable small-cap stocks…and more…
Welcome back to your Penny Stock Profits email course.
We're now on Day 6 of 7.
Today we're going to take everything you've learnt and put it all together.
We're going to go from A-Z on finding and buying potentially p... ››› more
In today's Money Morning…day four of your 7 day course…how to look for exploding stocks…what determines whether you should buy or move on?…and more…
Welcome back to your Penny Share Profits email course.
We’re now on Day 4 of 7.
If you missed the email I sent you on Friday, it was all about the four biggest mistakes novice penny share investors make…
The... ››› more
The JSE finished the month and quarter with a very strong rally of 3.3% on Friday.
Never the less, that rally was not enough to close the All Share Index in the black for the year-to-date.
Financials, Small and Mid-cap shares are down while resources are up 11.2% year to date.
The market still faces strong headwinds with the US instigated Trade War becoming more hostile, rising yields ... ››› more
PSG has pulled back to a good buying level around the R235 mark. We've been trading the R230/R270 range this year very well.
When you buy PSG you get exposure to a number of companies, like Capitec, now one of South Africa's “big 5” and growing by over 100,000 clients per month.
Through PSG, you also gain exposure to Curro and Studio, which has been unbundled from Curro and starts tradin... ››› more
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
US markets closed at record highs on Friday, helped by technology stocks like Apple, Facebook and Google. The strength of the US markets is filtering through to other developed markets and the victory by Emmanuel Macron in the French elections eliminates one more hurdle. Improving global sentiment bodes well for the weeks ahead.
The rise in technology stocks is playing out nicely for our inve... ››› more
Before we jump into what the market did and what you should look out for this week, I would like to mention a few interesting retirement articles you should consider reading.
This week's Business Times had some excellent articles by Laura du Preez on Retirement Planning, take note of the following:
New disclosure of RA costs is highlighting rampant abuse in this area
How a ... ››› more
Last week's interest rate cut of 25 basis points (0.25%) has boosted retailers and shares with high debt levels. Improving sentiment and the prospect of a boost to economic growth provided support for the Rand.
Earning season is in full swing, as of Friday, 19% of the companies in the S&P 500 had reported results for Q2 2017 and 73% had beaten earnings and sales expectations.
In the we... ››› more
Global stocks are making record high after record high on the back of monetary policy that remains accommodative globally, inflation that's surprisingly low, the oil price below $50 and improving manufacturing data.
All this positivity is feeding into investor sentiment and it appears the rally that started out as a “Trump Bump” is growing stronger daily.
Locally, it's all about confid... ››› more
The JSE's rally from late June accounts for all the growth we've seen this year.
The bullish tone is threatening a break above the trading range which has confined the market for more than three years.
As in common at this stage, small caps and midcaps have lagged significantly and we expect them to play catch up.
Mid-caps to consider include: MicroMega, Santova, AdvTech and AECI.
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Global markets have retreated over the past week as tensions rose on Trumps threats directed at North Korea.
Tensions will subside and global markets will continue their rallies on the back of positive earnings surprises.
The big earnings release for our market will be Tencent's (due to Nasper's stake in it) that will be released in the early hours of Wednesday.
All 32 major analysts tha... ››› more
While everyone was looking for clues as to the future of easy monetary policy, both Janet Yellen and Mario Draghi kept mum at Jackson Hole.
Both speeches were taken as more dovish, which implies accommodation to continue for longer. This has seen the Rand trade below R13 to the USD, the strongest level for August and the Euro trade at its strongest level against the USD in 30 months.
CPI c... ››› more
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
We had a good week for our short-term trades.
• Sasol for a 6.71% gain
• Vodacom for 10.33% gain
• Sibanye for a 30%
All ungeared, see position updates below.
Paying too much for your retirement savings?
The weekend press has again highlighted the impact of costs your retirement savings. Most older policy are paying the industry norm of 3% and higher. It’s a littl... ››› more
This might be the most important week for determining the market direction for the rest of the year, we have:
• A Fed announcement on their tapering on Wednesday
• A SARB announcement on interest rates om Thursday
• Futures closeout on Thursday
The market is expecting (with a 98.6% probability) the Fed to not pull the trigger on an additional rate hike. On the flip side, local inte... ››› more
I'm not about to go into a political rant about the violence on university campuses or about the pros and cons of having free higher education for all.
What I want to talk about is the newest campaign that just happened - on the back of #FeesMustFall. It's called #DataFeesMustFall!
Thousands of people are unhappy with the data fees they're being charged by South African cell phone ... ››› more
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