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  • Warning signs that you could be holding the next Steinhoff
  • The Steinhoff debacle hurt a lot of investors. If you held Steinhoff shares before the crash - you'd be down around 97% on your money today. And the chances of ever recovering all the losses are close to zero… But what you should know is that situations like this can be avoided. There are at least four clues to follow that are warnings signs of an impending disaster like that of ... ››› more
  • [24 April 2019]
  • How you can avoid becoming a victim of the next ‘investment fraud' like Steinhoff
  • It came as a shock to most investors when the Steinhoff scandal was exposed in December 2017. The share dropping 96% didn't just hurt unaware investors though. Some of the biggest investment funds in Africa got hit, including the Public Investment Corporation. This article isn't about to tell you that you could've predicted the Steinhoff debacle… But what I want to tell you is h... ››› more
  • [25 April 2018]
  • Five warning signs to spot “dead companies walking”
  • There are many widely available tools, tricks and techniques that will help you spot good businesses that are likely to increase in value. But do you know how to spot companies that are going bust? Well if there's one person who does, it's Scott Fearon. An extremely successful money manager, Scott Fearon has shorted more than 200 companies that eventually ended up at zero. And spotting th... ››› more
  • [22 September 2017]
  • Two signs that signal the end of the property market bull-run
  • Over the past 10 years, the South African listed property sector has easily outperformed its peers. Investors who've jumped on this rally early, would have made a fortune investing in JSE property companies. But the smooth-sailing returns delivered by the commercial property market are coming to an end. You see, listed property returns have halved for the last three years - 25.1% in 2... ››› more
  • [22 September 2017]
  • What to watch out for with a rights offer
  • Have you ever seen something like this before? “Company X has decided to issue 119,047,599 new linked units to qualifying linked unit holders. The units will be issued at 800c per linked unit in the ratio of 50.62569 rights for every 100 linked units held on the record date.” This is an example of a rights offer. Sometimes a company needs more cash to expand or simply to keep going... ››› more
  • [21 September 2017]
  • Ignoring these three spiral indicators could lose you a fortune!
  • I've experienced a few occasions where I believed I was investing in the right company at the right time... Only to see its share price plummet. But as an investor sometimes you'll lose out - that's a big part of the experience. But the most important part is how you learn from these mistakes. That's why I look for these three indicators that tell me when a share is about to plummet. Read on... ››› more
  • [13 April 2016]
  • Amplats warns of a drop in earnings of up to 55% after lengthy strike action
  • Earlier today, Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) released a trading update for the full-year to the end of December. The platinum producer warned of a sharp tumble in earnings over the period. This follows a five-month strike that hit its operations last year. Let's take a closer look at what Amplats revealed… Amplats says earnings are to fall between 40% and 55% Amplats [JSE:AMS]... ››› more
  • [23 January 2015]
  • Shares in Amplats tumble over 7% on the back of a warning over earnings
  • Earlier today, Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) released a trading statement covering its full-year to the end of December this year. In the statement, Amplats revealed the company expects earnings for the full-year to drop significantly. This is mostly in part to a five-month strike that hit the platinum producer this year. Let's take a closer look at what Amplats said… Amplats say... ››› more
  • [01 December 2014]
  • Eskom warns of tight power supply tomorrow and into the weekend
  • Earlier today, Eskom said it believes its power supply will suffice today, but it's a different story tomorrow and over the weekend. The power utility says it has concerns over an electricity shortfall. Let's take a closer look at what may lie in store… Brace yourself for more load shedding Spokesman for Eskom, Andrew Etzinger, says they have concerns about its power supply tomorr... ››› more
  • [27 November 2014]
  • Shares in Group Five plunge over 17% after the company warns of a stark drop in earnings
  • Group Five saw its shares dive yesterday following the release of a trading statement. The company warned that earnings would be significantly lower in its interim results, due for release in the New Year. Let's take a closer look at why Group Five's earnings are under so much pressure… Group Five shares fell the most in 14-years Yesterday saw shares in construction firm Group Fiv... ››› more
  • [18 November 2014]
  • Two signs that could signal a company's about to cut its dividend
  • If you're an income investor, the last thing you want is to invest in a company for its dividend and for the company to cut it. Even if you're not investing solely for a company's dividend it can be worthwhile finding out more. When a company regularly pays a dividend then cuts it or withholds it, chances are the share price will fall as a result. So what can you look at when it comes to che... ››› more
  • [04 November 2014]
  • The Virtual Celebrity: A look at Bitcoin's year in 2013
  • Bitcoin fever hit the mainstream hard in 2013 and the virtual currency made headlines the world over. Like Gold, another currency favoured by liberals, Bitcoin has its bulls and bears. And no matter which you are, no-one can argue that Bitcoin has changed the way we think about currency. Let's take a look at Bitcoin's year in 2013. Since January 2013, disgruntled economists and grumpy Luddit... ››› more
  • [03 January 2014]
  • ABIL's earnings plummet dragging its share price with it
  • Earlier today, African Bank Investments (ABIL) released a trading update about its results for the year to the end of September. In the update, the bank warned that it expects earnings to fall up to 90%. This follows a trading update last month warning of a drop of 63%. Let's take a closer look at what's going on… This morning, ABIL said that its earnings for the full year are likely to tumble... ››› more
  • [25 October 2013]
  • Abil's share price drops 4.51% on profit warning
  • Earlier today, African Bank Investments, or the bank better known as Abil, released a profit warning. It said that profits were likely to be down as much as 63%. The market didn't take well to the news, punishing the share down 4.51%. Let's take a closer look at the trading statement… Abil revealed earlier that its profit for the year to the end of August is “likely to fall by as much as 63%... ››› more
  • [18 September 2013]
  • Shares in Merafe dip 3% after profit warning
  • Ferrochrome producer, Merafe, announced earlier today that its profits will be significantly lower for the six months to June. The share price closed 3% down. Let's have a closer look at what the results showed… In a trading statement earlier today, Merafe said “its financial results for the six months to end-June will differ by at least 20%,” reports Fin24, when compared with the same per... ››› more
  • [24 July 2013]
  • Six ways to protect yourself from investment ‘cowboys'
  • It's a sad fact that investment scams are rapidly on the increase. They dupe investors into parting with their hard earned cash with the promise of amazing returns, only never to see their money again. Look out for these six warning signs to ensure you stay ‘safe' in the investment world… In the US and Europe, gullible investors pump millions of dollars every year into dubious financial sche... ››› more
  • [10 July 2013]
  • Six warning signs of investment fraud
  • Investment scams are rapidly on the increase and you need to guard yourself against these all the time. In fact “gullible investors pump a lot of money every year into dubious financial schemes, often based offshore, only to discover later they've been had,” says The South African Investor. Read on to discover six warning signs you should look out for to avoid falling into the trap of investme... ››› more
  • [30 May 2013]



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