The price of energy in Europe is soaring.
Everything from futures contracts on natural gas to carbon permits have jumped in price. And it's believed that this crisis is only going to get worse as Europe enters winter!
It doesn't matter if you look at coal, natural gas or even water stored to produce electricity from hydropower stations, the supply is out!
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It's a good question.
Global investors are currently flocking to the large developed market technology companies.
Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Google, Netflix, Microsoft and Nvidia have all shown incredible year-to-date returns.
The low interest rate environment post-Covid has once again sparked a global hunt for yield. And, since fixed-income returns are in the toilet, conservative invest... ››› more
The local currency is on FIRE.
At 19:00 on Wednesday night, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced South Africa would be moving to level 1 lockdown. One hour later, US Federal Reserve policy makers indicated they are expecting US interest rates to remain at almost ZERO until the end of 2023.
Wowza that is dovish!
We have economies opening up and we have central bankers bunkering down.
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This week, sit-down restaurants once again opened their doors to the public.
They opened under a cloud of restrictions. But they're open!
This must be a welcome relief to so many private restauranteurs and small business investors. Because, while they can't serve alcohol, offer a buffet and or hand you a menu (menus will have to be replaced by “no-touch” options), they can at least sta... ››› more
The rise of the World Wide Web turned the world of shopping on its head.
One company that cashed in massively was the USA's Amazon.com.
This company is now the biggest eCommerce retailer in the world. And, in spite of Covid-19, lockdowns and (in case you've forgotten) a simmering trade war between the US and China, Amazon's share price has just reached all-time highs.
When looking eas... ››› more
The world is in turmoil!
Although looking at global stock prices you might not believe it.
But let me tell you, despite the insane market recovery, economic chaos and uncertainty are still the order of the day.
And, when you're reviewing your potential investment options, it's not surprising if you feel like you've been dropped in the middle of the jungle with nothing but a survival kn... ››› more
You recall the ‘mind blowing' emoji? That's how I feel every time I find someone without a tax-free savings account (TFSA).
After all, it's one of the best investment decisions you can make as a South African. It's a total no-brainer if you're serious about investing. And, just last week, Tito Mboweni, the SA finance minister, increased your tax-free annual limit from R33 000 to R36 000.
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China is in chaos.
The Coronavirus has just about brought the world's second largest economy to a standstill.
As a nation, the Chinese have been restricted to their homes. The government has cancelled flights… Shut down cities… And tragically nearly 500 people have already lost their lives!
It's a disastrous social crisis, and one which has roiled global markets.
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If Cyril Ramamphosa's recent announcement at Business Unity SA's second annual Business Economic Indaba is for real, you, me and every other investor and business owner could be thanking him!
After all analysts estimate Eskom has cost our economy R338 billion since 2007.
And while Eskom's power problems appear to have no end in sight, this announcement by Ramaphosa could greenlight a great... ››› more
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