Markets & Equities

The opportunities that tomorrow brings

Some of the greatest success stories all have one thing in common, and that is that hardship isn’t used as an excuse, but as motivation – the motivation not to focus so much on current circumstances, but rather on the opportunities that tomorrow may bring. Famous sports stars like Mohammed Ali (boxing), Nikki Lauda (Formula […]

Markets & Equities

How high volatility can offer investors good opportunities to buy

As I was writing this, we were just entering the month of March, following a February filled with so much negativity that I’m sure we would all just like to forget it as soon as possible. They say that it is always darkest before the dawn, and although this may not be the answer that […]

Markets & Equities

Investment opportunities in local banks

In their book, The Enigma of Reason, Hugo Mercier and Dan Sperber writes: “Two major features of the production of reasons: it is biased – people overwhelmingly find reasons that support their previous beliefs – and it is lazy–people do not carefully scrutinize their own reasons. Combined, these two traits spell disaster for the lone […]

Markets & Equities

Are there opportunities hiding in local listed property shares?

I have made reference to the phrase, “swimming upstream” before, and mentioned how it always reminds me of the joke about the man who was travelling on the N1-highway when he got a phone call from his panicked wife. She had heard on the radio that on the same highway, a vehicle was travelling in […]

Markets & Equities

Positioning in 2020

For the first January in years, the Western Cape is not facing another day zero to prepare for, and this whole drought situation also taught me one of my greatest life lessons. Like most Capetonians, I followed the standard water storage route by installing both a rain water tank and a grey water tank. Trying […]

Markets & Equities

Low volatility does not necessarily mean less growth

Investors who have followed my reports over the years, would know that I like to use well-known sayings to either point out or describe a variety of terms or market movements. But there is one saying that regularly makes its appearance in the investment world: “High risk, high reward.” Without wanting to offend thrill seekers, […]

Markets & Equities

The S&P500 party is just getting started

We have all been invited to a function, party, wedding or braai that we just didn’t look forward to, only to be surprised with a very pleasant event. Before you knew it, you were socialising like pro, and by the time midnight struck, you were the one proudly showing off your best dance moves to […]

Financial Planning

The road to success does not always run equally smoothly

It’s a scientific fact that no two people are exactly alike. A few years ago, my family and I took a road trip through the Klein Karoo. Aside from being one of the most breathtakingly beautiful places on earth, it is also known for some of the world’s most beautiful mountain ranges. We spent the […]

Markets & Equities

When last year’s winners keep up momentum

A few of you might point out that my message this week directly contradicts what I said a few weeks ago. “Don’t bet on last year’s star performers” was right there in the title in September after all, and I pointed out that betting on last year’s winning shares may not always be the best […]

Financial Planning

Five achievable investment ideas to help grow your personal wealth

I recently got home from work, only to find my eldest daughter in tears.  Upon enquiry as to why she was so sad, she told me that she had a massive university assignment due and that this particular assignment was so huge, that with the time she had left and the quantity of work that […]

Financial Planning Markets & Equities

Sometimes doing nothing is the best thing to do

Until fairly recently, my youngest daughter competed in the South African XC mountain bike race series. For those of you who are not too familiar with the sport, the easiest way to describe this particular type of race, would be to refer to it as a mountain bike race that takes place on a track […]

Markets & Equities

Is there value hiding in quality shares?

When we talk about the biggest comeback of all times, I’m sure that Tiger Woods will stand out as one of the greatest ever. Until quite recently still, whenever the name Tiger Woods was mentioned, most people felt that he USED TO be one of the greatest golfers ever and that he was likely to […]

Financial Planning

How to save during tough times

We currently find ourselves in a market that hasn’t shown any real growth over the past five years and even the most optimistic investors are now starting to panic, especially those who have already retired. With the cost of living rising rapidly, many pensioners are forced to increase their withdrawal rates to well above the […]

Economy

Is there really value hiding somewhere in the South African market?

I have always found the human brain to be a fascinating thing. In school, we had a pupil that was extremely gullible. He would come to school 100% healthy, but from time to time, his friends would play a prank on him by telling him that he didn’t look healthy at all. Lo and behold, […]

Economy

There goes the rand… Yet Again

As South Africans, we have this amazing ability to come up with catchy terms for big events that take place in our country. But just as the USA is running out of female names for hurricanes, it seems that we will also be running out of terms to label local catastrophic events soon, especially when […]

Economy

Cobbler, stick to your last

A few years ago, my sister and her then fiancé, asked me to be master of ceremonies (MC) at their wedding. While he is Dutch and she had settled in Amsterdam many years ago, they decided to have their wedding in South Africa. Shortly before their wedding day, however, I got a call from my […]

Markets & Equities

The differences between SA Multi-Asset Income Funds and Money Market

If we take a look at the following incorrect statements made by individuals over the years, one thing becomes clear, and that is that no single human being is perfect: “While theoretically and technically television may be feasible, commercially and financially I consider it an impossibility, a development of which we need waste little time […]

Markets & Equities

The correlation between shares and interest rates

I have referred to the correlation, or lack thereof, between quite a few ratios and investments in my past writings. But much like Australian Cricket players and sandpaper, when we take a closer look at the relationship between our stock market and interest rate cycles, you will see that these two do in fact go […]

Financial Planning

Saving in offshore investments

We still find ourselves in the month of July, which also happens to be National Savings Month. In my previous three columns, I discussed the importance of saving both before and after retirement. This week, I would like to touch on something that has recently appeared regularly both in the press and on social media: […]