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

Will the rand treat us to a repeat of its end-of-2017 performance?

They say that a week these days, can be a long time when it comes to our local market. So much can happen in such a short period of time, that just as you think that the “match” is going to end in total defeat, someone scores a six with the last ball of the […]

Financial Planning Portfolio DIY

Following a focused investment strategy in 2017

The fact that the FTSE/JSE All Share Index barely delivered any returns in the last two years, shows us that when it comes to managing a personal share portfolio, it’s often wise to stick to specific themes. The easiest way to do this, is to manage your share portfolio in the same way that you […]

Economy Markets & Equities

Investment lessons from the Oroville Dam disaster

A very interesting story was unfolding in California, USA as I was writing this week’s article. Among the many interesting sights in the USA, you will find the Oroville Dam, which at a height of 235m, is officially the highest dam in the USA. In 2013, however, a crack in one of the dam’s main […]

Economy Markets & Equities

The A-Z of investments in 2016

A – #Allmustfall After 2015 was largely highlighted by campaigns such as the #RhodesMustFall and the #FeesMustFall movements, hopes were high that 2016 would be different. Unfortunately, our hopes were in vain as the #FeesMustFall campaign only intensified. Let’s truly hope that 2017 marks the end of these destructive #AllMustFall movements and the start of […]

Economy Markets & Equities

What are the biggest SA fund managers up to?

I’m sure most of you will agree that great uncertainty seems to be the driving force behind world markets at the moment. When the sun shines at its brightest on the markets, investors seem blinded by the light and unable to see actual fair value, while these very investors fail to see anything good when […]

Economy

It’s now or never, according to the Misery Index

From a young age, we are taught to measure things. If you can measure it, you can manage it, right? Long before my daughters went to school, we used to ask them how much they loved us. They used to stretch their arms as wide as possible and reply: “This much, Daddy.” In the same […]