April 4, 2020


When to Buy, When to Sell

One of the oldest investment controversies is whether you should buy shares and hang on to them indefinitely, staying permanently fully invested and only switching infrequently among companies; or you should follow an active policy. When to Buy, When to Sell The argument for the latter is that research has shown that 80 to 90 […]

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Outperformers likely to continue outperforming

Continuing to ourperform – outperformers. This article follows on from, Book value to market price, wherein what successful investors use heuristics to shape their strategic decisions, was mentioned The FT’s James Mackintosh reported recently: “Momentum has been the most rewarding bet of the past 40 years. It beat the market and outper…
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Renewed vigour to Industrial Policy

Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies is beginning his second term in the portfolio with a renewed vigour to continue the implementation of South Africa’s Industrial Policy Action Plan (IPAP) which has helped stabilise the country’s manufacturing sector in recent years. But why is beefing-up IPAP a priority on Davies’s list of things to d…
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SA-UK trade

SA-UK trade – South Africa and the United Kingdom have extensive trade and economic relations, which continue to strengthen despite the global economic challenges. Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) from the United Kingdom stood at R60 billion for the period January 2009 to April 2014 – the highest from Europe in this period and creatin…
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Book value to market price

Use the book value to market price ratio. What measures should you use to improve your performance? Bernstein says there are four methods of selection that have been shown to produce higher-than-average returns: those with the highest BTM (book-to-market ratio, the inverse of price divided by book value to price ratio), cash flow, dividends, and…
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Planning Your Portfolio

Planning Your Portfolio – All successful investors use heuristics to shape their strategic decisions, but it’s wrong to assume they are always correct. Wikipedia defines heuristics as “experienced-based techniques for problem solving.” However, it rightly warns that the solution they provide “is not guaranteed to be optimal,” mer…
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UK delegation to cement ties with SA

A high-level United Kingdom delegation will arrive in the country next week for a visit that will  focus on strengthening commercial opportunities, science and innovation, skills development and education relations with South Africa. The delegation will be led by the Mayor of London, Alderman Fiona Woolf, the Minister for Africa James Duddridge…
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German government bonds decline

Over 2014 there has been a steady decline in the yield on German government bonds. As a result bunds have outperformed other developed markets. This outperformance could have been driven by two factors: The rising liquidity premium – the premium investors are willing to pay to hold the sovereign bond (in terms of lower yields) […]

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AFB launch Business Cash Advance product

Consumer and business finance company afb has launched an innovative Business Cash Advance product for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in Kenya. A first of its kind, the product offers eligible SMEs unsecured cash advances of up to Kshs 5 million, to help them with working capital for their business growth and expansion. The product […]

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Gold Starts to Recover Its Traditional Role

Gold is making a comeback as money, despite a century of near-universal negativism about its future as a key element in global finance. Recently “its popularity as a medium of exchange for international transactions has been soaring,” reports the FT’s John Dizard, with large volumes of both “reported and unreported” trading in the phys…
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