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The $100,000 iTradeGlobal Challenge

Did you wish you were able to trade or invest in offshore markets when Finance Minister Nene was unceremoniously fired on 9 December (9/12 is rated as South Africa’s 9/11)? The Rand has since strengthened, but our currency is still very volatile and we are still waiting for the Ratings Agencies to confirm if we

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The Budget that got a B and failed! Budget 2016 Insights.

How can Minister Gordhan get a B and still fail? Because the pass rate this time for the Budget 2016 was an A. As a result of many years of failure, peaking on 9/12 with the sacking of Finance Minister Nene (our own 9/11 disaster), we stand at the brink of a ratings downgrade to

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Gold’s spectacular 2 month rally!

The Gold price had a spectacular rally of 18% in less than two months from $1,050 to $1,240. Yesterday’s $40 move made everybody take note. Let’s take a step back and look at the World Gold Council’s (WGC) statistics for the 4th quarter of 2015 that were published yesterday. After declines in the first half-year,

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Why is Social Media important for traders and investors?

Sanlam iTrade Online is a leader in social media engagement on Twitter and Facebook, but why is that important for traders and investors? Social media has taken the world by storm over the past decade. If Facebook was a country, it would have the biggest population in the world, surpassing China and India. In addition,

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The Zuma Rubicon!

On 8 July this year I wrote a blog called “Trying to make sense of this market routing”. The JSE just experienced a big fall and everybody was worried. I explained that if you see different scenarios developing in the equity market and Bond market, trust the Bond market. The Bond market is much more

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Wrapping up the iTrade Fantasy League for 2015

Were you following the iTrade Fantasy League this year? This time around, the JSE kept us on our toes. The volatility of the 2015 market had us dancing around, investing in shares and selling when stop-losses triggered. That worked well for us, especially in Resource shares where we avoided big losses by getting out early.

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Share of the month – Coronation

Coronation Fund Managers was founded in Cape Town, South Africa in 1993. The company is an investment-led, owner-managed business, with staff ownership of 24%. The company is also an active investment manager with a long-term valuation-driven investment approach.   Because of the JSE going mostly sideways or down and the fact that they are value

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Structured Products – Low Risk With Gearing

A structured product is a pre-packaged investment product based on an underlying instrument like a single share or a basket of shares. In many cases the product will provide a capital guarantee if it is held to maturity plus enhanced gearing in the upward performance of the underlying instrument, capped at a maximum profit. How

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JSE Share of the Month – Steinhoff (September 2015)

Steinhoff (SHF) reached a profit of R10,000 in our iTrade Fantasy League portfolio this month, by far the best performer. One of the reasons for this performance is its intended listing on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange in December this year and its expected inclusion in the DAX Index. STEINHOFF is an integrated discount retailer that