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  1. 3 points
    Good day all, Our questions 1) If we need R50k a month to survive when we retire how much do we need to have invested in total ? 2) If the South African government implemented prescribed investments would it affect any investments which are not RA's ? Any input would be greatly appreciated. Have a great weekend all. Sideways
  2. 3 points
    While there is certainly merit to the argument that on average, in the long run, passive investments perform at least as well as, if not better, than actively managed investments, the funds in which Momentum has invested your money (ie. Allan Gray, Coronation, Investec etc) have had phenomenal performance since their inception, and they are certainly not just your average actively managed funds. These funds are among the best South Africa has to offer with returns beating the benchmark year after year. Also remember that offshore has its (important) cons as well as its merits. While offshore investments may serve as a Rand hedge, they simply cannot keep up with our inflation. Even with the annual average 4% drop in the Rand, the 2-4% growth typical of global growth, even when combined with Rand depreciation, does not usually beat South Africa's 6.5 - 8% inflation. South African markets do tend to perform a few percent higher than inflation though, and I'm pretty sure that if you look at your Momentum fund returns, you're probably close to 11% annual return over the past 10 years after the 2% costs have been deducted, even though the market has been flat. In every/any chosen period longer than 10 years (10-years, 15 years etc) South African investments have beaten the offshore average, even when compounded with Rand depreciation. I'm wary of moving too much money offshore. Consensus at the moment is that 30-40% of your money offshore presents the optimal risk to reward ratio. Also bear in mind that 30 -35% of your Momentum fund is already invested offshore. If it were me, I'd keep the bulk of the money with Momentum. Especially since you're 55, the actively managed approach, which switches between bonds, stocks and cash as the market fluctuates, decreases your risk significantly. The good thing about managed funds is that they limit the downside, while they may underperform passive investments slightly during strong bull markets. At 55, preserving your wealth is definitely more important than high-risk growth. So yes, I personally do believe that moving your Momentum investment to passive investments would be a mistake in your case. If it were me, I'd keep the R5.5M right where it is! (The extra R2M is only a quarter of your portfolio so it seems a reasonable amount to put in the higher risk passive funds as you have done.)
  3. 2 points
    Today marks 422 days approximately until the next bitcoin 'halving', where the amount of bitcoin that is able to be mined every day is cut in half forever. The approximate date will be 24 May 2020. After previous bitcoin booms and busts in the hype cycle the uptick in the price has started to show improvement around 500 days before the halving. We are past that point, so I am hoping that there will start to be a slow steady increase in price again like there has been before. Lets see if history will repeat itself once again. The Bitcoin block mining reward halves every 210,000 blocks, and this time the coin reward will decrease from 12.5 to 6.25 coins approximately every 10min in May 2020. Usually there are guys who anticipate the increased demand and the price increase that responds to the demand, who buy in advance so that they can sell when the real frenzy starts at a great profit. I would bet that if things go like they have gone in the past, people will buy up bitcoin leading up to the halving, and might even dump a bunch before the actual date, before other guys get a chance to do the same thing. Lets see how it all plays out...The price of bitcoin on 28 March 2019: $4098 (according to coin market cap) EDIT:
  4. 2 points
    Any business with a concern about efficient and costs effective telecommunications should investigate porting over to a VOIP solution. If you have a reliable internet connection such as ADSL/VDSL, 3G/4G or Fibre, you can get a phone service delivered through your internet connection at a fraction of the cost compared to using a traditional Telkom landline. The most important takeaway from this article is that a VoIP system reduce costs, dramatically. Why will a VoIP system reduce my costs of my Telkom bill? A VoIP service provider does not require its own separate infrastructure like the PSTN of Telkom. Voice calls are simply transmitted over the same networks that power the Internet. This means that the ISP does not have to invest significant capital in laying phone lines to each and every house and business. VoIP is essentially piggybacking on the existing broadband network throughout South Africa. So, voice is treated exactly the same as normal data and media such as text and images on the Internet (like a Whatsapp). Just like sending email and pictures is practically free, voice calls also become extremely cheap. Can I move my telephone number if we change offices? Anyone who has moved a landline from one home to another knows the pain of dealing with Telkom. With VoIP, the phone number is no longer associated with a single device, residence or physical line, instead the VoIP phone number is associated with you and your account. This enables you to take the number with anywhere you go, and you can even use it to link your cell phone to your business or office – it’s a virtual number. Who is the cheapest VoIP provider in South Africa for my business? Skype has three packages For R57 per month you get 100 minutes to any South African mobile or landline number (effectively R 0.57 per minute) For R99 per month you get 400 minutes to any South African mobile or landline number (effectively R 0.24 per minute.) Then for R285 per month you get unlimited calls to any network and landline. Vox Telecom Costs between R234 and R762 per month and calls are charged at R0.46 per minute. (The monthly payment includes money for the calls.) FreshPHONE Zero sign up costs, Zero monthly costs, Zero cancellation costs. The call rates for FreshPHONE is R0.39 per min to Telkom local and national numbers and R0.69 per min to all cellular networks. MWEB Mweb have two VOIP packages a Starter package with 100 minutes at R59 per month, and a Lite package with 250 minutes at R99 per month. (59c per minute and 39.6c per minute respectively) Assuming you want a more business specific setup (multiple staff members or a call center) then a PBX system will be required. The cheapest hosted PBX solutions in South Africa IS (Internet Solutions) Ignite have a hosted PBX solution for R111 per extension (month to month) or R90 per extension (24 month contract) this gives you Ring groups, Voicemail to email, Call waiting (press 1 for sales) the full monty) and then you have to pay the per minute rates for calls you make which is R0.30 to Telkom landline calls and R0.74 to mobile numbers. Euphoria Telecom is R65 – R125 per user(extension) per month depending on features. Then their call rates are R0.34 per min to Telkom landlines and R0.79 per min to all South African mobile networks. Use VoIP for your startup business Launching your own business is not an easy task. Entrepreneurs soon find that their landline is not enough to handle the needs of the business, no matter how small. This is where VoIP comes in handy. VoIP service can provide much-needed features like auto attendant, group voicemail, multi device ring, automatic call routing etc. which normally requires an expensive building specific business line(s) setup with golden numbers and special hunting group landlines.
  5. 2 points
    ABSA gives you access to all the ETFs. Their platform is a full on trading platform where you specify the price you'd wish to buy at etc. More control but more involved than EE.
  6. 2 points
    Option 1: Takealot for around R1680 Option 2: From their site for R976 + customs/import (https://shop.ledger.com/products/ledger-nano-s) Free shipping from DHL (3 business days) Question: Does anyone know what the import costs will be payable on this? Read around that in SA it could be around 15% VAT and 10% Duty = +25% (total costs R1220) Are there other costs? If R1220 is the case it's a way better deal to buy direct plus you can choose your Nano S color (I want Transparent )
  7. 2 points
    So DHL called me and said I have to pay Extra costs were a total of R312. Total cost for Ledger Nano S = R1288. I'll take it. Cheers guys! Dan
  8. 2 points
    I have ordered single units as replacements which came without having to pay extra duties. Buying bulk means you definitely have to pay the duties, and also the fee to the courier company to 'process' your order and delivery. I am out of stock of Ledger Nano S devices and most likely not ordering bulk again, unless I can make it worth while. Bulk orders are not priority to them, so they sometimes take months to arrive, while the price of bitcoin changes drastically during that time period, which means your profit can disappear completely. For the end user, its faster and cheaper to just order directly from Ledger now, especially since they added free shipping for small orders to South Africa, and you might not need to pay duties. Bulk orders you still need to pay for shipping, so that is additional cost for resellers too. The time, expenses, and possibility of losing money means its just better to refer customers to them directly.
  9. 2 points
    I own unit trusts only in the form of pension and RAs. RA - Allan Gray Balanced Fund Pension - 10X Kicked Stanlib to the curb but it had more to do with getting away from my financial advisors hold on it. Didn't understand their pricing at all. Very happy with what I have currently
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    Just thought I would put this out there....I have a Telegram chat channel where we talk about bitcoin mostly, as well as other cryptocurrencies. If you want to ask a specific question, or would like to just chat casually about bitcoin / crypto with other people in South Africa, check it out. The channel is informal, and it is not a trading signals channel or anything really technical. Its mainly for casual chat about crypto. If you are on telegram, come and visit! https://t.me/bitcoinzarchat
  12. 2 points
    So regarding the new NewFunds Volatility Managed ETFs (I might be a bit late to the party): NFEDEF - Defensive http://etfcib.absa.co.za/products/Exchange Traded Funds/equity/VolatilityManagedDefensiveEquityETF/Pages/default.aspx NFEMOD - Moderate Equity http://etfcib.absa.co.za/products/Exchange Traded Funds/equity/VolatilityManagedModerateEquityETF/Pages/default.aspx NFEHGE - High Growth Equity http://etfcib.absa.co.za/products/Exchange Traded Funds/equity/VolatilityManagedHighGrowthEquityETF/Pages/default.aspx Sounds "cool" but looking at the annualised returns over 5 years (NFEDEF: 5.1%, NFEMOD: 6.8%, NFEHGE: 6.2%) I have to ask myself why I wouldn't play it save with a 32 day account at 6.95% or any of the various other guaranteed return vehicles offering better returns ?
  13. 2 points
    The JSE and Msci Emerging markets index are highly correlated and emerging market index outperformed local equities the last 5 years. I would change the local exposure to STXEMG only. Less risk for similar performance and no "if" the local market bounces back scenarios...
  14. 2 points
    Weakening economic conditions, increased debt repayment burden, rising consumer inflation and stricter lending criteria have seen 100% bonds, especially to first-time buyers, become much harder to get, but it has also placed many potential buyers firmly between a rock and a hard place. “Not only do banks require bigger deposits than before, it has also become more difficult to put money aside in today’s economic climate, as growing financial pressure is forcing consumers to tighten belts even further just to make ends meet,” says JP van der Bergh, founder of Propscan. "However, a sizeable deposit has several significant benefits in addition to increasing your chance of bond approval - it also gives you a jumpstart on the financial process, makes your offer more appealing to sellers as it bumps up the chance of bond approval, naturally decreases your monthly bond repayments, and saves you a considerable amount in interest over the long term.” Kay Geldenhuys from ooba, national mortgage originator, illustrates how a deposit can reduce the overall and monthly costs of buying property: “A home buyer who purchases a house for R1 million with no deposit at a 10.25% interest rate will pay approximately R9 816 per month over 20 years. At the end of the home loan term, the total amount repaid will be R2 355 944. “On the other hand, with a R100 000 deposit, the monthly repayments will be approximately R8 835, and the total repayment will be around R2 120 350. Add the deposit to this and the total comes to R2 220 350 - making the total repayments some R135 594 cheaper than buying without a deposit.” She says it also stands to reason that the smaller the risk for the bank, the more negotiable they will be on the interest rate charged. “Right from the beginning of the home-buying process, it is important to ensure that you know what you can afford to buy and how much deposit you will need,” says Van der Bergh. “Once you have established how much you need to save, the next step is to figure out how to do so as quickly as possible, and in order to do so, you must analyse your spending habits. On a spreadsheet, list all your fixed monthly expenses including existing debts you are currently servicing and make a note of all other regular expenses like the daily cappuccino at the café near work. “Next, go through it with a fine-tooth comb to see where you can cut down on monthly expenditure and determine how much you can realistically afford to save, and then shop around for a high-interest savings or money market account in which to save your money.” Sandy Geffen, Executive Director of Lew Geffen Sotheby’s International Realty in South Africa, says saving a substantial amount of money may seem like a daunting task, but don’t be discouraged. “At first glance, the cutbacks you are able to make may seem to be small amounts, but you will be surprised at how quickly they can add up to a sizeable sum, and you could own your first home sooner than you think,” says Geffen. She offers the following creative tips for saving towards your deposit: 1. Stop smoking. This could add at least R1 000 a month to your deposit fund. 2. Instead of buying takeaways every day, rather spend the extra 10 minutes packing lunch in the morning as it will end up saving you more than pennies at the end of the day, and it’s far healthier. 3. Ask for an insurance re-evaluation because while your insurance premiums probably go up every year, the value of a lot of insured items actually goes down as they age. 4. Cut back on credit and try to pay off and close store cards, especially if you find temptation hard to resist. Remember that when you do eventually apply for a loan, the bank will ask for an income and expenditure statement to prove that you will have sufficient surplus income for the home loan instalment once all household and contractual debt expenses have been met. 5. Before you run out to buy a new seasonal wardrobe, spring clean your closet and unearth the older items of good quality that can be reinvented with accessories or by mixing and matching; 6. If you can’t remember what the inside of your gym looks like and can’t motivate yourself to go, cancel that gym contract and find ways to exercise for free. It might help you to start exercising more regularly, especially now that summer is here. 7. Consider scaling down on your car if a large portion of your monthly income is going towards paying off a car loan; 8. Always go grocery shopping with a list and stick to it - and never go on an empty stomach. Also try and stick to food stores and avoid the hypermarkets where you might be tempted to buy other things you don’t need. Geldenhuys cautions that this savings mindset should not be abandoned once the goal has been met. “Many people throw caution to the wind and shop around for a home that costs the maximum amount the bank has approved, however, given current economic conditions, buyers should rather consider buying for a little less,” says Geldenhuys. “The extra cash can be used to pay off the bond more quickly or saved as a rainy-day fund so that they are prepared for the unforeseen expenses which arise when you own property.” “It’s true that our parents had it much easier in that most were able to afford their first home long before the current average age of first-time buyers which has risen to 34, but what hasn’t changed is the investment value of owning a home,” says Van der Bergh. “It is also one of the most exciting and rewarding purchases you will ever make, so even though it may take a little longer, it’s always worth the effort.” Source: Property24
  15. 1 point
    What a bank I like everything about tyme to bank
  16. 1 point
    Thank you @Bandit This is exactly the information I was looking for.
  17. 1 point
    Thank you for the feedback. I have looked at Coreshares, and although their offering looks good, unfortunately they do not offer all the ETFs I'm after. Do you know if a 'ABSA stockbroker'/'etf only' account will give me access to those ETFs that I listed, or is also only limited to ABSA specific ETFs?
  18. 1 point
    I use CoreShares. Limited to only the CoreShare ETFs but they are amongst the best out there so that's not an issue. Only have an ETF portfolio with them though and haven't moved my TFSA there yet but at some stage I might. The difference between them and a platform like EasyEquities is that your trades (buy and sell) aren't instant and takes a couple of business days. So it is not a trading platform (best to stick with EE or ABSA then) but a very good long term investment platform. The pricing is also very good and it becomes cheaper than EE at higher amounts (can't remember what that amount is though).
  19. 1 point
    There is a hype cycle because the supply gets cut in half, and people who trade know this and make money off the fact that the supply will be decreasing. Think about it....You know for a fact that in 4 years time there will be 50% less bitcoin being mined each year, and then 4 years later, again 50% less, going on and on forever. Even if there is no more demand than there is today, when you cut the supply in half, but keep the same demand, the price should surely go up a lot. People who trade bitcoin know this, and they start buying up bitcoin in advance, with the purpose of selling it later at a big profit. This causes the hype cycle to repeat itself over and over, with higher highs, and higher low prices too. It costs so much, because there is so much demand for it. If nobody wanted it, the price would be zero, but everyone wants it, and the demand is reflected in the price.
  20. 1 point
    Hi There, I'm Ahmed, Longtime mybb lurker, and about to sign a contract with one of the big 4 mobile networks in their graduate programme as a software engineer. Thought Id lurk on this forum too, and get my finances right from the start ; ) hopefully.. Hope I can learn and contribute meaningfully.
  21. 1 point
    The education system seems to be going through changes. There is a trend towards home schooling and small colleges in some sectors of the community, away from the formal uniform wearing "conventional" schools. Teacher education is in a bad shape and the quality of teachers seems to be deteriorating. The discipline in the conventional schools is going from bad to worse. Yes the private school system is facing an uncertain future but it seems to be a better bet than the state schools and even the old model "C" schools which are going the same way as the majority. Affordability of the private schools is a problem especially in the light of the current low economic activity prevalent in the country. Pembury claim to be more affordable than the groups mentioned above. As far as retirement homes are concerned I have noticed a trend for emigrated children to arrange for their aged parents to join them overseas thus reducing the pool of tenants for these homes. Time will tell what happens to this share.
  22. 1 point
    A friend of mine drives a Hyundai i10, but I can't seem to find info on Motus since it's so young and the analysts are not all over it. Where do the sales of a Hyundai or a Kia then fit into the profits of the company?
  23. 1 point
    @SaurusDNA I read you guys' comments now about Motus, I like the idea I also think with the economy the way it is that more and more of these 'cheaper' brands will become the norm on SA roads. I was in Canal Walk last night and saw a brand new Hyundai i10 go for R2050 per month. I think most new university students who start working will be able to afford this. I decided to buy R3k worth of shares in Motus, now we probably need a dedicated thread
  24. 1 point
    I've been tracking the amount of money I spend on my cats for the past 3 or so years now and thought it might make for a cool thread. Do any of you own pets? Do you budget for your pets? How much do you spend on your pet(s) in a month? We have 3 cats (Lilly, Meow Meow and Bubbles (Full name Hollywood Luxury Bubbles)) initially I fed them Hills and Royal Canin and mainly wet food, but that got terribly expensive really quick. I found what appears to be great dry food at Spar, it's their home brand called Pro Balance Cat Food. The Pro Balance (Spar depending) costs R77 for a 2KG bag compared to Hills Cat Food which is R229 for a 2Kg bag and there was a time I fed them Acana which was around R450 for a 1.8Kg bag. Then I would feed some meat whenever we braai so won't add that to the calculation. The cat litter we got a great deal on through the years. We use bentonite (none lethal type) which is clamping, but it's used in construction so it's cheap as in we pay roughly R130 for a 25Kg bag which lasts 2 months between the three cat litter boxes we have. If it was not for this I do not think I would have been able to afford cats considering the traditional cat litter costs around R170 for 3Kg and it and I will probably need 3 to 4 bags a month. What does a cat cost per month: Pro Balance Cat Food R77 per bag x 2.5 ( we normally use two, but have used 3 some months). Cat Litter Bentonite 25Kg bag R130 x 1 (we try to buy one each month to be safe because it's not available when it is the rainy season (no construction sites)). Pro-Balance Cat Food Pouches R7.49 x 6 (Wet food as a treat, normally buy each cat one every now and again). Total cost per month: R367.44 Total cost per cat per month: R122.48 Other cat expenses we had: Meow Meow had to be taken to the vet for an emergency which ended up costing R400. Bubbles and Meow Meow are neutered which was R550 each (R1100 total). Lily is still a kitten. but she will also be neutered and it will be R550 as well. We had a company design a custom cat jungle for them which cost us R7004 (but worth every penny, will post pictures). Cat litter boxes x 4 which were R50 each (R200 total). Cat poop scoopers x 2 which were R25 each (R50 total). Bought Lily for R100 when she was a puny little kitten (less than a month old). Cat carriers x 2 for R300 each (R600 total), great tip: go to Plastic World, the pet shops are overpriced. Drinkwell water fountain (they loved it) which was R674. Drinking bowls, stainless steel x 3 which were R80 each (R240 total). Cat leashes/harnesses to walk them with like in the movies x 2 at R80 a pop (R160 total). Total cat expenses: R11 078 Our cats' costs R4 409.28 per year which comes down to R1 469.76 per cat per year. This is just living costs, it excludes toys and travel and vet visits. I thought as a hypothetical I would like to see if I can afford to feed my cats the ideal nutritional diet that I would want which would consist of Hills or Royal Canin using the above portions it would mean that I need to spend R774 per month or R258 per cat. That is an increase of 71.23% in my spending which means I need to increase my monthly budget for the cats by R406.56 which is possible but will be cutting it very close. I mean if I invest the difference or put the difference in a Tymebank goalsave account at 10% I would have R31 745.17 after 5 years. Suddenly that Hills diet looks a lot more expensive. Now for the fun bits Bubbles (very christmassy) Meow Meow Lily
  25. 1 point
    Yes, they only listed on 22 November. Still hard to find info.
  26. 1 point
    Here's the official JSE index codes (although Google Finance uses different ones): All share is J203 and the Top40 is J200.
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    In my opinion, the Allan Gray Balanced fund is one of the best the market has to offer. Its performance has been nothing less than superb in that it has smashed the benchmark year after year after year: https://www.allangray.co.za/fund-pages/balanced-fund/
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    FTSE all share is INDEXFTSE: ASX on google finance and Top 40 I use investing.com https://za.investing.com/indices/ftse-jse-top-40-components
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    I see Google finance had a rewamp and now functions as a mobile app. I only saw this now so I'll be playing with it a bit and add my actual stocks to you. Can be really useful to get a quick glance at your portfolio, watchlist and the market as whole. It has relevant news articles in a feed as well.
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    Some screenshots of google finance.
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    Jumia to list on the NYSE, aiming to become Africa’s first tech unicorn. Active in 14 countries 4 million active users 81.000 active sellers 13.4m deliveries per year €130.6m revenue in 2018 €862m consolidated loss since inception Source: Techcrunch MTN owns a share of Jumia
  32. 1 point
    Agreed... Regretting buying in the IPO... Learnt my lesson on this one
  33. 1 point
    Do you have to get tax clearance first or did EE put a structure in place that takes that admin away ?
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    They're the Hyundai and Kia guys now, and include these dealerships. From the Rentals point of view, they run Tempest and Europcar. Here's their official website: https://www.motuscorp.co.za/
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    Erm... not sure. Maybe about a year ago. Definitely last year some time.
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    They keep posting on Twitter, but I have not seen a launch date yet. I am curious to see what Micheal and the rest ex FNB guys can come up with, TymeBank is really incredible and Capitec can adapt if they must. So is that 'unbanked' space big enough for another entrant? Bankzero will never compete in the FNB level, at least I doubt it and there Discovery Bank is going to make a dent. I am very excited about their launch and to see what they can offer and if they will enter the business banking space currently dominated by FNB.
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    SaurusDNA, Thanks so much for your input, its really appreciated, could I please ask for your thoughts on.... 1) If we need R50k a month to survive when we retire how much do we need to have invested in total, as I intend to retire as soon as I reach this mythical figure and I have been given many different figures ranging from 10 mill to 17 x my final annual salary and none of it makes any sense ? 2) Lastly do you have any thoughts on the South African governments possible implementation of prescribed investments and how it would it could have an affect any of the investments I listed? Here is an article you and the board may find interesting. https://www.biznews.com/sa-investing/2019/03/07/magnus-heystek-hogg-jse-optimism-sa-respectfully-differ Have a great weekend
  38. 1 point
    Do we know when they are launching? I am really interested to see what they can offer to match or beat Tyme.
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    Hi All, Am new to this sight. I am Jhb based and was wondering if there are any Interactive Broker users out there who trade offshore, using the API? If so would like to touch base with a meet up and perhaps we could share Ideas. I am just using the Excel Interface (VBA and RTD). Had the account open for less than a month now so still getting my ducks in a row. My focus is ES futures options and Eurostox50 Index options. Busy building stuff in Excel (VBA) that interfaces with IB related to this. Cheers Brian
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    Me too! I'm just waiting to see if they go up or down. I'm not keen on a long term investment in Multichoice (MCG) but it might be good for trading (either long or short) in the next few days as it may experience quite a bit of movement while the market decides. The CFDs have a reasonable gearing of roughly 6.5 times.
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    It helps to think of TFSAs as an initiative by government to get the poorer middle class to save and we the "rich" are misusing it ? Country is already strapped for cash so I doubt we'll get more tax breaks any time soon.
  42. 1 point
    I don't have any info on it but I reckon you are not, erm, poor enough to qualify...
  43. 1 point
    I guess the annual limits of Tax free investment accounts will remain at R33000 for the third year in a row then... ?
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    Now this is very clever...Abra is a populat crypto platform but what they have now done is to link listed assets to a type of crypto ETF that tracks major listed assets....check out the story below. https://www.abra.com/ Since Abra runs on bitcoin, it automates all of its processes like asset holding, hedging, and user transactions with smart contracts. It supports 30 cryptocurrencies, 50 fiat currencies, and is led by crypto/finance leaders like Bill Barhydt/CEO (formerly a VP at Goldman Sachs and Technical Director at Netscape) and Daryl Puryear/CTO (formerly Director of Software at Mint.com and VPE at Motif.) How does their new product work? Essentially, Abra has taken its existing platform and extended it to support assets available on the NASDAQ, starting with the top 100 stocks and ETF’s. Once users invest capital into the platform, they can choose to “invest” in one of Abra’s 100 stock/ETF offerings, which represents stock investment exposure in corporations like Facebook, Apple, Amazon, and Alphabet/Google. As soon as a user adds money to the Abra app, the capital is immediately transformed to bitcoin. Then, using Abra’s crypto-collateralized contract, Abra keeps the notional value of that bitcoin investment tied to the current value of the stock. This is done with what’s called a multisig bitcoin address, where Abra and the user sign a contract to peg the amount of cryptocurrency to the value of the asset. Abra users then hold an asset that track the exact price and volatility of the given stock. While users don’t actually hold any shares in the company they still receive dividend payments because of the means by which Abra hedges itself on the contracts — super cool. The platform can also support short selling which Abra hopes to offer in the future. Why does this make electronic stock investing any different? The mechanism by which Abra enters into these smart contracts means that Abra can offer this investing service legally in 155 countries. That is a first for investing in US stocks, commodities, cryptocurrencies and fiat currencies via a single service. The SEC and CFTC have clarified that the definitions of the terms “swap” and “security-based swap” do not include forward contracts. These definitions exclude “any sale of a nonfinancial commodity or security for deferred shipment or delivery, so long as the transaction is intended to be physically settled.” These organizations later provided guidance on how this physical settlement exemption applies to Bitcoin. Abra operates under this exemption. This means that Abra’s investing tools are much less regulated than other trading mechanisms. Since other online stock trading platforms like Robinhood, TDAmeritrade, or Charles Schwab actually invest user assets in real stocks and act as a full broker and custodian, they do have to follow rules set by the CFTC, SEC, and other securities commissions. But Abra’s model means they can expand the market of pseudo-stock-investing globally, beyond these specific geographic boundaries. What are the greater implications? Abra’s company ethos is democratizing finance. Their entire value is built off of being a platform where a first-time investor from the developing world can make the same returns as the hot-shot finance guys from New York. Abra’s new offering helps accomplish that by introducing pseudo-stock-trading to hundreds of new markets, making it a feasible investment mechanism for people in 155 countries globally. Abra’s new tool might also affect the price of bitcoin. On Abra, all users become “hodlers,” crypto-speak for someone who holds onto bitcoin without regularly trading it for other currencies and assets. Past financial studies have found that hodling is one of the key driving factors behind bitcoin’s price fluctuations. Since Abra’s platform automatically converts user capital to bitcoin, all users become hodlers and thus could, at large scale, drive changes in the price of bitcoin. Depending on how many people hop onto Abra’s new platform, we might see a short- or long-term spike in the price of bitcoin as more people use bitcoin as the underlying means for their every day stock and ETF investing.
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    Hi there. I'm writing a story on Taste Holdings for Financial Mail. Does anyone on the site still hold shares in the group? Would love to know if any of you plan to follow through on your rights in the latest rights offer.
  46. 1 point
    Bird Box 6/10 Nothing particularly wrong, but they could have done so much more. The trailer is somewhat misleading with regards to time line.
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    With all the pain being felt in the crypto currency space its interesting to note how the market is maturing. The market for STO's is huge !! Security Token Offerings – the next Multi-Billion Dollar Market in 2019? Initial coin offerings (ICOs) were all the rage in 2017, raising a massive US$5.6 billion, but this year saw the emergence of the security token offerings (STOs), a market that’s predicted to be worth some US$10 trillion by 2020. In opposition to tokens offered in an ICO which do not give any rights or obligations and instead provide access to a specific network, platform or service, tokens offered in a STO are actual financial securities that are backed by something tangible like the assets, profits, or revenue of the company, and which offer legal rights such as voting or revenue distribution. A security token performs the same function as a conventional security, except that it confirms ownership through blockchain transactions http://fintechnews.ch/blockchain_bitcoin/security-token-offerings-the-next-multi-billion-dollar-market-2019/23849/
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    Webchain is a web-mineable blockchain platform that makes the most of the unused CPU resources of internet-connected devices to secure Smart-Contract-powered DApps. This is done by registering public transactions through an egalitarian Proof-of-Work consensus mechanism based on CryptoNight, which uses the community of website users as the low-impact processing grid for applications. Below are some of the features: With Webchain, It’s possible to use resources of Internet of Things or any device that can render JavaScript to mine. Decentralized and ASIC-Resistant. Since ASIC operators sell coins to pay for expenses, they also drive coin prices down. We designed and implemented our own fully customized version of Cryptonight hashing algorithm. To stay ASIC-resistant in future, we will keep updating it regularly. Very fast transactions Our on-chain transactions are among the fastest - only 10s. Adding off-chain solutions will make them instant. Transparent, botnet unfriendly The transactions made on our blockchain are entirely public, so Webchain won’t be a friendly place for botnet attackers or any sort of illegal activities. No Initial Coin Offerings: Since this project is meant to be for everyone – not only for those with deep pockets – we decided not to hold Initial Coin Offerings. For details on how to get started, please visit the main site. https://webchain.network
  50. 1 point
    I still have an active subscription to Popular Mechanics (Although i get the digital version as part of my subscription) It's true that the content is mostly outdated, or that most information is available on the internet, but i must be honest i do look forward sitting on the potty with my PM. Heck, we still have a magazine holder in our loo.
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