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  1. 2 points
    Timing the market is near impossible. The Rand could go up or down, and the index could go up or down. There are two trains of thought:- the momentum methodology (employed by ETFs like NFEMOM, for example) is based on the premise that shares that are going up strongly will continue to go up. The momentum methodology says now is an excellent time to buy. On the other hand, the value methodology (employed by ETFs like NFEVAL for example) say you should buy when prices are cheap. This methodology says you should wait. I personally do Dollar-cost averaging by buying an equal amount monthly. This way, you get the best of both worlds. It might be something for you to consider (ie. buy R2k per month for three months). This way, whatever happens, you minimize downside risk. But otherwise, as for your question, with all short-term decisions in the market, you may as well roll a dice.
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    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:
  3. 2 points
    Welcome to Volatility in Crypto buy and hold long term.
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    I wouldn't say there are too many duplicates, just looks like a shotgun approach. PTXTEN and GLPROP gives you worldwide property exposure - shap! SYG4IR and STXNDQ are "niche" funds with very good potential - shap! The Top40 and Quality SA ones are somewhat of a duplication. Global DivTrax is a subset of the S&P 500. MSCI World Already contains a lot of the top US stocks (S&P500) as well. Not saying you should but you could combine all three of those into the MSCI World OR combine those three and the Emerging Markets one into ASHGEQ which contains developed and emerging market shares from around the world. You also may want to consider the cost of rebalancing your portfolio. Unless you have a real need it is probably better to just stop funding some of them and carry on funding just the select few you wish to carry on with. But there are various factors like the amount of funds allocated to the ETF, the TER of those extra ETFs, the transaction costs involved, potential tax implications etc. That said, I've done it a couple of times when I started out and lost a couple of Rand in the short term Disclaimer: Personally I hold the following in two investment accounts: Regular ETF Portfolio Global Divtrax (stopped funding in favour of CSP500) Global Property S&P 500 and TFSA S&P 500 (stopped funding in favour of MSCI) MSCI World Nasdaq 100 So I carry duplications myself but in my case I don't think it is worth selling off the one just to move it to the other. I'll take another look at it again the end of the year (or if Trump does something stupid even by his very low standards). You may (or may not, probably not) note that I do not carry any SA shares in either of these, that's because I have an RA, Pension and a bond all heavily exposed to South Africa. I do hold a bit of funds in a Rhodium ETF and a bit of crypto but these are very small amounts, which sucks since Rhodium is up 47%
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    Yes, firstly, don't overdo it with too many ETFs. Just pick a few core ones and stick with them. Otherwise you just end up with higher costs, duplication of stocks and possible over-exposure to certain stocks that is hard to control. Secondly, pick a good mix of local, international and property shares to spread your risk. If you want to stay with Satrix only, I'd recommend something like the following portfolio split: Satrix 40 (STX40) : 40% Satrix MSCI World (STXWDM) : 40% Satrix Property (STXPRO) : 20%
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    We actually wrote an article about this a few months ago. https://platinumwealth.co.za/insights/finance/building-an-emergency-fund/ One thing I would add is to look at Tymebank (we have them online if you have questions @TymeBank Team) If you use them as an emergency fund you will be earning more interest than any other bank in South Africa. With that said, personally, I do a 32-day notice account + credit card (if the funds need to be accessed right now) and then can be paid back from the notice account.
  7. 2 points
    Just registered and I must say,I am impressed with their steps of registering.so thank you Tyme Bank.
  8. 2 points
    Nice. Do we have any PW Telegram groups btw?
  9. 2 points
    What a bank I like everything about tyme to bank
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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 )
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    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
  14. 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.
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    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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    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
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    Yes, 25% of my own TFIA account is PTXTEN. Of course, this only applies to local property, as foreign property ETFs (such as GLPROP) have almost no tax savings (other than capital gains). My GLPROP is outside my TFIA at the moment. As you have suggested, it's still prudent to be diversified elsewhere. Pretty much, for me, my local ETFs are in my TFIA and my foreign ones outside of it.
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    Thanks Saurus. I like the 2K a month suggestion I never even though of splitting it up like that, plus, I could then probably invest more than the 2K for the next three months. win, win.
  19. 1 point
    Don’t think there is any recommendation other than that you should continuously save and invest. A debit order is very convenient and hassle free so why would you not go this route?
  20. 1 point
    Cheers Saurus and Bandit, appreciate the objective insight. Will be buying my first 2x ETFs in a few day time. Quick question ... is it recommended setting up monthly debit order R500 pm via EE platform or EFT transfer ( which I will have to do manually) . Debit Order suits me (,Knut maybe it’s more expensive with transaction fees) again shot for the advice .
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    I decided to give TymeBank (TymeDigital) a try today. I am very excited for Michael Jordaan's BankZero, but TymeBank beat them to the punch and launch the first fully digital branchless bank. There were some initial hiccups with their website not working, but overall the experience was incredibly smooth. To open a TymeBank bank account simply sign up online through their website (Click here to open a TymeBank account). This process is incredibly simplified through the use of eFica they are able to FICA you without any documents all you need is your ID number (just the number, you type it into the website) and a cell phone (for OTPs and confirmations) then you set a pin and you are done, you now have a fully fledged bank account. There is a catch... In order to activate and get a debit card (visa debit card), you need to go into a Pick n Pay to the TymeBank kiosk. Take your cell phone with because when you log into the Kiosk it will send an OTP to your phone. All you need to do at the kiosk is scan your thumb fingerprints then your account will be fully verified and the machine will print your debit card. This entire process took me less than 10 minutes, registering online took 3 minutes and printing my card at the Kiosk took 4 minutes. After this, I downloaded the TymeBank app from the google play store and its impressive, very neat layout and functional. In fact, I like their app better than Capitec (and I have been using Capitec since 2008). Their app still needs some work, I think they are using some AWS instance not locally so the lag time on the app is noticeable (latency from whatever region they use), but its nothing major. Why did I get a TymeBank bank account? There are zero monthly fees, so I figured if it does not cost me anything to open the account and it does not cost me anything to have the account then why not. Something to note, SMS on TymeBank are free too, other banks should take not, especially Capitec, I know they make a killing on SMSes. The other drawcard for me was the integration with Pick n Pay (although their staff is completely clueless about how Tyme works, I went to two Pick n Pays and neither one's staff had a clue what to do when you want to add funds). Anyway, the reason I like it is that I shop mostly at Pick 'n Pay and with a TymeBank account, you can get double the smart shopper points if you use the card as your payment method and using it to swipe for the smart shopper instead of the blue pick 'n pay card. The other reason I got the account is for the interest. You get 6% interest from day one and if you leave your money you can get up to 10% interest, so I will put a few thousand bucks into this account and just leave it to earn interest, basically extra cash I will put into TymeBank as I will earn almost double the interest I get from Capitec. Another worthwhile note is that all TymeBank account holders get free wifi at all Pick n Pay and Boxer stores, not that I really need this, but for a bank account that does not cost me anything, it's a nice perk to know if I ever do run out of data I can pop into a Pick n Pay and be connected again. How to get money? It might not be obvious at first with all the digital bank and feeling like this is some special service. It's a normal bank account you get an account number so EFT some money to your TymeBank bank account. If you have cash on hand then you can go to any Pick 'n Pay. It will cost you R4 at Pick n Pay to deposit cash into your TymeBank account, which is alright. Pro Tip: The people at Pick 'n Pay will have no idea how to do it, so to avoid boiling your blood tell them this is a normal online deposit (they should understand what that means). Here is the card I got: This is a fully fledged debit card (visa), you can do online payments everything, there are no limits. The interesting bit, this card costs nothing. Capitec charged me R50 for my card.
  22. 1 point
    Yea, it looks like that, just wish could change banking info online, argh... to think to go to a SARS branch just ruins your mood, haha
  23. 1 point
    First, just to be clear - I'm not a financial advisor so if you are unsure about any of this stuff you need to ask a pro That said, that TFSA composition looks good depending on the actual % split. You could for example look at it in this way (all thumb sucked values): I want 30% South Africa and 70% offshore. I want 15% property exposure, 10% niche/fringe investments and 75% regular shares. Therefore: Property SA: PTXTEN - 30% of 15% = roughly 5% Offshore: GLPROP - the rest of 15% = roughly 10% Niche/Fringe These are all offshore, so 50/50? STXNDQ: 5% SYG4IR: 5% Regular Again all offshore but assuming you had CTOP50 or STXT40 for the sake of the example: SA: CTOP50 - 30% of 75% = roughly 25% Offshore: SYGWD - the rest of 75% = roughly 50% So: PTXTEN - 5% GLPROP - 10% STXNDQ - 5% SYG4IR - 5% CTOP50 - 25% SYGWD - 50% But like I said, completely made up and the SA vs Offshore split may be irrelevant (as in my case). If the amount you are investing is small the above split may attract a lot of fees as well meaning that for the R1000 you are investing it will cost you R20 for two ETFs and R120 for six (again, made up numbers to get the idea across). The only difference ASHGEQ would make to that setup of yours (assuming you replace MSCI World with it) is add emerging market exposure at the expense of some developed world exposure. To put it in very over simplistic terms: ASHGEQ = STXWDM + STXEMG. You could do this though if you wanted a hassle free portfolio that just chugs along: ASHGEQ - 85% GLPROP - 15% ...and if you wanted to add South Africa: ASHGEQ - 50% GLPROP - 10% CTOP50 - 35% PTXTEN - 5% ...and later when you've built up this boring portfolio to a sizeable amount you start adding Nasdaq etc to it. Ideally you want to be in a situation where you put this thing on auto pilot via debit orders and rebalance it once a year (every January for example) and forget it exists for the other 364 days a year.
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    Update: Posting here since the price passed $10k today (22 June 2019) that is over 180% in the last 6 months. Of course the price could still go down....I still feel the price will range between $6k and $10k for the rest of the year....but now that $10 is breached, maybe I can raise the upper limit to $12k. The bigger picture is the long term price after the next halving event in May 2020. ETA is 21 May 2020, which is 334 days away. A lot can happen in that time, but I still feel it will be an upward trajectory. The months following the halving will be when the real exciting stuff happens... I wrote an update to my post on bitcoin investing here: https://www.bitcoinzar.co.za/easy-bitcoin-investment-in-south-africa/ It shows how dollar cost averaging can be an easy way to accumulate bitcoin over time, which can increase in value. One of the tools I used to demonstrate is available on this website: https://dcabtc.com/ It shows you how much value you could have made had you been dollar cost averaging already. Here is an example: "Wow! Buying $50 of Bitcoin every month for 3 years starting 3 years ago would have turned $1,800 into $7,684 (+326%)"
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    Welcome to forum Vinnie!
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    Recently retired (or sort of) now based in the Garden Route. Although I do have Unit Trusts, I prefer ETF's and doing the migration to the latter in a structured (or trying to) way, as and when the opportunity allows. Also trade commodity options (on US exchanges) to keep my mind active and for something different. As far as JSE equites go ....sshhh ... currently like having a family member in Pollsmoor - don't talk too much. Looking forward to sharing ups and downs and successes !!
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    Line of Duty (Netflix). About events in the Police Ant-Corruption Unit. Season 1 has 5 episodes and I believe Season 2 will be making its way to South Africa. Really worth watching. 9.5/10
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    Any advice for new time investors on Satrix?
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    Happy to be here! Thanks for the warm welcome.
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    We don't have a release date for that at the moment. We'll let our customers know as soon as we have an update.
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    https://capitalist.org.za
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    Trading in the Zone - Mark Douglas. Incredible book. Not on TA but on the lures and dangers of trading, taking responsibility, consistency: state of mind, the dynamics of perception, the markets perspective, thinking in probabilities, working with your beliefs, the nature of beliefs, the impact of believes on trading and thinking like a trader. So many lessons that will save you from yourself... I try reread it at least twice yearly.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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?
  36. 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
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    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
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    Yes, they only listed on 22 November. Still hard to find info.
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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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    I'm right here Ranger. With My "Snortfolio".
  41. 1 point
    I did not see this coming !! Both Std Bank and JPMorgan launching blockchain payment solutions....wow These events matter because it makes moving money around much cheaper and faster....it benefits us the consumer ultimately Standard Bank builds blockchain for international payments "The platform aims to increase the speed and transparency of international payments and trades by providing an instantly-available record of documents and settlements stored in the cloud. " https://mybroadband.co.za/news/banking/297786-standard-bank-builds-blockchain-for-international-payments.html JPMorgan's move into crypto puts the rest of the industry on notice "Blockchain is particularly appealing because it could allow banks to clear payments faster and more securely, using technology that CB Insights said would dramatically cut processing times and reduce the need for third parties to get involved with transactions." " With the launch of JPM Coin, JPMorgan has shown it wants to get out in front of this transition, despite its previous skepticism. That could push other banks to show they're in the game, too. Singh said banks that have a large number of institutional clients, such as Citigroup (C), will feel the most pressure." https://edition.cnn.com/2019/02/19/business/jpmorgan-jpm-coin-banks-blockchain/index.html
  42. 1 point
    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.
  43. 1 point
    Hi Guys. I'm also looking for some guidance please. My TFSA currently looks like this: 30% Satrix Divi Plus (Down 1.68%) 15% Satrix SWIX Top40 (Down 8.14%) 15% Sygnia MSCI US (Down 14.26%) 40% Sygnia MSCI World (Up 3.92%) Would you suggest I leave them as is and continue investing as they are, or would it be better to add some other ETF's to replace any of these or as an additional investment ? I currently have 3K available for investment. Thanks in advance.
  44. 1 point
    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/
  45. 1 point
    Personally I would by the Xbox One, I have a PS3 and will be the new PS5 if it ever gets released just because I own it since the PS one and love the remote. Anyway the reason I say buy the Xbox over the switch is because it will end up in your living room as the home entertainment system with netflix and 4k streaming. Dad and his new toy (disguised as a gift for the boys) The Nintendo switch is like a upgraded version of the PlayStation Vita, which was nice at the time, but you have mobile phones now packing more detail. If I was you, I would go to Cash Crusaders and buy a Xbox One plus 2 controllers plus a ton of games all for less than what the Switch would cost new. I don't think I would've been able to tell the difference between new and used when I was 8 years old. (Being a financial focused forum, I had to include the "don't buy new at inflated prices" comment.)
  46. 1 point
    By way of an update market is now talking Block chain 3.0 some interesting startups in the space Stackr (https://www.gostackr.com/) What happens to your Crypto when you die ??? Stackr allows you to designate beneficiaries to receive your assets without going through a possibly lengthy and expensive probate process and estate taxes. In many jurisdictions, moving assets between crypto and traditional investments can trigger unnecessary taxable events. Stackr can be isolated from such events due to the trust structure, which means that it is only when you really need your money and remove it from the trust that you might pay any tax. Stackr is a secure long-term crypto and US$ savings solution that cuts out the middleman. Combining traditional finance with modern-day financial technology & expertise has enabled Stackr to pioneer this innovative, secure and flexible savings solution for the blockchain community. (These are South Africans that run a very cool shop !) Celsius Network (https://celsius.network/) Celsius is banking on the blockchain. Its borrowing and lending platform will allow users to earn up to 5% interest on their crypto while taking loans at 9% interest, using their crypto as collateral. Celsius Network’s goal is to bring the next 100 million people into crypto, ultimately becoming the first killer app in the space. Risky or not, this is one to keep an eye on. This FinTech startup is primed to disrupt traditional banking. Gameflip (https://gameflip.com/flp) is an online marketplace backed by Silicon Valley venture capital. It allows gamers to transact any type of digital goods, and currently has 3 million members. After successfully hitting its token-sale hard cap, the FLP utility token can now be used to transact digital goods within the Gameflip marketplace. In the coming months, pilot program partners and publishers will begin integrating the Gameflip SDK, which will enable the transactions of approved in-game goods via the Blockchain. (Basically trading gaming stuff...wow) ADBIT The ADBIT token will be the core function of CIINCH Media Marketplace, the world’s first blockchain-powered media planning and buying platform for traditional media (print, TV, radio and out-of-home) assets. CIINCH and ADBIT were created to help automate the multiple layers of manual processes that currently plague the industry. Traditional media has failed to innovate and adapt to the current state of our age. Highly fragmented and operating on legacy software developed in the 1990's, ADBIT and CIINCH aim to bring these processes into the present. (Here we are trading media space....trade everything !!! )
  47. 1 point
    Do you want to earn ETH? Participate now here! The author of each review will get 0.1 ETH. In addition, we will pay 0.3 ETH for the top 20 reviews. Everyone can participate! The rewards you’ve been get is only reward for your effort to review the Currently, Upcoming ICO. You want to join? For more information Just pm me @ my email address: [email protected] or pm me here. Guaranteed I will response your email fast.
  48. 1 point
    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
  49. 1 point
    Who wants to compare the interest rates of each of these accounts and make a list for us?
  50. 1 point
    Office speed is a bit better now
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