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  1. 5 points
    Just a quick take on the AGM yesterday. The AGM took place in a restaurant in Randburg, not really a conferencing setting, not well attended I would say. The place was noisy, restaurant staff moving and chatting, trucks passing by, one could hardly hear the topics discussed & answers given (1st half). Quite poor from my perspective. We could have even used one of their school halls to be honest, with a microphone and a speaker, they are a start up after all. No need to go fancy, but the quality could have been better. Questions asked for for me were not answered in a satisfactory and comforting manner. Issues of liquidity for example, as stated in the reports that the “going concern” topic is an issue.....Management + Directors could not answer how long the company will be able to go on with the cash they have in the bank or that they generate. In my books they are in over their heads. Concerning to me me was also the topic of the suspension, Management and directors do not know when the suspension will be lifted. When I called last week, I was told this any time this week, but did not happen. Why concerning ? Well the CEO indicated they are not able to continue with the schools expansions due to the fact that they cannot raise capital as a result of this suspension. Then they shift the blame....it’s up to the JSE when the suspension will be lifted. They further more placed the blame on the previous Finance person that they appointed for the delay in results, trying to give comfort with the fact that the person is no longer with the company. In my books they didn’t take accountability at all. In in terms of regulatory understanding....zero....willingness to get up to speed, I did not see it. Shareholders in this company are taken for ****. Rookie mistakes point me to this conclusion. PEM is a great idea, with potential but being run by incapable management. I will salvage what I can if trading resumes....much more better opportunities in the market. One cent is coming for this one. Too many wrongs and they don’t know how to fix it and not willing to get help to do so.
  2. 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
  3. 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.)
  4. 3 points
    Hi all. I had joined here in March of 2017, but don't think I ever did a proper introduction. I live in KZN on the North Coast for now. I started realizing the need to get into investing, diversifying and saving some capital instead of living pay check to pay check which dwindles before your eyes in our current economy. I started with Easy Equities in 2017, investing in some companies with a percentage of my salary I could afford to loose. Then trading and charts got the better of me and I started learning the ropes via online resources and trial and error, I feel fairly confident with technical analysis on charts now but do know that every day I learn something new and the markets are unpredictable to an extent, If you have some strick money managment rules in place (using consistent win/loss ratios with your stop losses and take profits) and have an edge in reading charts you can become profitable with patience. This lead me to forex and cryptocurrencies due to there massive percent movement in a short space of time. Have been doing a lot of day trading, swing trading and have had my fair share of gains and losses (rollercoaster indeed), have gained and still gaining invaluable experience. I am truly enjoying this field and wish for it to become my main source of income very soon. I am a "Gamer ish" and spend a lot of time at the computer so this fits my lifestyle perfectly. If I can share my experience and thoughts here with others who are looking at doing similar, that would make me happy. Cheers and good luck out there for now. Don't fomo, patience.
  5. 3 points
    My Reasons for my strategy: Local vs global: First, my thoughts on local vs global ETFs. For the last 20 odd-years, the Rand has averaged a depreciation against the Dollar of roughly -4% per year. The S&P500 has had roughly 6.8% growth, thus giving a total return of roughly 11% (including Rand effects) by investing offshore. The JSE, on the other hand, has performed at over 15% per annum for this period. Global returns are generally lower than local returns because inflation is lower globally than in RSA. Thus, even with the dropping Rand, local returns historically still trump global returns in the long run. That's why I'm happy with a 50%/50% split in global vs local ETFs. My ETFs - the good and the bad: CTOP50: The JSE has never been cheaper. It's P/E is good enough even to start being attractive to foreign investors. Also, I love that 10% cap in any one company. This ETF is a must. DIVTRX: If the bear market continues, high-dividend shares perform better. That's why I'm holding on to this one for now, but eventually (after the market starts to recover), I may sell this and buy CTOP50 with this money. PTXTEN: Different asset class - not correlated to the JSE. Property always does well in the long tern and is at a 52-week low. A steal at this price. STXQUA: I just love the companies in this ETF - such attractive fundamentals. I own this one simply because I believe in the companies that this ETF represents. ASHGEQ: Diversified global. Core ETF. GLODIV: A smart-beta ETF - its methodology may outperform the global all-share index in the long run, so a competitor for ASHGEQ. GLPROP: Global property. I'm not too sure about this one, as global property returns are not generally as good as local ones, even with the extra 4% per annum Rand depreciation. I may sell this one eventually. For now, though, with the uncertainty in the market, this is just to have a different asset class. STXEMG: Highest potential for growth over 25 years. Emerging markets fluctuate wildly but always outperform developed markets in the very long term. SYG4IR: I had to have some Tech shares, but I already have too much in the USA through my other ETFs, Thus, this gives my exposure to the newest and most exciting tech in Asia. If I didn't have this I would replace it with STXNDQ, but I just don't want too much USA at the moment. The USA has had it's longest bull market in history. How long can it continue? It might, but I prefer to be diversified. My shares - why I own/will continue to buy these ones: CML: Dividends of almost 10% per annum - that's better than cash even before growth! My favourite stock pick for 2019 at the moment. CPI: Continues to remain strong, even in the terrible 2018. DCP: Tough choice between either Dis-Chem or Clicks. But I didn't want two in the same sector, since the two are very well correlated. I just feel that since Dis-Chem is new and Clicks is already well established, Dis-Chem has more potential for growth between the two. DSY: Historically rock solid, and with Discovery Bank on the way, it looks even more attractive than its already dazzling history. L4L: Still holding on to the belief that this one will take off one day. A bit of a risk, but it may pay off. MRP: Had a bit of a dip, but recovering nicely. Cheap clothes of reasonable quality must do well in the long run. And with its competitors in the clothing department losing the plot (I'm thinking Woolworth and Edgars here), it just has to go up. SHP: The poor performance of this stock has been due to negative inflation of the food products on its shelf (the average prices of its shelf actually dropped in 2018), thus dropping its turnover (and profit). As food inflation is expected to rise in 2019 (also with drought predicted again) this should reverse the losses and lead to considerable gains. This share is also very cheap at the moment.
  6. 3 points
    Hi Taurus and welcome to the forum. Disclaimer - I'm not a financial adviser - just a forum member with a few years of self-study and experience who invests and trades on the JSE, and the following discussion is based merely on my own observations and opinions. Yes, you have too many ETFs. It's not so much the number though, but rather that you have some that track exactly the same index/companies which duplicates your costs and skews your perceived exposure. A few observations: 1. A massive chunk of your investment is indirectly invested in a single company - namely Naspers. The Satrix Indi, Top 40 and RAFI are basically all investing in exactly the same few companies, but in differing percentages. The Indi is largely Naspers, which has historically performed exceptionally well, but now that the fundamentals of TenCent (of which Naspers owns 30%) has changed, the future may not be anywhere as near as attractive. I'd definitely be nervous with such a big percentage of my portfolio in Indi (plus, it's never a good idea to have such a big chunk of a portfolio in a single sector). If it were me, I'd combine all three of these into Satrix 40. 2. The Satrix S&P 500 and the Sygnia Itrix MSCI World are pretty much the same thing with a tiny bit of extra emerging market exposure in the MSCI world ETF. This is duplication and skews your exposure. 3. If you're looking for diversification in property, I'd go at least 20% property (10% local property (PTXTEN) and 10% offshore property (GLPROP)), since it's a different asset class and doesn't necessarily correlate to stocks. If the stock market crashes, these may very well shine. In fact, in the long term, property has always done well. 4. Ashburton Government bonds - a different asset class which is good for diversification but in the long run doesn't do as well as equities. Having these in your portfolio depends on your risk tolerance - these are much safer than stocks, but underperform in the long run (longer than 10 years). If you want diversification with bonds, go at least 10% bonds. Otherwise, it just doesn't add any value to your portfolio, because at 2% of your portfolio, the purpose of this asset class (risk reduction) simply isn't significant and you may as well put it in something higher risk with better potential returns. 5. Sygnia Japan and Eurostoxx: These are already covered in MSCI world. The combination of S&P500, Japan and Euro is pretty much what MSCI world has done for you anyway - you're just duplicating the Sygnia MSCI world ETF and splitting it up into it's components. All you get by having all of these is more costs and a skewed sense of diversification. Why not just combine all of these into MSCI world? 6. Nasdaq and Sygnia 4IR: I personally like tech shares and I think these will do well. Personally, I'd buy more than your 2% in tech - maybe 5-10%. 7. Satrix Quality: I love this ETF. The companies in this portfolio are fantastic with amazing fundamentals. The dividends from this ETF are also extremely attractive. 8. Satrix Fini: This sector is already very well represented in the top 40. Just more exposure to the same thing. NB: Your current exposure to the local Top 40 is 68% of your portfolio (26.14% Indi + 20.32% T40 + 12.03% RAFI + 9.07% Fini, which all have the same companies, especially Naspers, which is more than 20% in your case) This is the whole point - you think you're diversifying, but you're not! If it were up to me, and you asked me to re-balance your portfolio using your selection of ETFs, I'd sell INDI, RAFI, FINI, S&P500, Japan, EuroStox, and combine a whole lot of your ETFs to buy: 60 % Core Shares (Local and Global): STX40 - 20% STXQUA - 10% SYGWD - 20% GLODIV - 10% 20% Property (Local and Global): PTXTEN - 10% GLPROP - 10% 10% High-risk but high potential tech shares: STXNDQ and/or SYG4IR - 10% 10% bonds (If your proposed investment period is less than 10 years) or better still, buy 10% in emerging markets (STXEMG) instead. ASHWGB - 10% (Alternatively, rather than bonds, I'd use this 10% to buy emerging markets in the form of STXEMG, which has exposure to China, Brics countries etc. - lots and lots of long term potential).
  7. 3 points
    Great article from Bruce Whitefield, I bet your banker did not explain it to you in such clear terms: Banks love it when you don’t settle your credit card balance in full. If you owe your bank R10,000 and pay R9,999, then they are entitled – as per the small print – to charge you interest on the full R10,000 rather than the R1 that you failed to pay. It may seem iniquitous, but those are the rules. They even have a special name for people who pay the minimum amount every month on their credit card statements. They are called “revolvers”, and they are charged significant amounts of interest for extending the agreed borrowing period. That is as opposed to “transactors”, who pay the full outstanding balance monthly, having taken advantage of the reward scheme and the interest-free period made available to them. Banks are not great fans of transactors as they make lower fees and earn less interest from them. Still, the financial institution does make a percentage every time their customer uses the card, so don’t feel too bad for the bank. Source: https://www.businessinsider.co.za/beware-these-fiendish-credit-card-tricks-2018-12
  8. 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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  10. 2 points
    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
  11. 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 ?
  12. 2 points
    For a while now I've been asking the question: "What percentage of my TFIA ETFs should be in 'foreign' indices?" Some people will immediately say "Put everything in foreign indices - the Rand is going to collapse or South Africa is going to be downgraded to junk" etc. And yet, the experts will typically tell you to put only 30% to 40% in foreign ETFs and the rest in local indices. So I've done a ton of study to find out why and the results surprised me - so much so that I have now changed the desired weightings of my TFIA ETF portfolio to allocate a greater percentage to local ETFs. Here's the thing. On the one hand, the Rand depreciates on average by 4% per year against the Dollar, and has pretty much done so since the time of Adam and Eve. Therefore, by buying ETFs of foreign indices, you are 'guaranteed' a 4% gain on your investment due to the weakening Rand. Now, on the other hand, let's look at foreign growth and interest on bonds, for example, where a 3% above-inflation is considered a good investment. Let's take England as an example. With its inflation close to 0%, a 3% return on an English investment would be considered "good." So if you had invested in an "England ETF, you would, by way of illustration, get your 0% inflation plus 3% return plus your 4% due to Rand depreciation, a total return of 7%. However, locally, it is South Africa's high inflation that makes it ideal for investment, which at first may seem counter-intuitive. Interest-bearing investments such as bonds and preference shares may also typically return inflation plus 3% - so with our 6% inflation, that gives a total return of 9%. And the JSE does much better than just inflation plus 3%! The other countries (outside of emerging markets) just don't have our inflation and therefore don't have the growth that the JSE index does. This is also why emerging markets are expected to give higher returns than developed markets in the long term. Secondly, putting more than say 40% in foreign indices means you are no longer diversified in the sense that if the Rands strengthens significantly, your portfolio collapses (and historically, it is highly unlikely to average a drop of more than 4% per year). On the other hand, the JSE index is not affected by the Rand in the same way, so whether the Rand drops or climbs, you're still guaranteed your above inflation growth on your local index ETFs. So betting too much on foreign indices is, in essence, going for a higher risk, but with lower returns, the exact opposite of what we should be doing. Of the academic studies I've read, most put the optimal risk-to-reward ratio for investing at 60% local and 40% foreign ETFs, and often support this with models. But now I finally understand why my previous 50% : 50% local : foreign split was considered high risk.
  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
    In light of the above, I have changed my target TFIA ETF ratios to be 60% local and 40% foreign indices and my new target TFIA portfolio looks as follows: LOCAL (60%): Local equities: CTOP50: 10% DIVTRX: 10% NFEMOM: 10% STXQUA: 10% Local property: PTXTEN: 20% FOREIGN (40%): Foreign equities: ASHGEQ: 7.5% GLODIV: 7.5% STXEMG: 7.5% SYG4IR: 7.5% Foreign property: GLPROP: 10%
  15. 2 points
    Opened mine on the 19th of November and moved my R1,500 to a Goal Save account. Started at 6% interest and then moved to 7%. Waiting for the 19th of this month and then I should be on 9%. Not sure what happens when I deposit more money into that account (if the interest rate resets, carries on at 9% or if there is some other mechanism keeping track of deposits and their respective interest rates). Do I trust them with my money? Well... I guess. Not planning to put to large a percentage of my money there but 9-10% interest beats almost everything out there. It even makes you wonder if it is worth buying Solar panels via FedGroup
  16. 2 points
    I'll monitor the thread just in case you open a JHB North branch
  17. 2 points
    Following below is a selection of stocks that various industry professionals have picked to be their shares to buy for 2018. Please note this post in no ways endorses their selection of JSE stocks to invest in, but that is to be seen as an informative post for you to use in your own research. Mr Price - (JSE:MRP) Sasol - (JSE:SOL) Life Healthcare - (JSE:LHC) Shoprite Holdings - (JSE:SHP) Telkom - (JSE:TKG) Woolworths - (JSE:WHL) British American Tobacco - (JSE:BTI) Wescoal - (JSE:WSL) Aspen Pharmacare - (JSE:APN) Distell - (JSE:DGH) City Lodge - (JSE:CLH) Coronation - (JSE:CML) Sources: https://businesstech.co.za/news/finance/291986/8-long-term-stock-picks-for-2019-and-beyond/ https://www.fin24.com/Finweek/Investment/five-shares-for-2019-20181218 http://www.702.co.za/features/1/money/articles/49/buy-these-three-stocks-if-you-love-large-dividends https://www.businessinsider.co.za/this-is-the-best-place-to-invest-r10000-now-experts-say-2018-5 https://www.moneyweb.co.za/moneyweb-radio/stocks-to-watch-in-2019/ https://www.businesslive.co.za/bd/markets/2018-12-13-watch-stock-picks--sasol-and-jse-all-share-index/ http://www.capetalk.co.za/podcasts/201/the-best-of-the-money-show/172007/3-best-jse-shares-to-buy-at-the-start-of-2019 I want to add the Platinum Wealth Community picks as well. So suggest stocks that you believe will do great in 2018 and I will add them below. (I am adding L4L) Long4Life - (JSE:l4l) Discovery - (JSE:DSY) Dis-Chem - (JSE:DCP) KAP - (JSE:KAP) ... Type the name of the share followed by down vote and it will be removed from the community list.
  18. 2 points
    Assuming you mean this: https://www.bloomberg.com/markets/watchlist There is a pie diagram at the top. You can click on it (the center or outer segments) to either drill down or up one level. Below it you'll see a couple of tabs defaulted to "Summary". If you click on the "Edit" one you can add a new lot with the date and price (in cents).
  19. 2 points
    Here's an excellent series of reviews on each of the property ETFs if you want some bedtime reading: Property ETF Series Part 1: CoreShares Proptrax SAPY Property ETF Series Part 2: CoreShares Proptrax Ten Property ETF Series Part 3: CoreShares S&P Global Property Property ETF Series Part 4: Satrix Property Property ETF Series Part 5: STANLIB SA Property ETF Property ETF Series Part 6: Sygnia Itrix Global Property ETF Note though that the long-term historic yields are not really applicable at the moment since the current yields have more than doubled in recent times, making property ETFs extremely attractive at the moment.
  20. 2 points
    Global property returns are always significantly less than local property returns (see table below). Since property ETFs are supposed to primarily produce income, I'd automatically remove GLPROP and SYGP from the list (these two I'd add if you specifically want diversification in the global section of your portfolio, but as an income earner main property ETF, the returns on these two aren't great compared to local property, even taking into account the average annual 4% Rand depreciation. ie. even with the 4% annual drop in the Rand taken into account, these indices consistently perform at roughly 3% lower than local property ETFs. I personally don't like PTXSPY and STPROP because these are uncapped and are heavily weighted in favour of three companies - they each have 50% of the total ETF in just Growthpoint, Redefine and Nepi Rockcastle. That being said, PTXSPY was the best performer of the six for the past year in terms of yield, but was the worst performer in terms of growth, due to the higher weighting of the big three. STXPRO and PTXTEN are both capped at 10% in any one company, which is a major plus in my opinion. The difference between STXPRO and PTXTEN is that PTXTEN is made up of the top 10 companies, each making up 10% of the ETF (equally weighted). On the other hand, STXPRO is made up of 15 companies at the moment, weighted by market capitalization, with a maximum of 10% in any one company. The difference in performance in earnings yield from PTXTEN is roughly 2% higher than from STXPRO. For the past year, the distribution yield from PTXTEN was 8.57%, whereas from STXPRO, it was 6.45%. This extra 2% makes a huge difference, and more than offsets the higher TER. The current income yields for the six you mentioned are as follows: PTXSPY: 9.00% PTXTEN: 8.57% STPROP: 8.45% STXPRO: 6.45% GLPROP: 2.76% SYGP: 1.99% The growth from the four is pretty similar (graph below), so I'd say you should choose using yields and risk as the criteria for your choice. In respect of yields, PTXSPY, PTXTEN and STPROP are pretty similar, with PTXSPY taking a slight lead. However, PTXTEN is less risky, being capped at 10% in any one company, whereas in the other two, you're the the mercy of the big three. For me, risk management is more important than the tiny extra percentage from PTXSPY, so my personal choice is PTXTEN. But in all fairness, all four of the local ETFs are pretty great and boils down to personal preference - performance vs appetite for risk.
  21. 2 points
    So, this is what I'm going to do in 2019: My Tax free investment portfolio for 2019: I'm going to continue to add R2750 monthly to my TFIA. I currently have the following portfolio, and will continue in the same proportions: Local ETFs (50%): CTOP50 15% DIVTRX 10% PTXTEN 15% STXQUA 10% Global ETFs (50%): ASHGEQ 10% GLODIV 10% GLPROP 10% STXEMG 10% SYG4IR 10% My stocks for 2019: All extra monthly money above my TFIA, I usually put into stocks. I will continue doing so in the following stocks: CML (Coronation) 14.3% CPI (Capitec) 14.3% DCP (Dis-Chem) 14.3% DSY (Discovery) 14.3% L4L (Long for Life) 14.3% MRP (Mr. Price) 14.3% SHP (Shoprite) 14.3%
  22. 2 points
    Only new deposits from outside the account to inside the account contribute towards the limit. Anything that happens within the account doesn't count towards the 33K limit. This means you can reinvest dividends, buy and sell ETFs as you wish within the account - change back and forth between Cash and ETFs etc, as long as you don't withdraw them from the account. None of these affect the limit. So basically, it's only brand new deposits into the account from outside the account that contribute to the limit.
  23. 2 points
    Yes, I see it closed at 20c but really its going to be up and down for a couple weeks with people frantically selling and then others buying... interested to see how it fairs in Q1 2019.
  24. 2 points
    R1mil for Larry Nestadt is pocket change he pays the parking attendant. He is probably neck deep in BLT since pre-listing
  25. 2 points
    All the other banks breathed a sigh of relief. Apparently whites hold all the money in SA and after that I'm sure most won't rush to open an account. Funny thing though: there is white outrage (and f*cking rightly so) on Twitter but I do not see blacks taking joy in it or slamming the whites for being "racist" etc. Anyway, I just finished moving my life insurance to them not too long ago but in the past I've felt like moving my medical aid away from them. Won't do any knee jerk reaction but the case for exploring alternatives is much stronger than before where Discovery was seen as the defacto standard. Deep inside me I feel "filthy" knowing I'm helping to fund a company with racist policies - whether those policies come from a place of them trying to do something good or just a political cheapshot (bets on getting more black customers and get the whites anyway despite their outrage).
  26. 2 points
    I have it on VERY good authority that Bidorbuy's link will be: http://bidorbuy.co.za/dotw/11411/BlackFriday
  27. 2 points
    PEM 201811050039A Results of the Annual General Meeting ("AGM") and Change to the Board PEMBURY LIFESTYLE GROUP LIMITED (Incorporated in the Republic of South Africa) (Registration number 2013/205899/06) (“PL Group” or “the Company”) ISIN Code: ZAE000222949 JSE Code: PEM RESULTS OF ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING (“AGM”) AND CHANGE TO THE BOARD Shareholders are advised that the Company’s AGM was held on Thursday, 1 November 2018. Details of the results of voting were as follows: Total number of shares in issue at the date of the AGM: 400 587 500 Total number of shares represented at the AGM: 294 644 821 Total percentage of shares represented at the AGM: 73.55% The resolutions proposed at the AGM, together with the percentage of votes carried for and against each resolution, are set out below: Number of votes For Against Abstain Total Votes % % (% of issued (excluding share capital) abstentions) Ordinary Resolution Number 1 – 294 171 991 73 830 399 000 294 245 821 Presentation and acceptance of 99.97% 0.03% 0.10% 73.45% annual financial statements Ordinary Resolution Number 2 – 176 163 840 118 097 981 383 000 294 261 821 Director appointment – NZ Mthembu 59.87% 40.13% 0.10% 73.46% Ordinary Resolution Number 3 – 76 166 840 218 094 981 383 000 294 261 821 Director retirement and re-election – 25.88% 74.12% 0.10% 73.46% B Moyo Ordinary Resolution Number 4 – 233 862 537 60 399 284 383 000 294 261 821 Director retirement and re-election – 79.47% 20.53% 0.10% 73.46% GN Waters Ordinary Resolution Number 5 – 293 646 369 607 452 391 000 294 253 821 Re-appointment and remuneration of 99.79% 0.21% 0.10% 73.46% Auditors Ordinary Resolution Number 6 – 75 966 840 218 294 981 383 000 294 261 821 Appointment of Audit and Risk 25.82% 74.18% 0.10% 73.46% Committee member – B Moyo Ordinary Resolution Number 7 – 235 767 037 630 452 58 247 332 236 397 489 Appointment of Audit and Risk 99.73% 0.27% 14.54% 59.01% Committee member – C Hechter Ordinary Resolution Number 8 – 293 619 369 642 452 383 000 294 261 821 Appointment of Audit and Risk 99.78% 0.22% 0.10% 73.46% Committee member – L Brits Ordinary Resolution Number 9 – 235 880 789 545 700 58 218 332 236 426 489 Endorsement of Pembury’s 99.77% 0.23% 14.53% 59.02% Remuneration Policy Ordinary resolution Number 10 - 235 780 789 645 700 58 218 332 236 426 489 Endorsement of the implementation of 99.73% 0.27% 14.53% 59.02% Pembury’s Remuneration Policy Special Resolution Number 1 – 293 487 243 830 578 327 000 294 317 821 General authority to allot and issue 99.72% 0.28% 0.08% 73.47% shares for cash Special Resolution Number 2 – 235 434 289 58 883 532 327 000 294 317 821 Authority to issue shares or rights that 79.99% 20.01% 0.08% 73.47% may exceed 30% of voting power Special Resolution Number 3 – 248 928 292 45 397 529 319 000 294 325 821 Ratification of non-executive director’s 84.58% 15.42% 0.08% 73.47% remuneration – NZ Mthembu Special Resolution Number 4 – 293 612 121 711 700 321 000 294 323 821 Non-Executive directors’ remuneration 99.76% 0.24% 0.08% 73.47% Special Resolution Number 5 – 293 780 243 491 578 373 000 294 271 821 Financial assistance in terms of Section 99.83% 0.17% 0.09% 73.46% 44 of the Companies Act Special Resolution Number 6 – 293 780 243 491 578 373 000 294 271 821 Financial assistance in terms of Section 99.83% 0.17% 0.09% 73.46% 45 of the Companies Act Special Resolution Number 7 – 236 077 659 58 221 162 346 000 294 298 821 Ratification of repurchase of shares 80.22% 19.78% 0.09% 73.47% Special Resolution Number 9 – 235 248 807 57 897 162 1 498 852 293 145 969 General authority to acquire 80.25% 19.75% 0.37% 73.18% (repurchase) shares Shareholders are advised that special resolution number 8 was not proposed. Shareholders are further advised that ordinary resolution numbers 3 and 6 were not approved and accordingly Mr Moyo retires from the Board and as a member of the Audit and Risk Committee. This retirement will result in a vacancy on the Audit and Risk Committee. The Board will commence with the process of identifying candidates to fill this vacancy in order to ensure the correct composition of this Committee. By order of the board Johannesburg 5 November 2018 Designated Advisor Arbor Capital Sponsors Date: 05/11/2018 01:20:00 Produced by the JSE SENS Department. The SENS service is an information dissemination service administered by the JSE Limited ('JSE'). The JSE does not, whether expressly, tacitly or implicitly, represent, warrant or in any way guarantee the truth, accuracy or completeness of the information published on SENS. The JSE, their officers, employees and agents accept no liability for (or in respect of) any direct, indirect, incidental or consequential loss or damage of any kind or nature, howsoever arising, from the use of SENS or the use of, or reliance on, information disseminated through SENS.
  28. 2 points
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  29. 2 points
    TymeCoach lets you see your credit score for free.
  30. 2 points
    Day 7 of the trial played out this morning in Cape Town. The effectiveness of the security at the De Zalze estate still receiving a lot of fire from the defence. It was an exceptionally long day in court so bear with me as I try and recap it for you as accurately as possible. The day started with witness number 80 on the list. Marcia Rossouw, security manager at De Zalze. She took over as manager in 2014 and made several improvements whilst working there, such as upgrading the electric fence. She says the additional cameras that were installed was not as a result of the murders. At the time of the murders, there were optic cameras at all the gates and at other strategic points. There is an optic camera where the river enters the estate, there are also beams and the thermal cameras which have been discussed by Mr Afrika. There are two security routes, one that happens within the estate and one that runs along the perimeter. The report from that night shows that all the patrols happened on schedule. Rossouw said that once the system is triggered someone would need to go out and resolve the issue for it to be deactivated. The Van Breda home is in the middle of the estate with a 2-kilometre distance from where the river enters the estate to their home. The airfield gate is 1 kilometre away. Rossouw says when she heard of the incident she requested that the fence is inspected thoroughly for any entry point, and the check the system for any activations and to look at the camera reports. The four incidents that were reported was followed up on and was apparently a power drop. There were no discrepancies in any of the 18 cards that were used to enter and exit at the gates (as sometimes homeowners would lend their cards to others) Rossouw echoes all the previous security witnesses that there were no incidents or anything suspicious that night. Advocate Botha then questioned Rossouw and said that there would need to be a light on for the cameras to pick up anyone on its footage. Rossouw retorted and said that there were lights with the cameras except for the Eskom gate camera. Botha asked about the anti-dig by the fence and says that there are various areas that do not have it. Rossouw responded and said that it is still like that. Judge Desai asked if it would be possible to dig a tunnel underneath. Rossouw said that there would have been evidence of this, no footprints, damage or wires being cut. Advocate Botha said that he planned on showing the court how rocks can be used to cover up such an entry through the fence. (Whether he means under or literally through, I am not certain) There is a report that points out various errors in security, especially with the cameras. Spotlights and a security guard were recommended for the fence around where the river enters the estate. Rossouw says that these were not in place in 2015, only an optic camera. Botha then said that one point while he was visiting the estate there was an unmarked vehicle with a member of the press taking pictures of the home. They had gained entry under the pretence of going to the Klein Zalze restaurant. The bridge from Klein Zalze to the estate did not have access control. Botha said that on the report there were more than four "alarm ons" and whether Rossouw had seen this. She said she had. At 1:08 there was an alarm activated. Rossouw says fences are activated when they get tested, these get logged as such. But Rossouw also said that she did not check personally that these were indeed fence tests. The next day the alarms were said to have been a result of the power dip. There are two different alarms, one alerts the controllers and the other caused by the dip in power, and responders would not be sent out then. Botha then referred to an old attempt at entry into the estate and Rossouw said that those people did not gain entry and that the security was very quick to respond. The court is adjourned until tomorrow.
  31. 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
  32. 1 point
    Here's the official JSE index codes (although Google Finance uses different ones): All share is J203 and the Top40 is J200.
  33. 1 point
    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/
  34. 1 point
    Erm... not sure. Maybe about a year ago. Definitely last year some time.
  35. 1 point
    I guess the annual limits of Tax free investment accounts will remain at R33000 for the third year in a row then... ?
  36. 1 point
    Ouch, Yeah I'm down 9.21% on Discovery at the moment. Might be worth it to take the knock then and rather put it towards my Top50 in my TFSA On the flip side, Sibanye has recovered quite nicely in the last 2 months, hope this trend keeps going.
  37. 1 point
    If we're going down the route of saying most of the JSE listing have offshore exposure then this whole topic is moot. Your RA and pension is 70% JSE. Your home is 100% RSA (unless you own property offshore, but then you're probably not reading this thread). For most that is the bulk of their wealth and we're not even mentioning any cash and other assets you have locally. Your TFSA being so small by comparison can just as well go 100% offshore. But to each their own: if you are renting and don't have an RA then this all changes.
  38. 1 point
    Now, if FNB doesn't penalise me via my home loan interest rate for moving my salary deposit to another bank and Discovery doesn't get weird with Vitality requiring a blood test to get a better interest rate, then I might move banks after being with FNB for years. But we'll wait and see...
  39. 1 point
    If they were older they'd have suggested the PS4
  40. 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.)
  41. 1 point
    I hold Naspers and see the following upside If the ecommerce takes off they will make big bucks but this is a big risk. Will get shares in Multichoice I see this as an African play as the SA market is shrinking with all the competition. They are taking a big bet on fast food delivery. The downside is the value is all in Ten cent and with 30%+ are they able to extract value from that?
  42. 1 point
    I use Standard Bank Online Share Trading. It's a bit expensive but the resources and graphing software is second to none. I'm very happy with it. Some features of the R160 per month Viewpoint package: Live prices (no delay) always. Specialist graphing software with all the indicators built in (see an example screen capture below) Instant one-click buy and sell. Research, fundamental analysis and professional opinions. Live SENS news feed. And that's just the beginning!
  43. 1 point
    I've just had a look how my ETFs fared during the market crash of the past two weeks. We have been on an extended bull run for quite some time now and this sudden volatility and crash has made me re-assess my portfolio, as I now have some evidence of what happens in down market as well as an up market. My ETF portfolio from best to worst performance: Satrix Quality SA Port (STXQUA) + 2.11 % CORESHARESTOP50 (CTOP50) - 4.05 % Satrix MSCI EMG Markets (STXEMG) - 4.12 % Ashburton Gbl 1200Eq (ASHGEQ) - 6.43 % Satrix INDI Portfolio (STXIND) - 8.57 % CoreShares Global Prop (GLPROP) - 10.63 % Sygnia Itrix 4Ind Rev Gb (SYG4IR) - 11.84 % My thoughts on the results: STXQUA was the top performer in the crashing market and the only one that stayed green. Although this is not strictly a high dividend ETF, dividend yield are used to determine the quality of the companies in the ETF, so it's kind of a hybrid. But the performance in this rout has confirmed the theory of the importance of a high dividend yield ETF as part of a balanced portfolio as a bear-market hedge and convinced me it is a crucial part in my TFIA portfolio. I shall therefore be adding STXDIV as well over the next few months. Globally, emerging markets performed better than developed markets, even in the crash. Its ability to outperform developed markets in both bull and bear markets has convinced me that I was wise to have equal holdings in both ASHGEQ and STXEMG. I'll carry on buying these two in equal proportions. STXIND: Just as Bandit has always warned about Market Cap distribution, a 16% drop in Naspers has totally hammered this ETF, which is comprised of roughly 40% Naspers. This is a perfect example of the dangers of both market-cap-distributed and industry-specific ETFs. That being said, it has been the top performer over 10 years, so I won't sell it, but I think I'll keep it capped at 10% of my portfolio. SYG4IR: Yeah, yeah, what can I say? I knew this would be a gamble, and so far my pile of chips is way down. Should I sell out or go all-in? The trouble with this one is that I think the rewards will be seen in the very far distant future (maybe 10 years), so it's a massive risk to keep buying this one for 10 years. If I'm wrong, I've wasted 10% of my TFIA, but if I'm right, my pile of chips will become mountains of chips. Tough call...
  44. 1 point
    I've just set my future TFIA payments for the year, and my R33000 per year split (R2750 p.m., although I'm hoping it will increase from March) will be as follows: Local (37.5%) STXIND: 12.5% STXQUA: 12.5% CTOP50: 12.5% Offshore (62.5%) STXEMG: 19.0% ASHGEQ: 18.5% GLPROP: 12.5% SYG4IR: 12.5% My rationale is as follows: I went only 37.5% in local ETFs as my stocks portfolio is mainly in local shares, and over 25 years, I like the diversification of global markets. STXIND: It excludes banks and mines, so is largely unaffected by the Rand value or political noise. It performs purely on the value of its companies. Also, it's been the top ETF averaged over 10 years, and I don't see any reason for it to be any different in the future. STXQUA: A new ETF. Great companies, chosen for quality rather than market cap. High dividends as well as growth, so the upward trend should remain constant, ever in a bear market. Might underperform the T40 in a prolonged bull market run though, since it focuses more on dividends than growth, but should outperform the T40 in a fluctuating market. Still, so far, since inception, it has outperformed T40 on growth too, so I'm not complaining! CTOP50: Companies chosen for market cap (long term stability) as the third prong of my local shares balance. Since I have STXIND, I did not want to duplicate my massive exposure in the top 5 like Naspers by having STX40 as well, so I went for a more equally weighted ETF here to balance out the INDI. I don't like the strictly equal weight ETFs like CSEW40 because they lose out on extended bull runs because companies in these ETFs are not allowed to exceed 2.5% even if the share sky-rockets by 1000%, but this one (CTOP50) has more flexibility than strict equal weight ETFS while minimizing any risk. STXEMG: I think emerging markets will outperform developed markets in the next 10 years. Hence the highest allocation to this ETF. ASHGEQ: ASHGEQ rather than S&P500, because there's too much instability in the US at the moment. I'm worried about Trump and the political situation with North Korea. ASHGEQ may slightly underperform the S&P500 (or it may do better), but at least my money's safe! GLPROP: Had to have some property... SYG4IR: My high-risk ETF. It may never take off, or it has the potential to sky-rocket. This is my 12.5% gamble that may lose me 12.5% or may make me very rich! :-)
  45. 1 point
    If anyone is still looking for devices, please have a look at the below url. https://www.bidorbuy.co.za/item/315766298/Ledger_Nano_S_Bitcoin_Ethereum_Hardware_Wallet.html
  46. 1 point
    The difference between ETFs and stocks is volatility. ETFs will roughly follow (or slightly outperform perhaps) the market/sector average, but stocks have more volatility, so there is potential for good growth if one stock jumps. However, the more your stocks are diversified, the less effect a good stock will have on your bottom line and the closer you will be to the market average. (Obviously you also want to have enough to minimize risk). For example, you have R50,000 to spend and you buy 5 stocks at R10,000 each. Four mimic the market and return 20% in the first year and one has a freak 100% return. You have made R18,000 profit. But if you had used your R50,000 to buy 20 stocks of R2,500 each, and 19 mimic the market (20%) and there's the one freak 100% return. You only make R14,750 profit. Thus, the more diversified, the less effect a good stock has on your profit. There is an exponential decrease in risk as the number of stocks increase. Past a certain point (20 shares), even doubling your number of stocks to 40 only decreases risk by than less than 1%, but you have lost your overall volatility. Above 20 stocks and you're better off doing only ETFs, since statistically, your portfolio will exactly mimic the market, and ETFs slightly outperform the market average. Therefore, roughly 10 - 15 stocks is the perfect mix between risk and volatility for buy & hold investing, or even less (maybe 10 stocks) if you have a couple of ETFs as well to balance out the risk. I'm slightly older and closer to retirement than many investors on this forum, so I prefer less risk (and less volatility), and thus have more stocks in my portfolio. Thus, I have 40% of my total portfolio in 10 ETFs and 60% of my portfolio in 15 stocks.
  47. 1 point
    Black Friday and Cyber Monday (BFCM) are two of the biggest shopping events of the year, and on November 24, the world will be ready to shop. Please use this thread to post Black Friday deals, let's pick up some bargains together. What stores are doing Black Friday 2017? I will update this thread with the shops that are participating in Black Friday 2017. Please post shops as you discover them and I will add them to the list. 1. Game https://Game.co.za 2. Wootware https://Wootware.co.za 3. Checkers https://www.checkers.co.za/black-friday.html 4. Travelstart http://www.travelstart.co.za/lp/promotions/black-friday 5. Chain Reaction Cycles (Chain Reactions Cycles is running 4 weeks of Black Friday deals, with discounts on bicycles and clothing.) 6. Zando (Zando confirmed it will launch a Black Friday sale this year, offering discounts on clothing.) 7. Spree (Spree is giving away R100,000 in Black Friday Vouchers through OneDayOnly.) 8. Syntech (You can expect great deals on PC products, gadgets, and other goods from Syntech on Black Friday.) 9. Standard Bank (Standard Bank Business will offer South Africans something special on Black Friday.) 10. PriceCheck (PriceCheck will offer deals in 24 categories for 24 hours.) 11. MTN South Africa (MTN will hold “exclusive deals that will make lives even brighter this summer”.) 12. Loot (South Africans can look forward to great Black Friday deals from the shop.) 13. The Digital Experience (The Digital Experience will slash prices on a range of technology products and appliances.) 14. OneDayOnly (OneDayOnly will have a large offering of products at incredible discounts.) 15. eBucks (eBucks plans to give members great value by offering a 50% discount on its products.) 16. iStore (If you love Apple products, you do not want to miss its Black Friday deals.) 17. MultiChoice and DStv (MultiChoice will offer “fantastic” specials, and encourages people to keep an eye on its website on 23 November.) 18. Raru (Raru will offer Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals, with unique, attractive offerings.) 19. Takealot (Takealot’s 2017 Blue Dot Sale will run across every department of the online store, offering all the best Black Friday deals in one place.) 20. Dion Wired (Dion Wired will offer great discounts on a wide range of tech and other products.) 21. Makro (Expect excellent deals on tech products, gadgets, and other goods from Makro.) 22. Vodacom 23. CapeRiverStone - boulders, stones and peach pips (https://www.caperiverstone.co.za/) This post also serves as a reminder to please save up right now and at the end of October, because you might be able to pick up appliances you wanted to buy for a while at a great discount, appliances that were too expensive at the time. We are all money conscious members, that is why we are a part of this great forum, so let's take a collective advantage and sniff out good deals together.
  48. 1 point
    Disclaimer: this should not be taken as advice but seen merely a possible guideline/strategy to be researched further by yourself We see a lot of questions on forums about how to start investing, what to invest in and it is almost always met by a miriad of answers. From hiding the money under your bed, to using your TFSA to save for a car to FOREX. Truth is, before you invest even one cent there are a bunch of boring and possibly time consuming stuff you should take care of, and this is definitly not what most want to hear. Investing in shares and "playing the stock market" is the last thing on the list to do and it is a very broad subject within itself. Anyway, here are a few things you should consider doing: 1. First Pay of your bad debt. We're not talking cars or homeloans but rather credit cards, overdrafts and personal loans. 2. Then Get insurance. This includes stuff like income protection to make sure you still have a salary if you should lose the ability to work. 3. Build up an emergency fund. You should build up a large enough fund so that you can live of it and cover all your monthly expenses for 5-6 months. You can save this money in a 32 day account or something similar that gives you fairly easy access to it, but still gives you a reasonable interest rate (you want to try to keep up with inflation at the very least) 4. Now you can invest and at this point it is probably best to go see a financial advisor (make sure they are registered: http://www.fpi.co.za/FPI_Consumers/Find_A_Financial_Planner_Basic.aspx). You don't have to follow their advise but they do know a lot more about this stuff than most so it's worth meeting one regardless.
  49. 1 point
    I would wait for it to hit the 36,000 mark before buying. Check out my analysis when it goes up
  50. 1 point
    That sounds pretty awesome. I had to dig deep to get all of this information and it took a couple of months of research. I'm 100% sure you will help A LOT of people with this That at the end of the day is the goal. This platform as one purpose and that is to become the educational hub for South Africans interested in finance and the Average Joe, because one way we can make a major difference in the future of this country is by enabling more and more people to get into a position of knowledge where they can take control of their own finances. Like you say this will take some deep digging, I am by no means a financial expert. I am a educator more than anything else so I will have a lot to learn and learn and learn and research, but I am determined to create this guide and with the help of EasyEquities and Magda just a message away I am confident that it would be something worth while to put out there once completed. I will probably bounce a few questions of existing members here on the forum as well as part of the research. For example slightly unrelated but on the Wills thread that Mr Yellen pointed out one thing started to stand out to me and that is the POLL, that poll its a small demographic but even in this small community the results is still shocking seeing that the majority does not have a will in place. That is the sort of things I want to address as well with the investing and savings aspect. Especially this thread (What do you use to manage your finances) and this thread (Budgeting) it touches on something that I also quickly realized not many South Africans are on top of their expenditures and just general "Where has my money gone" so something I want to address in this guide is sort of "The Fundamentals of Household finance" practical examples of how to track and save money how to know what money goes where and how to build up an emergency fund. All in all, A lot of work ahead.
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