Why trading in shares reminds me of Chillies and Brinjals.

[:en]Just more than two decades ago, I had a little farm to the northwest of Pretoria. To me it was like a little piece of heaven on earth (the two puns in the first two sentences of two songs are completely unintended). It was one of the happiest times of my life. I had 30 […]

Graphs talk – Nedbank

[:en] Nedbank is the fifth largest bank in South Africa according to market capitalization (R44bn). Their financial results for the period ending December 2019 reported the following: headline earnings down 7.3%, revenue up 2.5% and net asset value per share increased by 3.7%. The stochastic indicator is oversold which makes the probability for a bounce […]

Graphs talk – NEWUSD

[:en]This ETF gives you exposure to the Rand against the American dollar. A profit in this ETF is when the Rand weakens against the dollar. The stochastic indicator confirms the oversold position of the Rand, which makes the probability for more weakness more likely. This ETF was caught within a symmetrical triangle and above line […]

Graphs talk – Shoprite 7 May 2020

[:en] Shoprite is the largest supermarket retailer on the African continent. Their latest quarterly update for the period ending in September 2019 reported the following: turnover increased by 7.3%, Supermarkets RSA grew sales by 10.3% during the quarter. The Group’s other operating segments, which include the OK Franchise, Computicket, MediRite pharmacies and Checkers Food Services, […]

Position size for CFD’s

[:en]We keep on talking about position size but what does it actually mean? The size of your position is nothing other than the number of contracts you trade on CFD’s or the number of shares you buy on equities. In other words, the exposure you have to one instrument in a trade. A risk strategy […]

Two healthy businesses

[:en]Literally. Both Clicks Group and Dis-Chem has shown exponential good growth since listing on the JSE. For Clicks the big year was 1996 and for Dis-Chem it was in November 2016. Clicks Group consists of several market-leading retail brands, namely GNC, The Body Shop, Claire’s, Musica and Clicks. It has more than 870 stores across […]

Retirement annuities: the Receiver and the sting in the tail

[:en]Financial planners love to recommend Retirement Annuities (RAs) as the Holy Grail for a secure and comfortable retirement. And while they are quite correct regarding the positive aspects of RAs, I have found that they tend to embroider these positive traits and just lightly mention the possible negative aspects of RAs. In this piece I […]


[:en]JSE is no longer the only exchange in South Africa. Their latest financial results for the 6 months ending in June 2018 reported a 7% increase in operating profits. The share is nicely overbought and the stochastic indicator has broken downwards which implies that we can see more downside first. The break of the 3 […]

The Spar Group

[:en]Over time and through many mergers and takeovers, today the SPAR Group Ltd operates 6 distribution centres and 1 “Build-It” distribution centre, supplying goods and services to over 1 000 SPAR stores across Southern Africa. SPAR International is present in 48 countries with 242 distribution centres and serving 13.5 million customers per day. Their latest […]

Quilter Wealth Managers

[:en]Quilter asset managers has been listed after the unbundling of the wealth division of Old Mutual.  Managing over £100 billion of investments on behalf of over 900,000 customers, they operate in one of the largest wealth markets in the world. Their financial results for the period ending June 2018 reported a 2% increase in assets […]