Money Matters is a bi-weekly financial advice column that Mark has been writing for the District Mail, the local newspaper in the Helderberg, since 2001. We see this column as part of our corporate responsibility work as most of the
The strength of a countries currency can be viewed as a proxy for the price of the country. Just like with any investment you must differentiate between price and value. Price is what you pay and value if what you
At gym the other day a local minister mentioned that he regularly read my article. He questioned me on the difficulty of selecting a new topic each week. His passing words were, “at least you know how we ministers feel
A while ago I wrote an article trying to explain why lower interest rates should drive up asset prices. I quite sure you won’t remember the article as you probably fell asleep while reading it. The article explained how future
At the risk of committing career suicide I would like to admit the following. I have no idea the affect Trump will have on our share market over the next few months……I can hear the response “What! You don’t know.
The following is an extract from client feedback written for an offshore client invested in a portfolio of multi-asset global mutual funds, which I feel touches on some important investment points for the current investment environment and investment principles in
I vividly recall attending an investor feedback session with a hotshot offshore manager whose fund had performed terribly. After taking some criticism from the hostile audience he totally lost it, raising his voice he stated that “it was only numbers”.
With the US stock market now entering its 9th year in a bull market phase, it’s probably a good idea to reflect on some old age wisdom, which is nicely explained in the following quote; Bull markets are born on
“Be greedy when others are fearful and fearful when others are greedy” Warren Buffett The big financial institutions have just released their economic forecasts for 2018 and what do you know they are extremely bullish with a consensus view of
For this week’s article I am going to ask you to pretend you are living in a make-believe world, which shouldn’t be too hard, just follow our supreme leaders example by living in denial until you believe your own lies;
You had to feel a little sorry for our newest finance minister when he presented the recent mini-budget. Stuck between “a rock and a hard place” with no room to manoeuvre. SA has literally hit its fiscal cliff with the