A SLIPPERY SLOPE WITH JSE:WHL


Investing & Money
piece written on the 13th February 2014 by  
Instead of putting money down on 7, 11, 13, 27, 31 and red I decided to rather place my chips on Woolworths as I felt calculating their ability against that of wind and dealer strength would result in a more calculatedĀ investment. So, a few months ago I rolled the dice and invested in Woolworths. Unfortunately, my lack of experience didn't have me thinking that the JSE was performing incredibly strongly and...

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UNITS TRUSTS VS EXCHANGE TRADED FUNDS


Investing & Money
piece written on the 12th February 2014 by  
I've been doing some research into unit trusts and exchange traded funds to try to get to the bottom of which one is better for people to invest in. Unfortunately there isn't an explicit answer to this so I'm going to share what I've found out below. Unit Trusts are investment vehicles that are managed. In other words, a team of portfolio managers manage the portfolio and adjust accordingly. On the other hand, an ...

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READER QUESTION: WHAT SHOULD I DO WITH...


Investing & Money
piece written on the 11th February 2014 by  
This morning I received a question from a reader who wanted an opinion on some saved up money. Instead of replying directly via email I asked for permission to publish the question here and offer my 10 cents in hopes that others could learn from it, but also in case someone more experienced would be able to leave a comment with another opinion. Please note that I've masked out quite a few of the details for obvious r...

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APPLICATION REVIEW: 8TRACKS


Technology
piece written on the 6th February 2014 by  
A week or so ago I wrote a review on a web application called Unroll.me, which assists with reducing the amount of junk/spam mail you receive through allowing you to do mass unsubscribes. I can honestly say that I've received less emails since I used the service so I'm rather happy that I came across it. Tod...

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SOME SIMPLE INVESTMENT CALCULATIONS WITH...


Investing & Money
piece written on the 4th February 2014 by  
This post isn't anything overly complicated, but I have been chatting to a lot of people recently about saving and sometimes it has more effect when you see actual results. So I went ahead and run some permutations through a compound interest calculator to show you just what's possible if you can afford a few hundred rand a month. Before we start looking at numbers, let's look at the foundation behind this researc...

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INTEREST RATE RISES BY 0.5% TO 5.5%


Investing & Money
piece written on the 29th January 2014 by  
18 months ago the South African interest rate was dropped by 0.5% if I'm not mistaken, and now today it has been pushed up 0.5% leaving us effectively where we were a year and a half ago. Of course, nobody wants to see a rise in interest rates, 0.5% might not sound bad, but it certainly does hit the bottom line quite sternly. I'm not too clued up on interest rates and the likes, so please don't go with everything ...

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APPLICATION REVIEW: UNROLL.ME


Technology
piece written on the 29th January 2014 by  
Keeping up with all the new applications launching around the world is near impossible. Acquisitions and investments are happening left right and centre and this is presenting us with such a massive choice of great applications. This evening I actually came across an application that I feel is really impressive and I have no doubt that it will become hugely popular. Let me introduce you to ...

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PLANTED AQUARIUM INSPIRATION FOR A FRESH...


Personal & Lifestyle
piece written on the 27th January 2014 by  
It's been a while since I blogged about my huge interest inĀ planted aquariums. I'm happy to say that I have a bit of an update to share with all of you, I've actually been quite busy on the aquarium front. Let me throw out three things that I've been up to: 1. An Interesting Outing This past weekend I had the p...

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MY DIGITAL MARKETING PREDICTIONS FOR...


Marketing & Business
piece written on the 26th January 2014 by  
A wedding, business year end, a birthday, a honeymoon and a number of other things occupied a great deal of my time around the 2013/2014 transition and as such I've fallen behind in some things I wanted to do - One being a post where I outline some of my predictions for the year ahead in the digital marketing arena. I've found a chance to finally think about this and below are my predictions. ...

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TOP PERFORMING ETF FUNDS IN SOUTH AFRICA


Investing & Money
piece written on the 23rd January 2014 by  
I've had a lot of people asking me questions recently about where to invest their money, I guess it comes from the previous posts I've written and my general interest in sharing what I learn. The problem is, I'm not a financial advisor and although I'm happy to share what I've learnt, I'd always recommend further research. However, some topics I can take a stab at and know that I'm right as I'm merely communicating m...

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