SOME NOTES FROM WARREN BUFFET AS OF 24...


Investing & Money
piece written on the 25th February 2014 by  
Each year Warren Buffet writes a shareholder letter and this year we're lucky enough to receive an excerpt from the letter that details two of this early real estate purchases: a farm and a commercial property. Through these purchases he learnt a number of things and he's sharing these things with us. The topic...

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IS YOUR MONTHLY CONTRIBUTION GOING TO...


Investing & Money
piece written on the 20th February 2014 by  
I wrote a post on simple investment calculations with compound interest at the beginning of this month. The post has received a good amount of traffic and I've been asked a few questions about it by people who are interested in investing now andĀ ...

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INCREASE YOUR NEWSLETTER CLICK THROUGH...


Marketing & Business, Technology
piece written on the 16th February 2014 by  
In the last year I've read more articles about the success of newsletters than almost any other inbound marketing channel. As much as we like to believe that older practises are now not as effective, email marketing is certainly still a booming engagement tool. The biggest problem with email marketing though is that people are quick to assume it's as simple as opening a MailChimp account, picking a template, writing ...

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APPLICATION REVIEW: HEMINGWAY APP


Marketing & Business, Technology
piece written on the 14th February 2014 by  
I've come across another fantastic application, but this time it's for content writers and it's a doozy! There's not too much to explain about it really, other than it will assist you with your writing in a big way. The best way to understand this is by having a look at the example provided on the Hemingway website: ...

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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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