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I recently consolidated and closed two of my OST trading accounts, but now need the IT3b and CGT certificates for them. Where can I get these (urgently?)   Thanks
Hello starndard bank community, I'm asking for donation from R10 from each and everyone one of you who is kind enough to help me. I am owing library fees (R1500) at varsity which has blocked my 1st s... See more...
Hello starndard bank community, I'm asking for donation from R10 from each and everyone one of you who is kind enough to help me. I am owing library fees (R1500) at varsity which has blocked my 1st semester results. I need to start applying for internships but i can not printout my academic record without paying the institution what is due. Paypal Account: toybeeats@gmail.com Standard Bank Acc: 207992320 Name: C.T Mkhabela Thank You
Hi @Driekus,   ViewPoint is currently working on this functionality. We'll let you know once conditional trades have been built into the platform.
right now no local sectors local jump out. Plat remains dead but that a long term play over next many years/decades and Lon seems to have found some life for now.   Construction remains ugly but ... See more...
right now no local sectors local jump out. Plat remains dead but that a long term play over next many years/decades and Lon seems to have found some life for now.   Construction remains ugly but they also have a floor.   Stock wise GBI most def and PEM maybe.   Offshore it the tradational consumer stocks that are being smashed, retail, old world video that sort.
All the above mentioned shares looking good right now with 10+ upside potential in the near future.    
When will conditional trades be available on Viewpoint? I still have to go back to the old website to setup stop loss trades.
Shiller points out that an inefficient market can prevail for some time when keen investors bid up the price of a favoured share. In this circumstance those not invested in the share cannot correct i... See more...
Shiller points out that an inefficient market can prevail for some time when keen investors bid up the price of a favoured share. In this circumstance those not invested in the share cannot correct it if they feel it is over-priced because they do not have shares to sell and hence reduce the price. The only action they can take is to short the share but that typically provides only a limited opportunity. As an example a  number of internet shares are probably priced too high due to investor exuberance. 
        For anyone looking for some inspiration and exposure to offshore ETFs, we’ve compiled a list of the top 10 ETFs traded on our Webtrader platform. All these ETFs are listed abro... See more...
        For anyone looking for some inspiration and exposure to offshore ETFs, we’ve compiled a list of the top 10 ETFs traded on our Webtrader platform. All these ETFs are listed abroad and available to purchase on our Webtrader platform.   Vanguard S&P500 (VOO): By far the most popular ETF that is traded on the platform. It is exposed to the S&P500 index and over 50% of the companies on this index derive their earnings globally. This means you’d still be getting global exposure by purchasing this instrument. Furthermore, it was endorsed by Warren Buffett. It also carries a very low Total Expense Ratio (TER), the internal costs of running the fund, of just 0.05%. iShares Edge MSCI USA Quality Factor ETF (QUAL): This ETF follows the MSCI USA Neutral Quality Index, also US based. It tracks large and mid-cap stocks (about 125 stocks) but only those that have favorable variables when it comes to ROE, Debt to Equity and EPS – in other words, the highest quality companies. It has a slightly higher TER at 0.15%. Select Sector Health Care SPDR Fund (XLV): Companies included in this ETF are pharmaceuticals, healthcare providers and biotechnology. Notable inclusions are Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson and Abbott Laboratories. Health care has typically been a defensive sector and it largely explains its appearance in the top 3. YTD performance has been exceptional with total returns of 9.9%. SPDR S&P500 ETF Trust (SPY): This is an alternative to the popular VOO, and the oldest listed ETF. Due to its structure, which was common in earlier ETF products, the fund cannot re-invest dividends and the ETF will pay out dividends 4 times annually. TER is slightly higher than the VOO at 0.09% Vanguard Total World Stock ETF (VTI): Tracks the performance of the FTSE Global All Cap Index. Over half of it is exposed to the US and about a fifth in Europe. It is considered to be a moderate to aggressive fund and should be invested in if you have an investment horizon of more than 10 years. This is attributed to the fact that 10% of the fund is exposed to largely volatile emerging markets. Powershares High Yield Equity Dividend Achievers ETF (PEY): This fund uses the Nasdaq US Dividend Achievers 50 Index for its underlying exposure. It typically invests at least 90% of its total assets in dividend paying common stocks within the index. The returns YTD have however been flat. This fund is a great way to get exposure to high dividend yield companies which include AT&T and Verizon Communications. iShares Dow Jones US Technology Sector Index Fund (IYW): With exposure to 136 securities in the IT space including electronics, software and hardware, this ETF provides an investor with targeted industry returns. It has an almost 20% combined exposure to Apple and Microsoft, making it a good entry point for exposure to these instruments. Vanguard FTSE Europe (VGK): For investors seeking exposure to the Eurozone, this ETF has 30% exposure to the UK. It’s important to be aware of this as Brexit negotiations go on. Furthermore, it has roughly 15% exposure to France, Germany and Switzerland. Because of its large exposure to the UK, it is considered an aggressive fund and is therefore riskier. Key companies include Nestle, HSBC, Unilever and British American Tobacco. Vanguard High Dividend Yield ETF (VYM): This fund tracks shares forecast to have above-average dividend yields. It has shown growth of 2.5% YTD. Further to that it has a TER of just 0.08%, which is extremely cheap. Vanguard FTSE 100 ETF (VUKE): This is the only ETF on this list that is traded on the LSE. The clue is in the name regarding its underlying constituents. It has 95% exposure to the UK and about 20% exposure to the financial services sector. It has given a decent YTD return of 6.66%, which, given the post Brexit vote and the negativity around this event, is still a feat!  
Simon can you name us some good zombie stocks to short
SENS of 26 June 2017 = Coronation upped stake in AEG to 15.02% (up from 12%). 17 May 2017 = Investec stake upped to 5.2% .
Hi Simon Thanks for the article. I hold CoreShares DivTrax ETF.   I like the Core Shares/ S&P Div Aristocrat approach which is based on selecting stocks with a 5 year track record of good and stabl... See more...
Hi Simon Thanks for the article. I hold CoreShares DivTrax ETF.   I like the Core Shares/ S&P Div Aristocrat approach which is based on selecting stocks with a 5 year track record of good and stable/growing dividends (not % yield).  Would you agree that this could be thought of as a momentum investing approach, based on your points above?   In light of this, I am a bit puzzled as to why the ETF has basically gone nowhere in the last year. Any thoughts? Wayne
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Much as I love deep value( eg WHL - I await their next update with anticipation) there is a difference between investing in a business that has a good business model in recovery and a business sheddi... See more...
Much as I love deep value( eg WHL - I await their next update with anticipation) there is a difference between investing in a business that has a good business model in recovery and a business shedding cash hungry one like DAWN?   The question is , which is it - and the answer is that one has to just wait.  I don't mind RACP losing money - or Coro or Investec - but was the firstmentioneds decision to pile in here made with a good margin of safety?    From what I can tell a better margin of safety than the lat two - but I could be talking through my hat.
Disclaimer is that I do not trade shares. I trade indices and FX.   That said, I was on BusinessDay TV last night and a question was about shorting EOH and my answer was no – only short zombi... See more...
Disclaimer is that I do not trade shares. I trade indices and FX.   That said, I was on BusinessDay TV last night and a question was about shorting EOH and my answer was no – only short zombie stocks and now everybody wants to know what’s a zombie stock?   A zombie stock is one that is dying. It may have a busted business model, over weighed with debt, loss making and the like. A stock that we’d frankly be surprised if it survived. These are easy shorts and remove a lot of the risk that comes from shorting stocks.   In recent years AEG and IMP were both very easy zombie stocks, IMP still is.   The risks are simple. Firstly, few stocks go down forever with the overall trend to higher earnings (even if only because of inflation) pushing up prices and this makes going long the easy trade. Secondly massive jumps higher are more frequent then jumps lower. Thirdly with shorts your profit is capped at a 100% down move but risk is uncapped as the stock can go up forever. Lastly falling stocks are often more volatile meaning stops either get hit all the time or need to be extra wide.   Now this is not a perfect science, but if we stick to only shorting zombie stocks, ignoring weak stocks and going long strong stocks we can significantly improve our odds of being a profitable equity trader.   The exception to this rule of course is during a market meltdown. Then short away at the stocks, but do not try and predict the melt down and short everything. Simon
Anybody else invested and excited about this counter... PFS released today looks promising!  
Thanks, much appreciated...always nice to get a informed view.  
  We’re finally into the second half of 2017, however the first six months of the year have been a roller-coaster ride, marred by the following events:   South Africa was downgraded to... See more...
  We’re finally into the second half of 2017, however the first six months of the year have been a roller-coaster ride, marred by the following events:   South Africa was downgraded to sub-investment grade The country is in a technical recession Unemployment rate reached 27.7% Underlying these events has been a great deal of political noise that is unlikely to calm down as we build up to the ruling party's elective conference in December.   Much like you, we were curious about what the next six months hold, so we at the Long Short Podcast, sat down with Standard Bank’s Chief Economist, Goolam Ballim. Ballim takes us throught the themes that will shape the direction we’re taking economically for the rest of the year and what events will set the tone for 2018.   Ballim also touches on the global landscape and where investors will most likely be looking for growth. Take a listen below.         Disclaimer Any audio, visual or written presentation (the “Presentation”) provided via a third party website (including but not limited to: Youtube, Soundcloud etc) is provided on the express understanding that the information contained therein would be regarded and treated as proprietary to SBG Securities Proprietary Limited (“SBG Sec). Such Presentation shall not be reproduced or used, in whole or in part, for any purpose other than for the consideration of the information set out therein, without the prior written consent of SBG Sec. The Presentation has been prepared solely for information purposes by SBG Sec and accordingly does not constitute an offer, a solicitation of an offer, invitation to acquire any security or to enter into any agreement, or any advice or recommendation to conclude any transaction (whether on the indicative terms or otherwise) and must not be deemed as such. Any information, illustrative prices, disclosure materials or analyses provided to you have been prepared on assumptions and parameters that reflect good faith determinations by SBG Sec and do not constitute advice by SBG Sec and it should not be relied upon as such. The information, assumptions and parameters used are not the only ones that might reasonably have been selected and therefore no guarantee is given as to the accuracy, completeness, or reasonableness of any such information, quotations, disclosure or analyses. The past performance of any securities or other products is not an indication of future performance. No representation or warranty is made that any indicative performance or return indicated will be achieved in the future. The Presentation is not an official confirmation of terms, does not represent an express or implied offer, nor does it create any liability or obligation on SBG Sec. Any rates, levels and prices quoted herein or verbally presented are indicative only and although reflective of market conditions prevailing at the relevant time do not constitute an offer to transact at such levels and are supplied for illustrative purposes only. Any transaction or agreement to perform certain services that may be concluded pursuant to the  Presentation shall be in terms of and confirmed by the signing of appropriate documentation, on terms to be agreed between the relevant parties. The information in the Presentation may change without notice. Prospective investors should obtain independent advice in respect of any product and/or content detailed in the Presentation, as SBG Sec provides no opinion or advice including investment, tax or legal advice and makes no representation or warranty about the suitability of a product for a particular client or circumstance. Transactions described in the Presentation may give rise to substantial risk and are not suitable for all investors. SBG Sec will only provide investment advice if specifically agreed to by SBG Sec in appropriate documentation, signed by SBG Sec. This information is to be used at your own risk, and SBG Sec makes no representation with regards to the correctness of the information herein. SBG Sec accepts no liability whatsoever for any expenses, loss or damages howsoever incurred, or suffered, resulting or arising from you viewing and/or listening to the Presentation. By viewing the Presentation, you agree to be bound by the foregoing terms and limitations. For the full disclaimer, please visit: https://securities.standardbank.co.za/ost/  
There is always a risk where pork or poultry are farmed intensively. With this outbreak I'm sure all the big players in the industry are making their bio-security priority no.1. and therefore the effe... See more...
There is always a risk where pork or poultry are farmed intensively. With this outbreak I'm sure all the big players in the industry are making their bio-security priority no.1. and therefore the effect on them will be minimal. Yes, I still hold both SOV and ARL and have both done well, however I was expecting the latter to perform better than it has. I still feel it should be closer to 160 than 140
@Blits   you can search for high div stocks on OST   On the menu ==> instruments ==> filter ==> share filter select DY and put in a DY that you want to search above.   that the easy par... See more...
@Blits   you can search for high div stocks on OST   On the menu ==> instruments ==> filter ==> share filter select DY and put in a DY that you want to search above.   that the easy part, hard part is deicidng is that div is coming again next year as the DY is historic
I need advice - what is the best Div paying stocks ? [considering risk and growth]

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