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JSE All Time Record High

On Friday last week, the 12th of July 2024, the JSE Overall index closed at 81686 – an all-time record high. Consider the chart:

The chart shows that the Overall

Construction

The entire construction industry was decimated by the 2008 sub-prime crisis, the ANC under Jaco Zuma’s presidency and then finally by the pandemic in 2020. Hundreds of thousands of jobs were lost and massive companies like M&R were reduced to penny stocks on the JSE.

The JSE Construction and Materials Index (JS5011)

Murray & Roberts

A company’s debt is critical in establishing the risk inherent when investing in its shares. High debt levels expose the company to high interest and capital payments and can swallow up a large part of whatever profits it makes. Low debt levels give the company the headroom to invest in further growth either organically

Mr Price

Mr Price is a well-known and focused retailer of clothing in South Africa. It is a quintessentially South African company, and its performance is a direct reflection of the state of the economy and the level of consumer spending. It is an extremely well-managed company in a very tough and competitive market. Clothing is sold by many dedicated outlets in South Africa and almost

Uncertainty = Risk = Volatility

We live in uncertain times. Among the sources of this uncertainty are the final outcome of the recent local elections (i.e. what the shape of our future government will take) and the prospect of the American elections on 5th November 2024. In the background are the wars in Ukraine and the Middle East which constantly threaten to escalate.

The uncertainty

Winning Shares List

Investment in the share market is not about certainties – it is about probabilities.

Success comes from bending the odds in your favour, so that it becomes like playing a roulette table where you have a 60% or 70% chance of winning.

That, of course, means that you must fully expect to lose 30% or

Wall Street and the Rand

As South Africa edges closer to election day, the ANC has been desperately doing everything in its power to pass populist measures to bolster its waning support, especially with the country’s lower income groups. This includes the signing of the highly controversial National Health Insurance (NHI) bill into law by President Ramaphosa.

There

Pan African Resources

In our opinion, the gold price in US dollars should continue to perform well for the rest of 2024 with the potential for rising inflation and increasing political instability in various parts of the world. The upward trend will, of course, be marked by corrections, but the overall direction of the trend is clear. Consider the chart:

Market Overview

This week, the US Federal Reserve Bank’s monetary policy committee (MPC) held interest rates unchanged at their historically high levels and said that they intended to hold rates at these high levels for longer than previously expected. This information was followed by the April 2024 non-farm job creation number which came in at 175 000 – considerably

Correction

The progress of the S&P500 index of the 500 largest companies on Wall Street is important because stock markets around the world, including the JSE, tend to follow it sooner or later.

On 19th January this year, something momentous happened when the S&P broke above its previous all-time record high