On Monday morning, South Africans started the week with shock and disbelief as President Jacob Zuma gave an urgent instruction to Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan and his deputy, Mcebisi Jonas, to return from an investor roadshow in the UK and US.
When it comes to investing, I reckon most of us have a pretty deluded view of how much risk we’re prepared to take in the chase for better returns. In my case, I learnt a damn hard lesson that your choices must always be properly thought through with the long-term goal in mind.
The market is a strange and wonderful creature and it tempts many investors to second-guess what they think are hot trends. The point is that January’s performance, especially that of the standout super-performers -- JSE heavyweights Richemont, BHP Billiton, Anglo American and Naspers -- should never be assumed to be a done deal. Neither should the rather nice run-up in gold and platinum stocks be assumed to continue. As it turned out, a dose of caution was called for in those cases.
The following blog contains information on how Emperor Asset Management, as well as the general market, performed over the last week, which includes Local and International indices and the constituents within the local markets.