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Jul 17, 2024

SA GDP Growth Prospects
  • IMF's projection: 0.9% GDP for South Africa this year.
  • Potential factors for growth next year:
  • Reduced load shedding could add 1% to GDP.
  • Two-pot system introduction, expected to inject around 40 billion rand into the economy.
  • Potential rate cuts: half a percent by the end of the year, possibly 1% by mid-next year.
  • Inflation targeting at 4.5%.
  • Optimistic outlook with a 60-70% probability of achieving 3% GDP in 2025.

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Delistings and Market Movements
  • Bell and Sasfin delisting announcements.
  • Other potential delisting candidates in the small-cap space.
  • Importance of constructing a portfolio that can benefit from economic growth and potential takeouts.

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Pick n Pay Rights Issue
  • Explanation of the rights issue and its implications.
  • Instructions for shareholders on handling nil paid letters.
  • Simon's perspective on waiting for dust to settle before considering Pick n Pay shares.


Property Stocks and Income ETFs
  • Analysis of South African property stocks and their recent performance.
  • Attractive yields in local and international income ETFs.
  • Recommendation to explore defensive income stocks and ETFs for potential investments.
  • Find local ETFs here.
Interest Rate Outlook
  • MPC and FOMC meetings' impact on interest rates.
  • Simon's forecast on rate cuts in South Africa and the US.

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Jul 3, 2024
Load Shedding Update
  • Milestone: 100 days of no load shedding by Friday.
  • Factors: New capacity online, Kusile unit 5 (800 MW), upcoming additions from Medupi and Koeberg.


  • Reduced GDP loss (previously 1.8% of GDP due to load shedding).
  • Positive effect on inflation and economic stability.


  • Retailers: Shoprite*, Pick n Pay, Spar (less expenditure on diesel).
  • Manufacturers: Invicta, Hudaco (benefit from increased customer stability).
  • Real Estate: REITs with shopping centers, reduced generator use.
Interest Rates
  • Jerome Powell's Speech: Potential for a single rate cut in November.
  • Impact on Markets: Minimal immediate impact, with expectations already priced in.
  • Local MPC Meetings: Predictions for rate changes on 19 September and 21 November.
Market Insights
  • Mr Price*: Ex-dividend yet the stock price increased, indicating strong sector performance.
Tesla Analysis
  • Market Share: Decline in second-quarter sales but maintains a significant market share (~50%).


  • Increased competition from other EV manufacturers.
  • Need for cheaper models.
  • Significant share dilution over the years.
  • Stock Performance: Historical highs and current rebound to 231.
  • Future Prospects: Continued relevance in the EV market despite competition.

[caption id="attachment_42560" align="aligncenter" width="849"]Tesla weekly chart | 02 July 2024 Tesla weekly chart | 02 July 2024[/caption]

SARS Tax-Free Changes
RSA Retail Savings Bonds

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Jun 26, 2024

Key Takeaways

  • MultiChoice Trading Opportunity: Potential for profit if the Canal+ deal goes through, despite current low stock prices.
  • Futures Trading: Importance of understanding margin, liquidity, and strategy when trading ALSI and ALMI futures.
  • Market Conditions: Current cheap valuation of SA Inc stocks presents opportunities, pending political stability and cabinet announcements.
MultiChoice Mis-pricing:
  • Discussion on the 125 Rand mandatory offer from Canal+ for MultiChoice.
  • Current stock trading at 102 Rand due to poor financial results.
  • Analysis of Canal+'s offer document, potential deal completion, and possible trading opportunities.
Index Futures - ALSI and ALMI:
  • Detailed overview of trading ALSI (All Share Index) and ALMI (All Share Index Mini) futures.
  • Explanation of points trading, margin requirements, and contract specifics.
  • Tips on trading strategies, including liquidity considerations and handling overnight gaps.
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Market and Stock Updates:
  • Cabinet Announcement Awaited: Market reactions and fluctuations in the Rand.
  • Individual Stocks: Analysis of Mr. Price*, Foschini Group*, Nedbank, Spur, and CMH*.
  • Banking Sector: Observations on price to book ratios and the overall market valuation of SA Inc stocks.

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Jun 19, 2024
Face-Ripping Rally on the JSE:
  • Surge attributed to the formation of a coalition government involving ANC, DA, and IFP.
  • Top 40 index rose 3.5%, a significant increase not seen since February 2018.
  • The rally, likened to the start of a marathon, suggests potential long-term growth, despite possible volatility.
RAND and Resource Stocks:
  • RAND trading under 18, affecting resources positively.
  • Potential for RAND to strengthen further, possibly reaching 17.
Coalition Government and Market Impacts:
  • The coalition’s stability is uncertain but critical for long-term market confidence.
  • JP Morgan upgraded South Africa from underweight to overweight, signaling positive outlooks.
SA Inc Stocks and ETFs:
  • Retailers like Shoprite*, Mr. Price*, Foschini Group*, and Truworths hitting 52-week highs.
  • ETFs for local investors, focusing on SA Inc..
  • Recommendations include avoiding heavy Rand Hedge dual-listed miners in a strong RAND environment.
RSA Retail Savings Bonds:
Inflation and Interest Rates:
  • Local CPI stable at 5.2%, within the target band but aiming for 4.5%.
  • US FOMC holds rates steady, hinting at a possible future rate cut.
  • Prospects for lower local interest rates and their impact on retail stocks and disposable income.
Market Opportunities:
  • Interest in retailers and brokers like Purple Group* and PSG Konsult, considering the potential increase in disposable income and trading volumes.
  • Positive long-term outlook, but caution against immediate full investment.

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Jun 12, 2024
US Inflation:
  • Core Inflation: Came in at 3.4%, lower than the expected 3.5% and previous 3.6%.
  • Impact: Positive market reaction, with US Treasuries under pressure, Rand strengthening, and Dollar weakening.
  • FOMC Outlook: Potential rate cuts anticipated towards the end of the year, possibly in November and December.
Company Results:


  • Performance: Results were as expected, market responded positively.
  • Issues: Challenges in Switzerland, discontinued operations in Poland, and ongoing SAP implementation issues.

Foschini Group:

  • Performance: Strong results, market reacted favorably.
  • Highlights: Good performance in their online platform Bash and general improvement across brands.
  • Foschini Group and Clothing Retailers: Potential growth areas and resistance levels in stock prices.
Interesting Stock:
  • Contemporary Amperex Technology Company Limited (CATL):
  • Sector: Battery technology for EVs and corporate solutions.
  • Market Performance: Positive analyst ratings, promising future prospects.
  • Helium Production: Helium is flowing, but further testing is required.
  • Challenges: Significant delays and ongoing testing phases, but progress is being made.
  • Stock Movement: Changes in buyer and seller dynamics impacting stock price.
  • Insights: Importance of identifying market movers in stock trading.
Political Developments:
  • Coalition Talks: Ongoing with potential for an ANC, DA, IFP coalition.
  • Rand Performance: Strengthening in response to political stability and positive US inflation data.

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Jun 5, 2024

New Two-Pot Pension System:

  • Details on the implementation and implications for retirement savings.
  • Kicks in 1 September 2024
  • Can take up to R30k immediately, but this will be taxed.
  • Thereafter 30% of contribution go into a savings pot your can take out, it will be taxed.
  • Only use for an emergency, not holidays.
Rainbow's Return to JSE:
  • Analysis of Rainbow's re-listing after 17 years.
  • RCL Foods will be unbundling later in June
  • One Rainbow share for every RCL Foods share
  • But is Rainbow the best chicken stock on the JSE?
OPEC+ Impact on Oil Prices:
  • Members agreed to cut voluntary production cuts
  • Oil crashed
  • As did Sasol

[caption id="attachment_42315" align="aligncenter" width="849"]Brent oil | weekly | Koyfin Brent oil | weekly | Koyfin

Q1 GDP Results:
  • Negative Q1
  • Q2 should be slightly better thanks to reduced load shedding
  • But election will have worried investors.
Santova Stock Analysis: 
  • Buyer at 750c
  • Seller at 760c

[caption id="attachment_42316" align="aligncenter" width="849"]Santova daily | 06 May 2024 | Koyfin Santova daily | 06 May 2024 | Koyfin

Coalition Talks:
  • ANC is talking with everybody
  • They seem keen on a governmnt of national unity
  • Rand volatile
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May 30, 2024


Election Results Impact on Markets
  • Slow ballot counting with three ballots, 18.7% counted.
  • CSIR prediction at 5%: ANC 42%, DA 22%, EFF 9%, MK 14%, Patrick Alliance 2%.
  • Market concerns about ANC forming a coalition.
  • Rand fluctuations: From 18.34 on Tuesday to 18.61 currently.

[caption id="attachment_42259" align="aligncenter" width="849"]Rand | 1pm 30 May 2024 Rand | 1pm 30 May 2024[/caption]

Pepkor Results:
  • 9.5% revenue growth.
  • 24.5% growth in fintech, now 12% of the business.
  • Pepkor sells 7 out of 10 smartphones in South Africa.
Woolies (Woolworths) Update:
  • Earnings down 20% for the year ending June.
  • Challenges in the clothing segment, further deterioration in footfall and discretionary spend.
  • Food segment performing better, but overall market reaction negative.
Zeda Results:
  • Revenue growth of 19%, HEPs up 12.5%, return on equity at 28.5%.
  • Surprise 50 cents dividend despite previous year-end dividend expectations.

BHP Billiton and Anglo American Merger
  • BHP walked away from the Anglo-American takeover proposal.
  • Speculation about potential offers from Rio Tinto or Glencore.
  • Anglo-American's disinvestment plans for De Beers and Anglo Platinum.
Market Insights
  • Discussion on Metrofile's challenges with dividend yield falling and pressure on share price.
  • SAB Cap Investments' exit from Metrofile.
  • South African Reserve Bank MPC rate announcement: No rate changes expected.
  • Upcoming central bank meetings: ECB, FOMC, Bank of England, Swiss National Bank.
  • Potential for future rate cuts in South Africa if inflation targets are met.
Commodity webcast with Johann Erasmus available on Just One Lap.
  • Insights into gold, PGMs, and copper.
  • Mention of the cheaper gold ETF from 1nvest compared to Absa GLD.

Changes in 10X ETFs: Local Dividend Aristocrat and Smart Beta merging into a Top 50 ETF.

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May 23, 2024

Nvidia's Financial Performance

  • Nvidia's Q1 Results:
  • Revenue up 262% year-on-year to $26 billion.
  • Net income up 628% year-on-year to $14.9 billion.
  • Gross margins at 78.9%.
  • Stock Split: 10-for-1 stock split set for 7 June.
  • Market Reaction: Stock traded over $1,000 in the aftermarket.

Anglo American and BHP Group
  • BHP's Third Offer: Anglo American rejects BHP’s third offer.
  • Deal Concerns: Issues with the price and risk of the deal.
  • Next Steps: Extended deadline for BHP's offer to 29 May.
Richemont's* Results
  • Richemont's Position: Holding steady in a tough luxury market.
  • Earnings Growth: Expected around 10% over the next few years.
  • Preferred Stock: Richemont favored over LVMH for its focused luxury product line.
Copper Market
Structured Products
Pick n Pay's Plan
  • Sales Update: For 52 weeks ending 25 February, bleak results expected.
  • Market Reaction: Stock closed 4.5% higher on news of a plan.
South African Economic Indicators
  • CPI Inflation: 5.2% for April.
  • Primary Surplus: Revenue exceeded expenditure (excluding interest).
Vehicle Sector Analysis
  • Companies Covered: Combined Motor Holdings (CMH), WeBuyCars, Motus, and Zeda.
  • WeBuyCars showed strong sales growth.
  • Motus and CMH had high dividend yields.
  • Zeda focuses on car rentals and mobility as a service.
  • CMH preferred for its consistent performance and dividend yield.
Home Building Sector Analysis
  • Companies Covered: Calgro M3* and Balwin.
  • Balwin struggling with higher-priced units.
  • Calgro M3's flexible pricing strategy favored in current market conditions.

[caption id="attachment_42201" align="aligncenter" width="849"]Calgro M3 vs Balwin Calgro M3 vs Balwin[/caption]

Santova Directors' Selling
  • Director Sales: Recent director sales not seen as a significant concern.
  • Market Impact: Director selling viewed as a neutral action.

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May 16, 2024
Anglo-American vs. BHP Group
  • Anglo-American rejects BHP Group's offer, unveils its own restructuring plan.
  • Anglo-American to divest De Beers, Anglo-American Platinum, coking coal in Western Australia, and reduce spending on UK fertilizer businesses.
  • Focus on high-quality iron ore and copper assets.
  • Discusses shareholder likelihood of accepting Anglo-American's plan over BHP Group's offer.
  • Discussion on lab-grown diamonds and potential impacts on the market.
Market Insights
  • Tencent's positive results impact Naspers and Prosus.
  • NASDAQ and S&P close at all-time highs.
  • Analysis of South African market trends, influenced by gold stocks, Naspers, Prosus, Richemont, and Rand strength.


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  • Discussion on upcoming elections' market impact.
  • NHI bill signed, causing sell-off in healthcare stocks.
  • US imposing more tariffs on China, strategic implications discussed.
Company Highlights
  • Positive financial results from Calgro M3* and Raubex.
  • Calgro M3 reports good numbers, discusses share buybacks and future prospects.


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  • Raubex impresses with strong financial performance, diversification strategies.
Preview of forthcoming corporate earnings announcements and economic data releases.

Notable events include Richemont*, Palo Alto, Netcare, Astral, Famous Brands, Coronation, UK and US inflation data, FOMC minutes, and Nvidia results.

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Simon Brown

May 8, 2024


  • Simon Brown kicks off the episode discussing the current state of the Rand, noting its stability leading up to the elections despite fluctuations.
  • Speculation around ANC's momentum in the polls and potential coalition scenarios.
  • The impact of the dollar's weakness on the Rand's performance.

Structured Products:
FNB's New ETNs:
  • FNB's introduction of new Exchange Traded Notes (ETNs), including a variety of indices and US-listed stocks.
  • Explanation of Compo and Quanto variations, tailored to currency impacts.
  • Highlights of recently launched ETNs, such as Nvidia, Booking Holdings, Eli Lilly, and Palo Alto Networks.'s Arrival:
  • Simon provides insights into's debut in South Africa, discussing initial observations and comparisons with local competitors.
  • Discussion on the potential impact of Amazon's entry on brick-and-mortar retailers and existing online platforms.
Exploring Small Caps:
  • Simon poses the question of whether local small caps on the JSE offer value or pose as value traps.
  • Definition and implications of value traps in investments, emphasising the importance of dividends and price appreciation.
  • Insights from John Biccard of Investec on potential post-election performance in small caps.
  • Examination of various small cap stocks, analysing dividend yields, price-to-book ratios, and earnings potential.
  • Simon's perspective on the opportunities and challenges presented by small cap investments, urging caution and strategic analysis.

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May 2, 2024
Rate Cuts and Economic Outlook
  • Jerome Powell's statement from the FOMC meeting: "Inflation remains too high and the path forward is uncertain."
  • No rate cut was announced at the FOMC meeting.
  • Speculation on upcoming rate cut possibilities and their impact on the economy.
  • Local economic outlook and potential changes due to the upcoming election.
BHP Group's Interest in Anglo-American
  • BHP Group's* proposal to buy parts of Anglo-American, leading to market speculation.
  • Complexities of the deal and potential impact on stock prices.
  • Analysis of BHP Group's interest in Anglo-American's assets, particularly in copper
  • Potential effects of the deal on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) and overall market sentiment.
  • Historical context of Anglo-American's significance in South Africa's mining industry.
Chinese Market and Economic Data
  • Overview of China's economic challenges and recent data indicating resilience.
  • Discussion on Chinese stock market performance and factors influencing consumer sentiment.

Oil Market Dynamics
  • Analysis of recent fluctuations in oil prices and underlying supply-demand dynamics.
  • Impact of US oil production and global economic conditions on oil prices.
  • Implications for South African consumers and petrol prices.

Retail Bonds and Sygnia ETF Changes

Clicks Results and Market Analysis

Review of Clicks' financial results and market response.
  • Analysis of Clicks' performance in the retail sector and future outlook.
  • Discussion on Clicks' valuation and potential investment opportunities.

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Apr 24, 2024


Capitec Results:
  • Simon analyzes Capitec's recent financial results, highlighting strong metrics such as return on equity, active clients, and app usage.
  • However, he notes concerns about the bank's expensive valuation compared to its competitors.
SARB Monetary Policy Review:

Simon discusses the South African Reserve Bank's recent review, indicating a reluctance for rate cuts in the near future due to inflationary pressures and economic uncertainties.


Sasol Woes:
  • Simon discusses Sasol's poor performance following a production update, expressing skepticism about its future prospects despite its low stock price.

Other Market Updates:

Simon touches on Tencent's positive performance, gold and oil price movements, and the potential impact on global markets

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Apr 17, 2024

UK and Local Inflation:

  • UK inflation surprises at 3.2%, lowest in over two years.
  • US Fed unlikely to cut rates soon, waiting for FOMC meetings.
  • South Africa's CPI data for March at 5.3%, showing a positive trend.
  • Potential for SA rate cuts, depending on US decisions.

[caption id="attachment_41866" align="aligncenter" width="849"]SA Inflation 5.3% for March 2024 SA Inflation 5.3% for March 2024[/caption]

China and Commodities:
  • China's GDP surpasses expectations at 5.3%, amid concerns over Fitch downgrade.
  • Export data reflects overstocking, driving prices down.
  • Despite challenges, China's market appears interesting.

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PGMs, oil, gold, and other commodities.
  • Gold remains strong, targeting $2500.
  • Recent attack on Israel by Iran affects oil prices.
WeBuyCars listing and potential market impact.
Transaction Capital analysis and investor considerations.

Purple Capital* Results:
  • Purple Capital swings back to profit, surprising the market.
  • Key financial highlights and insights into EasyEquities performance.
  • Exploration of new products and their impact on revenue.
  • Analysis of client cohort growth and its implications.
  • Positive outlook on Purple Capital's performance.
  • Expectations of potential price pullback.

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Apr 10, 2024


Sasol Secunda Reprieve
  • Recap of Sasol's recent developments.
  • Minister's agreement to Sasol's appeal regarding emissions at Secunda.
  • Stock bounce and support level analysis.
  • Target prices discussion and outlook for Sasol.

PGM Miners' Performance
  • Analysis of platinum group metal (PGM) miners' performance.
  • Notable increases in stock prices.
  • Consideration of factors affecting the industry, including production cuts and demand for catalytic converters.
  • Exploration of whether the current uptrend indicates the beginning of a bull market.
  • Discussion on supply and demand dynamics in the PGM market.
  • Mention of Sibanye Stillwater's* CEO's forecast.
  • Reflecting on year-to-date performance of PGMs.
  • Insights into the future trajectory of PGM prices and potential risks.

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Fitch Cuts China's Outlook to Negative
  • Overview of Fitch's downgrade of China's outlook.
  • Analysis of implications for the Chinese economy.
  • Examination of the performance of Chinese stocks.
  • Commentary on factors contributing to China's economic struggles.
  • Exploration of potential effects on global markets.

WeBuyCars Listing
  • Preview of WeBuyCars' upcoming listing.
  • Discussion on the valuation and market cap of WeBuyCars.
  • Comparison with Transaction Capital.
  • Speculation on market demand for second-hand cars and implications for WeBuyCars' growth strategy.
  • Evaluation of WeBuyCars' disruptive potential in the automotive industry.
Inflation Targeting Discussion
  • Analysis of the South African Reserve Bank's inflation targeting strategy.
  • Exploration of the history and purpose of inflation targeting.
  • Evaluation of the current inflation target and potential for revision.
  • Discussion on the process and implications of lowering the inflation target.
  • Advocacy for starting the conversation on revising the inflation target to ensure long-term economic stability.

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Apr 3, 2024
Commodity Market Analysis
  • Oil prices are on the rise, currently trading around $89 per barrel, indicating both demand and supply factors at play.
  • Factors affecting oil prices include supply disruptions from Russia and Saudi Arabia's production cuts through OPEC+.

  • Concerns about inflation are reflected in the rising price of gold, which is currently trading at all-time highs above $2300 per ounce.

  • Despite uncertainty, inflation is not expected to decrease soon, especially with increasing energy costs
  • Discussion on the delayed rate cuts by the US Federal Reserve and the global outlook on inflation.
Implications of Goldfield's Chilean Mine Production
  • Goldfield's Chilean mine is expected to produce gold at significantly reduced costs in the coming years, potentially impacting global gold supply.
  • Analysis of the time taken for new mines to commence production, highlighting the challenge of meeting future demand.
Tax Collection Insights from SARS
  • SARS reports an additional R10 billion in tax receipts, contributing to a total of R1.7 trillion in tax collections.
  • While individual tax collections saw an increase of 8.2%, company tax declined by 9%, reflecting challenges faced by various sectors, including retail and mining.
Performance Review of ETFs (full list here)
  • Top performing ETFs in the first quarter of 2024 include those focused on international markets, particularly in technology and Japanese sectors.
  • Conversely, local ETFs, especially those tied to South African markets, experienced declines.
  • Analysis of factors influencing the performance of specific ETFs and their compound annual growth rates (CAGRs).

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Mar 28, 2024


Old Mutual Results:
  • Surprisingly strong results from Old Mutual.
  • Despite stagnant GDP growth and population decline, Old Mutual shows strong growth, indicating market share acquisition.
  • Expansion into banking sector questioned due to market saturation.
  • Stock analysis: Trading around 1184, showing potential support at 1150 and resistance at 1240-1280.
  • Considered cheap with PE ratio around 7.7 and dividend yield over 7%.
  • Market consensus predicts an average price target of 14.81.
  • Skepticism remains regarding the bank launch and overall upside potential.
MTN Results and Analysis:
  • MTN's earnings affected by Naira devaluation in Nigeria.
  • Earnings per share down 72%, impacted by tax issues and currency devaluation.
  • Stock analysis: Chart showing positive signs, with potential for short-term growth.
  • Market consensus includes three strong sells, five holds, and four buys.
  • Telco sector struggles due to price pressures and constant capital expenditure.
  • Limited upside potential for telco stocks, including MTN.

ADvTech* Results and Operational Leverage:
  • ADvTech demonstrates strong operational leverage.
  • Operational margins increase due to improved student occupancy rates.
  • Revenue up 13%, HEPS up 19%, and dividend per share up 45%.
  • Stock analysis: Notably increased in value but still offers potential growth.
  • Expectations for around 15% growth in the future.
  • Simon Brown expresses satisfaction as a long-term shareholder in ADvTech.
Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) Meeting Insights:
  • MPC meeting concludes with no change in rates.
  • Governor's hawkish stance indicates possible rate cuts later in the year.
  • Inflationary pressures expected to persist due to global factors.
  • Delayed rate cuts expected due to inflation concerns.
SALTA Awards Highlights (full details here):
  • Simon Brown attends the SALTA Awards.
  • Satrix emerges as the big winner with 10 awards.
  • People's Choice Awards highlight popular ETFs, with Satrix Top 40 winning for the seventh consecutive year.
  • Introduction of a new award category for foreign ETFs.
  • Importance of industry events in highlighting the significance of ETFs and listed trackers.

Simon Brown

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Mar 22, 2024
Market Updates:
  • Recent news on Markus Jooste's fine and tragic passing prompts reflection on justice and mental health awareness.
  • Telkom's sale of its towers business for R6.75 billion highlights strategic shifts and potential opportunities in the telecom sector.
  • Ongoing rise in oil prices raises concerns about inflationary pressures and global economic impacts.

Market Analysis and Insights:
Gold's Surge:
  • Gold prices hit new all-time highs above $2200, reflecting investor concerns and market sentiment following Jerome Powell's recent statements on inflation and monetary policy.
  • Gold mining companies show varied responses, with Pan-African, Goldfields, DRD, and Anglogold Ashanti experiencing gains.
Interest Rates and Economic Outlook:
  • Powell's announcement of no immediate rate cuts and a projected total of three cuts for the year signals a cautious approach towards inflation.
  • Rising interest rates pose challenges for companies with significant debt burdens, while those with ample cash reserves stand to benefit.
Inflation and Monetary Policy:
  • CPI data reflects higher-than-expected inflation rates, prompting speculation about potential rate cuts in South Africa and implications for economic recovery.
  • Abenomics, Japan's economic policy experiment, demonstrates the effectiveness of unconventional monetary measures in stimulating growth and combating deflation.
Company Updates and Reflections:
Remgro Results:
  • Remgro's net asset value growth raises questions about the effectiveness of its management strategy, despite trading at a significant discount.


  • Contrasting performance with Sabvest Capital highlights the importance of superior returns and effective capital allocation in investment decisions.
Sun International:
  • Strong financial results from Sun International underscore challenges and opportunities in the leisure and hospitality sector, amid shifting consumer behaviors and economic uncertainties.

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US Inflation Trends:
  • US inflation has remained stagnant at 3.2% since June of the previous year, defying expectations.
  • Despite initial projections, inflation has not reached the anticipated 4% mark, staying just above 3%.
  • Discussion on potential implications for the economy and monetary policy, including the possibility of a mid-year rate cut.


Local Property Market Concerns:
  • Review of recent challenges facing Pick n Pay and its impact on property stocks and landlords.
  • Analysis of Hyprop's trading update and its implications for the broader property sector.
  • Discussion on potential strategies for landlords facing challenges from tenant closures and renegotiations.
Quantum Food and Market Speculation:
  • Examination of recent market speculation surrounding Quantum Foods and its stakeholders.
  • Evaluation of market reactions to news events and projections for future stock performance.

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Financial Sector Insights:
  • Analysis of ABSA's poor financial results and the broader challenges facing the banking sector.
  • Comparison of valuation metrics and performance across various banking stocks.
  • Preview of upcoming industry event focusing on financial education and market insights.


Mar 7, 2024


Shoprite* Results and Market Comparison
  • Discusses the recent Shoprite results, emphasising excellent performance against a high base.
  • Highlights Shoprite's significant CapEx spending, customer savings, and market share gains.
  • Compares market cap of Pick n Pay and Shoprite, pointing out the latter's cash reserves.
  • Reflects on the historical revenue comparison between Shoprite and Pick n Pay over the past 20 years.
  • Shoprite's Competitive Position and Stock Analysis
  • Questions whether Shoprite is always destined to be an expensive stock.
  • Analyzes the current PE ratio, forward PE, and 10-year mean, suggesting that the stock may not be as expensive as perceived.
  • Shares consensus forecasts and target prices for Shoprite, indicating a potential undervaluation.
  • Expresses the belief that Shoprite at ±R270 might not be as expensive as it appears, drawing parallels with the valuation of Nvidia.
  • Shoprite's Success Factors and Pick n Pay's Struggles
  • Explores the factors contributing to Shoprite's success, including central distribution centers and efficiency.
  • Contrasts Shoprite's strategy with Pick n Pay's challenges, noting a decline in consumer satisfaction.
  • Mentions Pick n Pay's recent financial struggles, including a rights issue and debt increase.
Gold and Bitcoin at All-Time Highs
  • Addresses the unusual situation of both gold and Bitcoin reaching all-time highs simultaneously.
  • Discusses the fears driving gold prices, such as inflation, interest rates, conflicts, and global elections.
  • Highlights gold's potential target of $2,500 and the positive impact on gold mining profits.
  • Shares the performance of various gold mining stocks over the past three years.
Canal+ Offer for MultiChoice
  • Updates listeners on Canal+'s revised offer of R125 per share for MultiChoice, which is currently trading at R113.50.
  • Discusses the time value and risk value of the deal, expressing the view that this might be the final offer.
Finance Costs and Corporate South Africa
  • Examines the increase in net finance costs for Sea Harvest, attributed to higher interest rates.
  • Acknowledges the challenges faced by Corporate South Africa, including Eskom issues, logistic challenges, and rising interest rates.
  • Assures listeners that some of these challenges may start to fade away in the future.

* Simon holds ungeared positions.

Feb 28, 2024
Nikkei 225 reached a new all-time high after 35 years
  • Historical context: peaked in December 1989, 82% drawdown by March 2009.
  • Factors contributing to the 80s crash: Yen protection, low rates, speculative bubble.
  • Current challenges: aging population, economic complexities, recent inflation.
  • Investment options: Sygnia JP (SYGJP) - JSE-traded, and Investec's structured product.
Warren Buffett's Annual Letter
City Lodge Results
  • City Lodge results: Revenue up 10%, dividend up 20%, HEPS up 10%.
  • Occupancy at 61%, pricing power at 65%.
  • Challenges in margins due to increased focus on food and beverage.
  • Comparison with other hospitality stocks: Sun International, Southern Sun.
MultiChoice Canal+ Offer
  • Canal+ acquires 35.01% of MultiChoice voting rights, triggering a mandatory offer.
  • Takeover Regulation Panel ruling.
  • Speculation on Canal+ offer price, potential sweetening of the deal.
Bitcoin and Bitcoin Halving
  • Bitcoin trading around $59,884, near all-time highs.
  • Upcoming Bitcoin halving in April and its potential impact.
  • Local perspective on Bitcoin and its role in the market.
  • Bitcoin in ZAR trading over a million, emphasising its volatility.
  • Discussion on Bitcoin's market cap compared to traditional stocks.
Pick n Pay* Update
  • Pick n Pay's disappointing update: debt doubled, sales going backward.
  • Market's negative reaction reflected in the stock price.
  • Potential exit strategy if weekly close falls below 2022.

* Simon holds ungeared positions.


Feb 22, 2024

Budget 2024 panel.

For the last many years AJM Tax has done a post budget panel which includes Simon Brown and this year was no different. Hosted in Cape Town the panel was;

  • Karyn Maughan, senior legal journalist at News24
  • Dr Albertus Marias, Director AJM Tax
  • Azhar Varachhia, Managing director Alpha plus Capital
  • Simon Brown, Just one Lap and MonewebNOW

Below is the AJM Tax one pager of budget highlights.AJM Tax budget 2024 

Feb 14, 2024
Pick n Pay* Chart Analysis
  • Resistance zone around 26, potential to touch 26.70
  • Higher highs, higher lows, horizontal resistance
  • Target: 30 bucks to fill the gap
  • Comments on Pick n Pay's potential under Sean Summers
  • No need for a rights issue, potential market spook if it happens
  • Simon's position: Started building, considering more
  • Current status: Down 1.7%, trading at 25.30

Pick n Pay close 13Feb24 (daily) Pick n Pay close 13Feb24 (daily)

Transaction Capital and WeBuyCars
  • Transaction Capital planning to list WeBuyCars
  • Unbundling process expected in March
  • Valuation: 7.5 billion rand
  • Key information: Founders' put option on Transaction Capital is off the table
  • WeBuyCar's strong performance in January with a record 14,000 cars sold
  • Market Cap of Transaction Capital: R6.5 billion
  • Opportunities and challenges in SA Taxi business
  • Overall assessment: Looking not too bad
  • Current stock level: 850c
  • Expectation of pro rata shares for Transaction Capital holders
  • Timing details expected in the circular
Gold Price Movement
  • Gold weaker despite US and UK inflation data
  • Current gold price and chart analysis
  • Simon's position in Anglogold Ashanti*
  • Observations on unexpected weakness in gold price after inflation data

Gold daily chart 14Feb24 Gold daily chart 14Feb24

Canal+ Offer for MultiChoice
  • MultiChoice facing a 105 rand Canal+ offer
  • Market sentiment: Canal+ likely to come back with a better offer
  • Current stock price: 104.63
  • Speculation on possible offer prices: 120, 135, or even 160
  • Market confidence in Canal+ making a mandatory offer

Global Market Trends and Dollar Strength

  • Dollar strength in global markets
  • DXY trading at 104.87
  • Money flowing into the US due to fear and concerns
  • Impact on Rand: Trading at 19.07
  • Market skepticism about inflation concerns

DXY (US$ index) 14Feb24 (daily chart) DXY (US$ index) 14Feb24 (daily chart)

Inflation Analysis
  • Recent US and UK inflation data
  • Market reaction to inflation numbers
  • Central bank concerns about reaching inflation targets
  • Jerome Powell's cautious approach and potential rate cuts
  • Local inflation expectations and potential rate cuts in South Africa
  • The challenge of getting back to the inflation target

* I hold ungeared positions.

Feb 7, 2024
Disney results:

Last week's big story was about tech, starting with Disney, a stock recommended here back in September at ±$80.

  • Key financials: Linear networks revenue up 9%, Direct-to-consumer up 12%, Parks up 16%
  • Direct-to-consumer still incurred a loss of $400 million
  • Consumer products, content sales licensing, and ESPN performance discussed
  • Overall, not a knockout result but not terrible; I remain a satisfied shareholder


Meta (formerly Facebook) Earnings:
  • Advertising revenue up 24% year on year to 38.7 billion
  • Other segments discussed, including Reality Labs (MetaQuest)
  • Net profit $14 billion, up 35%; stock surged 20%
  • Mark Zuckerberg's dividend income from the declared 50-cent dividend discussed
  • Positive sentiments about Meta's performance, particularly in comparison to other tech giants
Canal+ Offer for MultiChoice:
  • Canal+ made an offer for MultiChoice at 105 Rand per share
  • Market reaction, initial excitement, and stock movement
  • Simon's caution about potential risks and timing of the deal
  • MultiChoice's response: Board concluded the offer significantly undervalues the group
  • Canal+ continued to buy MultiChoice shares, now owning 35.1%
  • Discussion on the mandatory offer threshold and potential scenarios
  • Regulatory considerations: Foreign ownership rules and competition commissions
    • The price of the mandatory offer must be equal to;
      (i) identical to, or where appropriate, similar to the highest consideration paid by the bidder for those acquisitions and
      (ii) accompanied by a cash consideration, at not less than the highest cash consideration paid if the shares that carry 5% or more of the voting rights were acquired for cash.
  • Simon's conclusion: Canal+ likely to succeed, potential challenges, and market dynamics

Simon Brown

Feb 1, 2024
Breaking News: Canal+ Offer for MultiChoice:
  • Canal+, French TV business, offers 105 rand per share for MultiChoice minorities.
  • Synergies between the two businesses.
  • Legal considerations regarding foreign media ownership.
  • MultiChoice closed at 75 rand; market likely to respond positively.
Market Updates:
  • Hyprop reports positive festive trading for its tenants.
  • Transaction Capital plans to list WeBuyCars in March; potential value unlock.
  • Evergrande declared bankrupt with over 300 billion dollars in debt.
  • Hong Kong economy expanded 3.2% in 2023.
  • China overtakes Japan as the world's top car exporter.
Cristal Challenge Stock Picks:

Richemont*: Luxury brand with potential in a recovering economy.

[caption id="attachment_41062" align="aligncenter" width="849"]Richemont weekly chart close 31Jan24 Richemont weekly chart close 31Jan24[/caption]

Calgro M3*: Debt under control, potential dividend, well-managed company.

[caption id="attachment_41063" align="aligncenter" width="849"]Calgro M3 weekly chart close 31Jan24 Calgro M3 weekly chart close 31Jan24[/caption]

AngloGold Ashanti*: Gold as insurance; geopolitical concerns.

[caption id="attachment_41061" align="aligncenter" width="849"]Anglogold Ashanti weekly chart close 31Jan24 Anglogold Ashanti weekly chart close 31Jan24[/caption]

Zeda: New listing, unbundling, potential growth.

[caption id="attachment_41065" align="aligncenter" width="849"]Zeda weekly chart close 31Jan24 Zeda weekly chart close 31Jan24[/caption]

Mr. Price*: Positioned well in the retail sector, positive trading update.

[caption id="attachment_41064" align="aligncenter" width="849"]Mr Price weekly chart close 31Jan24 Mr Price weekly chart close 31Jan24[/caption]

Closing Remarks:

Reminder to sign up for email alerts before live sessions.

Host: Simon Brown

* Simon holds ungeared positions.

Host: Simon Brown
Date: 1 February 2024

Jan 25, 2024



JSE Direct Episode 571 for January 25, hosted by Simon Brown.

Simon introduces the idea of transitioning the podcast to a live format using Riverside, allowing viewers to see charts and interact during recordings.

Market Updates:


  • Stock surged 10% on better-than-expected trading update.
  • Identified as an opportunity last year when it pulled back to R2,500.
  • Trading at R2,653 at the time of the recording.


  • AVI delivered a strong update, but struggling with I&J.
  • AVI focuses on defending margins, willing to lose volumes for profitability.
  • Potential sale or listing of INJ discussed.


  • Mixed trading update.
  • Struggles in Australia, especially with David Jones, while food segment remains strong.
  • Concerns about the performance of the clothing segment.


  • Mostly a strong update, struggles in UDP (wholesale drug distribution).
  • Selling price inflation averaged 7.5%, higher than the previous period.
  • Clicks achieved highest-ever daily sales in late December.

Economic Updates:

  • December spending records discussed with BankserveAfrica.
  • Expectations for rate announcements from local and European central banks.
  • Hawkish tone expected from local governor; questions about Jerome Powell's stance.
Global Market Highlights:

All-Time Highs:

  • S&P 500, Nasdaq, Dow Jones hit all-time highs.
  • Russell 2000 still 20% off its highs, considered in bear market territory.
  • India's stock market surpasses Hong Kong, becoming the world's fourth-largest share market.
China in trouble, is it over? Should we be worried?
  • Simon reflects on recent data and developments in China.
  • Population decrease and aging population noted.
  • Speculation on a potential $278 billion spending spree to support the market.
  • Concerns about state-directed capitalism and common prosperity policies.
  • Recent crackdowns in gaming, education, and potential implications for healthcare.
  • China's focus on national defense and potential impacts on Taiwan.
  • China's shift towards a more inward-looking and self-focused path.
  • Speculation on the impact of China's changes on global growth, commodity prices, and investments.
  • Simon announces plans to start recording the podcast live, with notifications on social media and newsletters.
  • Acknowledgment of the podcast's longevity (571 episodes) and a request for reviews.

Simon Brown signs off, encourages reviews, and mentions future live recordings.

Reminds listeners to take care of themselves and others.

* Simon holds ungeared positions.


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