The Preamble

For the background to this series of posts: herehere and here. And the summary:

  1. Small investors have some investing options.
  2. You can invest occasionally in lump sums (the once-off investors) or monthly through debit orders (the monthly investors).
  3. As for things to invest in, I’m a general fan of low-cost equity-index-tracker ETFs (as is Warren Buffett). But there are other possibilities as well.
  4. This series of posts is there to see which would work out well.
  5. Then there are some indicators at the end. Because why not.

Let me begin with a small disclaimer – Telkom and I have not had the best of mornings together. Their ADSL exchange has been blowing hot and cold on me – as indicated by the flickering of my skype icon, and the total failure to load of any webpage.

So if I sound irritated, apologies in advance.

A look at the week everyone had:

Once-Off Investors

In pictures:

Week 34 Once Off Graph

Gold bugs? Does it burn?

In numbers:

Week 34 Once Off Table

Monthly Investors

In pictures:

Week 34 Monthly Graph

In numbers:

Week 34 Monthly Table

The Indicators

Week 34 Indicators

The exchange rate…is weakening. Or, rather, the US dollar is generally strengthening, which is giving metals traders “headaches“:

Week 34 ZAR USD

The stock market is still correcting itself…

Week 34 ALSI ZAR

Although that’s really just in ZAR terms, because in real terms, not so much:

Week 34 ALSI USD

10 Year government bond yields are sort of staying where they were:

Week 34 10 Year Govt Bond

But commodities…

Gold and Platinum are finding new lows. Which is presumably due to that strong US dollar – after all, if traders are treating bullion as an alternative investment to dollars, and dollars are on the up, then obviously you get:

Week 34 Gold Platinum USD


But at least for the gold and platinum mines, the falling prices were offset by the weakening exchange rate:

Week 34 Gold Platinum ZAR

Oil prices in the world continue to plummet. Interestingly, there are rumours that this is a strategic ploy by the Saudis to render much of US oil economically inaccessible by shredding their profit margins (for an explanation of how that would work, I wrote about the fun of oil reserves in The Petrodollar Collapse). But here’s the graph:

Week 34 Oil USD


Although based on the exchange rate, that will have no impact on us:

Week 34 Oil ZAR

That’s all for now.

Until next week!

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