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We run PowerStocks Research, which is predominantly focused on the South African equity markets. We also run RecessionAlert.com which serves over 250 financial advisers, brokerage firms and private investors in the United States.

Our office is contactable at
021-700 4819 or 082-4435 663, Mon-Fri 09H00 to 17H00
Our email details are research@powerstocks.co.za.

OVERVIEW OF OUR SOUTH AFRICAN SERVICES
Here is the elevator pitch about what we provide for our subscribers. For our corporate brochure outlining our services, download this PDF. For samples of our paid services and reports GO HERE. To apply for membership, GO HERE.

>OPTION-1 : POWERSTOCKS PRO (R6,599 per annum or R3,594 for 6 months)

1. We track various econometric models to keep clients out of bear markets & recessions.

2. We give BUY/SELL signals for individual shares on the JSE, tailored for traders/long-term investors.

3. We screen the JSE according to various well known stock picking strategies to identify shares that are most likely to deliver superior capital growth, income growth and/or offer the most value.

4. We maintain robust short, medium & long-term market timing models for the JSE TOP40 Index & every Exchange Traded Fund (ETF) listed on the JSE. These give explicit BUY/SELL signals. To see the latest live performance of these models download this PDF report. To see 15 year track record of our JSE index timing models, go here.

5. We offer regular market commentary and reports on the state and direction of the market to keep clients appraised of the current risk environment.

6. We provide email and SMS alerting services for all our TOP40 and ETF timing models

7. Instant-activation subscription over here : PowerStocks PRO (the standard service)

>OPTION-2 : SWINGTRADER ULTRA (R949 per month)
1. For Powerstocks PRO (Option-1) clients only
2. Aggressive long/short trading system for the TOP40 (1 trade every 10 days on average)
3. Provides trading signals for the JSE TOP40 Index CFD provided by IG Markets
4. Read about it over here.

WHO ARE WE?
PowerStocks Research is the first (and as at 17/01/2013 the only) JSE Technical Analysis (TA) research firm that uses JSE market breadth, available to the private investing public. We started out as a private investing club that conducted unique quantitative research for their own JSE investment purposes. The need for this was borne out of a lack of local public research on the topic of Strategy Indexing (mechanical stock picking methods), and quantitative breadth-based Market Timing Strategies specific to the JSE. 

Up until now, expensive quantitative research has been the preserve of investment houses and large funds and not publicly available and our mission is to place this into the private investors hands to promote the democratization of DIY investment on the JSE. The fantastic response to our subscription service means we can afford to pay for all the expensive software, database fees and ongoing research. To see how prolific we are with ground-breaking JSE research, see the NEWS blog.

In addition to being a quantitative research house, our services are highly action-oriented and targeted at self-directed private JSE investors using their own brokers and include:

1. World-class strategies for identification of individual growth/value/momentum shares 
2. Long-term investment market-timing to keep investors out of bear markets and crashes
3. Risk reduction signals to enable investors to "buy on the dips" and significantly enhance returns
4. Industrial strength, high-confidence timing strategies for active short/medium-term traders.

Our tools are so powerful, that we have even started attracting some small funds as clients, and have international investment professionals using our systems to assist them with their JSE strategies.

You will note many pages on this site as password protected for paid subscribers. Note that due to complaints received from our existing paid subscribers we NO LONGER OFFER TRIAL ACCOUNTS. There is no need for trial accounts and all the information you need to decide if we are suitable for your investing style is available - we disclose the theory, strategies, back-testing, mechanics and performance of all our methods on public pages. The only thing a password gives you is the actual share picks and timing signals and alerts. To see our specific services and fees and to apply for a paid subscription go HERE.


WHAT DO WE DO?
For a detailed description (with examples) of all our services please go HERE. This section will attempt to provide a quick "elevator pitch" on what it is we do.

Recent advances in computerization, software, research into quantitative analysis and of course the advent of discount on-line brokering and Exchange Traded Funds (ETF's) has led to the democratization of most major stock markets except here in South Africa. With the JSE being the 10th largest stock market in the world, and 3rd best performing over the last 10 years, we feel it is time for the man in the street to be exposed to time-tested methods that will allow him/her to manage their own investment funds for stunning returns that beat the market and most fund managers, for a fraction of the administration costs and risks - while having fun doing it.

We are the only organization in SA that provides share candidates and tracks the performance of famous mechanical share picking strategies and couples this with market entry/exit timing signals to reduce your risk. See our very interesting research into the performance of this decades' best mechanical stock picking strategies in our Daily News Blog.


We are probably best known for our cutting edge JSE Entry/Exit Market Timing Signals, the best of which delivered a whopping 185,000% growth in the last 31 years by only being invested in the JSE for 60% of the time and delivering 85% accurate signals. We have long term timing models, with our flagship SUPERModel Composite Timing System (1 signal per year on average), Medium Term timing signals (1 trade per 4-6 months) and Short Term trader timing signals (1 trade per 1-2 months) These signals are highly popular among SA's ETF (SATRIX etc.) investors as they deliver superior risk-reduction (by getting out the stock market during risky periods) and deliver up to 2-3 times the growth of a SATRIX buy-and-hold strategy with one half the stock market risk! To see how we deploy these signals ourselves in the JSE to phase-in/out and allocate funds to various instruments such as individual stocks, ETF's, SSF's Warrants etc see "Timing the JSE -The PowerStocks Way"

Our most followed signals are those generated by our ground-breaking TroughFinder indicator that has over 85% historical 12 year accuracy in detecting turning points and bottoms in major and minor JSE crashes, corrections and consolidations. Making investments in the early stage of bull market beginnings is the key to superior investment returns.

Our most read page is our highly popular Monthly JSE Pulse (MJP) page for subscribers. This publication obtains the status of all our timing signals and market breadth indicators to enable the investor the gauge the general health and direction of the JSE. You can see an outdated sample here.

We are also the only organization in SA that maintains, calibrates, backtests and publishes the following JSE Market-Breadth Data:

1. Advance/Decline Line, Advance/Decline and Decline/Advance ratios
2. Up-to-down volume and down-to-up volume ratios for JSE and its individual sectors
3. JSE Buying Demand & Selling Pressure trendlines
4. JSE Bullish Percentage Index (% JSE shares trading above 50-day moving average)
5. Percentage JSE shares trading at 2-week highs
6. McClellan Oscillator and Summation Index
7. The Coppock Curve for the JSE

Through this web site we will share some of the results of the unique ground-breaking research we are conducting on the JSE for use by the general investing public. We feel the current financial crises offers a once-in-20 years opportunity for ordinary investors to get into the stock market at never before seen prices and set themselves up tidy nest-eggs for the future.

The research methods we use are usually the preserve of large investments funds and private client wealth managers and are coupled with some very unique and new analytical concepts to the South African investing audience. In addition, although many investment books cover some very interesting research, nobody bothers to test or tailor this to the JSE since it is such a small market and we are such a tiny country. We aim to fill that gap too. Some of our more detailed ground-breaking research will be made available for purchase from time to time, however the free information we offer will still be eye-popping, highly educational and very topical.


WHAT MAKES US DIFFERENT?
No other "hot-tip" or "penny stock" newsletters or services in SA use quantitative research and analysis. They rely on "insider tips", "inside track", "fundamental valuations", "gut feel" and pure luck on some occasions. Additionally, we are completely transparent - you can see the real-world and historical performance of all our strategies in the Scoreboard page.

Thirdly, we put our money where our mouth is - we have over R1.5M invested in our strategies with Standard Bank On-line Share Trading. Every time we research, back-test and create a new strategy for our subscribers, we spend at least R50,000 investing in a real portfolio - you don't see other advisory services doing that.

Fourth, we do our own research and we back-test the theory on the JSE - we don't take anything for granted, no matter how well it works in the U.S markets or how many books a guru has written on a strategy. 

Fifth, we share the in-depth ground-breaking research with you, so you fully understand the logic and theory and appreciate where each strategy is coming from. That means no "Black-Box" strategies, but mathematical and statistically derived unsubjective mechanical strategies. Anyone following our strategy rules will have the identical performance, no unrealistic performances that are impossible for an average investor to replicate.  

Sixth, we don't stop at our own investment portfolios or the backtests - we replicate  model portfolios, one per quarter, for each strategy, to provide multiple rolling forward tests to validate the strategy is relevant across multiple market scenarios.  Finally, we are obsessed with what we do - you can go and look at the NEWS blog to see how prolific we are with ground-breaking research in pursuit of investment perfection.


OUR PHILOSOPHY

We subscribe to the time-tested investing methodologies of the industry greats, such as Warren Buffet, Benjamin Graham, Martin Zweig, O'Shaugnessy, William J O'Neil and many others. We research their works extensively as well as tests of their methodologies and systems performed on overseas markets. Using our powerful JSE analysis software, and data going back 40 years, we then check to see how well these strategies performed historically on the JSE.

Systems showing the most effective historical performance are then tracked on a daily or weekly basis and posted to our various Portfolio Blogs.
This kind of research is very well published and available for the US markets, but very few markets outside the US. We are not comfortable picking strategies that seem to work on the US and use them on the JSE, as the JSE is a very different animal. Its a tenth of the size of the US markets for starters (400 shares versus 7,000). The sector mix is also very different (we are resources heavy versus the U.S which is technology/Industrial heavy). On the JSE, very few shares are chased by a closed group of fund managers and the general public has not yet taken charge of their own investments as the US has. And of course our countries and cultures are very, very different.

We track Value, Growth and Momentum investment strategies. Right now, our focus is on Value as we feel that in a Bear market this is where your current opportunity lies. This focuses on seeking out stocks of companies that are financially sound, well run, leaders or possible leaders in their segments, resilient in the face of downturns and above all properly valued or even undervalued. These stocks will exhibit superior growth during and after the downturn and getting them cheap gives you large "buffers of safety" after being purchased to make your investment virtually indestructible.

These are the South African PowerStocks - solid, powerful and virtually guaranteed to significantly outperform the market over a period of 3-5 years, and best of all going for a song. We will demonstrate the use of quantitative analysis, never before seen in South Africa to compare stocks for selection. In short the methods we will introduce are completely new to South Africa and are going to rivet you to your seat and your screen.

WHAT WE ARE NOT
To be clear, we are not qualified financial advisers or brokers. We merely offer the DIY Investor unique never-before-seen research and analysis tailored for short, medium and long term investment on the JSE and ALT-X. We built these methodologies and tools out of necessity for ourselves, since although most of them may exist for the US markets and investment public, nothing like it is available for the South African public. We only provide mechanical stock screens and timing signals and offer no views, good or bad, on any JSE listed companies' management, prospects or fundamentals. All our charts and indicators/signals are provided for informational purposes only and we cannot offer you investment advise regarding the construction of your portfolios, risk exposure, retirement or income strategies - for that you need a registered financial adviser.

Please read our
METHODOLOGY & DISCLAIMER. Please note that JSE regulations require that we disclose that we are ardent followers of our stock screens and research and have substantial investments in our private capacities in many of the stocks appearing in some of our top performing strategies.


ACCESS TO PREMIUM CONTENT
Some of the investing strategies we track are sophisticated to screen for shares, require a lot of time and effort on our part and require expensive software and subscriptions to JSE database providers. We regard this as premium content, which is marked in green in menu items and is password protected. For a subscription account, go to MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION. Note that due to complaints received from our existing paid subscribers we NO LONGER OFFER TRIAL ACCOUNTS.


FAIS DISCLAIMER

The information contained in this web site is not to be construed as advice in terms of the Financial Advisory and Intermediary Services Act of 2002. Please consult your financial adviser should you require advice of a financial nature and/or intermediary services.

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MORE ABOUT   | How to use this web site | DIY Investing | JSE Bear Markets | Power of Value  |
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FAIS DISCLAIMER
Note that we are a research house and not registered brokers or financial advisors. The information contained in our correspondence, programs and publications
does not take into account the investment objectives, financial situation and particular needs of any particular person and is not to be construed as personalized investment advice in terms of the Financial Advisory and Intermediary Services (FAIS) Act of 2002. Although we may answer general customer service questions, we are not licensed under securities laws to address your particular investment situation. Any investments or trades mentioned in our publications should be made only after consulting with your investment advisor or intermediary service and only after reviewing the prospectus and financial statements of the companies concerned. Please read our Terms and Conditions and Disclaimers. We may have substantial positions in the securities shown in our programs or discussed in our publications and may increase or decrease such positions without notice. Buying and selling of shares on the JSE can be risky and you could lose all or part of your capital. Do not trade or invest with funds you can not afford to lose. Profits from share dealing are a form of income and subject to taxation.
 
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