ETFs / Unit Trusts

  • The ins and outs of ‘normal' unit trusts
  • If you're looking to invest in unit trusts, normal unit trusts may be your first port of call. These funds are generally straightforward and perhaps the most popular amongst investors. So what can you expect with these types of unit trusts? Read on to find out… What are normal unit trusts?   Normal unit trusts are known as Collective Investment Schemes (CIS). They are strict... ››› more
  • [12 November 2015]
  • Understanding the costs of investing in unit trusts
  • Unit trusts are a great way to gain exposure to the stock market as a long-term investment. But like the vast majority of investment options out there, unit trusts come with costs. So what costs do you have to pay? Let's take a closer look… Weighing up the costs of investing in unit trusts   If you decide to invest in unit trusts, you need to look at the different fees a... ››› more
  • [11 November 2015]
  • How to invest offshore using unit trusts
  • Unit trusts are a great investment vehicle if you're looking to build a diversified portfolio of shares. As part of your diversification goals, you may also want to include offshore exposure. So how can you achieve this with unit trusts? Let's take a closer look… How to gain offshore exposure with South African unit trusts   You could buy into offshore unit trusts to add ... ››› more
  • [10 November 2015]
  • The benefit of investing in ETFs and unit trusts regularly
  • One of the advantages of investing in exchange traded funds (ETFs) and unit trusts is you can opt to invest monthly instead of via a lump sum as you would if you invested in shares. So why is this an advantage? Let's take a closer look… The advantage is rand cost averaging   By regularly investing on a monthly basis into ETFs or unit trusts, you benefit from rand cost averag... ››› more
  • [09 November 2015]
  • How to pick the best unit trusts for you
  • If you're looking for a way to gain exposure to the stock market without having to pick individual shares, unit trusts could be the ideal instrument for you. Unit trusts are extremely popular in South Africa and due to this there are hundreds from you to choose from. So how can you pick the best unit trust for you? Read on to find out… The different types of unit trusts   ... ››› more
  • [05 November 2015]
  • Looking for a hassle free way to invest? Consider unit trusts…
  • Over the long-term, the stock market moves upwards. By investing on the stock market you can potentially profit from the rise. But what if you don't want to pick individual stocks? And what if you don't want to deal with a stock broker? This is where unit trusts come in… What are unit trusts?   Unit trusts are funds of shares managed by professional fund managers. When you i... ››› more
  • [03 November 2015]
  • Investing in funds: Weighing up the costs of investing in ETFs and unit trusts
  • It's not surprising why so many people like investing in funds. It removes the need to pick individual shares to invest in and you can easily contribute to grow your investment over the long-term. The two most common types of funds in South Africa are exchange traded funds (ETFs) and unit trust funds. So what are the differences between the two types of funds? And which one is cheaper to... ››› more
  • [01 September 2015]
  • How you can build a diversified portfolio with ETFs
  • If you want to construct a diversified portfolio, but don't want to pick individual stocks, you can use exchange traded funds (ETFs). ETFs provide you with an easy way to invest in a range of investments to give you adequate diversification. ETFs can be a cost-effective and easy way to invest. So what principles should you consider when constructing a portfolio using ETFs? Read on to ... ››› more
  • [03 August 2015]
  • How to pick the best ETFs to invest in
  • Exchange traded funds (ETFs) continue to grow in popularity across the world. This as investors see the merits in investing in trackers as opposed to actively managed funds, which have a tendency to underperform over the long-term. So what should you look for when investing in ETFs? What factors indicate a good ETF? Read on to find out… Comparing the different ETFs on offer When i... ››› more
  • [30 July 2015]
  • Unit trusts uncovered: How to work out whether a manager is worth his fees
  • If you're investing in a managed fund, you want benchmark beating performance in return. Otherwise you'd be better off putting your cash into a passive fund, such as an exchange traded fund (ETF), and save yourself the management fees. So how can you work out if a manager is worth the fees he charges? Read on to find out… Four factors to weigh up a unit trust’s performance I... ››› more
  • [27 July 2015]
  • ETFs: An ‘easy' way to invest in the stock market for the long-term
  • Since their launch in South Africa 15 years ago, exchange traded funds (ETFs) have grown in popularity. They're similar to unit trusts, but have some distinct differences. So what exactly is an ETF? What makes them different to unit trusts? And are they good long-term investment options? Read on to find out… What are ETFs? ETFs are funds that trade on the stock market. You buy... ››› more
  • [08 July 2015]
  • If you're looking for long-term performance, stick with passive funds
  • When investing in funds like unit trusts, you have two options. You can invest in a passively managed fund, which aims to track its underlying index. Or you can invest in an actively managed fund, where the fund manager strives to beat the underlying market. So which option is the best long-term investment for you? Read on to find out… How do actively managed funds perform? Ov... ››› more
  • [30 June 2015]
  • Index funds: The easy way to benefit from the performance of the market
  • When it comes to investing in funds, you have a choice. You either opt for actively managed funds, which have a fund manager trying to outperform his chosen benchmark. Or you can opt for a passively managed fund, in other words an index fund. This type of fund mirrors the make-up and performance of its chosen benchmark. The advantage of passively managed funds is you don't have to pay fo... ››› more
  • [26 June 2015]
  • How to invest for income with unit trusts
  • Unit trusts provide you with an easy way to invest in a number of different assets. You can use them to invest in different types of equities, money market funds and bonds. If you're looking for a lower risk option to generate an income, unit trusts have the solution. Let's take a closer look… Investing in income funds Income funds are unit trusts that focus on generating an incom... ››› more
  • [18 May 2015]


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