Assets

  • Should you be investing in less risky assets in developed markets?
  • This week is full of event risk; the US interest rates announcement, the market expects a 25-basis point increase, with an 85% probability, US and North Korea summit, US CPI, UK unemployment, ECB committee meeting and Italian policy uncertainty. All of these could push investors towards less risky assets in developed markets. Short term traders should focus on Rand sensitive shares as volati... ››› more
  • [13 June 2018]
  • An investor's greatest asset…
  • What do you believe an investor's greatest asset is? A high IQ? No. A stack of degrees behind their name? Definitely not! A workable investment strategy? Not at all. In fact, the answer has nothing to do with money or personal success. But it's something every potential investor can achieve. Let me explain… The world’s most famous investor confirms this... ››› more
  • [22 September 2017]
  • The number one wealth preservation rule: Protect your assets
  • No matter what you financial situation is, there's nothing more devastating than seeing the Sheriff auctioning off your business, home and other assets because you lost your job or a business venture you put your heart, soul and life-savings into went bad. That's why it's vitally important to make sure your assets are protected from creditors in the event of any unforeseen eventuality like inso... ››› more
  • [06 May 2016]
  • Four benefits that could make trusts your perfect investment solution
  • The best legal way to make sure you don't lose your money is to distance yourself from it. Let me explain... Putting your assets into a trust means that you don't personally own them anymore. The assets are held in trust for the benefit of the beneficiaries. The trustees simply manage these assets. When everyone involved signs this contract the Mater of the High Court registers the trust. ... ››› more
  • [05 May 2016]
  • Why you must pay attention to goodwill on a company's balance sheet
  • When looking into companies to invest in, it's easy to concern yourself with profits. And this can lead you to ignore the balance sheet. But you need to pay attention to the balance sheet, particularly goodwill. Here's why… What is goodwill? The balance sheet contains a company’s assets. You’ll find goodwill listed here. Goodwill is an intangible asset. It can be a number o... ››› more
  • [29 July 2015]
  • How to suss out if a company's top quality before investing in shares
  • Investing is all about finding great businesses to buy into. When you buy shares, you become a part owner in a business. So it's vital you pick the best quality business to put your money to work in. So how can you determine if a company is a great business or not? Read on to find out… Find the best shares to buy with this quality measure A great way to test a business before i... ››› more
  • [07 July 2015]
  • The rand tumbles against the dollar as worries over the Greek crisis deepen
  • This morning, the rand fell 1% against the dollar as concerns grow over what's happening in Greece. With the Greek government opting to close banks and its stock exchange, and tomorrow's loan payment looking close to default, financial markets around the world are under pressure. The rand is feeling the rush from a move to ‘safer' assets. Let's take a closer look at what's going on… ... ››› more
  • [29 June 2015]
  • What to include in your investment portfolio
  • When building a long-term investment portfolio to build your wealth, you need to consider what to include. Whilst stocks may be the first things that spring to mind as an investment opportunity, it's a good idea to add in other asset classes too. This helps to boost your portfolio's diversification and reduces your investment risk. So what are you options? Read on to find out… Fiv... ››› more
  • [11 June 2015]
  • Working out the right asset allocation mix for you
  • Asset allocation, along with portfolio diversification, is all about investing in a mix of asset classes. The asset allocation you select will vary depending on whether you're investing for capital gains or income. And the level of risk you're comfortable with will also have a bearing. So how can you work out what suits you? Read on to find out… What sort of asset allocation suits... ››› more
  • [09 April 2015]
  • How to determine your net worth
  • Calculating your net worth means finding out exactly how much money you have if you sold all your assets and paid off all your debts. It's an important part of financial planning, especially if you're looking to buy a new house, retire, or send your child off to college. Knowing your net worth helps you make better financial decisions that could affect your future. Having a negative net w... ››› more
  • [18 August 2014]
  • The best way to protect yourself from dollar collapse
  • “Trust us. We're from the government.” That's just what those in power are telling you to do. Does it reassure you? If you rely on the government to protect your hard-earned savings, you might as well give up now. If, however, you would like to protect your family's future from the worst effects of this crisis, this article is a brief introduction to why and how you should do it. There a... ››› more
  • [18 July 2014]
  • Whatever the asset, ensure you don't overpay
  • When it comes to investing, it can be too easy to pay over the odds for a particular asset. Many investors feel an urgency to commit and buy, instead of taking their time and buying at the right price. One of the most crucial things when you invest is to not pay over the odds for an asset, whatever it is. You'll live to regret it. Let's take a closer look at why this is the case… Don’t pay ... ››› more
  • [10 June 2014]
  • Profit watch: One reason when it does make sense to buy terrible companies
  • When you're looking to invest in a company, the normal route is to try buy shares that will rise in price and you can sell for a profit. But there can be another way to try and make a profit. You just need to dig deep into the assets the company has. Let's take a closer look at what this entails… Look at a company’s assets There is a way that you can make money from a terrible company if y... ››› more
  • [09 June 2014]
  • The drawbacks of using the price to book ratio
  • The price to book ratio is a good ratio to use if you want to weigh up companies that have large assets, such as property companies. But the ratio uses the balance sheet for its ‘book' value. And it's from this which the problem can arise. These figures can change a lot over time. Let's take a closer look at the problems you can encounter when using the price to book ratio… The problem w... ››› more
  • [14 May 2014]
  • CGT, estate planning and retirement: How to make it all work for you
  • When it comes to your retirement, one of the things you need to consider is how you'll plan your estate. But here's the thing most people don't realise, Capital Gains Tax (CGT) places a big spanner in the works for doing this. And that's why you need to explore the tax effects of CGT on your estate plan. But to do that, you first need to know which assets CGT affects and which ones it doesn't… ... ››› more
  • [17 March 2014]
  • If the thought of picking shares fills you with dread, how about investing in unit trusts?
  • As a consumer, you use a wide array of financial products. You buy insurance for your car and house. And chances are you have a bond on your home. But when it comes to shares, the very thought of selecting a few to invest in can put many people off. But that's where unit trusts come in. They do the picking for you. Let's take a closer look at the basics of unit trusts… What is a unit trust fun... ››› more
  • [10 March 2014]
  • Do bonds deserve a place in your investment portfolio?
  • When the financial crisis struck, many investors dumped their shares and ran. One asset class that benefited was bonds. Investors looking for a safer home for their money invested in them. And the action of central banks around the world also helped the bonds market. Let's take a closer look at how bonds work and if you should invest in bonds… After the financial crisis hit in 2007, central ba... ››› more
  • [12 February 2014]
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