Offshore Investments

  • Commodities take a step lower - Three to buy and one to sell
  • Commodities take a step lower Brent oil led the commodity basket lower last week, losing 8,1%; Platinum and Gold were down 5,7% and 2,4% respectively. Although the Rand softened, the pressure was too much for the JSE All Share Index which fell 0,8%. Resources fell 5,5%, but the rest of the sectors held up well. International indices were slightly softer across most time zone... ››› more
  • [22 September 2017]
  • "Triple Witching" stirs local market rally- Two to buy and two to sell
  • “Triple Witching” refers to the combined expiration of the Index futures, Index options and stock options. In the UK and US this happens on Friday's, but in SA it happens a day earlier on Thursday. The event typically creates increased market activity and in some cases volatility. Global markets were relatively subdued for last week's expiry, the US, UK and European majors were firmer by b... ››› more
  • [22 September 2017]
  • Cabinet reshuffle announced - Two to buy and one to sell
  • Admittedly, I expected more movement in the Rand once the cabinet reshuffle was announced. We have a saying that “the Market always knows” which seems to apply in this case. When Mr. Nene was removed, the Rand fell 8,5% within the first few days and then extended those losses by another 10% a few weeks later. By comparison the Rand has loss only 7% so far, perhaps the Market knew that SA I... ››› more
  • [22 September 2017]
  • US interest rates, Three to buy and one to sell
  • US interest rates on the rise. Fed Chair Janet Yellen provided testimony last week indicating a high likelihood of another US interest rate hike in March. The markets are now pricing in a 0,25% hike. The US dollar is strengthening again. Local markets were flat over the week. The All Share squeezed out a gain of 0,1%, Resources were similar and Industrials down marginally (0,5%), Fin... ››› more
  • [16 March 2017]
  • Good news…All main exchanges are on the up!
  • JSE up 3,3% Last week the JSE recovered from an oversold position to close the week with a gain of 3,3%. Financials gained 4,8% and Industrials were up 3,7%. Resources managed a gain of 1,5%. DAX up 6,6%, CAC up 5.2%. European markets breathed a sigh of relief as the Italian referendum failed, the Dax gained 6,6% and the CAC 5,2%. Italy was up 7,3% and Spain put in 6,5% US Markets... ››› more
  • [13 December 2016]
  • There's no need to emigrate, just invest offshore!
  • Millions of South Africans have packed their bags and taken their knowledge, skills and families to other countries, never to return to South Africa. I don't blame them and I don't judge them. They're leaving because they want to protect their families and their wealth. While I can't help you with your personal security, I CAN help you protect and grow your wealth. Today, I'm going to show... ››› more
  • [12 May 2016]
  • Three factors to consider when weighing up offshore investments
  • If you've decided to invest offshore, one vital aspect is picking countries and stocks to invest in. To remove some of the legwork you could opt to invest in particular funds, but you still need to pick the sectors that give your money the best chance of growth. So what should you look at when picking somewhere offshore to invest? And what should you look for when it comes to selecting indiv... ››› more
  • [22 June 2015]
  • How to find the best offshore haven for your investments
  • When searching for the best offshore haven for your investments, it comes down to your unique requirements. But there are some keys factors you should consider before making a decision. So what are these factors? And how can you find the best offshore haven? Read on to find out… Six factors to check when searching for an offshore haven Offshore haven factor #1: Independence Is th... ››› more
  • [19 June 2015]
  • Getting the balance right with your offshore investments
  • It can be hard making decisions about your offshore investments. You want to strike the right balance and see capital growth. If you want to invest in funds, what are the pros and cons of investing in unit trust funds and hedge funds? Read on to find out… Aiming for growth with your offshore investments By investing offshore, your goals will be similar to that of your South Af... ››› more
  • [09 June 2015]
  • How to check a country's risk factors before investing offshore
  • If you've decided to invest some of your cash offshore, it's important to weigh up the potential risks of countries you're looking at. So how can you check? Read on to find out… Weighing up offshore investment destinations When investing offshore, it’s important to consider country-specific risks. FM Global, an international insurance company, has devised a tool to help you d... ››› more
  • [05 June 2015]
  • How to make the best investment decisions with your money offshore
  • If you want to successfully invest offshore, many of the principles are the same as investing in South Africa. So how can you decide on the best investments for you? Read on to find out… Investing offshore principle #1: Look at long-term performance When looking at different offshore investment opportunities, look at how they’ve performed over the past ten years or so. This wi... ››› more
  • [05 June 2015]
  • How to keep your money safe when investing offshore
  • If you're thinking about investing offshore, one thing holding you back may be concerns about investing in a scam or fraudulent investment. Just like in South Africa, unfortunately there are scammers in other countries trying to con you out of your money. But the good news is, by sticking to some guidelines you can ensure that you put your money to work in reputable and creditable investment... ››› more
  • [04 June 2015]
  • Offshore investing uncovered: What can you invest in?
  • If you're contemplating putting your money to work offshore, have you given much thought to what you're going to invest in? Stocks may be the first thing that comes to mind, but there are a number of other considerations. Read on to find out more… Four ways to put your money to work offshore Offshore investing vehicle #1: Stocks By investing in offshore stocks, you’ll find ... ››› more
  • [03 June 2015]
  • If you invest offshore, have you considered currency risk?
  • If you're a South African investor who invests money offshore, either via a fund or directly, you have exposure to currency risk. So what exactly is currency risk? And what do you need to consider? Read on to find out… What is currency risk? As a South African investor, currency risk means that your investment returns depend on how the rand performs against foreign currencies. ... ››› more
  • [30 March 2015]
  • Don't fall prey to an offshore investment scam… Look out for these six warning signs
  • Investing offshore can benefit your investment portfolio by boosting returns and adding much needed diversification. But you can't blindly approach investing offshore. Before investing a cent, you need to do your due diligence. By doing this, you'll reduce the chance of making an investment mistake you'll live to regret. Read on to find out what to look for… Six ways to spot scam... ››› more
  • [26 March 2015]
  • Follow this seven-point test to pick an offshore destination to invest
  • If you want to diversify your portfolio by investing some of your money out of South Africa, the world is literally your oyster. Investing your money offshore means that you're taking on a number of factors that you don't have to concern yourself with here. So what do you need to check out when looking for an offshore investment destination? Read on to find out… How does an offsho... ››› more
  • [25 March 2015]
  • The dos and don'ts of investing offshore
  • Investing offshore can have great advantages to your portfolio. Not only should your portfolio benefit from the added diversification, but your overall risk should also fall. But as much as there are benefits to taking your money offshore to invest, there are some things you need to be aware of. So what are the dos and don'ts of investing offshore? Let's take a closer look… The do... ››› more
  • [31 October 2014]
  • The impact of fees on the performance of your offshore investments
  • Whether you opt for a domestic offshore fund or an international offshore fund to invest in, you need to pay attention to fees. Fees can have a huge impact on the returns. You'll be surprised how a couple of percent can really eat into your profits. Let's take a closer look at the impact of fees on the performance of your funds… Fees can have a huge impact on long-term offshore inves... ››› more
  • [30 October 2014]
  • Looking to the east for offshore investments? China may be worth a look…
  • Recently there's been worries over growth from the powerhouse in the east, China. Now the Chinese government is taking steps to boost its stock and property prices. It's taking similar steps the US took following the financial crisis of 2008. This led to a run in stocks and property, which is still continuing today despite some recent volatility. So why is China looking good to invest in? ... ››› more
  • [28 October 2014]
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