Viv Govender

  • Nine years upside: Time to lock in some of those gains?
  • As we head to the end of 2017, we are approaching the nine year anniversary of the current bull market. If nine years seems like a long time, you are correct: It is. This is the second longest bull market in history and counting. Most stock indices are at all-time highs and many investors are currently sitting on massive gains in their portfolios. At the same time risks are rising. We have... ››› more
  • [07 December 2017]
  • How to create an offshore nest egg in three easy steps
  • Over the last year, the one question I have been asked more than any other is… “How do I invest offshore?” Today, I'm going to answer that question and show you how to invest offshore in three easy steps… The Bitcoin Lie: Discover what could really happen to cryptos in the next 12 months and beyond… Click here now to claim your FREE copy.   Step #1: Determine how ... ››› more
  • [28 September 2017]
  • What would you say to 100% market upside with no downside risk?
  • Imagine turning on the TV and finding the following Infomercial: We are giving you the opportunity to invest in the S&P500. It is the world’s premier equity index, dwarfing the JSE. Receive dollar based returns while getting exposure to some of the world's largest and most innovative companies including Apple, Berkshire Hathaway and Caterpillar.   But that’s not all, we also gi... ››› more
  • [22 September 2017]
  • The 3 most troubling takeaways from SONA
  • The State of the Nation Address (SONA) was certainly a spectacle, unfortunately mainly for the wrong reasons. However, as South Africans, it's essential to analyse the SONA - especially as it could have a significant impact on our lives. Personally, I found three aspects of SONA particularly troubling…   Why investors should be worried about SONA 2017 #1: The violence   In hi... ››› more
  • [22 September 2017]
  • Receive dollar-based performance through structured products
  • Since my last article on the subject of structured products I have received a number of enquiries from readers asking for more information. Due to the overwhelming response I decided to do this follow-up article and go over the most frequently asked questions. First, for those who may not have read the original, here is a brief recap. I discussed a currently available structured product with ... ››› more
  • [22 September 2017]
  • If there ever was a time for capital protection, this is it!
  • As it stands, we are at the tail end of an eight-year bull market and, by most estimates, markets in the developed world are massively overpriced versus historical levels. When we have seen such conditions in the past, global markets almost always fell dramatically within a year or two. Adding to this risk is the fact that the US Fed, the European Central Bank and a number of other central ... ››› more
  • [22 September 2017]
  • Guaranteed protection and growth: This investment is only available for a limited time
  • In this uncertain environment, investors want capital protection while not wanting to miss market performance. Normally as an investment advisor, I would say it is impossible to have both, security and market exposure. But the good news is, there's now a way to tap into an investment that provide exactly this. The catch? This investment is only available for a limited time. So you... ››› more
  • [21 September 2017]
  • If your marginal tax rate is 39% or higher you are probably investing wrong
  • There are just two certainties in life: Death and taxes. Unfortunately, these are also the two topics people find most unpleasant to think about. For higher net worth individuals, understanding your taxes is almost as important as understanding investments. If you're a high income earner in South Africa, a return of 11% can be equal to one of 20% under the correct tax treatment. Many reader... ››› more
  • [21 September 2017]
  • Forget about black swans, it's the grey rhino that is going to get you
  • By now I am sure most of you have heard about Black Swan events. Invented by Nassim Taleb, a black swan event is an unpredictable event that makes a big impact. The 2008 crash is one example. However, there has recently been another concept developed that you may not be familiar with: The Grey Rhino event. Unlike black swans, grey rhinos are very predictable. A black swan is like a stro... ››› more
  • [21 September 2017]
  • Putting a few eggs in other baskets is easier than you think
  • Imagine a country with massive amounts of natural resources. The richest economy in its region. However, there are signs of trouble, including rising inequality and societal unrest. To combat this the government is turning to populism by taxing the rich, confiscating assets and dramatically increasing the redistribution of funds to the poor. This is not South Africa in 2017 I am t... ››› more
  • [16 March 2017]



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