If you've ever watched The Big Short, chances are you know who Michael Burry is. He's the guy who figured out a bubble was forming in the US housing markets pre-2008. He also correctly predicted a market crash would ensue and made a ton of money shorting the housing market.
This week, he noted there are correlations between the bubble which formed in the housing market and Exchange Traded Fund... ››› more
In a recent report from ETF.com data released shows that the US have had $250 billion worth of cash inflows into ETF's during 2017 alone!
According to an estimate by The New Yorker, around 20 percent of the market in the US is made up out of JUST ETF's.
And “When you factor in “closet indexing”—when individual or institutional investors pursue indexing strategies without declaring... ››› more
Do you know that one of the strongest and largest banks in Europe is in big trouble?
Yes, Deutsche Bank struggles go way back to last year, when the company reported a loss of €6.8 billion.
And just recently, news came out that the bank faces a $14bn charge over mis-selling mortgage securities in the US.
But if you don't own Deutsche Bank's shares, why should you care?
Well, South Af... ››› more
Since the start of 2016, Silver rose from $13.82 an ounce to a high of $20.63 - an incredible 49% return!
Compare that to gold which is up around 25% and the JSE All Share which has returned just over 6% for the year.
So it's no secret that silver is one of the best performing assets in 2016. But recently, silver took a knock and it's sitting around $18.85 today.
The main factor that c... ››› more
Thankfully, things have changed since the dark days of apartheid. The investment markets are certainly not racist, sexist or homophobic. If you have enough money, you can invest in anything you want. But the successes you achieve in the investment markets are based on the strategies you use, the opportunities you see and the risks that you avoid.
With that in mind, I want to introduce you to ... ››› more
When the results of the Brexit referendum came on Friday 24 June 2016, the rand fell more than 8% against the dollar. This was the biggest fall against the American currency since 2008.
The international impact of Britain's decision to leave the European Union is making it difficult for investors to figure out what to invest in next. If you're feeling confused, there is one market that still o... ››› more
In the last three weeks, one question constantly comes up in conversation with my friends, “What do you prefer, unit trusts or ETFs (Exchange Traded Funds)?”
My quick answer is always ETFs. But then I'm bombarded with follow up questions asking, “What's the difference and why do you like them so much?”
So, today, I want to put these questions to rest and explain once and for all, why... ››› more
You invest your hard-earned cash into a fund to help grow your retirement portfolio, but in a mere 2 days, the fund you've invested in loses 66%.
This happened to investors in the Third Circle MET Target Return Fund in December.
What's more, Asset Managers who invested in this fund also lost a fair chunk of their portfolio.
That's why today I want to share the three red... ››› more
No other investment vehicle can give you access to a more diversified fund as quickly and cheaply as ETFs can.
They're so popular, in fact, that there are over 4,000 ETFs available in the world right now.
But the one thing people will never tell you is that not all ETFs are created the same.
That's why today, I'll reveal the three most crucial boxes you need to tick before you invest your... ››› more
If you want to invest in unit trusts, you'll soon find out that there are a large number out there to consider.
So where should you look to find out everything you need to know about a specific unit trust?
You need to look at its fact sheet…
What is a unit trust’s fact sheet?
All unit trusts have a fact sheet. As well as for unit trusts, you’ll also find fact sheet... ››› more
If you fancy buying gold stocks as you see a recovery coming for the sector or to gain exposure to the gold price, it can be difficult to know which ones to buy.
One way to get around this is to buy into a unit trust that invests in gold stocks for you.
So what should you look at when weighing up different gold unit trusts?
Read on to find out…
The ins and outs of gold unit tr... ››› more
If you want to invest in tracker funds, you have two options available to you. You can invest in exchange traded funds (ETFs) or you can invest in passively managed unit trusts.
So which is the best option for you?
Read on to find out more…
The differences between ETFs and unit trusts
There are a lot of similarities between ETFs and unit trusts.
Both these types... ››› more
If you want exposure to gold in your portfolio, one option you have is to invest in gold-backed exchange traded funds (ETFs).
So how do these ETFs work? And what should you look at if you want to invest in such an ETF?
Let's take a closer look…
How a gold-backed ETF works
Gold-backed ETFs are ETFs you can buy that give you exposure to physical gold.
The prov... ››› more
Exchange traded funds (ETFs) are growing in popularity the world over. Since their introduction in South Africa, they have attracted a lot of investment and the number available continues to grow.
So what are the advantages of investing in them? And are they a good alternative to unit trusts?
Let's take a closer look…
The benefits of ETFs
There are a number of benefits to ... ››› more
You can use unit trusts to gain exposure to shares on the stock market, but this isn't the only option for you have with this kind of fund.
You can also invest in fixed-interest unit trusts too.
So what are fixed-interest unit trusts? And what type of fixed-interest funds are available to invest in?
Read on to find out…
The ins and outs of fixed-interest unit trusts
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