If you're looking for exposure to commodities in your portfolio, you can use exchange traded funds (ETFs). You can either invest in an index-based ETF or you can opt for a commodity-backed ETF. So what's the difference? And how can you invest in them? Let's take a closer look…
Commodities ETFs option one
Your first option in commodities ETFs is to buy an index-based ETF that invests in diffe... ››› more
If you want to invest on the stock market without buying individual company shares, one option open to you is to invest in exchange traded funds (ETFs). ETFs are baskets of shares that trade on the stock market just like shares. ETFs hold assets such as shares, bonds, futures and commodities. You can buy and sell ETFs through your stockbroker. Read on to uncover the benefits of buying ETFs…
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If you're looking to build up a portfolio of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange's best dividend payers without all the hassle of picking and investing in the shares individually, here's one way you can do it. You could invest in an exchange traded fund which does this for you. Let's take a closer look at how this works…
What is an ETF?
Exchange traded funds (ETFs) are index funds listed on the... ››› more
Unit trusts are a great way to invest. You can make money on your investment. And you gain instant diversification, something that investing in individual shares will take you a lot of time and money to replicate. But, of course, there are risks. But what are they? Let's take a closer look at the main risks of putting your money into unit trusts… Investing in unit trusts carries risk
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If you're as sick as taxes as most South Africans are, you'll love that unit trusts give you the chance to make money from this. How? By investing in the right unit trust of course. And in this case, it all comes down to something called a bond fund unit trust…
What is a bond fund unit trust?
As The South African Investor’s Leon Kok explains: Bond funds are fixed interest funds tailored... ››› more
The first rule of investing is never put all your eggs in one basket. That's what we mean when we talk about asset allocation. And here's the good news for investors who don't want to do this themselves. There's a type of unit trust that'll do it for you: Prudential fund unit trusts.
What is a prudential fund unit trust?
Prudential funds (also known as balanced funds) are among the oldest o... ››› more
Most investors think figuring out which is the best unit trust to invest in is the only thing they need to consider. But that's not true! Before getting involved in any investment, you need to consider how the tax on it works. When it comes to unit trust investing, these two taxes apply…
SARS levies two taxes on all forms of unit trust investing
As the experts at Equinox explain, there ar... ››› more
Retirement is tough! You need to live on a tight budget with little hope of generating more income unless you carry on working or invest smartly. But when it comes to the latter, there's no better unit trust for retirees to invest in than an enhanced income fund unit trust. Here's why…
What is an enhanced income fund unit trust and how is it different from an income fund?
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So you've decided to invest in unit trusts. That's great. But with the thousands available out there, how do you buy good unit trust? That decision ultimately rests on you, but remembering these five things can help you narrow down your choices…
Successful unit trust investing starts by remembering these five crucial factors
Unit trust investing tip #1: Assess where you are and where you ... ››› more
When it comes to fund manager strategies, you'll often come across the terms top-down and bottom-up to describe how he picks his investments. But here's the thing most unit trust investors don't know: You can use the same technique to decide which is the best unit trust to invest in…
What does top-down, bottom-up actually mean?
As we explain here, ‘top down’ and ‘bottom up’ strate... ››› more
Before you decide which is the best unit trust to invest in, you first need to decide whether unit trust investing is the right strategy for your portfolio. How will you know this? Today, we explain…
Ask yourself these three questions to discover whether unit trust investing is right for you
#1: What is your time horizon?
If you’re the kind of investor who’s looking for quick, in-... ››› more
Picking the best unit trust to invest in can be tough. There are SO many to choose from, it's hard to know where to start. Luckily, there's a good start pointing. And, when you know how to read it, you'll be able to pick out the good unit trusts from the bad…
Look at the Unit Trust Performance Table to find the best unit trusts to invest in
Just like a share’s daily performance is liste... ››› more
Unit trust are highly popular investment vehicles here in South Africa. But with so many unit trusts to choose from, how do you know which is the best unit trust to invest in? Your starting point, is to understand what types of unit trusts are out there…
What is a unit trust?
Put simply, a unit trust is a trust that manages a portfolio of stock exchange securities in which small investors... ››› more
Money-market funds are cash-based unit trusts that invest money in low risk instruments such as government treasuries, banks, financial institutions or blue chip companies. Their objective is to attain a level of profit without any undue risk and capital loss. But when it comes to investing in this type of unit trust, how do you pick the right one?
Experts warn: Beware of choosing a money marke... ››› more
When it comes to property investing, many people believe that getting involved is simply too expensive. But that's not actually true. Thanks to property unit trusts, you can start investing in property without needing a BIG amount of money. And since they've returned 20% a year, on average for the last decade, you should definitely consider them as part of your portfolio. Today we'll show you why?... ››› more
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