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  • ETF index trackers: Make sure you know what the index is doing
  • If you invest in an exchange traded fund (ETF) that tracks an index, it's crucial you know what that index is doing. If you don't understand what the index does, the ETF may not perform as you think it will. Read on to find out what you need to look out for with index trackers… If you decide you want to invest in an ETF that tracks an index, it’s very important to know how the index works, J... ››› more
  • [27 August 2013]
  • Make sure you understand how your ETF works
  • ETFs are a very useful type of passive fund. But you need to make sure you know exactly how the ETF you're investing in works before you invest. Read on to find out what you need to know about ETFs… Since launching in South Africa, ETFs have been very successful. And the number available to invest in is growing. But as the market grows, the products become more complicated, John Stepek expl... ››› more
  • [26 August 2013]
  • What to watch out for with passive funds
  • Investing in passive funds does have its advantages. But, there are a few things you need to watch out for. Read on to find out what you need to be aware of with passive funds… Passive funds track the underlying market, Phil Oakley explains in MoneyWeek. To invest in passive funds you can either invest through a tracker fund or an exchange traded fund (ETF). Passive funds offer you a che... ››› more
  • [23 August 2013]
  • Revealed: The ins and outs of exchange traded commodities
  • Not only can you invest in shares or an index with exchange traded funds (ETF), you can also use them to invest in commodities. These types of ETF are very useful, but they do have their drawbacks. Let's take a closer look at exchange traded commodities… Exchange traded funds (ETFs) are a very useful type of passive fund. They give you cheap access to almost any market you can think of. Som... ››› more
  • [23 August 2013]
  • How tracker funds work
  • If you want to invest in a passive fund (a fund that tracks the market), then you can think about tracker funds. But what exactly is a tracker fund? Read on to find out more about tracker funds… Passive funds track the underlying market. And one way to invest in a passive fund is through a tracker fund, Phil Oakley explains in MoneyWeek. These tracker funds track an index, like the JSE Top ... ››› more
  • [22 August 2013]
  • Uncovered: How exchange traded funds (ETFs) work
  • When it comes to investing in funds, you'll be much better off with ‘passive' funds than ‘active' funds. Exchange traded funds (ETFs) are passive funds. Let's have a closer look at how ETFs work… Passive funds can work out a better option than active funds, Phil Oakley explains in MoneyWeek. Passive funds give you the same performance as the market. Active funds try to beat it, but usua... ››› more
  • [22 August 2013]
  • Are ETFs a cheaper way to invest than unit trust funds?
  • Many of us use unit trust funds as a long-term investment. But have you thought about the fees you pay? Is there a lower cost alternative to consider? Read on to find out why you should think about exchange traded funds… If you have a lot of your investments in unit trust funds, then that's a big mistake, Steve Sjuggerud and Brett Eversole explain in Daily Wealth Premium… You see, uni... ››› more
  • [20 August 2013]
  • Revealed: The problem with active unit trust funds
  • The biggest problem with active unit trust funds is not necessarily that fund managers are bad at investing on the whole. Some studies suggest that overall, fund managers are better than most people at picking stocks (as you'd have hoped!). Read on to find out the biggest problem with active funds… Before we go any further, let’s define a unit trust fund… A unit trust fund is simply whe... ››› more
  • [31 July 2013]
  • What you need to know about unit trust funds
  • Most people over a certain age feel reasonably comfortable with financial products such as mortgages, or car insurance. Yet mention investing, and you'll get a look of panic. Or they'll shrug and say, “I leave that to my financial adviser”. However, there's one investment product that almost everyone has encountered, the unit trust fund… The idea behind a unit trust fund is simple, explain... ››› more
  • [30 July 2013]
  • What's a better option: A big fund or a small fund?
  • The universe of funds available to invest in is huge. And knowing where to even start looking is a difficult task. One thing you have to decide is whether you should invest in a big fund or a small fund. Let's have a look at the pros and cons of each… There’s nothing to say a large actively managed fund will give you a better return than a small one or vice versa. But when it comes to dec... ››› more
  • [22 July 2013]
  • How to identify what type of manager should be in charge of your unit trust fund
  • Investment performance isn't a certainty in life, but there's a way to increase the likelihood that your fund manager will meet you expectations. It's critical you choose a fund manager with a style that suits your objectives and approach. For this reason, you need to know what style suits you best… The success of a particular style lies largely in how that style is implemented and the quality... ››› more
  • [09 July 2013]
  • Three reasons why every investor should have exposure to ETFs
  • Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) are a great, but simple investment vehicle. ETFs basically “shadow” the performance of a particular market, index or sector. Here are three reasons why you should have exposure to them… Before we go any further, an Exchange Traded Fund (ETF) is a basket of shares that, like unit trusts, allows you to buy or sell a portfolio of securities (such as shares, major ... ››› more
  • [03 July 2013]
  • Uncovered: The ins and outs of investing in LISPs
  • If you want to invest in a number of unit trusts or other collective investment schemes, then a Linked Investment Service Provider (LISP) might be exactly what you're looking for. LISPs are ideal for investors who want exposure to many collective investment schemes, but only want to deal with one individual. They don't want the headache of managing it all themselves… Linked Investment Service ... ››› more
  • [02 July 2013]
  • Revealed: The pros and cons of wrap funds and multi-manager funds
  • In your quest to find the perfect unit trusts for your portfolio, you'll come across an array of different funds all screaming out for you to invest in. But don't jump in! It's vital you understand what the fund you're putting your money into actually does and the fees you can expect to pay… There are a huge selection of unit trusts out there to invest in. It’s hard to know where to start lo... ››› more
  • [27 June 2013]
  • Three top reasons unit trusts deserve a place in your investment portfolio
  • Deciding what to invest your hard earned cash into is no mean feat. Unit trusts are a serious consideration for your investment portfolio. If you're new to investing, they can help you take that first step into the realm of the stock market. They can be serious wealth builders and a great way of reducing your portfolio's risk… Taking it down to its bare bones, a unit trust is a fund owned by i... ››› more
  • [26 June 2013]


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