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  • Two types of unit trust to tantalise your investing taste buds
  • The unit trust market is enormous. If you want to start investing in unit trusts, it's crucial you understand the difference between the options available to you… Unit trusts are a great way to invest in the stock market and come with an array of advantages. ‘Ordinary’ unit trusts have been around since 1965, but many new and innovative alternatives are now available. This range of o... ››› more
  • [26 June 2013]
  • Uncovered: Four advantages to investing in exchange traded funds
  • You may have heard about exchange traded funds (ETFs), but do you know what they are or why you should consider investing in them? Read on to discover the four main advantages of investing in ETFs… ETFs provide you with a great alternative to shares when investing in the stock market. But before we go any further, let’s find out exactly what an ETF is, as explained by The South African In... ››› more
  • [12 June 2013]
  • Why you shouldn't buy ETFs
  • Being a research analyst, I often get asked by friends and family what they should put their money into right now. This is a difficult question to answer, especially when dealing with loved ones. If I give advice on what I believe to be a promising investment, they'll jump to it like a kid craving sugar. If luck goes against them and the investment price drops, they could hold it against me. So... ››› more
  • [10 May 2013]
  • Everything you need to know about AbsaCapital's NewPlat ETF
  • Last Friday, Absa Capital listed its NewGold Platinum exchange traded fund, or NewPlat ETF, on the JSE. Since then, it's already seen an inflow of R2 billion! Here's how the NewPlat ETF differs from the existing platinum ETN.   At the end of February 2013, there were 39 exchange traded funds (ETFs) and 23 exchange traded notes (ETNs) listed on the JSE, says Moneyweb.   Now, there... ››› more
  • [02 May 2013]
  • Revealed: The top performing local unit trusts to invest in for your retirement!
  • Looking for proof that unit trusts are still popular locally? Here it is: The Association for Savings and Investment South Africa says the local collective investment schemes industry attracted the second highest quarterly net inflows ever for the first quarter of the year, at R47 billion. If you'd like to join the trend, here's what to look for to ensure you invest in a top performing local unit ... ››› more
  • [30 April 2013]
  • Revealed: A low-risk way to get your asset allocation spot on
  • Asset allocation is one aspect of investment that investors agree to disagree on. While most agree it's important to split your investments across different asset types, the amount you should invest in each differs based on your risk appetite. Now, with exchange-traded products gaining popularity in South Africa, you need to consider them as a new low-risk avenue for your asset allocation if you h... ››› more
  • [25 April 2013]
  • Revealed: The real reason this gold ETF's leading the pack…
  • Gold prices dropped to a new two-year low this week. As a result, global investors have lost confidence in all things gold and gold exchange-traded funds (EFTs) have seen a drop, too. But South Africa's New Gold ETF hasn't followed suit - in fact, it's actually seen a rise in interest!   Yesterday, precious metals recovered from a two-day sell-off‚ with the gold spot price up 3.05%, says... ››› more
  • [17 April 2013]
  • Do you know where to put your money to get great returns?
  • “The prime motive for holding a global equity portfolio is to obtain the benefits of international diversification. Diversification comes from holding investments that have unrelated returns,” says The South African Investor. Do you know how to do this? Read on to find out a cheaper alternative to get international exposure and great returns. ETFs are a cheap alternative if you want interna... ››› more
  • [04 April 2013]
  • The safest way to take advantage of yesterday's JSE Top 40 Index gains…
  • Keeping an eye on the stock market every day to watch the movements of companies you want to invest in is a great investment strategy. But this comes with risk. After all, share prices rise and fall daily. If you don't have the stomach for this risk, there's an easy way to take advantage of stock market success. In fact, you can even use it to profit from all the top performing companies in one mo... ››› more
  • [03 April 2013]
  • Tired of losing money on shares? Invest in ETFs to profit from sector performance instead
  • Forget about buying individual shares! Study after study has shown that more than 50% of any gain an investor makes on a share comes from one thing: The sector it's in. And that's where the magic of ETFs comes in… If you want to invest in equities but don’t know what to choose, simply buy an ETF, advises Viv Govender, the investment analyst behind Index Trader. The reason? ETFs make... ››› more
  • [12 March 2013]
  • Use this five-point checklist to select a winning unit trust
  • According to a recent study, only one in three unit trusts will do better next year than it did this year. The other two will perform the same or worse. That means with over 150 unit trusts currently on the local market, you only have a 32% chance of picking the right one! To make your job easier, here are five things you must know about your unit trust before you invest a cent… Thanks to gov... ››› more
  • [07 March 2013]
  • What's the difference between ETFs and ETNs?
  • As a savvy investor, you probably know all about exchange traded funds (ETFs) but have you heard of ETNs (exchange traded notes)? While the popularity of ETFs has taken off in a big way, ETNs have all but been ignored by ordinary investors. But here's the thing, ETNs are becoming more and more popular with retail investors - especially those looking to invest in commodities. Here's what you need t... ››› more
  • [21 February 2013]


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