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  • Why unit trusts could be the perfect investment choice for you
  • If there were ever such things as perfect investments, then fund investments, such as unit trusts, would be it. They provide all the benefits the stock market has to offer, such as high returns, but limit the risk you face as an investor. Plus, because of increased competition among investment companies for your business, they've become cheaper. Let's take a closer look at why unit trusts could be... ››› more
  • [30 January 2014]
  • Looking for an alternative to unit trusts? Then ETFs may be for you…
  • If you're looking for a cheap and flexible way of gaining exposure to general market movements, then exchange traded funds (ETFs) could be for you. By investing in ETFs, you have good long-term growth opportunities from this passive investment. Let's take a closer look at what ETFs are…. Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) are investment vehicles traded on stock exchanges, much like stocks or bonds, ... ››› more
  • [28 January 2014]
  • Unit trusts: The easiest place to start investing
  • It's one of the most maligned and misunderstood investing vehicles in the market… Ironically, it's also one of the most accessible and easy to use. And when you understand its benefits, it's an ideal way to quickly diversify your portfolio and begin compounding your capital. But why do so many people misunderstand it? And why is it so useful? Read on to find out… The simplest way to start in... ››› more
  • [17 January 2014]
  • 2 factors to check before you invest in a unit trust
  • The only point of employing a unit trust fund manager is to get a better return than you would from just buying the market. Yet most fund managers don't beat the market, certainly not regularly enough to justify the extra expense of employing them to manage your money. Read on to uncover two factors to check before you invest in a unit trust… After you take all the layers of costs away with un... ››› more
  • [02 December 2013]
  • Why you should avoid closet trackers
  • If you decide to use a unit trust fund to invest in the stock market, you have two main options. Firstly, you can buy an actively managed unit trust fund. It will cost you more, but in return the manager will try to beat the market. Or secondly, you can buy a ‘passive' fund, which just aims to track the underlying index. It won't give you anything more than the return on the market, but it's a l... ››› more
  • [18 November 2013]
  • Watch out for the hidden costs of ETFs
  • Exchange traded funds (ETFs) help you gain broad exposure to a market or a sector. And their charges are much lower than actively managed funds. However, even within the world of ETFs, you have to watch out for hidden charges. Read on to find out the hidden costs you should watch for with ETFs… If keeping costs down is one of your goals, then it’s worth comparing different ETFs to see which ... ››› more
  • [29 October 2013]
  • A simple solution for lazy investors
  • You will find this amazing, but some people just aren't interested in investment. No interest in the effect of the US government shutdown, on the sort-of recovery and hence on the stock market; no interest in valuation techniques; and no desire whatsoever to talk about whether Russia is really cheap enough to buy. These people want an easy option for investing their cash. Read on to find out more ... ››› more
  • [17 October 2013]
  • Revealed: How to find a good fund manager
  • The job of a professional fund manager is simple in theory. You have to beat the market. You have to make more money for your investors than they could have made by using a cheap tracker fund to follow the underlying market. But doing this in practice is far from easy. Read on to find out how you can find a good fund manager… And if you’re an investor looking to find a manager who can actual... ››› more
  • [16 September 2013]
  • The advantages of investing in passive funds
  • When it comes to investing in funds, there are a wide array to choose from. Whilst investing in unit trust funds is an option many investors pick, the costs are high. And these costs can eat into your precious profits. So another option you have is to invest in a passive fund. The costs involved with these are much more reasonable. Read on to find out more about the advantages of investing in pass... ››› more
  • [05 September 2013]
  • Beware of index trackers: There's more than one way to build an index
  • If you want to invest in a passive fund that tracks an index, there are a few things that you need to bear in mind before you jump in. Not all indexes are as they seem. Read on to find out what you need to look for… Investing in an exchange traded fund (ETF) or another type of passive fund that tracks an index might not be as straight forward as it first appears. You need to make sure you u... ››› more
  • [28 August 2013]
  • 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]

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