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  • 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]
  • 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]

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