• This war will pump up the oil price and your wallet by 1,282%
  • Two steps forward one step back. This is the story about the petrol price in South Africa. In the beginning of March, the petrol price rose 96c a litre. And on the 1st April, you can add an extra R1.62 to the fuel prices. Unfortunately, this won't be an April Fools Day prank at all! There's something bigger brewing. And it all starts with the ongoing violence between Saudi Arabia and Yemen. ... ››› more
  • [31 March 2015]
  • If you invest offshore, have you considered currency risk?
  • If you're a South African investor who invests money offshore, either via a fund or directly, you have exposure to currency risk. So what exactly is currency risk? And what do you need to consider? Read on to find out… What is currency risk? As a South African investor, currency risk means that your investment returns depend on how the rand performs against foreign currencies. ... ››› more
  • [30 March 2015]
  • Don't fall prey to an offshore investment scam… Look out for these six warning signs
  • Investing offshore can benefit your investment portfolio by boosting returns and adding much needed diversification. But you can't blindly approach investing offshore. Before investing a cent, you need to do your due diligence. By doing this, you'll reduce the chance of making an investment mistake you'll live to regret. Read on to find out what to look for… Six ways to spot scam... ››› more
  • [26 March 2015]
  • Follow this seven-point test to pick an offshore destination to invest
  • If you want to diversify your portfolio by investing some of your money out of South Africa, the world is literally your oyster. Investing your money offshore means that you're taking on a number of factors that you don't have to concern yourself with here. So what do you need to check out when looking for an offshore investment destination? Read on to find out… How does an offsho... ››› more
  • [25 March 2015]
  • How to find the best companies to invest in offshore
  • Investing offshore can have a number of benefits to your portfolio. You can reduce your overall risk by investing in different countries. And you can invest in companies not listed on the JSE. So if you're looking for a suitable company to invest in offshore, how can you find it? Read on to find out… Three ways to narrow down your search for an offshore company to invest in I... ››› more
  • [20 March 2015]
  • Looking to add a top global company to your portfolio? Here's one for you to consider…
  • If you want to add some international diversification to your portfolio, one market you can't look past in terms of global giants is the US. The US hosts some of the world's largest companies including Google, Apple and Microsoft. So if you want to add a hugely successful and large business from the US to your portfolio, which one should you choose? Here's one stock for you to consider…... ››› more
  • [13 November 2014]
  • Why Japan could be a good investment opportunity
  • The Japanese stock market jumped higher a couple of years ago after the government got the money presses going. This got investors interested in Japan again. But it wasn't long before interest waned and the economy didn't turnaround just as quickly as expected. Yet, the Japanese market has slowly been recovering and it's back to levels last seen at the start of the year. So what's going o... ››› more
  • [05 November 2014]
  • The dos and don'ts of investing offshore
  • Investing offshore can have great advantages to your portfolio. Not only should your portfolio benefit from the added diversification, but your overall risk should also fall. But as much as there are benefits to taking your money offshore to invest, there are some things you need to be aware of. So what are the dos and don'ts of investing offshore? Let's take a closer look… The do... ››› more
  • [31 October 2014]
  • The impact of fees on the performance of your offshore investments
  • Whether you opt for a domestic offshore fund or an international offshore fund to invest in, you need to pay attention to fees. Fees can have a huge impact on the returns. You'll be surprised how a couple of percent can really eat into your profits. Let's take a closer look at the impact of fees on the performance of your funds… Fees can have a huge impact on long-term offshore inves... ››› more
  • [30 October 2014]
  • Investing offshore: How to cash in on an economic recovery in Europe
  • There's been a lot of bad news emulating from Europe about poor growth. The European Central Bank is now taking steps to stimulate the economy. And when the economy starts to recover, cyclical stocks are in a position to do well. So if you believe a recovery in Europe is around the corner, how can you profit from it? Let's take a closer look… An economic recovery in Europe will se... ››› more
  • [28 October 2014]
  • Looking to the east for offshore investments? China may be worth a look…
  • Recently there's been worries over growth from the powerhouse in the east, China. Now the Chinese government is taking steps to boost its stock and property prices. It's taking similar steps the US took following the financial crisis of 2008. This led to a run in stocks and property, which is still continuing today despite some recent volatility. So why is China looking good to invest in? ... ››› more
  • [28 October 2014]
  • Offshore investments uncovered: The key differences between active and passive funds
  • If you want to invest offshore, funds can be a great vehicle to do just that. By investing in funds, you avoid the need to pick individual stocks. A factor that scares many would-be offshore investors off. When it comes to selecting what fund to opt for, you first need to decide whether you're going to pick an actively managed fund or a passively managed fund. So what's the difference? ... ››› more
  • [23 October 2014]

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