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  • How to gain exposure to government bonds through ETFs
  • If you're looking to invest in government bonds, one of the easiest ways it through RSA Retail Savings Bonds. But you have other options. You could look to invest in exchange traded funds (ETFs). Some of these ETFs track the performance of government bonds. So how do these ETFs work? What are your options? And how can you invest? Read on to find out… Bond ETFs listed on the JSE ... ››› more
  • [12 May 2015]
  • How to take advantage of index moves with CFDs
  • Contracts for difference (CFDs) aren't just for trading shares. You can also use them to trade indices (or indexes). This means if you think a particular sector is going to move up or down, you can trade it. Let's take a closer look at how this works… How to trade indices with CFDs To trade indices using CFDs, you can trade exchange traded funds (ETFs). This means if you think a p... ››› more
  • [08 May 2015]
  • How to use ETFs to invest in property
  • If you're looking to invest in property through the stock market you have a couple of options. You can invest in individual property investment companies, including real estate investment trusts (REITs). But if you feel this doesn't spread your risk sufficiently, you can look to a property exchange traded fund (ETF) instead. So how do these ETFs work? Let's take a closer look… Wha... ››› more
  • [06 May 2015]
  • Beware: This ‘top' dividend paying ETF will cut its dividends in 2015…
  • ETFs are the greatest aren't they? They make it easy to start investing with as little as R250 a month. They take all the ‘guesswork' out of investing and give you average (yet very good) performance year in and year out. Whenever a new investor wants to stick their cash into an ETF the question is always “which one?” And time and again the Satrix Divi pops up. It's simple rea... ››› more
  • [13 April 2015]
  • What is the most cost effective option for you, ETFs or unit trusts?
  • If you're looking to invest in a fund that tracks an index, you have two choices. You can invest in an exchange traded fund (ETF) or a unit trust. Since their introduction in November 2000, one of the often cited benefits of ETFs is they're cost effective. This goes against their unlisted counterparts, the unit trusts, which often receive criticism on the costs involved. But which is the che... ››› more
  • [20 March 2015]
  • An easy way to hold gold
  • Many investors like to hold a small portion of their investment portfolio in gold. It acts like a kind of investment insurance. If the market crashes, gold tends to benefit from its safe haven status and this can provide stability to your portfolio. So what's the best way to invest in gold? Read on to find out… How to invest in gold When it comes to investing in gold, to gain ... ››› more
  • [13 March 2015]
  • How to build a portfolio using ETFs
  • If you don't want to invest in individual stocks, exchange traded funds (ETFs) provide you with an easy way to invest in specific sectors of the stock market. These funds offer you instant diversification. And, compared to buying the underlying shares in a fund, they're cost effective. So how can you use ETFs to build a portfolio? And what other options do they give you? Read on to find o... ››› more
  • [12 March 2015]
  • What's on offer if you want to invest in ETFs?
  • Exchange traded funds (ETFs) offer you a cost effective way to invest. Through the different types of ETFs available, you can gain exposure to a number of different shares and sectors. So what sort of ETFs are available to invest in? Let's take a closer look… ETFs that hold the largest companies of the JSE Making up the Top 40 Index of the JSE are South Africa’s biggest comp... ››› more
  • [11 March 2015]
  • Interested in investing in ETFs? Here's how and why they're worth considering
  • ETFs or exchange traded funds, are a type of collective investment scheme. They work in a similar way to unit trusts, but they are listed on the stock market. So if you want to invest in ETFs, how can you do it? And why should you consider investing in ETFs? Read on to find out… How to invest in ETFs When you invest in ETFs, you’re buying shares in a fund. These shares are your ... ››› more
  • [10 March 2015]
  • ETFs uncovered: Getting to grips with ‘listed' unit trusts
  • Exchange traded funds (ETFs) are very similar to unit trusts. But instead of buying and selling them through fund managers, you buy and sell ETFs through a stock broker. So what exactly are ETFs? And why should you consider investing in them? Read on to find out… What are ETFs? If the idea of picking individual shares terrifies you, you could invest in ETFs instead. ETFs al... ››› more
  • [06 March 2015]
  • Palladium is looking set to take off… Here's why and how you can play it
  • Palladium is one of the platinum group metals. South Africa is the world's second top producer of the precious metal, falling closely behind Russia. After hitting a high last year, the price of palladium has fallen. But a change could be on the cards for the metal. Let's take a closer look at what's going on... The demand for palladium is rising After hitting a high of over $900 an ... ››› more
  • [03 March 2015]
  • An easy way to build an investment portfolio for the long-term
  • What are you goals from investing? Chances are you want to see a decent return over the years. But investing can be difficult. The fact is, many investors don't even manage to keep up with the market average, never mind beat it. So how can you improve your chances of building a solid portfolio for the long-term? Read on to find out… Why investors tend to underperform the marke... ››› more
  • [27 February 2015]
  • You can't ignore the instant diversification that ETFs offer
  • Diversification is all about spreading your investments to lower your risk. When running your own investment portfolio, it takes a lot of time and money to diversify. You need to invest in ten to 20 stocks, across different sectors. So what if there was an easier way to diversify? Read on to find out more… ETFs give you instant diversification Exchange traded funds (ETFs) are ... ››› more
  • [26 February 2015]
  • Why you should consider investing in ETFs
  • If you want to invest on the stock market, but you're not comfortable picking individual shares, you have an option. You can invest in exchange traded funds (ETFs) instead. These funds represent a basket of shares, which varies depending on the focus of the fund. So why should you look to invest in ETFs? Read on to find out… ETFs offer diversification Investing in shares is ris... ››› more
  • [25 February 2015]
  • ETFs uncovered: Should you get into the fast growing sector of ‘smart beta' funds?
  • Since their launch in South Africa, the number of exchange traded funds (ETFs) has steadily grown. One sector of ETFs showing sharp growth is ‘smart beta' funds. So what are smart beta funds? And should you consider investing in them? Let's take a closer look… What are ‘smart beta’ funds? The aim of smart beta funds is to combine the benefits of passive and active investi... ››› more
  • [15 January 2015]
  • Three ways to get exposure to property in your portfolio without buying a property
  • Having some exposure to property in your investment portfolio is one way to benefit from the performance of the sector. If you want to invest in property, but you either don't have the funds to buy an investment property or want the hassle involved, what are your options? There are three main options open to you. Read on to find out what these are… Why include property in your por... ››› more
  • [09 January 2015]
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