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  • How minimum investing IS NOT the same as low cost investing
  • Do you know the difference between minimum investing and low-cost investing? Well, most investors would usually say they're the same thing. But this is far from the truth. Low-cost investing deals with the investments associated with investing your money, while minimum investing implies the least amount of money you can invest. In fact, failure to understand this can actually lead to... ››› more
  • [16 January 2017]
  • These two stocks could also be victims of the #Feesmustfall movement
  • I'm not about to go into a political rant about the violence on university campuses or about the pros and cons of having free higher education for all. No. What I want to talk about is the newest campaign that just happened - on the back of #FeesMustFall. It's called #DataFeesMustFall! Thousands of people are unhappy with the data fees they're being charged by South African cell phone ... ››› more
  • [21 September 2016]
  • Warning: You could be overpaying your fund manager for little or no returns
  • It's a global argument that continues to gain traction and plague most fund managers. Crucially, today this argument is becoming more prevalent in the South African financial industry. I'm talking about performance fees. Should they be removed? Are investors getting their money's worth when investing in a fund? There's a growing consensus that performance fees only benefit the fund man... ››› more
  • [08 July 2016]
  • 7 reasons why I look to the South African Investor to build and protect my wealth
  • Investing in South Africa today is proving to be a challenge for even the best investors. We have to deal with constant attacks to our investment capital. Scam artists, investment fees, taxes, increasing cost of living as well as political decisions both local and internationally all seem to be aligned to do one thing, eat away at the wealth we are trying so hard to build. The current situ... ››› more
  • [06 July 2016]
  • Unit Trusts or ETFs - Definitely ETFs!
  • In the last three weeks, one question constantly comes up in conversation with my friends, “What do you prefer, unit trusts or ETFs (Exchange Traded Funds)?” My quick answer is always ETFs. But then I'm bombarded with follow up questions asking, “What's the difference and why do you like them so much?” So, today, I want to put these questions to rest and explain once and for all, why... ››› more
  • [08 June 2016]
  • What must I do with my dividends?
  • I love receiving dividends but reinvesting dividends is not always the most cost effective way to invest it. Let me explain... When you only get paid out a couple of hundred or thousand rand in dividends, the brokerage costs of reinvesting that cash can eat away a large chunk of the money. That's why some investors draw the cash and spend it. This isn't a wise move either. So, today ... ››› more
  • [06 May 2016]
  • How to find the best unit trust
  • Unit trusts are solid investments. They deliver safe, long-term gains and take the worry of investing your money off your shoulders. But what makes a good unit trust? Let's take a closer look at what you should be looking for when deciding on a unit trust investment. It all starts with what you want...   Before you invest in anything, you need to know what you expect to achieve from ... ››› more
  • [05 May 2016]
  • These four profit sucking costs could ruin you as a trader
  • You read all about the wonderful profit opportunities that are in the market. And I'm sure in your mind or on paper, you know exactly what shares you want to pile in for the year. But there's still one tiny little thing missing. It's the one thing that salesman, brokers and even your friends forget to tell you about. The four hidden costs of trading. And today, I'm going to break these costs down ... ››› more
  • [05 February 2016]
  • Understanding the costs of investing in unit trusts
  • Unit trusts are a great way to gain exposure to the stock market as a long-term investment. But like the vast majority of investment options out there, unit trusts come with costs. So what costs do you have to pay? Let's take a closer look… Weighing up the costs of investing in unit trusts   If you decide to invest in unit trusts, you need to look at the different fees a... ››› more
  • [11 November 2015]
  • How a CFD trade works when it comes to fees and commissions
  • If you want to trade CFDs, it's important you understand exactly how a trade works. What happens with your open CFD trades depends on whether you go long or short and what the underlying share price does. Let's take a closer look… The workings of a CFD trade depend on whether you go long or short Whether you go long or short in a CFD trade, you need to pay your stock broker a comm... ››› more
  • [25 September 2015]
  • What it costs you to trade CFDs
  • If you're looking for a cost effective way of trading stocks, contracts for difference (CFDs) are worth a look at. You trade the spot price. This means you enter and exit a trade at the price of the underlying share. But, as with all forms of trading, there are costs to consider. So what can you expect to pay? And does the amount you trade make a difference? Read on to find out… ... ››› more
  • [18 September 2015]
  • Why high charges erode the benefits of tax-free savings accounts
  • In March this year, the National Treasury introduced tax-free savings accounts. The main reason behind the treasury introducing these accounts was to encourage South Africans to save, especially those on lower incomes. Saving is something many South Africans aren't good at. So what exactly are tax-free savings accounts? And what should you need to watch out for? Read on to find out… ... ››› more
  • [05 August 2015]
  • Don't ignore the impact of fees… Even 1% can have a significant effect on your returns
  • Unfortunately when you invest, you'll have to pay fees somewhere along the way. Whether it's to your stock broker or fund management company, fees are part and parcel of investing. The key is you need to minimise the fees you pay. This is because fees can have a major impact on your returns, especially over the long-term. Let's take a closer look at the impact of fees on your returns… ... ››› more
  • [26 June 2015]
  • Want to invest in offshore funds? Here's why you must pay attention to fees…
  • If you want to gain some offshore exposure in your portfolio, chances are you're going to include some stocks. You have two choices. You can invest in individual stocks or you can invest in funds. The benefit of investing in offshore funds is you gain instant diversification to a number of different stocks. But by investing in funds, you have to consider the fees a fund charges. Fees can... ››› more
  • [15 June 2015]
  • How to decipher the costs of investing in unit trusts
  • When you invest in shares on the stock market, you need to pay a stock broker fees and commission for his services. When you invest in unit trusts, you also have to pay fees. There are two different types of fees you'll have to cough up. Read on to find out more… The initial fees of investing in unit trusts As with other financial products, investing in unit trusts comes with cost... ››› more
  • [17 April 2015]
  • The costs of trading single stock futures
  • If you're serious about trading single stock futures, you'll have to know how much it's going to cost you. To trade single stock futures you need the services of a stock broker. So you'll have to pay your broker a fee for his services. And to open a futures trading account, you'll need to deposit a minimum amount too. Let's take a closer look at the costs involved with trading single sto... ››› more
  • [18 March 2015]
  • What you have to pay your stock broker when you buy shares
  • When you decide to invest on the stock market, as well as the money you need to buy shares, you'll need to cough up fees for your stock broker too. So how much can you expect this to cost you? Read on to find out… Why your stock broker charges you When you invest on the stock market, your stock broker will charge you for the services he provides. This is in return for your stock b... ››› more
  • [26 February 2015]
  • When it can be worthwhile to pay more for an investment
  • One investment rule you'll have heard time and time again is buy low, sell high. This makes perfect sense and reduces your risk when investing. But there are exceptions to every rule. And sometimes is can benefit you to pay more. So how does this work? Let's take a closer look… When you should consider paying more to invest When it comes to investing in unit trusts, you might b... ››› more
  • [24 November 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]
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