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  • Understanding unit trusts: How they work and why they could work for you
  • If you want to start investing in the stock market, the idea of picking stocks may put you off. And that's not the only thing. You need to have a sizeable chunk of cash available to invest too. But you do have an alternative. And that alternative is unit trusts. Unit trusts take out all the worry of picking shares to invest in and they're affordable too. Let's take a closer look… ... ››› more
  • [23 February 2015]
  • Investing in bonds uncovered: The ins and outs of fixed-interest funds
  • An easy way to invest in bonds is through unit trusts. Unit trusts investing in bonds are known as fixed-interest funds. They're a great option for you to consider as they give you instant diversification. So what do you need to know about investing in fixed-interest funds? Read on to find out… What sort of investments are included in fixed-interest funds? Fixed-interest funds ... ››› more
  • [26 January 2015]
  • How to decide whether to invest in bond funds or bonds directly
  • If you're looking for a stable investment that pays you an income, you can't look past bonds. If you want to invest in bonds, you have two main options: You can invest in a bond unit trust or you can invest in bonds directly. So which route is best for you? Read on to uncover the pros and cons of investing in bond funds and directly… Investing in bonds: The pros and cons of unit t... ››› more
  • [23 January 2015]
  • Want to invest in international bonds? Here's how you can do it
  • If you're looking for income and a low-risk investment option, bonds could be for you. But what if you want to widen your horizon from the shores of South Africa? How easy is it to invest in offshore bonds? It has never been easier. Read on to find out more… Investing in international bonds If you opt to invest in South African bonds, you’re limited to government bonds and South... ››› more
  • [16 January 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]
  • If you want to diversify your bonds portfolio, how about investing in bond unit trusts?
  • If you're nearing retirement or just don't like taking on the risks associated with investing in the stock market, chances are you'll be building up your holding in bonds. But did you know you're not just limited to buying government retail savings bonds? You can easily add company and other government bonds to your portfolio through bond unit trusts. Read on to find out how you can do this... ››› more
  • [15 January 2015]
  • Earn 60% returns in 2015 from an investment you've probably never heard of before
  • Do you own a property? A range of different unit trusts? And a carefully selected blue chip share portfolio? If this is you, you are diversifying your investments well. You also probably achieve returns that are the same as the JSE's performance. But you're still missing out… You see today I'm going to introduce you to a special investment where you can earn up to 60% on your investme... ››› more
  • [10 December 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]
  • 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]
  • If you want to invest in an offshore fund, does the size of the fund matter?
  • When it comes to making offshore investments, one option you have is to invest in a fund. This avoids you having to pick individual shares. And you can opt for a general market fund or look to more specific sectors. So should you opt for a large fund or a small fund? And does it make a difference? Let's take a closer look… Weighing up small offshore funds Just because an offsho... ››› more
  • [20 October 2014]
  • Before investing in an ETF, check out the price
  • Exchange traded funds (ETFs) are a great way to gain exposure to the market. By passively tracking market indexes and commodities, you can benefit from their performance. But before you jump in, make sure you pay attention to the price. If you don't, you could end up paying more than you bargained for. So let's take a closer look at what aspects of an ETF's price you need to focus on… ... ››› more
  • [22 September 2014]
  • Why you need to check the tracking performance of an ETF before investing
  • Exchange traded funds (ETFs) are passive funds with a listing on the stock market. An ETF aims to track the performance of a particular index or commodity. For instance, if the JSE's Top 40 Index rises by 10%, you'd expect a Top 40 Index ETF to also rise by around 10%. Instead of opting to invest in a unit trust where the fund manager tries to beat the market for a fee, an ETF tracks a ... ››› more
  • [22 September 2014]
  • Five reasons why you should dump unit trusts for ETFs today
  • You must have heard of exchange-traded funds (ETFs) by now. But there's a lot of confusion about what they are and how they differ from unit trusts. ETF’s vs Unit trusts: What’s better?    Before I get carried away, let me differentiate between unit trusts and ETFs. See, a unit trusts is a collection of stocks, passively or actively managed. You can basically buy for example, s... ››› more
  • [16 September 2014]
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