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  • Why you should start an emergency fund
  • Good financial planning always includes having an emergency fund. An emergency fund helps you be prepared for unknown future events, such as unexpected illness, a job loss, a car repair, or a quick home repair. Since you never know what the future will bring, it’s important to always be prepared. The emergency fund is designed to cover expenses when you can’t manage otherwise.   It’... ››› more
  • [29 August 2014]
  • If you want to follow the big money, you have to consider Bitcoin
  • The interest in Bitcoin is rapidly growing. In the US this year alone, six new Bitcoin hedge funds have appeared. So what does this tell us about Bitcoin? Does it indicate that the future is looking good for the digital currency? Let's take a closer look… Big investors are ploughing money into Bitcoin funds The launch of so many Bitcoin hedge funds this year is a very strong indic... ››› more
  • [28 July 2014]
  • Fund investing: How you can avoid the growing practice of closet indexing
  • With the pressure heavily on fund managers to perform, there appears to be a growing trend in closet indexing. Closet indexing is when an actively managed unit trust fund starts to replicate its benchmark index. The result is you're paying more for a performance you could have got from investing in a tracker fund. Let's take a closer look at what's going on and what you can do about it… The e... ››› more
  • [20 June 2014]
  • Three risks of investing in unit trusts
  • Unit trusts are a great way to invest. You can make money on your investment. And you gain instant diversification, something that investing in individual shares will take you a lot of time and money to replicate. But, of course, there are risks. But what are they? Let's take a closer look at the main risks of putting your money into unit trusts… Investing in unit trusts carries risk When you... ››› more
  • [25 March 2014]
  • How you can profit from any region of the world at a fraction of the cost
  • I've always been a fan of Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs). They're a low-cost way to get great returns from multiple shares with just one purchase. But now there's a new tool that's completely changed the game.   The ETF that allows you to profit from the World at a Fraction of the Cost!   It uses a similar strategy that we use in the Unconventional Millionaire which has doubled ... ››› more
  • [20 March 2014]
  • Provident funds and retirement planning: What you need to know
  • When it comes to retirement planning, there are a lot of factors you need to consider. From age to lifestyle and even life expectancy - it all comes into play in the retirement strategy you choose. So does the vehicle you choose to invest in. And one of your choices there, is a provident fund. Here's what you need to know about them… What is a provident fund? As The South African Investor... ››› more
  • [17 March 2014]
  • Unit trusts investing 101: How to choose a winning money market fund
  • Money-market funds are cash-based unit trusts that invest money in low risk instruments such as government treasuries, banks, financial institutions or blue chip companies. Their objective is to attain a level of profit without any undue risk and capital loss. But when it comes to investing in this type of unit trust, how do you pick the right one? Experts warn: Beware of choosing a money marke... ››› more
  • [14 March 2014]
  • Passive funds: How tracker unit trusts work
  • If you want to invest in unit trusts, you can either opt for an active fund or a passive fund. Active funds generally have higher fees, but with that comes the promise of better performance. Passive funds aim to track the performance of the market. Their fees are lower than active funds. Even though active funds promise better performance that comes with higher fees. So passive funds can be a good... ››› more
  • [11 March 2014]
  • If the thought of picking shares fills you with dread, how about investing in unit trusts?
  • As a consumer, you use a wide array of financial products. You buy insurance for your car and house. And chances are you have a bond on your home. But when it comes to shares, the very thought of selecting a few to invest in can put many people off. But that's where unit trusts come in. They do the picking for you. Let's take a closer look at the basics of unit trusts… What is a unit trust fun... ››› more
  • [10 March 2014]
  • What is a money market fund and how is it different from an ordinary unit trust?
  • Money-market funds are cash-based unit trusts that invest money in low risk instruments such as government treasuries, banks, financial institutions or blue chip companies. This said, a money-market fund's objective is still to attain a level of profit without any undue risk and capital loss. But are they good investments and what are the risks involved? Today, we explain… Three benefits of i... ››› more
  • [07 March 2014]
  • What is an income unit trust and why should you invest in them?
  • When it comes to unit trust investing, you have a variety of options. One of them is income unit trusts. These funds are similar to money market funds, but are one step up on the risk ladder. Income unit trusts are particularly useful if you want income levels that are better than those you'll get from a bank deposit or money market fund. Here are the benefits of investing in these unit trusts… ... ››› more
  • [04 March 2014]
  • Weighing up different unit trusts? Check the fund's TER
  • When you start reading the fact sheets that accompany different unit trusts, you'll come across the total expense ratio (TER). If you're stuck between choosing which fund to invest in, comparing the different TERs can help you come to a decision. But what exactly is the total expense ratio? Let's take a closer look at what it means… May 2007 saw the introduction of the total expense ratio (TER... ››› more
  • [19 February 2014]
  • Equity unit trusts: An easy way to buy shares
  • If you want to invest in shares, but you don't want to do the share picking yourself, equity unit trusts could be for you. Not only that, if you want exposure to the stock market, but you don't have a large lump sum, equity unit trusts are an option to consider. Let's take a closer look at what equity unit trusts offer you… Equity unit trusts invest the majority of their funds into shares list... ››› more
  • [13 February 2014]
  • What speed boats and oil tankers mean for you and your investments
  • At more than 450m long, weighing in at over half a million tons, and costing hundreds of millions of dollars, oil tankers are truly the giants of the sea. With the ability to survive just about anything the wild seas throw at them; and the size to bewilder the imagination, it's no wonder these hulks of the ocean have featured on programs like the Discovery Channel. And although these giants... ››› more
  • [05 February 2014]
  • How a ‘normal' unit trust works
  • You might be surprised at the wide variety of different unit trust funds available for you to invest in. They come in a number of different forms and all work slightly differently. The most basic unit trust is the ‘normal' unit trust. Let's take a closer look at this type of unit trust… ‘Normal’ unit trusts, or Collective Investment Schemes (CIS), are the most basic level of unit trust f... ››› more
  • [04 February 2014]
  • Investing in unit trusts is easier than you may think
  • If you're looking to invest on the stock market, but you don't want the hassle or don't feel you have the experience to pick shares, then unit trusts could be perfect for you. By buying into unit trusts you get exposure to the market and a professional does all the stock picking for you. But how do you go about investing in them? Read on to find out… Buying unit trusts is very easy, the resear... ››› more
  • [31 January 2014]
  • How to profit from China's record auto sales
  • Last year, China's car imports hit an all-time high. And since most of those cars run on petrol, China's oil consumption has skyrocketed over the past decade. It now imports more oil than the US. However, China's cars are also contributing to a serious problem: Pollution. Here's how China's pollution problem can give you an opportunity to profit… China's air quality is already terrible, Ma... ››› more
  • [23 January 2014]
  • Now is the perfect time to profit from this once precious metal
  • Mention the word platinum to a South African and they'll probably start recounting stories of violent strikes, crashing share prices and lost money. And there's no doubt, platinum has earned this reputation over the years since the financial crash. But what you might not realise is the situation for traders holding platinum isn't nearly as bad as you might think. And looking at the big pictu... ››› more
  • [20 January 2014]
  • Unit trusts: The easiest place to start investing
  • It's one of the most maligned and misunderstood investing vehicles in the market… Ironically, it's also one of the most accessible and easy to use. And when you understand its benefits, it's an ideal way to quickly diversify your portfolio and begin compounding your capital. But why do so many people misunderstand it? And why is it so useful? Read on to find out… The simplest way to start in... ››› more
  • [17 January 2014]
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