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  • The three “Don'ts” when looking for an offshore safe haven
  • Around decades ago, offshore investing was only available to ultra-high net worth investors; but we've come a long way since then. Now you can invest in markets across America, Asia, Africa…you name it. And this makes the idea of offshore investing not only interesting, but downright exciting too. However, just as there are endless opportunities out there for you to choose from, ther... ››› more
  • [21 September 2017]
  • The biggest mistake you can make when building an offshore portfolio
  • I call it the “offshore investment conundrum”. Investors have no clue where to invest or what to invest in, leaving their cash exposed to unpredictable economic and political events. Investing in just any old offshore product will cost you time and more importantly, money. While I admire the ambition of investors to identify opportunities elsewhere, the fact of the matter is, over half of ... ››› more
  • [24 July 2017]
  • Putting a few eggs in other baskets is easier than you think
  • Imagine a country with massive amounts of natural resources. The richest economy in its region. However, there are signs of trouble, including rising inequality and societal unrest. To combat this the government is turning to populism by taxing the rich, confiscating assets and dramatically increasing the redistribution of funds to the poor. This is not South Africa in 2017 I am t... ››› more
  • [16 March 2017]
  • Investing offshore 101: Taking on currency risk
  • Investing offshore has its advantages. By investing in offshore markets, you diversify your portfolio. This helps to lower your overall risk. But by investing offshore, you take on currency risk. So what is currency risk? What does it mean for your investments? And can you avoid currency risk? Read on to find out… What is currency risk? Currency risk is a risk you take on wh... ››› more
  • [07 August 2015]
  • The tax implications of investing offshore
  • Investing offshore is a great way to add some diversification to your portfolio. By investing in different markets across the world, you can gain access to companies and sectors that are simply not available to invest in here in SA. Investing offshore can also help protect you against the rand depreciating. If the rand weakens, your offshore profits can grow faster. So if you decide to inves... ››› more
  • [07 August 2015]
  • How to buy ‘safe' stocks overseas while the Eurozone crumbles
  • Greece's stock exchange is closed today (29 June 2015). After creditors refused to extend the country's bailout, we have queues of worried Hellenes lining up to withdraw their money. And now, we're all waiting for that big decision. But there's something you also need to know. Alex Tsipras (the new prime minister of Greece), is anti-government interference. This means the Syriza political... ››› more
  • [30 June 2015]
  • Five tips to help you find good offshore investment opportunities
  • If you're looking to broaden your investment horizons by putting some of your money to work offshore, you need to conduct your due diligence first. You must do this before parting with any of your cash. Unfortunately there are some unscrupulous individuals out there trying to swindle investors out of their hard-earned money. So what should you check out? Read on to find out… Inves... ››› more
  • [24 June 2015]
  • The benefits of international investing
  • When it comes to investing, shares on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange aren't your only option. You could take some of your capital and put it to work in international markets. So what are the benefits of international investing? Read on to find out… International investing minimises your exposure to tax International investing can minimise the taxes you pay to the South African... ››› more
  • [23 June 2015]
  • Why you should invest offshore
  • The underlying reason for investing offshore is to benefit from offshore diversification. Diversification reduces your overall investment risk by investing in different assets that have unrelated returns. So what are the other benefits of investing offshore? And how should you spread your offshore investments? Read on to find out… The real reason to invest offshore Offshore div... ››› more
  • [12 June 2015]
  • Your step-by-step guide to preparing to invest offshore
  • If you invest on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange, have you given any thought to the investment opportunities that lie offshore? By putting your money to work offshore, not only can you lower your overall portfolio risk, but you can gain access to investments just not available to investors in South Africa. Read on to discover how you can get started investing offshore… The world real... ››› more
  • [08 June 2015]
  • How to make the best investment decisions with your money offshore
  • If you want to successfully invest offshore, many of the principles are the same as investing in South Africa. So how can you decide on the best investments for you? Read on to find out… Investing offshore principle #1: Look at long-term performance When looking at different offshore investment opportunities, look at how they’ve performed over the past ten years or so. This wi... ››› more
  • [05 June 2015]
  • Offshore investing uncovered: What can you invest in?
  • If you're contemplating putting your money to work offshore, have you given much thought to what you're going to invest in? Stocks may be the first thing that comes to mind, but there are a number of other considerations. Read on to find out more… Four ways to put your money to work offshore Offshore investing vehicle #1: Stocks By investing in offshore stocks, you’ll find ... ››› more
  • [03 June 2015]
  • Seven key factors to consider when investing offshore
  • Investing offshore gives you the opportunity to invest in sectors and companies you don't have access to on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange. But before you jump into exploring offshore investment opportunities, it's important to keep some key factors in mind to help you find the right investment. Read on to find out what these factors are… Explore these aspects before investing offsh... ››› more
  • [02 June 2015]
  • The easy way to invest in international markets
  • Investing in international markets is a great way of diversifying your portfolio. International markets may perform differently to stocks in South Africa. And you'll be able to gain exposure to stocks you can't invest directly on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange. Investing in international markets also helps to protect yourself against rand weakness. So what's the easiest way to invest in ... ››› more
  • [01 June 2015]
  • The benefits of making offshore investments
  • A diversified portfolio is a good way to lower your investment risk. This includes investing in different types of assets and investing in different sectors. To gain optimum diversification, you should include offshore investments in your portfolio. So what are the benefits of investing offshore? And what offshore markets should you look to? Let's take a closer look… The benefits ... ››› more
  • [17 October 2014]
  • What type of offshore investments should you opt for?
  • When it comes to investing offshore, you may think you're only option is putting your cash into shares. But you have another couple of options to consider too. Different investment opportunities comes with varying amounts of risk. It's crucial you're happy with the risk you take on before investing. So what should you look for in offshore investments? And what types of offshore investments a... ››› more
  • [07 October 2014]
  • Global community looks on South African risk of social unrest with dismay
  • Social unrest is on the rise around the world. People are peeved about austerity measures, unfair labour practices, and low wages. They're engaging in every kind of protest—from middle class revolts to violent rioting. Some revolts happen in direct response to economic stress (like in Greece and Spain) and others happen as citizens get fed-up with dictators (like in the Middle East). Countries c... ››› more
  • [02 January 2014]
  • How to get rich after South Africa strikes out with foreign investors
  • South African labour unions are not having as much success bullying foreign investors as they have with the government… International firms like BMW, frustrated by the losses they're incurring due to strikes, are threatening to call off their plans for expansion. Who can blame them? The most recent fiasco cost the motor vehicle sector about R20bn and slashed exports by 75%! The outlook... ››› more
  • [09 October 2013]
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