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  • 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]
  • How to avoid the 20 most common retirement planning mistakes
  • There are so many things you need to consider when planning for your retirement. Of course, there's the obvious retirement planning concerns, like how much you earn and how much debt you have but there are other factors that could leave you scrambling around trying desperately to build up your retirement savings. To help you prepare for your retirement, I've found 20 of the most common ret... ››› more
  • [02 June 2016]
  • The JSE fights hard against negative data
  • Friday morning proved to be a good day on the JSE as it recovered from Thursday's sell-off which was triggered by news that US interest rates will increase sooner than expected. Global markets like the US and Asia are still struggling but the European markets joined the JSE in its recovery. Considering that May is usually the worst month for the JSE, things are not looking as bad as investors... ››› more
  • [23 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]
  • Why cheaper banking is paying off for Capitec
  • Yesterday, Capitec Bank Holdings released its unaudited results for the six months to the end of August. The bank, which boosts the lowest customer fees and charges, is gaining traction in South Africa's consumer banking sector. Capitec's results show it's attracting new customers and its earnings are reflecting this rise. Let's take a closer look… Capitec grows earnings 25% Ca... ››› more
  • [30 September 2015]
  • Unit trusts uncovered: How to work out whether a manager is worth his fees
  • If you're investing in a managed fund, you want benchmark beating performance in return. Otherwise you'd be better off putting your cash into a passive fund, such as an exchange traded fund (ETF), and save yourself the management fees. So how can you work out if a manager is worth the fees he charges? Read on to find out… Four factors to weigh up a unit trust’s performance I... ››› more
  • [27 July 2015]
  • Is your share portfolio really performing as well as you think?
  • The primary reason for investing in shares is to make money. Why else would you put your money at risk on the stock market? To make sure your investments are performing as you think they should, it makes sense to perform an audit every now and again. So how can you check how your shares are really performing? Read on to find out… Working out how much money you’re really making f... ››› more
  • [03 June 2015]
  • How to keep track of the performance of penny stocks and the stock market
  • Whether you have penny stocks on your watch list or have invested in some, you'll want to keep an eye on their performance. Whilst individual shares perform differently on the stock market, they tend to follow an overall trend. So it's worthwhile watching the performance of the overall market and relevant sectors too. So how can you do it? Read on to find out… It’s easy to moni... ››› more
  • [28 April 2015]
  • The impact of deflation on the stock market
  • South Africa has battled with high inflation for a number of years. Only recently has inflation fallen back within the Reserve Bank's target range thanks to the lower oil price. But what happens when deflation hits? What effect does this have on the stock market? Read on to find out… Deflation isn’t something to be scared of The word deflation can make investors start worrying a... ››› more
  • [28 April 2015]
  • The rand continues its path weaker against the dollar
  • After losing ground on Friday, yesterday the rand continued to ebb weaker against the US dollar. The rand is feeling the effects of a strengthening greenback. Speculation over when the US Federal Reserve will hike rates is fuelling the dollar's might. Let's take a closer look at what's going on… The dollar keeps pressure on the rand After starting the day off on a weaker footing, ... ››› more
  • [31 March 2015]
  • Use this novel way to identify investment opportunities
  • If you're always looking for new investment opportunities, one thing you may pay close attention to is market trends. Trends can open up investment opportunities to exploit. So how can you uncover the next big trend? Read on to find out… The relationship between investment performance and online searches Jump back four years and chances are the word Bitcoin wouldn’t have mean... ››› more
  • [30 March 2015]
  • The JSE rallies as Assore soars nearly 30%
  • Following the release of the US Federal Reserve's statement last night, the dollar's recent rally came to an end. This gave commodities a boost during the course of the day. Resource and mining stocks were the best performers, with Assore adding nearly a third to its share price. Let's take a closer look at what went on… Assore climbed 29.58% Mining firm Assore [JSE:ASR] rose a st... ››› more
  • [19 March 2015]
  • How to gauge the performance of the stock market
  • If you want to check how a particular share is doing, you can look at the performance of its share price. You can do this easily online and by looking at share price charts. But when it comes to looking at the performance of the market overall you need to use indexes as a form of measurement. So how do indexes work? And what can you tell from them? Read on to find out… Using i... ››› more
  • [18 February 2015]
  • The rand holds firm after the Reserve Bank keeps interest rates unchanged
  • Yesterday afternoon, the South African Reserve Bank announced that, as expected, it was keeping interest rates unchanged. Since then, the rand has managed to hold its ground. But attention is turning to local data due out this afternoon. Let's take a closer look at what's going on… If consumer inflation continues to ease, the Reserve Bank could slash interest rates The rand manage... ››› more
  • [30 January 2015]
  • The rand weakens slightly as the start of a busy week kicks off
  • After gaining some ground on Friday, the rand weakened slightly against the dollar this morning. But today starts off a week full of local and international data releases. These could have a large bearing on the local currency. Let's take a closer look at what's going on… The rand comes under pressure After benefitting at the end of last week from the Swiss’ decision to scrap it... ››› more
  • [19 January 2015]
  • Commodity stocks drag the JSE sharply lower as the World Bank slashes growth forecasts
  • Yesterday, commodity stocks around the globe fell sharply. This came after the World Bank cut its economic global growth forecast. This weighed heavily on commodity stocks as worries about demand resulted in a massive sell-off hitting the sector. This dragged the JSE down over 3%. Let's take a closer look at what happened… Commodity stocks put severe pressure on the JSE The pri... ››› more
  • [15 January 2015]
  • The rand recoups most of the year's losses as US wage growth disappoints
  • Today, the rand is trading near its strongest level so far for 2015. The local currency has been under pressure as global investors shunned emerging market assets. Friday's non-farm payroll data did better than analysts expected. But concerns relate to the slow growth of average wages. This news fuelled speculation that the US Federal Reserve (Fed) won't hike rates until at least the middle ... ››› more
  • [12 January 2015]
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