Tag: investing

There is a world of options when it comes to investing. Even a small amount can go far. Stick with it and it will work.

One of the most frequent questions I get is: “What can I invest in as a first-time investor who doesn’t have a big cash flow?”

This question excites me, as there are quite a few options available to investors, regardless of what they can afford. It goes to show that investing is not for the rich only,

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According to annual BEE.conomics Transformation in SA Asset Management Survey published by 27four Investment Managers, there are currently 48 black asset management firms in South Africa and they manage only 10% or R490.3bn of the R5 trillion industry.

While there has been growth in the number black fund managers and their assets under management in the past couple of years, it has been painstakingly slow. So, why is this? Why don’t we have more black fund managers?

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George Soros once said, “If investing is entertaining, if you’re having fun, you’re probably not making any money. Good investing is boring.”

Investor Psychology is about the behaviour of investors; what they believe, how they act, what they do both in times of the bull market and bear market.

For most individuals, especially in South Africa the word investing in itself is not understood very well. I have had clients before who would ask me,

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In the investment world, there are some things that hold truth whether you are a new investor or a seasoned investor. Here are 5 Keys to successful investing across the different asset classes (i.e. Equity, Cash, Property, Bonds)

1.  Have a financial road-map/goal

The first key to successful investing is to have a clear financial goal. Ask yourself WHY are you investing? This will inform how long you want to invest and it will dictate the risk you can afford to take. 

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Time to burst those myths!


Myth 1.                        You need bucket loads of money to start

I did an Instagram live session and a Facebook live session on investing for beginners, in this session, I showed how easy it is to start investing. Investing doesn’t have to be intimidating or scary and you certainly don’t need tons of money to start. You can start small and build up from there.

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What is a unit trust?

  • A Unit trust is a type of investment that makes it easy and affordable for the “man on the street” to invest in the financial markets.
  • Your funds are pooled together with other investors’ money to invest in underlying asset classes by an investment company.
  • These assets classes include: Equity, Property, Bonds and Cash.  These assets classes can be South African or off-shore.

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Every time you get a salary increase, whether through change of jobs, a promotion or through a performance appraisal, you have the opportunity to do something powerful with it. Instead of inflating your lifestyle to match your new income, here are a few ideas to move you closer to reaching financial independence:

  1. Use your increase to aggressively pay off debt

Debt is like having a rope tied around your ankle pulling a 20kg weight,

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Saving is money set aside for future planned and unplanned (emergency fund) requirements; and the money must be easily accessible. For example, money in a 32-day notice account or a normal savings account.

Saving is important as it does not only create good money habits but having money that is easily accessible for a rainy day is one of the best ways to guarantee that you stick to your financial plan. However, most savings plans do not offer an interest rate of more than 6.5%,

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To some the word “investment” can be intimidating and something that is only accessible to the wealthy. And as such it can leave those apathetic, resulting in a reluctance to understand the importance of investing and the critical role it plays in one’s future prosperity. Other jargon and seemingly technical areas such as taxation, legislation and of course risk scare people even further away from engaging with their investment needs.
However, the truth is that if you are employed and are a member of a retirement (either pension or provident) fund you are already investing.

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