Financial Planning

How to save during tough times

We currently find ourselves in a market that hasn’t shown any real growth over the past five years and even the most optimistic investors are now starting to panic, especially those who have already retired. With the cost of living rising rapidly, many pensioners are forced to increase their withdrawal rates to well above the […]

Economy

Is there really value hiding somewhere in the South African market?

I have always found the human brain to be a fascinating thing. In school, we had a pupil that was extremely gullible. He would come to school 100% healthy, but from time to time, his friends would play a prank on him by telling him that he didn’t look healthy at all. Lo and behold, […]

Economy

There goes the rand… Yet Again

As South Africans, we have this amazing ability to come up with catchy terms for big events that take place in our country. But just as the USA is running out of female names for hurricanes, it seems that we will also be running out of terms to label local catastrophic events soon, especially when […]

Economy

Cobbler, stick to your last

A few years ago, my sister and her then fiancé, asked me to be master of ceremonies (MC) at their wedding. While he is Dutch and she had settled in Amsterdam many years ago, they decided to have their wedding in South Africa. Shortly before their wedding day, however, I got a call from my […]

Markets & Equities

The differences between SA Multi-Asset Income Funds and Money Market

If we take a look at the following incorrect statements made by individuals over the years, one thing becomes clear, and that is that no single human being is perfect: “While theoretically and technically television may be feasible, commercially and financially I consider it an impossibility, a development of which we need waste little time […]

Markets & Equities

The correlation between shares and interest rates

I have referred to the correlation, or lack thereof, between quite a few ratios and investments in my past writings. But much like Australian Cricket players and sandpaper, when we take a closer look at the relationship between our stock market and interest rate cycles, you will see that these two do in fact go […]

Financial Planning

Saving in offshore investments

We still find ourselves in the month of July, which also happens to be National Savings Month. In my previous three columns, I discussed the importance of saving both before and after retirement. This week, I would like to touch on something that has recently appeared regularly both in the press and on social media: […]

Financial Planning

How to prepare your investments for retirement

It doesn’t matter which social media platform you are using, it’s clear that it’s that time of the year when everybody’s off to some or other holiday destination. Some have to book months, or even years in advance to reserve the perfect spot in the Kruger National Park, while others opt for a more exotic […]

Equity reports

Choose equity unit trust funds for their strengths

Those of you who follow my reports on a regular basis will know that I love to compare and analyse stocks according to different ratios globally in an attempt to identify the best of the best.  I have also pointed out that there isn’t necessarily only one right answer when it comes to investment ratios. […]

Financial Planning

Have realistic growth expectations

“`During my years in this industry, I have met countless investors who simply aim too high with their growth expectations and often refuse to invest according to the risk profile recommended for them. Upon inception, they want to invest as aggressively as possible to achieve the best possible growth, until markets take a turn for […]

Markets & Equities

Dividends are key

We all have that one thing or event that can take you right back to some of the best times in your childhood. I have plenty, but one that will always stand out is playing board games with my family at the dinner table during holidays. Unlike most families, we didn’t play Monopoly or Trivial […]

Financial Planning

Structure your direct offshore investment correctly, from the start

Do your own research and approach emigration and externalisation of assets with exceptional levels of critical thinking, not based on emotions. South Africans are currently facing the difficulty of making financial decisions in light of worrying new headlines. Many investors are grappling with planning ahead and making thorough capital allocation decisions despite high levels of […]

Markets & Equities

The right asset classes for the right reasons

A friend of mine always tells the story of the farmer who bought a few lambs with the intention of expanding his farming activities. He fed them well and placed them in a small pen. He then set up his camping chair next to the pen, so he could keep a close eye on them. […]

Financial Planning Markets & Equities

Funds: Are they poor performers or just being mistreated?

When I mention the names Floyd Mayweather and Connor McGregor, four words come to mind: Top Arrogant World Champions. Both of them are regarded as some of the best in contact sport. Both of them put on a pair of gloves and get into a ring. Both of them want to see their opponents hit […]

Markets & Equities

A look at the South African market in the context of emerging markets.

Bertrand Russel said “Collective fear stimulates herd instinct, and tends to produce ferocity toward those who are not regarded as members of the herd.” This is particularly fitting when we consider investments, as fear and greed are seen as the two main emotions in driving our markets. For this purpose, however, I would like to […]

Economy

If you can measure it, you can manage it

Without numbers, terms such as “chances are” and “probably” would have no real meaning. Without chances and probability, the only way to approach risk would be through fate and destiny. Without numbers, risk would be based on nothing more than a hunch. We live in a world filled with numbers and calculations, whether its the […]

Technology

Is the popularity surrounding technical analyses overdone?

I came across a very interesting comment on social media this week surrounding the technical analyses of shares. In short, this person believes that it is something that gets “way too much” attention on social media. This person continued by saying that a “horrible” technical analysis system combined with an excellent risk/portfolio management system would […]