South Africa’s Best Unit Trusts

unit-trustsMost responsible brokers and financial advisors recommend investing over the long term. Unlike day-trading and short-term investments which often see investors losing money as they chase the ‘next big thing’ on the stock market, long term investment allows your portfolio to grow at a stable rate over the years and decades, while guarding your investments against short-term fluctuations in the markets. Continue reading

Joint Mortgage Bonds: Making Property Investments Affordable

Joint Mortgage BondWith the cost of property in South Africa having increased significantly over the past ten years, and in the current economic climate which has seen banks tightening their lending requirements, many investors are opting to pair up with friends, family and colleagues to purchase secondary properties. If you’re considering this option as a means of investing in property more affordably, there are a few considerations to bear in mind: Continue reading

Assessing a Franchise Opportunity

franchise-opportunityFranchises have become a popular choice for investors who have a reasonably large sum of money on hand, and would like to take a hands-on role in wealth creation. Buying a franchise has several advantages: you are investing in an established brand that customers may be familiar with, and you are given access to a supply chain that covers all the basic materials you will need to run your business.

However, for every benefit there is a possible disadvantage and the ability to judge the risk of a franchise will stand you in good stead when making an investment decision. Continue reading

Actively Managed Portfolios: The Keys to Wealth-Building

managed-portfoliosDeciding to invest in shares or unit trusts is a brave step for many people, especially those who are a little risk-averse. Though these investment instruments may be more risky that just depositing money in the bank, the potential returns can transform your small savings into a sizeable fund that could provide you with the lifestyle you strive for and secure your financial future well into retirement.

Most clients opt to use the services of a broker when buying shares, and if your broker also acts as a sound financial advisor you should receive quality financial guidance. When it comes to shares, most financial services companies offer a range of funds – each one with a different level of risk and expected return. There are two general categories of fund that clients should be aware of: actively managed funds and passive funds. Continue reading