Tag - Ponzi scheme

How to avoid buying into hype

When looking at investment opportunities, it isn’t always that easy to separate out the sizzle from the steak. What do Bernie Madoff, Barry Tannenbaum and Sharemax have in common? They started as credible organisations run by known people – people who also knew how to create allure and marketing buzz – SIZZZLE. And they all had an...

How do you know it is a ponzi scheme?

PODCAST The recent Western Cape Relative Value Arbitrage Fund (RAVF) scandal that led to suicide shooting of Julian Williams by his associate, Herman Pretorius, is estimated to have lost investors around R1.8 billion. While investors, and financial advisers who recommended the fund, throw up their hands and say “how could we have known”, the...