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Are blue chips a great investment?

Are blue chips a great investment?

Dr Andrew Dittberner, Chief Investment Officer at Cannon Asset Managers, warns of the danger of confusing “big” with “great”. Conventional wisdom tells us that large, established companies are a safer and better investment option than smaller...

Have I got the right investment?

Have I got the right investment?

Makabongwe writes: I believe in investing for growth but I don't have sufficient knowledge about unit trusts. Currently I have invested in Allan Gray unit trusts via debit order. I am worried that I have not selected the correct funds, namely the...

Investing in South Africa is still a good plan

Investing in South Africa is still a good plan

By Bruce Williamson, Chief Investment Officer at Imara Asset Management South Africa. Bad news around power outages, the rand, public sector shortcomings and the industrial relations climate is drowning out an important message for local investors:...

What to consider when investing internationally

What to consider when investing internationally

By Tracy Muller, Head: Fiduciary at Nedbank Private Wealth Individuals are often driven to invest internationally for the wrong reasons, as emotions override financial acumen. They often only consider investing internationally when the rand starts...

Aggressive investment needed for sufficient retirement outcomes

Aggressive investment needed for sufficient retirement outcomes

What levels of real growth are needed for a comfortable retirement outcome?  Are retirement funds investing aggressively enough to achieve this? Barend Ritter, Portfolio Manager at Sanlam Investments, takes a stand and makes a case for equities. In...

Caution needed during this ‘risk-on’ party

Caution needed during this ‘risk-on’ party

By Shaun Ruiters, head of Retail Strategy and Solutions at Sanlam Investments. The first quarter of 2015 was once again dominated by strong returns in the equity markets, both locally and globally. Locally the FTSE/JSE All Share Index delivered...

Investing overseas: capital preservation in uncertain times

Investing overseas: capital preservation in uncertain times

By Derry Pickford, Macro Analyst at Ashburton Investments (@AshburtonInvest) Two esteemed US Economics Professors, Maurice Obstfeld and Kenneth Rogoff called it one of the six great puzzles in macroeconomics: "home bias". Why do investors keep so...

What to do if you’ve cashed in your pension fund

What to do if you’ve cashed in your pension fund

The continued mass resignations and cashing-in of pension funds by employees belonging to the Government Employees Pension Fund is a concern that has been highlighted widely. The biggest risk in withdrawing your pension fund is the issue of...

Which investment option is best for you?

Which investment option is best for you?

Beata Carstens, a certified financial planner from Veritas Wealth, explains that deciding on the best vehicle for your hard-earned money ultimately depends on your investment goals. There is such a plethora of investment options available on the...

Don’t chase market performance

Don’t chase market performance

Steven Nathan, CEO of 10X Investments, warns investors not to be influenced by short-term market performance. Every year, legendary investor Warren Buffett's annual letter to shareholders offers valuable investment advice. In his most recent...

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Facebook taking a shotgun approach to capital allocation

With technology companies much in the news recently, RECM’s Paul Whitburn says valuing companies such as Facebook involves more questions than the asset manager is comfortable with. While Facebook’s share price continues to run, RECM prefers to invest in companies...

Bad start for equities in 2014: is it time to panic?

By Alwyn van der Merwe, Director of investments, Sanlam Private Investments With global equities down by 3.7% in January and local equities losing 2.4% of their value, it almost feels like an own goal or an intercept try was scored in the opening moments of the match....

Watching TV news is bad for you

Lara Warburton of Imara Asset Management warns of the dangers for investors of paying too much attention to the news. Do you want to avoid making bad investment decisions? If you do, a good start is to avoid too much bad news on TV; especially now that the...

Investment opportunities in turbulent times

South African investors need to be aware of the difference between risky businesses and risky investments, as often the confusion between these can result in missing out on opportunities within the current market environment. This is according to Piet Viljoen,...

Where should your investment money go?

In the face of volatile global equity markets and structural economic challenges, there is much debate around what investors can expect going forward. At times like these, it is worth remembering that investment has always been about taking risk in the face of...

Why RECM has done a turnaround on mining companies

In 2009, value-based asset manager RECM was very vocal about the fact that mining companies – the market darlings of the time – were both overvalued and over-owned. In addition, it was of the opinion that these companies were poorly managed and their business models...

Is the time right to invest offshore?

Geoff Blount, CEO of Cannon Asset Managers, explains the different valuations of South Africa’s super sectors and presents a view on whether the time is right to invest offshore. With the JSE FTSE All Share Index hovering near record levels, investors may be wondering...

Four questions to ask when investing

“I have R100 000 I want to invest. The only debt I have is vehicles and school fees. Where should I invest my money?” writes Simon. Maya replies: Where to invest depends on your personal circumstances and it is always a good idea to get good financial advice. There...

Simple investment philosophy for long-term growth

Marriott, the Income Specialists, remind us that an investment philosophy for long-term growth is what we should all be focusing on. In the first half of 2013, investors experienced a stark reminder that adopting a short-term focus can lead to tears: a global sell-off...

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