I saw this quote on a site which promotes healthy eating and it reminded me of a conversation I had with a client earlier this week about her financial planning. She was a little embarrassed about "how little she has" and intimidated about working with me to get the best financial future we can. When … Continue reading We all have to start this somewhere. But let’s start!
How often are we taken in by the "Experts", "Gurus" and similar "Talking Heads" who are wont to be seen as seers and prognosticators? They appear on our televisions and in the newspapers that we read and are are a dime a dozen on the popular financial internet sites and will tell us that "the … Continue reading Ignore the “Experts” and make peace with uncertainty
I recently attended Foord Asset Management's Mind of the Manager event which was kicked-off by MD Paul Cluer. Paul reminded us of the story of Pascal's Wager, and illustrated how Foord apply the philosophy of Pascal's tale to how they manage money. Source: Wikipedia Recap: Pascal's Wager Blaise Pascal was a 17th-century French … Continue reading Investing with Pascal’s Wager in mind
Prudential Investment Managers' Johnny Lambridis penned an interesting article last month in the Active/Passive debate. Some of the points he made were: Passive investing is gaining ground in the South African market, mainly due to the (generally) lower fees involved compared to actively managed funds, but also based on some misperceptions stemming largely from the … Continue reading Prudential Investment Managers: Why active management beats passive in South Africa
There are many people who are interested in taking charge of their finances who just don't know where to start. Normally, deciding that you want to do something about your finances AND FOLLOWING THROUGH on that decision by finding someone to help you is a good start. But it can be intimidating. I know that … Continue reading Sometimes just getting organised is the first step in taking charge of your finances
When it comes to your investment outcomes, what is the one most important thing you need to get right? What is the one thing that if you get it right will give you the best chance of meeting your investment goals over the chosen time periods? What is the thing that I as an adviser … Continue reading In investing: What THE most important thing is to get right?
In investing there is a lot of jargon and in order to understand the recommendations which I will make when I work with you, it is important that you understand what various terms mean. Alpha A risk adjusted measure of the “excess return” provided by an investment compared with a benchmark. Alpha can be positive, … Continue reading Investing for beginners: Assets, asset classes, asset allocation & asset managers
Investors frequently want to know what return they can expect from an investment. This is a normal question and the answer is crucial in managing their expectations. An investor who is placed in a product that fails to meet their expectations is sure to be unhappy and likely to want to switch out of it … Continue reading Average returns are not normal
Diversification Diversification is strategy of investing in multiple asset classes and among many securities in an attempt to lower overall investment risk. Whilst we all know that, broadly speaking, equities return more than bonds which return more than cash over time, it is also true that these average returns are not normal. The table below … Continue reading Investing for beginners: Diversification