An interesting article this morning on Moneyweb. One of the beautiful things about owning a property is that the property's price does not appear in the newspaper every weekday (and in bold on the weekend) and so their owners are unable to constantly track the minute-by-minute value of their investment and they are not constantly … Continue reading Another rude awakening for homeowners
Spoiler alert: If this was one of my clients I would have to give them an extreme talking to and, if they didn't agree to follow my advice, I would have to fire them. Moneyweb editor Ryk van Niekerk wrote this article and beat me to to it. I think that it is a good … Continue reading Moneyweb: SA’s budget as a household budget
105-year old Eileen Ash is just as active as she’s ever been. Look at her quality of life! What a brilliant example to us all. We are all living longer and longer and what's the point of that if we don't have a quality of life to enjoy it! Check out this short video... Best … Continue reading Age is just a number
Richard Thaler, a leading light in the field of shedding light on how much our behaviour affects our investment outcomes, has won the 2017 Nobel Prize for Economics. Bloomberg reported that his body of work "includes insights on the ways in which limited rationality, social preferences and a lack of self control affect decisions that … Continue reading Behavioural Economist Richard Thaler wins the 2017 Nobel Prize for Economics
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?
Much has been made of how concentrated our local All Share Index (ALSI) is and how certain companies (like Naspers) have a significant impact on movements of the index. But the ALSI is not unique. The Dow Jones Industrial Average also called DJIA, or simply the Dow, is a stock market index, that shows how 30 large publicly owned companies based … Continue reading How do you like THEM apples?
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