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Investing with a conscience is a winning strategy

Investors can now access a high-performing, diversified portfolio of securities with ethically sound credentials, without sacrificing returns. This type of investing is also called sustainable or socially responsible investment. All of these terms ...

Case Studies

Note: The following case studies are based on hypothetical situations (not real people, but based on a careful analysis of a number of investors), and are designed to provide an understanding of how typical investors can both improve the return of...

Alternative investments and hedge funds – demystified

Learn about the sophisticated strategies used by hedge funds to manage risk—and how these strategies could benefit you. Alternative investments include all investments other than bonds and equities, however, it is the more sophisticated alternative...

How diversified are you … really?

The basic theory behind diversification is to reduce risk by not putting all your eggs in one basket. It sounds simple, but it is one of the most poorly understood areas of investing. Many people think that because they own a dozen or so shares, or...

What you don’t know about risk can hurt you

All investments come with risk Short term government bonds are considered to represent the risk-free rate of return, although history shows the world is littered with defaulted government bonds, so all investments involve some element of risk. At...

Investing – the smart way

Getting off to a good start. Let’s start at the beginning. Assume you haven’t inherited any wealth, and start work with nothing. If you earn a reasonable income, and live prudently, after paying for basic living costs, you should have some funds...

How safe are bricks and mortar?

Many investors only invest in bricks and mortar, believing that, regardless of what else happens, they’ve still got the property. But history tells a different story, with underwhelming price performance in real terms and many pitfalls for this...

What is downside protection and why you need it?

A simple question – what assets do you currently hold that can perform well when asset prices are falling? Most investors have a portfolio that relies heavily on rising asset prices to generate a profit. For example, if you hold property and...