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  1. 3 points
    Hi all, I recently wanted to compare fixed deposit rates across different banks. I realised that there is no such thing as a quick comparison of the fixed deposit rates. Sites like mytreasury.co.za and hippo.co.za require contact details (& they ended up sales calling me - arghh) & only give a partial view. So I ended up going to each banking website. Some banks quote nominal rates. Others effective (yay for effective annual rates), others simple interest and then others come up with their own terminology. Frustrating. Anyway, it took me a while, but I ended up understanding what the banks are quoting on their website & converted all the rates to effective rates. Here are the results of my findings, which have been made public at www.ratecompare.co.za. Best 3 month rates - African Bank & Discovery Best 6 month rates - African Bank, Discovery, Capitec Best 12 month - African Bank, Sasfin, Discovery Best 2 year - African Bank & SA Retail Bonds Best 3 year Sasfin & SA Retail, Capitec Best 5 year - African Bank, SA Retail and Capitec
  2. 3 points
    Just thought I would put this out there....I have a Telegram chat channel where we talk about bitcoin mostly, as well as other cryptocurrencies. If you want to ask a specific question, or would like to just chat casually about bitcoin / crypto with other people in South Africa, check it out. The channel is informal, and it is not a trading signals channel or anything really technical. Its mainly for casual chat about crypto. If you are on telegram, come and visit! https://t.me/bitcoinzarchat
  3. 3 points
    Black Friday will take place Friday, 29 November 2019. When you come accross good Black Friday deals please post them there I will keep a list in the OP with all the good deals and participating stores. Please post what items you are looking for then we can all look around for deals on the day. Personally I would like to buy a 55" to 65" TV and whatever MTN deal is good this year. Companies participating in Black Friday 2019: Takealot: https://www.takealot.com/promotion/bluedotsale OneDayOnly: https://www.onedayonly.co.za/ Wootware: https://www.wootware.co.za/black-friday/ Makro: https://www.makro.co.za/black-friday MTN: URL to be confirmed AC Direct: https://acdirect.co.za/product-category/black-friday/ CellC: URL to be confirmed Pick n Pay: https://www.pnp.co.za/pnpstorefront/pnp/en/blackfriday HiFi Corporation: URL to be confirmed Checkers: URL to be confirmed BidorBuy: @Bandit https://www.bidorbuy.co.za/blackfriday The Pro Shop: https://www.theproshop.co.za/promotion/black-friday Cybercellar: URL to be confirmed Game: https://www.game.co.za/game-za/en/black-friday-2019 Dion Wired: URL to be confirmed Woolworths: https://www.woolworths.co.za/dept/_/N-1gdu29e Clicks: https://clicks.co.za/brands/blackfriday Digicape: https://www.digicape.co.za/black-friday Dial-a-Bed: URL to be confirmed PiShop: URL to be confirmed DIY Electronics: https://www.diyelectronics.co.za/store/304-black-friday RSA WEB: https://www.rsaweb.co.za/ftth-black-friday-cyber-monday/ Dion-Wired-Black-Friday.pdf CNA-Black-Friday.pdf MICA-Black-Friday.pdf Dischem.pdf Vodacom Black-Friday_7.pdf Game-black-friday-book1.pdf game-black-friday-book2.pdf Samsung Black Friday Specials 2019.pdf Mitabyte Black Friday 2019.pdf Pick-n-Pay-Black-Friday.pdf Neon Sales Black Friday Catalog 2019.pdf checkers-black-friday.pdf MSC-Black-Friday.pdf Adidas_BlackFriday_Franchise_Store.pdf Samsung_Black_Friday_Catalogue.pdf Hirschs BF 2019.pdf Baby City Black Friday.pdf Cell C Black Friday.pdf MTN Black Friday 2019.pdf MTN Business 2019 Black Friday Deals Flyer.pdf Malls Tiles Black Friday.pdf Telkom Black Friday Deals.pdf
  4. 3 points
    It was a tough choice between Discovery Bank and FNB, because I have posted before asking about ebucks and we have quite a few threads about it. I did set out to open an FNB account, but had endless hassles online and it ultimately required me to go into a branch so they are out - I do not want to rely on a branch in 2020 for banking. I then decided oh well let's give Discovery Bank a try, maybe I get a good deal from Virgin Active from this exercise, because make no mistake they (Discovery) are the most expensive bank in SA. Here is a link to all the accounts available on Discovery. If you read this thread, pop over to this FNB vs Discovery Bank thread first to see some of the pros and cons of each and whilst you are at it there is a great thread about FNB's Ebucks as well to give further insight in what is available in the South African banking landscape today in terms of rewards and loyalty programs. Anyway to get back to the point I'll try to write this the same as I did for the How to open a TymeBank Bank Account thread. Speaking of Tymebank to open a Discovery Bank account was relatively straight forward, but nothing compares to Tymebank that process is smooth and quick it took me less than 5 minutes to open a Tymebank account, it took about an hour fiddling with files and setting up syncing etc to get everything ready for the FICA process of Discovery, I will get to that in a moment. How to open a Discovery Bank Account Step 1: Register on this page (it won't work if you go straight to the app, you'll sit in a queue) - where the button says leave your details, fill that in. You will then receive instructions with a formatting issue telling you to go login on the app. Step 2: Download the Discovery Bank app and then login using the ID Number you registered with in Step 1. Step 3: Follow the instructions to FICA your account and you are done. When you do Step 3 they will ask you for various documents which you need to upload from your phone (there is no website just an app) this means you need to make sure those files are on your phone. In my case I logged on to Rawson on the PC and downloaded my latest Invoice and Lease Agreement. I then uploaded that to dropbox and I then downloaded and synced dropbox with my phone, but the Discovery App cannot access dropbox, so you need to go to dropbox on your phone and then "export" the pdfs to your phone (save it to the device) then it should sit in your phone's download folder, you can then through the Discovery Bank app navigate to your downloads folder and upload the files. I did the same for my Capitec bank statements. I logged into Capitec on the website and then downloaded the last 3 months worth of bank statements and then synced it to my phone through dropbox and exported it to enable Discovery's app to access it. Once that schlep is done you should get an SMS and E-mail to welcome you. I received a call from the courier company about 3 hours later confirming my delivery address, because they will deliver your Discovery Credit Card to you. There is the option for you to collect it as well, but I am paying them R400 per month so I ticked the "deliver it" option even though the bank's office is down the road - sorry, not sorry. Notes: There is ZERO website - I do not know what on earth they are thinking and I am not a predictions man, but I am fairly sure South Africa is not ready for a "App only" bank not in Infrastructure to make that happen and most certainly not in education and access (expensive data, limited coverage and cost of beefy "capable of driving a bloated banking app" phones.) Besides the "infrastructure" shortfall there is also the compromise angle - Alternatives exist so why would I want to use the app to pull and print statements when I can log onto Capitec or FNB on the website and do a lot more administrative tasks more efficiently. This comes back to earlier about Tymebank, they are an App based bank, but when you want to make use of power features and do administrative tasks the website is there and your PC is connected to the printer and have excel on it to pull your CSVs into - Goodluck trying to do that with discovery without going through a whole process between devices and using third party apps to sync it all. Like @SimonPB would say "make no bones about it" this app only approach will make it more difficult for less technologically-adept customers to print out bank statements and facilitate transactions. Concerns: I found quite a few formatting issues and some bugs (screen would freeze if you navigate between transactions and pay) I reported this to them, but have not gotten anything back and they don't respond to it on twitter either. Normally that won't bother me, but if you are going to be an expensive bank without any physical presence then I expect you to be around 24 / 7. The app is also sluggish, but I suspect that is due to latency since it appears they use AWS as well. Overall my entire experience with Discovery Banking so far is perfectly summed up by @Bandit With that said one thing I am excited about (as a Discovery shareholder) is the fact that Discovery (JSE DSY) now have a key insight into all aspects of our lives from health and insurance all the way to banking. This should in theory put Discovery in a position to do incredibly advance psychometric analysis on its users and map psychological traits for risk evaluation. As someone with a very keen interest in behavioral psychology this aspect fascinates me especially when it comes to credit facilities because with the transactional banking data Discovery can now create a far more accurate risk assessment based on who you really are not what you have done in the past. Bonus: Here's some screenshots of the app
  5. 3 points
    STXEMG + STXWDM = ASHGEQ Well more or less...
  6. 3 points
    Great to see forum members discuss DCX10 here - we are honoured! Owning the market weighted index of the top 10 Crypto's is not the holy grail of Crypto investing, but historically it has outperformed Bitcoin by a margin of roughly 50%. Past performance is of course no guarantee of future returns, but we think the index will beat Bitcoin again. The timeframe is uncertain though. If you're comfortable with this position, 1% per annum fee for the convenience of managing the composition of the index, fades into insignificance compared to the outperformance. Happy to discuss more...
  7. 3 points
    Good day all, Our questions 1) If we need R50k a month to survive when we retire how much do we need to have invested in total ? 2) If the South African government implemented prescribed investments would it affect any investments which are not RA's ? Any input would be greatly appreciated. Have a great weekend all. Sideways
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    While there is certainly merit to the argument that on average, in the long run, passive investments perform at least as well as, if not better, than actively managed investments, the funds in which Momentum has invested your money (ie. Allan Gray, Coronation, Investec etc) have had phenomenal performance since their inception, and they are certainly not just your average actively managed funds. These funds are among the best South Africa has to offer with returns beating the benchmark year after year. Also remember that offshore has its (important) cons as well as its merits. While offshore investments may serve as a Rand hedge, they simply cannot keep up with our inflation. Even with the annual average 4% drop in the Rand, the 2-4% growth typical of global growth, even when combined with Rand depreciation, does not usually beat South Africa's 6.5 - 8% inflation. South African markets do tend to perform a few percent higher than inflation though, and I'm pretty sure that if you look at your Momentum fund returns, you're probably close to 11% annual return over the past 10 years after the 2% costs have been deducted, even though the market has been flat. In every/any chosen period longer than 10 years (10-years, 15 years etc) South African investments have beaten the offshore average, even when compounded with Rand depreciation. I'm wary of moving too much money offshore. Consensus at the moment is that 30-40% of your money offshore presents the optimal risk to reward ratio. Also bear in mind that 30 -35% of your Momentum fund is already invested offshore. If it were me, I'd keep the bulk of the money with Momentum. Especially since you're 55, the actively managed approach, which switches between bonds, stocks and cash as the market fluctuates, decreases your risk significantly. The good thing about managed funds is that they limit the downside, while they may underperform passive investments slightly during strong bull markets. At 55, preserving your wealth is definitely more important than high-risk growth. So yes, I personally do believe that moving your Momentum investment to passive investments would be a mistake in your case. If it were me, I'd keep the R5.5M right where it is! (The extra R2M is only a quarter of your portfolio so it seems a reasonable amount to put in the higher risk passive funds as you have done.)
  9. 3 points
    Hi all. I had joined here in March of 2017, but don't think I ever did a proper introduction. I live in KZN on the North Coast for now. I started realizing the need to get into investing, diversifying and saving some capital instead of living pay check to pay check which dwindles before your eyes in our current economy. I started with Easy Equities in 2017, investing in some companies with a percentage of my salary I could afford to loose. Then trading and charts got the better of me and I started learning the ropes via online resources and trial and error, I feel fairly confident with technical analysis on charts now but do know that every day I learn something new and the markets are unpredictable to an extent, If you have some strick money managment rules in place (using consistent win/loss ratios with your stop losses and take profits) and have an edge in reading charts you can become profitable with patience. This lead me to forex and cryptocurrencies due to there massive percent movement in a short space of time. Have been doing a lot of day trading, swing trading and have had my fair share of gains and losses (rollercoaster indeed), have gained and still gaining invaluable experience. I am truly enjoying this field and wish for it to become my main source of income very soon. I am a "Gamer ish" and spend a lot of time at the computer so this fits my lifestyle perfectly. If I can share my experience and thoughts here with others who are looking at doing similar, that would make me happy. Cheers and good luck out there for now. Don't fomo, patience.
  10. 2 points
    So I recently found myself doing a fee comparison between 10x (I am currently with 10x), Outvest, EasyEquities and Sygnia. Results: The cheapest platform depends on your RA value. Outvest is cheapest once you hit +/- R450k Below that Sygnia is typically cheapest. I made my research results freely available in the form of an interactive calculator. Here it is. https://mymoneytree.co.za/calculator/ra/
  11. 2 points
    Here is a helpful interactive calculator which shows the cheapest RAs in SA for different RA values. Calculate here.
  12. 2 points
    Desperately looking for a pair of Galaxy buds. Hauwei Freebuds Lite are on sale but would prefer Galaxy Buds if there is a good deal.
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    @Njabulo Nsibande @Spreadsheet Ranger @Groovy @SaurusDNA
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    A thread on the The money challenge #2019MoneyChallenge Here’s how it works Months are assigned a number from 1-12 Jan = 1 Feb= 2 Mar= 3 And so on to Dec = 12 We then have a multiplier lets 2 and an example. how this then works is you multiply the multiplier by the months’s respective value i.e 2 in the case of Feb. So Feb would be 2 * 2, then you multiply the results by Rands you want to start with, could be for now lets use R100. So in total you would have Jan = (1 * 2) * R100= R200 Feb = (2*2) * R100 = R400 Mar = (3*2)* R100 = 600 And so on till Dec = (12*2)*R100= R2400 In total you would then save R15600 over the 12 months Whats cool about this is you can change the “Rands” value and the “multiplier” value to suit your goals and afffordability Examples Multiplier = 0.5 Rands= 50 Jan = (1 * 0.5) *R50 = 25 Feb = (2 * 0.5) *R50 = R50 Mar = (3 * 0.5) * R50 = R75 …… Dec (12 * 0.5) *R50 Total = 1950 Last example Multiplier =3 Rands= 200 Jan = (1 * 3) * R200 = R600 Feb = (2 * 3) * R200 = R1200 Mar = (3 * 3) * R200 = R1800 … Dec = (12 * 3 ) * R200= R7200 So depending on where you are in life financially you can start snow balling into higher savings rate. From small amounts to big amounts.
  16. 2 points
    https://www.houseandhome.co.za/cat/Nov19/RSABlackFriday/index.html
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    /does happy dance: https://www.sharenet.co.za/free/sens/disp_news.phtml?tdate=20191031100000&seq=22&scheme=default
  18. 2 points
    So it's that time of the year again. I'm bored and prone to messing around with something that works. Buying a house wrecked my saving powers for a bit now I'm fortunate enough to top up my TFSA for the year. I already missed out on making any contributions last year because of said house and really didn't want a repeat. So with everything back on track I log into EasyEquities to take a good look at what my account is doing. I knew it was doing well but it is still nice to see a portfolio with everything in the green. Just goes to show: like nature conservation, time plus less human contact is about the best thing you can do for your investments. With that being said, let's change things! (I'm an anarchist). Over the last few years I moved everything to offshore ETFs. Considering my house, RA and pension all being very much exposed to SA I think it is a good idea to get maximum offshore exposure with your other investments. Currently it looks like this: CSP500 (stopped contributing to it in favour of STXWDM) STXWDM STXNDQ (30%) Knowing very well what I just said about international exposure, I thought about introducing PTXTEN back into the mix. CoreShares will amalgamate this and PTXSPY into a new ETF in the near future (not exactly sure of the date) and the changes they are making looks good to me. There's also the ETF5IT ETF from Stanlib which looks more tech concentrated than STXNDQ and maybe it is worth investing in GLODIV instead of STXWDM (the reason: although not a lot, it does pay some dividends and performance is not that far off the MSCI World). It is not heavy on tech stocks at all but STXNDQ/ETF5IT makes up for that. I can sell everything in my TFSA, start again and come up with something like this: PTXTEN / SA Property - 30% GLODIV / Offshore - 45% EFT5IT / Tech - 25% But because I may not want to incur extra cost for selling off (too many) funds in place of others, maybe something like this makes more sense: STXWDM (freeze it) and start contributing the GLODIV PTXTEN (in favour of the CSP500 already in there) STXNDQ (freeze it) and start contributing to EFT5IT ....told you it was the silly season
  19. 2 points
    Option 1: Takealot for around R1680 Option 2: From their site for R976 + customs/import (https://shop.ledger.com/products/ledger-nano-s) Free shipping from DHL (3 business days) Question: Does anyone know what the import costs will be payable on this? Read around that in SA it could be around 15% VAT and 10% Duty = +25% (total costs R1220) Are there other costs? If R1220 is the case it's a way better deal to buy direct plus you can choose your Nano S color (I want Transparent )
  20. 2 points
    It's hard to know which local ETFs are best to invest in. At least with the offshore ones, ASHGEQ or STXWDM are no-brainers and either of them serves as excellent all-rounders. But locally, we don't get "All-rounders" of the same quality. Your Top40 and Top50 ETFs are market capped and you end up having 70% of your money in four or five shares, which is certainly not great. Then, there are the myriad of smart beta ETFs, each claiming to have a better methodology than the rest, but all untested. So for now, with my local ETFs, I have one third of my local portion of my TFIA in the new multi-factor SMART, one third in the momentum methodology NFEMOM and a third in quality shares with great fundamentals (STXQUA). But if you had to choose just one (or two) local ETFs, what would it be and why?
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    Ok so I had some spare time. Browsed through all the SA banks' websites, scraped their fixed deposit rates, read the fine print and converted them to effective annual rates. I have made this research public & now you can see all of SA's fixed deposit rates on offer at https://www.ratecompare.co.za . I plan to update the rates on a monthly basis. Comments welcome for other banks to add or any feedback in general. I hope someone can draw value from this!
  22. 2 points
    @Bandit - thanks . Jack has been addressed & now features a light colour.
  23. 2 points
    You as an individual cannot open a pension fund. The company you work for can. As an individual, you can open an RA. RA - matures at retirement age. You'll then be able to buy an annuity with it which will provide you with income. Other than that, the only way to get money out of an RA is to formally emigrate or you have to prove that you'll basically die if that money doesn't become available (I've only heard of this, can imagine that it is borderline impossible). Pension - when you leave your current place of employment you'll have four options: Take the Pension money and move it into an RA Move the pension money to your new employer's pension fund Take the money and run (you'll pay tax on it) Move it to a preservation fund Preservation fund uses the same type of funds (regulation 28) as your pension and RA does, however you have the option of withdrawing from the fund once before retirement. Not sure if that restriction is per fund or per tax entity (you). Personally, I have a pension fund at 10x and an RA at Allan Gray. When I leave my current place of employment I will move my pension to a preservation fund. If I had to start an RA and only have one - 10x.
  24. 2 points
    Hey guys, This thread also got me looking at my tfsa. Would it be advisable to get rid of either my coreshares top50 or satrix divi plus, and use that to invest in ptxten ? I currently have 11K in each. Top50 is currently 3.9% down (- R470) Divi plus is currently 1.2% down (-149) Or would it be better to start from scratch with ptxten ? Thanks.
  25. 2 points
    If I were to choose just one ETF to invest in, without a doubt in my mind, it would be the Ashburton Global 1200 Equity ETF (ASHGEQ). If I had to choose just one, I would never go country specific like US or Japan - this just has too much concentration risk - get a bad president or a war in that country and might just lose all your money - I'd definitely go for a world index. Therefore, from your list, I'd immediately disqualify SYGJP and SYGUS. From the two world ETFs on your list, both STXWDM and SYGWD track the same index but Sygnia charges double the fees. Therefore it gets disqualified too. So we are left with STXWDM, which is an excellent ETF and would be my second choice after ASHGEQ. There are two reasons why I prefer ASHGEQ over STXWDM: 1) ASHGEQ has some emerging market exposure, which traditionally provides better growth than developed markets over long periods, whereas STXWDM is only developed markets (safer, but less growth). 2) ASHGEQ is more diversified than STXWDM, lowering the downside risk. ASHGEQ is slightly more expensive than STXWDM in terms of fees, but I still think the possibility of better returns from ASHGEQ, as well as the better diversification, do justify the fees and will be worth it in the long run. So for your second question - what would be a good first ETF? Either Satrix MSCI World (STXWDM) or Ashburton Global 1200 (ASHGEQ) would be excellent choices, in my opinion.
  26. 2 points
    Salutations Thought I'd introduce myself before making any wall of text posts Some people on this forum may already know me or have come across some of my activities in other communities and groups. I post under my own name where-ever I post. To everybody else the standard disclaimer is that only half of the bad things you've heard about me are true. My educational background is in law, economics and philosophy. I don't hold a degree but am a published author of peer reviewed academic articles. I was responsible for the creation of Crystal Web was ousted in 2017 from involvement of the company until needing to perform a salvage operation in the Evonet disaster. While I have every hope to rebuild Crystal Web there are quite a few hurdles to get that horse back on track. At the moment my LinkedIn short description reads: Critic of 5G silliness Advocate for 5G ecosystems and yes 5G is something I talk about A LOT, somewhat sadly more often outside of South Africa
  27. 2 points
    I have both although I may not have given Discovery a fair chance with regards to rewards so far. But that doesn't matter because their service just isn't even close to FNB. I'm sure they'll get there in time but so far Discovery Bank has been a massive waste of time for me. It's funny because people used to say eBucks is complicated - wait until you try Vitality Money. It's all relative to spend etc. but I'm on level 5 eBucks and get about R500 worth of it back every month without doing anything special. I can more than likely maximise it and get exponentially more every month but I don't go chasing rewards for the sake of good financial habits (overdrafts, revolving loans etc). Anyway, I can tell you this: If you don't fully commit to Discovery then don't bother. FNB's app and integrated services are light year's ahead. FNB's support is better I'm more than likely cancelling my Discovery card as soon as I can figure out how... So my vote is FNB + Tyme over any other banks in South Africa.
  28. 2 points
    Didn't think about that... ok fine, you'll do
  29. 2 points
    Ouch, that's 2 against 1
  30. 2 points
    Timing the market is near impossible. The Rand could go up or down, and the index could go up or down. There are two trains of thought:- the momentum methodology (employed by ETFs like NFEMOM, for example) is based on the premise that shares that are going up strongly will continue to go up. The momentum methodology says now is an excellent time to buy. On the other hand, the value methodology (employed by ETFs like NFEVAL for example) say you should buy when prices are cheap. This methodology says you should wait. I personally do Dollar-cost averaging by buying an equal amount monthly. This way, you get the best of both worlds. It might be something for you to consider (ie. buy R2k per month for three months). This way, whatever happens, you minimize downside risk. But otherwise, as for your question, with all short-term decisions in the market, you may as well roll a dice.
  31. 2 points
    Welcome to Volatility in Crypto buy and hold long term.
  32. 2 points
    I wouldn't say there are too many duplicates, just looks like a shotgun approach. PTXTEN and GLPROP gives you worldwide property exposure - shap! SYG4IR and STXNDQ are "niche" funds with very good potential - shap! The Top40 and Quality SA ones are somewhat of a duplication. Global DivTrax is a subset of the S&P 500. MSCI World Already contains a lot of the top US stocks (S&P500) as well. Not saying you should but you could combine all three of those into the MSCI World OR combine those three and the Emerging Markets one into ASHGEQ which contains developed and emerging market shares from around the world. You also may want to consider the cost of rebalancing your portfolio. Unless you have a real need it is probably better to just stop funding some of them and carry on funding just the select few you wish to carry on with. But there are various factors like the amount of funds allocated to the ETF, the TER of those extra ETFs, the transaction costs involved, potential tax implications etc. That said, I've done it a couple of times when I started out and lost a couple of Rand in the short term Disclaimer: Personally I hold the following in two investment accounts: Regular ETF Portfolio Global Divtrax (stopped funding in favour of CSP500) Global Property S&P 500 and TFSA S&P 500 (stopped funding in favour of MSCI) MSCI World Nasdaq 100 So I carry duplications myself but in my case I don't think it is worth selling off the one just to move it to the other. I'll take another look at it again the end of the year (or if Trump does something stupid even by his very low standards). You may (or may not, probably not) note that I do not carry any SA shares in either of these, that's because I have an RA, Pension and a bond all heavily exposed to South Africa. I do hold a bit of funds in a Rhodium ETF and a bit of crypto but these are very small amounts, which sucks since Rhodium is up 47%
  33. 2 points
    Yes, firstly, don't overdo it with too many ETFs. Just pick a few core ones and stick with them. Otherwise you just end up with higher costs, duplication of stocks and possible over-exposure to certain stocks that is hard to control. Secondly, pick a good mix of local, international and property shares to spread your risk. If you want to stay with Satrix only, I'd recommend something like the following portfolio split: Satrix 40 (STX40) : 40% Satrix MSCI World (STXWDM) : 40% Satrix Property (STXPRO) : 20%
  34. 2 points
    We actually wrote an article about this a few months ago. https://platinumwealth.co.za/insights/finance/building-an-emergency-fund/ One thing I would add is to look at Tymebank (we have them online if you have questions @TymeBank Team) If you use them as an emergency fund you will be earning more interest than any other bank in South Africa. With that said, personally, I do a 32-day notice account + credit card (if the funds need to be accessed right now) and then can be paid back from the notice account.
  35. 2 points
    Just registered and I must say,I am impressed with their steps of registering.so thank you Tyme Bank.
  36. 2 points
    Nice. Do we have any PW Telegram groups btw?
  37. 2 points
    What a bank I like everything about tyme to bank
  38. 2 points
    ABSA gives you access to all the ETFs. Their platform is a full on trading platform where you specify the price you'd wish to buy at etc. More control but more involved than EE.
  39. 2 points
    So DHL called me and said I have to pay Extra costs were a total of R312. Total cost for Ledger Nano S = R1288. I'll take it. Cheers guys! Dan
  40. 2 points
    I have ordered single units as replacements which came without having to pay extra duties. Buying bulk means you definitely have to pay the duties, and also the fee to the courier company to 'process' your order and delivery. I am out of stock of Ledger Nano S devices and most likely not ordering bulk again, unless I can make it worth while. Bulk orders are not priority to them, so they sometimes take months to arrive, while the price of bitcoin changes drastically during that time period, which means your profit can disappear completely. For the end user, its faster and cheaper to just order directly from Ledger now, especially since they added free shipping for small orders to South Africa, and you might not need to pay duties. Bulk orders you still need to pay for shipping, so that is additional cost for resellers too. The time, expenses, and possibility of losing money means its just better to refer customers to them directly.
  41. 2 points
    I own unit trusts only in the form of pension and RAs. RA - Allan Gray Balanced Fund Pension - 10X Kicked Stanlib to the curb but it had more to do with getting away from my financial advisors hold on it. Didn't understand their pricing at all. Very happy with what I have currently
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    So regarding the new NewFunds Volatility Managed ETFs (I might be a bit late to the party): NFEDEF - Defensive http://etfcib.absa.co.za/products/Exchange Traded Funds/equity/VolatilityManagedDefensiveEquityETF/Pages/default.aspx NFEMOD - Moderate Equity http://etfcib.absa.co.za/products/Exchange Traded Funds/equity/VolatilityManagedModerateEquityETF/Pages/default.aspx NFEHGE - High Growth Equity http://etfcib.absa.co.za/products/Exchange Traded Funds/equity/VolatilityManagedHighGrowthEquityETF/Pages/default.aspx Sounds "cool" but looking at the annualised returns over 5 years (NFEDEF: 5.1%, NFEMOD: 6.8%, NFEHGE: 6.2%) I have to ask myself why I wouldn't play it save with a 32 day account at 6.95% or any of the various other guaranteed return vehicles offering better returns ?
  44. 2 points
    For a while now I've been asking the question: "What percentage of my TFIA ETFs should be in 'foreign' indices?" Some people will immediately say "Put everything in foreign indices - the Rand is going to collapse or South Africa is going to be downgraded to junk" etc. And yet, the experts will typically tell you to put only 30% to 40% in foreign ETFs and the rest in local indices. So I've done a ton of study to find out why and the results surprised me - so much so that I have now changed the desired weightings of my TFIA ETF portfolio to allocate a greater percentage to local ETFs. Here's the thing. On the one hand, the Rand depreciates on average by 4% per year against the Dollar, and has pretty much done so since the time of Adam and Eve. Therefore, by buying ETFs of foreign indices, you are 'guaranteed' a 4% gain on your investment due to the weakening Rand. Now, on the other hand, let's look at foreign growth and interest on bonds, for example, where a 3% above-inflation is considered a good investment. Let's take England as an example. With its inflation close to 0%, a 3% return on an English investment would be considered "good." So if you had invested in an "England ETF, you would, by way of illustration, get your 0% inflation plus 3% return plus your 4% due to Rand depreciation, a total return of 7%. However, locally, it is South Africa's high inflation that makes it ideal for investment, which at first may seem counter-intuitive. Interest-bearing investments such as bonds and preference shares may also typically return inflation plus 3% - so with our 6% inflation, that gives a total return of 9%. And the JSE does much better than just inflation plus 3%! The other countries (outside of emerging markets) just don't have our inflation and therefore don't have the growth that the JSE index does. This is also why emerging markets are expected to give higher returns than developed markets in the long term. Secondly, putting more than say 40% in foreign indices means you are no longer diversified in the sense that if the Rands strengthens significantly, your portfolio collapses (and historically, it is highly unlikely to average a drop of more than 4% per year). On the other hand, the JSE index is not affected by the Rand in the same way, so whether the Rand drops or climbs, you're still guaranteed your above inflation growth on your local index ETFs. So betting too much on foreign indices is, in essence, going for a higher risk, but with lower returns, the exact opposite of what we should be doing. Of the academic studies I've read, most put the optimal risk-to-reward ratio for investing at 60% local and 40% foreign ETFs, and often support this with models. But now I finally understand why my previous 50% : 50% local : foreign split was considered high risk.
  45. 2 points
    The JSE and Msci Emerging markets index are highly correlated and emerging market index outperformed local equities the last 5 years. I would change the local exposure to STXEMG only. Less risk for similar performance and no "if" the local market bounces back scenarios...
  46. 2 points
    In light of the above, I have changed my target TFIA ETF ratios to be 60% local and 40% foreign indices and my new target TFIA portfolio looks as follows: LOCAL (60%): Local equities: CTOP50: 10% DIVTRX: 10% NFEMOM: 10% STXQUA: 10% Local property: PTXTEN: 20% FOREIGN (40%): Foreign equities: ASHGEQ: 7.5% GLODIV: 7.5% STXEMG: 7.5% SYG4IR: 7.5% Foreign property: GLPROP: 10%
  47. 2 points
    Now this is very clever...Abra is a populat crypto platform but what they have now done is to link listed assets to a type of crypto ETF that tracks major listed assets....check out the story below. https://www.abra.com/ Since Abra runs on bitcoin, it automates all of its processes like asset holding, hedging, and user transactions with smart contracts. It supports 30 cryptocurrencies, 50 fiat currencies, and is led by crypto/finance leaders like Bill Barhydt/CEO (formerly a VP at Goldman Sachs and Technical Director at Netscape) and Daryl Puryear/CTO (formerly Director of Software at Mint.com and VPE at Motif.) How does their new product work? Essentially, Abra has taken its existing platform and extended it to support assets available on the NASDAQ, starting with the top 100 stocks and ETF’s. Once users invest capital into the platform, they can choose to “invest” in one of Abra’s 100 stock/ETF offerings, which represents stock investment exposure in corporations like Facebook, Apple, Amazon, and Alphabet/Google. As soon as a user adds money to the Abra app, the capital is immediately transformed to bitcoin. Then, using Abra’s crypto-collateralized contract, Abra keeps the notional value of that bitcoin investment tied to the current value of the stock. This is done with what’s called a multisig bitcoin address, where Abra and the user sign a contract to peg the amount of cryptocurrency to the value of the asset. Abra users then hold an asset that track the exact price and volatility of the given stock. While users don’t actually hold any shares in the company they still receive dividend payments because of the means by which Abra hedges itself on the contracts — super cool. The platform can also support short selling which Abra hopes to offer in the future. Why does this make electronic stock investing any different? The mechanism by which Abra enters into these smart contracts means that Abra can offer this investing service legally in 155 countries. That is a first for investing in US stocks, commodities, cryptocurrencies and fiat currencies via a single service. The SEC and CFTC have clarified that the definitions of the terms “swap” and “security-based swap” do not include forward contracts. These definitions exclude “any sale of a nonfinancial commodity or security for deferred shipment or delivery, so long as the transaction is intended to be physically settled.” These organizations later provided guidance on how this physical settlement exemption applies to Bitcoin. Abra operates under this exemption. This means that Abra’s investing tools are much less regulated than other trading mechanisms. Since other online stock trading platforms like Robinhood, TDAmeritrade, or Charles Schwab actually invest user assets in real stocks and act as a full broker and custodian, they do have to follow rules set by the CFTC, SEC, and other securities commissions. But Abra’s model means they can expand the market of pseudo-stock-investing globally, beyond these specific geographic boundaries. What are the greater implications? Abra’s company ethos is democratizing finance. Their entire value is built off of being a platform where a first-time investor from the developing world can make the same returns as the hot-shot finance guys from New York. Abra’s new offering helps accomplish that by introducing pseudo-stock-trading to hundreds of new markets, making it a feasible investment mechanism for people in 155 countries globally. Abra’s new tool might also affect the price of bitcoin. On Abra, all users become “hodlers,” crypto-speak for someone who holds onto bitcoin without regularly trading it for other currencies and assets. Past financial studies have found that hodling is one of the key driving factors behind bitcoin’s price fluctuations. Since Abra’s platform automatically converts user capital to bitcoin, all users become hodlers and thus could, at large scale, drive changes in the price of bitcoin. Depending on how many people hop onto Abra’s new platform, we might see a short- or long-term spike in the price of bitcoin as more people use bitcoin as the underlying means for their every day stock and ETF investing.
  48. 2 points
    Opened mine on the 19th of November and moved my R1,500 to a Goal Save account. Started at 6% interest and then moved to 7%. Waiting for the 19th of this month and then I should be on 9%. Not sure what happens when I deposit more money into that account (if the interest rate resets, carries on at 9% or if there is some other mechanism keeping track of deposits and their respective interest rates). Do I trust them with my money? Well... I guess. Not planning to put to large a percentage of my money there but 9-10% interest beats almost everything out there. It even makes you wonder if it is worth buying Solar panels via FedGroup
  49. 2 points
    I'll monitor the thread just in case you open a JHB North branch
  50. 2 points
    Weakening economic conditions, increased debt repayment burden, rising consumer inflation and stricter lending criteria have seen 100% bonds, especially to first-time buyers, become much harder to get, but it has also placed many potential buyers firmly between a rock and a hard place. “Not only do banks require bigger deposits than before, it has also become more difficult to put money aside in today’s economic climate, as growing financial pressure is forcing consumers to tighten belts even further just to make ends meet,” says JP van der Bergh, founder of Propscan. "However, a sizeable deposit has several significant benefits in addition to increasing your chance of bond approval - it also gives you a jumpstart on the financial process, makes your offer more appealing to sellers as it bumps up the chance of bond approval, naturally decreases your monthly bond repayments, and saves you a considerable amount in interest over the long term.” Kay Geldenhuys from ooba, national mortgage originator, illustrates how a deposit can reduce the overall and monthly costs of buying property: “A home buyer who purchases a house for R1 million with no deposit at a 10.25% interest rate will pay approximately R9 816 per month over 20 years. At the end of the home loan term, the total amount repaid will be R2 355 944. “On the other hand, with a R100 000 deposit, the monthly repayments will be approximately R8 835, and the total repayment will be around R2 120 350. Add the deposit to this and the total comes to R2 220 350 - making the total repayments some R135 594 cheaper than buying without a deposit.” She says it also stands to reason that the smaller the risk for the bank, the more negotiable they will be on the interest rate charged. “Right from the beginning of the home-buying process, it is important to ensure that you know what you can afford to buy and how much deposit you will need,” says Van der Bergh. “Once you have established how much you need to save, the next step is to figure out how to do so as quickly as possible, and in order to do so, you must analyse your spending habits. On a spreadsheet, list all your fixed monthly expenses including existing debts you are currently servicing and make a note of all other regular expenses like the daily cappuccino at the café near work. “Next, go through it with a fine-tooth comb to see where you can cut down on monthly expenditure and determine how much you can realistically afford to save, and then shop around for a high-interest savings or money market account in which to save your money.” Sandy Geffen, Executive Director of Lew Geffen Sotheby’s International Realty in South Africa, says saving a substantial amount of money may seem like a daunting task, but don’t be discouraged. “At first glance, the cutbacks you are able to make may seem to be small amounts, but you will be surprised at how quickly they can add up to a sizeable sum, and you could own your first home sooner than you think,” says Geffen. She offers the following creative tips for saving towards your deposit: 1. Stop smoking. This could add at least R1 000 a month to your deposit fund. 2. Instead of buying takeaways every day, rather spend the extra 10 minutes packing lunch in the morning as it will end up saving you more than pennies at the end of the day, and it’s far healthier. 3. Ask for an insurance re-evaluation because while your insurance premiums probably go up every year, the value of a lot of insured items actually goes down as they age. 4. Cut back on credit and try to pay off and close store cards, especially if you find temptation hard to resist. Remember that when you do eventually apply for a loan, the bank will ask for an income and expenditure statement to prove that you will have sufficient surplus income for the home loan instalment once all household and contractual debt expenses have been met. 5. Before you run out to buy a new seasonal wardrobe, spring clean your closet and unearth the older items of good quality that can be reinvented with accessories or by mixing and matching; 6. If you can’t remember what the inside of your gym looks like and can’t motivate yourself to go, cancel that gym contract and find ways to exercise for free. It might help you to start exercising more regularly, especially now that summer is here. 7. Consider scaling down on your car if a large portion of your monthly income is going towards paying off a car loan; 8. Always go grocery shopping with a list and stick to it - and never go on an empty stomach. Also try and stick to food stores and avoid the hypermarkets where you might be tempted to buy other things you don’t need. Geldenhuys cautions that this savings mindset should not be abandoned once the goal has been met. “Many people throw caution to the wind and shop around for a home that costs the maximum amount the bank has approved, however, given current economic conditions, buyers should rather consider buying for a little less,” says Geldenhuys. “The extra cash can be used to pay off the bond more quickly or saved as a rainy-day fund so that they are prepared for the unforeseen expenses which arise when you own property.” “It’s true that our parents had it much easier in that most were able to afford their first home long before the current average age of first-time buyers which has risen to 34, but what hasn’t changed is the investment value of owning a home,” says Van der Bergh. “It is also one of the most exciting and rewarding purchases you will ever make, so even though it may take a little longer, it’s always worth the effort.” Source: Property24
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