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Comparing ETFs: Asset classes

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Investing is about more than just shares. There are a number fo different asset classes we can buy and this article digs into the details.

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ETF: How to buy the whole world

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In this episode of The Fat Wallet Show, Simon and I discussed the merits of a single ETF strategy based on this Lars Kroijer video. By the end of the episode I land on an ETF investment strategy that is simple and easy to implement. I want exposure to all the world’s markets, weighted by ...
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ETF: Understanding the CoreShares Global Property ETF

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Fortunately the abysmal performance of the local property sector is not the symptom of a global problem. The CoreShares S&P Global Property (GLPROP) exchange-traded fund (ETF) offers property lovers an opportunity to enjoy the security of a physical investment and steady income in developed economies. Unlike local ETFs that invest heavily in commercial real estate ...
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ETF: The African property ETF

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As any South African retailer with high hopes can tell you, doing business in Africa is not without its obstacles. Those who manage to make it work, however, can be richly rewarded. Cloud Atlas is a boutique South African ETF issuer specialising in access to African markets. In June 2018, the company made it possible ...
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ETF: Invest in the USA

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In bygone days, the only way of getting offshore exposure in an investment portfolio was a complicated process involving moving and managing money abroad. While this process is still an option, it normally requires a large chunk of money to be worth the fees. Having assets offshore also complicates estate planning, because you need a ...
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ETF: Understanding the DCCUSD

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In 2017, RMB launched an ETF-like creature that gave South African index investors access to US Treasury Bonds (USTBs) for the first time. Instead of a right to the assets of the ETF issuer, who holds the underlying shares of an ETF, investors are USTB owners, fair and square. Since inception, this ETF has returned ...
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ETF: Understanding the GIVI SA Resource 15 ETF

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Since the South African investment universe is small, we get a front-row seat to the impact of diversification during every market cycle. Historically the South African economy relied heavily on the resources sector. While we're no longer a resource-heavy economy, our mines and energy businesses tend to shine when the rest of the economy suffers. ...