“Stick to your knitting”, goes the old saying. Like many nuggets of wisdom that have stood the test of time, this captures a simple but powerful truth. There are benefits to focusing on the things you’re good at.Continue reading
Throughout history, gold has been a fascinating asset. Bring it up at a braai, and you’re sure to spark a heated debate. The “gold bugs” will hail it as a safe haven, and there is sure to be at least one critic who reminds you that it pays no dividends. You’re also likely to hear that gold has historically been difficult and expensive to hold – even dangerous!Continue reading
When the mechanical loom emerged in the early 1800s, panic spread through the textile industry. What would happen to employment if one machine could do the job of hundreds of skilled weavers?Continue reading
Following the news can feel like a full-contact sport these days. As we speak, there are multiple international conflicts taking place, and several tense geopolitical scenarios hold the risk of turning violent.Continue reading
We often talk about exchange traded funds (ETFs) as being hugely versatile investment tools – very good for diversifying your investing in all sorts of different asset classes. They are. But they are also extremely well suited to gaining investment exposure to particular assets that are traditionally difficult to get access to. Platinum is one of those assets.Continue reading
Occasionally we hear people discussing index tracking as if it is a vanilla approach to investing. There seems to be an assumption in some circles that because we often describe exchange traded funds as “simple”, that means they are easy or boring.Continue reading
Artificial intelligence (AI) has changed from the “next big thing” to “today’s big thing”. Rarely do we get through a day without being bombarded with AI’s latest application or opinions on where it will go next. And for good reason. It is a powerful technology that has the potential to impact every aspect of our lives. Investing is no exception.Continue reading
The latest FTSE/JSE Africa Index Series rebalance became effective on 20 June 2022, where index trackers rebalanced their portfolios during the closing auction of 15 June 2022. Index rebalancing turnovers were mostly higher than Q1 2023’s turnovers across all the FTSE/JSE All Share series indices.Continue reading
Ryan Basdeo, 1nvest Head of Index Portfolio Management recently participated in an Asset TV Indexation Masterclass alongside industry colleagues Kingsley Williams, Chief Investment Officer at Satrix, and Anelisa Balfour, Index Portfolio Manager at Old Mutual Investment Group.Continue reading
The gold mining industry represents a large part of the development of the South African economy. The JSE itself was established in 1887 during the first South African gold rush. As the largest producer of platinum and second largest producer of palladium in the world, platinum group metals (PGMs) are deserving of attention. Fortunately for ETF investors, there is easy and efficient access to PGMs available on the JSE.
1nvest Executive Director, Johann Erasmus, recently joined Nerina Visser, Director, ETF Strategist and Financial Advisor at etfSA on the latest episode of the etfSA #ETFInvestor podcast alongside Micheal Mgwaba, Head of ETP at Absa CIB to delve deeper into what is driving the demand for precious metals.
Watch the in-depth discussion to learn more.