Fund Focus: Dollar diversification made simple

You might recall it as “Pt”, with atomic number 78, from your high school science classes. If you speak Spanish, you may know that its name derives from “platina”, the diminutive of “plata”, which is “silver” in English. Of course, if you’re an investor, you’re interested in platinum’s prospects as a winning part of your portfolio.

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Is platinum poised to prosper?

You might recall it as “Pt”, with atomic number 78, from your high school science classes. If you speak Spanish, you may know that its name derives from “platina”, the diminutive of “plata”, which is “silver” in English. Of course, if you’re an investor, you’re interested in platinum’s prospects as a winning part of your portfolio.

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Investing in the benefits of balance

The benefits of balance are all around us. In nature, a whole ecosystem suffers when one species gains dominance. In sports, it’s rarely the player with a single killer shot that wins consistently in the long run. Champions tend to have multiple skills. Adding patience to balance makes for a powerful combination in many spheres of life.

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The dangers of timing the market

Imagine you received an unexpected lump sum of money. Maybe a bonus at work or a special dividend. It’s a problem we’d all like to have. But not an easy one. If we decide to invest it rather than splurge, we’ve already won half the battle. Nonetheless, we’ll face all sorts of temptations that can draw us into investing it suboptimally. That can be costly.

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Fund Focus: Emerging Asia

You know your strategy is doing something right when economists give you a celebratory nickname. For example, if you’re among the “Asian Tigers”, you have been a part of one of the most impressive industrialisations in history. Similarly, earning the nickname “the world’s factory” rightly suggests dominance as a manufacturer and exporter.

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Fund Focus: A beginner’s guide to investing in Gold

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!

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