Learning Curve

  • Investment Manager Selection
    Learning Curve   Personal Investors
    Investing is a world where investment managers claim to be terrific and where they can typically back it up with some or other performance analytics. However, most investment managers actually underperform the market, making active management a losers’ game unless you have the skill to select superior investment managers...
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  • Can Global Equity outperform the market?
    Learning Curve   Personal Investors
    The changes in Regulation 28 allowing investors to invest up to 25% of its assets with offshore investment managers and an additional 5% in African investments (excluding South Africa) has placed a renewed focus on offshore investment strategy and investment manager selection. Outperforming the markets after fees consistently is not...
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  • Why Transaction Cost Analysis?
    Learning Curve
    Why Transaction Cost Analysis? Trustees have a fiduciary duty to avoid transaction costs and other expenses that are not justified by the objectives of the investment strategy. In this article we highlight the importance of managing and controlling costs that could affect the returns experienced by retirement funds and investors. Executive...
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  • Tracker Funds & Passive Investing
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    Tracker Funds & Passive Investing Tracker funds presents itself as powerful investing tools that can be used in conjunction with active investing to anchor a portfolio’s returns close to the index and to reduce costs. Just like any tool it should be used for the right purpose to avoid sub-optimal...
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  • The Costs of Entering Africa
    Learning Curve
    The Costs of Entering Africa Africa presents investors with enticing opportunities. The question remains whether this comes at too high a cost. In this article we focus on the listed equity asset class and identify the costs around investing in listed equity in Africa. The investor will need to be aware...
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  • Hedge Funds, Funds of Hedge Funds and Platforms
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    Hedge Funds, Funds of Hedge Funds and Platforms Let’s look at the difference between hedge funds and “traditional” funds, as well as three different approaches to accessing hedge funds with an outline of advantages, disadvantages and costs. The revised Regulation 28 has sparked renewed interest in hedge funds as an investment destination. Let’s explore the...
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  • Debt Markets Explained
    Learning Curve
    Debt Markets Explained Debt instruments include nominal bonds, index linked bonds (ILBs) and money market instruments. These instruments are grouped under debt as their characteristics are similar to loans where the investor lends money to a company who pays back the “loan” with regular payments. These instruments can either be listed...
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  • 10 Questions Trustees should ask
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    10 Questions Trustees should ask Investment consultants are Trustees’ long-term strategic investment thinking partners. When selecting a consultant the Trustees therefore need to make a long-term decision. Selecting an investment manager is all about the four “p’s” i.e. philosophy, process, people and performance. So, why should selecting an investment consultant be any...
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  • What is Long / Short Equity?
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    What is Long / Short Equity Long / Short Equity is an investment strategy designed to reduce downside risk exposure and increase risk adjusted returns. In this snippet we explain how the Long / Short Equity strategy works and also compare the performance of Long / Short Equity funds to the traditional Equity funds over...
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