Entries by WI

Uncertainty and volatility must not scare you

Uncertainty and volatility can seem scary… don’t let this worry you The devaluation of the rand. Labour disputes in the mining and agricultural sectors. Concerns about our economic future. These issues all unsettle investors. The fact that the stock market performed well in 2012 is amplifying the fear. Investors worry the market cannot continue going […]

A financial services career is a great choice

Here is some advice about a financial services career If you want a career that is challenging, mentally stimulating and fulfilling, consider a financial services career. After nearly two decades in the industry, including eight years as co-founder of a financial services business, I have watched many people succeed beyond their expectations. But many have failed, […]

Optimists win

Will it surprise you to know wealthy people are generally happy optimists? Probably not. In fact, most of us probably believe affluent people are happier because they are wealthy. But most of us will be wrong. Those who have achieved a measure of success in their lives have generally been optimistic and happy over their […]

Be your own fund manager

Trying to determine whether the JSE is expensive, what is happening to resources, where the rand is going and what further damage politicians will do to our markets is an impossible task. Many investors (and their financial advisors) choose to outsource control of their investments to fund managers of flexible or balanced funds. The belief […]

Education policies

Parents of young children often buy “education plans” that are sold to them by life assurance agents. The sales pitch is quite simple and powerful – you need to start saving to ensure that you can afford to send your beloved child to school. Often mention will be made of how bad the public education […]