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How to implement your New Year’s resolutions

By Braam Visser on 28 Nov 2019

As the end of the year approaches, it is a good time to reflect on resolutions committed to in earnest back in January and take stock before the resolution...

Are you financially resilient?

By Mthobisi Mthimkhulu on 23 Oct 2019

Most of us know what it means to build resilience in the context of health and wellness: eat healthily, exercise regularly, get enough sleep and manage stres...

Seek financial advice to help you meet your financial goals

By Tamryn Lamb on 04 Oct 2019

The spotlight falls on the importance of having a financial plan during Financial Planning Week, taking place from 7 to 11 October 2019. With this in mind,...

Avoid common behavioural biases when investing

By Maria Konnikova on 23 Aug 2019

Poker is known as a wicked environment: a setting that is dynamic and uncertain; where things are hidden, and you don’t always have all the information on...

How to bring conversations about saving out of the closet

By Saleem Sonday on 16 Aug 2019

Talking about finances at work can seem like a taboo subject, especially given that conversations about salaries, bonuses or saving for retirement usually ta...

How poker taught me to make better decisions

By Maria Konnikova on 30 Jul 2019

Psychologist, bestselling author and professional poker player, Maria Konnikova, recently inspired delegates at the Allan Gray Investment Summit 2019 to make...

Should you take investment advice from family and friends?

By Lettie Mzwinila on 29 Jul 2019

Your friends and family may offer you financial advice with good intentions, but you should be wary of basing your investment decisions purely on stories...

Can you save more?

By Lettie Mzwinila on 26 Jul 2019

Whether you are just doing a regular check up on your long-term investments or evaluating your monthly savings plan, it is a good idea to review your financi...

Retirement planning in reality

By Leaveil Des Fountain on 24 Jul 2019

To truly break the cycle of poverty and start creating generational wealth, young working professionals need to prioritise saving for retirement. Leaveil Des...

How to get into the habit of saving this Savings Month

By Lettie Mzwinila on 18 Jul 2019

If you have tried to kick the sugar habit and eat only healthy food, or give up cigarettes and replace the habit with going to the gym, you can probably atte...

Steps to improve your investment decision making

By Didintle Mokonoto on 17 Jul 2019

Deterred by the large number of investment options available, many would-be investors fail to make the most important decision: the decision to start. Becomi...

PART 5: The role of financial advice in your investment success

By Ray Mhere on 16 Jul 2019

You wouldn’t gamble with your health by not seeing a professional, why do it with your financial future? Consult an independent financial adviser to help you...

Ready… set… invest

By Mthobisi Mthimkhulu on 20 Jun 2019

Investing is not a complicated activity only for rich people. It’s a great way to create financial security and everyone – even you – should get started,...

If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is

By Phiko Peter on 18 Jun 2019

Over the last two decades advances in digital technology have changed the way we shop, bank and manage our investments. In the spirit of empowering millennia...

The ultimate human race

By Belinda Carbutt on 31 May 2019

As investors there is a lot we can learn from marathon runners that can assist us with our own “ultimate human race” – the challenge of retiring financially...

Grow your wealth by attending the Allan Gray Investment Summit

By Tamryn Lamb on 24 May 2019

After successfully bringing together renowned investment experts from all over the globe for two consecutive years to sold-out audiences, the Allan Gray...

Investors need to block out 'noise' ahead of elections

By Rob Formby on 06 May 2019

It is understandable for investors to feel jittery in the run-up to the national elections, but giving too much air time to market noise is never a good idea...

Have you chosen the right unit trust?

By Lettie Mzwinila on 29 Apr 2019

It’s a good idea to review your investments about once a year to make sure that things are on track. But what if they aren’t? How can you tell if “this, too,...

How you can influence your investment outcomes

By Lettie Mzwinila on 16 Apr 2019

After an undeniably tough 2018, the local market staged a turnaround during the first quarter. But the atmosphere in the country is blowing hot and cold: As...

The trouble with switching

By Mthobisi Mthimkhulu on 25 Jan 2019

During periods of underperformance, even the most experienced investors get tempted to switch funds in search of better returns. However, switching funds in...

Give your finances a fresh start

By Ciani Gower on 24 Jan 2019

The first few weeks of a new year can feel like a clean slate: Past imperfections are relegated to history and you can redefine what you want to achieve in t...

The rules for making good investment decisions

By Lettie Mzwinila on 20 Dec 2018

People are prone to making predictions about everything from the weather to the economy. However, relying on predictions when investing can thwart your...

How to approach your finances this festive season

By Lettie Mzwinila on 05 Dec 2018

In the hive of festive activity, it’s easy to forget your financial goals and spend more than you planned. Next thing you know, it’s the New Year and the lon...

Give yourself the gift of balance this festive season

By Lettie Mzwinila on 30 Nov 2018

The festive season is upon us and as much as we all relish letting go, balancing spending and other indulgences with a bit of discipline can go some way to...

Make sure divorce doesn't cost your savings

By Mlulami Nxele on 16 Nov 2018

Going through a divorce can be extremely tough emotionally, but it can take a huge toll on your finances as well.

How to prevent a financial day zero

By Belinda Carbutt on 12 Nov 2018

Over the past year, Western Cape residents have had to envisage a future without running water and adapt their lifestyles accordingly. They have rallied...

Get advice to be more money savvy

By Lettie Mzwinila on 02 Oct 2018

Reports* show that as a millennial investor you have a savvy attitude towards cash and you want to be in-the-know about how to grow your money. The value of...

How to select a unit trust that’s right for you

By Thandi Ngwane on 12 Sep 2018

There are over 1 500 unit trusts available in South Africa – what criteria should you apply to select one (or more) that best suits your needs and...

How to thrive in choppy markets

By Andrew Lapping on 23 Aug 2018

This year has been characterised by increased volatility and concern about the global risks – from trade disputes to inflation. After a strong start to the...

Employer-assisted savings can help fix SA's dire savings rate

By Saleem Sonday on 27 Jul 2018

July is National Savings Month in South Africa. Is there more you can be doing as an employer to help your employees save towards their future financial...

True rewards take time

By Zwelethu Nkosi on 30 Jun 2018

Allan Gray’s advertising strategy has always been built around the characteristics of the firm and continues to tap into human truths that connect with our...

How to become the next Sylvia Bloom

By Bekithemba Mafulela on 29 Jun 2018

A recent New York Times article took many investors by surprise: A frugal legal secretary, who worked at the same firm for 67 years until she retired at the...

Investment Summit brings together 10 of world’s top investment experts

By Tamryn Lamb on 08 Jun 2018

The Allan Gray Investment Summit will bring together over 3000 investors who will gather to listen to investment experts from around the world.  From where t...

How to pave the way for better decisions

By Mthobisi Mthimkhulu on 22 Mar 2018

The decisions we make are a function of the environment that we are in, according to behavioural economists. Put in a different environment, or faced with a...

How to make better investment decisions in 2018

By Lettie Mzwinila on 08 Jan 2018

Investment experts, economists and industries are more prone to making predictions during the New Year, given the renewed sense of focus and excited...

How to tame temptations

By Jeanette Marais on 22 Nov 2017

A survey conducted by the University of Pennsylvania a few years ago asked respondents to rank their strengths in 24 different skills. Self-control ended up ...

The four fundamental skills of all investing

By Morgan Housel on 24 Oct 2017

We are excited to introduce guest contributor Morgan Housel, a partner at the  Collaborative Fund (US), and an expert in behavioural finance and investing...

The value of bitcoin

By Jacques Plaut on 24 Oct 2017

The total market value of all bitcoins is US$80bn, which is more than the value of Richemont and triple the value of Anglo American. It is the topic on which...

Investment success: Don’t be your own worst enemy

By Morgan Housel on 06 Sep 2017

The biggest risk which investors face is themselves, because the mistakes they commonly make are based on their own behaviour and personal biases, warns Morg...

Pay attention to the right cues to improve your investment success

By Morgan Housel on 01 Sep 2017

To be a successful investor it is critical to separate your goals from others who are playing a different game...

Investment Summit to give an inside view from fund management houses

By Jeanette Marais on 21 Jul 2017

Allan Gray is bringing a group of international and local investment houses together to debate investment insights in a new one-day event, aimed at helping...

Are we snookering ourselves with confirmation bias?

By Jeanette Marais on 26 May 2015

We have written regularly about investor behaviour, noting how emotions can be our worst enemy. Driven by fear and greed, many investors buy high and sell lo...

The nature of contrarian investing

By Duncan Artus on 31 Dec 2012

The average investor cannot avoid being bullish at market tops and bearish at bottoms. This produces periods of speculation and panic within the normal up an...

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