Warren Buffett on investment fees

The Buffett Bet

About a year ago we wrote a piece on a remarkable bet between Warren Buffett and hedge fund-of-funds manager Ted Seides. The premise of this one million dollar bet instigated by Buffett was that over a 10 year period beginning 1 January 2008 a simple S&P 500 index fund would outperform the best, most complex strategies that any Wall Street hedge fund guru would care to put together.

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Get started on your #finfreedom with our Investing 101 guide

Investing is one of the best things you can do for your money, but taking the plunge can be a daunting one, especially if you’re new. That’s why we created a beginner’s guide – to help you along, step-by-step, to become a savvy investor equipped with the basics to make an informed decision about how investing can help you reach your financial goals.

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2017: The Investment Year in Review

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Another year is behind us. 2017 was a year where politics, both global and domestic, seemed to dominate the news, from the ongoing turmoil in the White House, to the Parliamentary citizenship debacle here, and the historic passing of the same sex marriage legislation just as the year drew to a close.  

On the investment front, most markets and asset classes delivered returns significantly above the forecasts of a year ago. 2017 was a year in which risk was amply rewarded, with global sharemarkets in general, and emerging markets in particular, producing outsized returns for investors.  

Clover portfolio options benefited from the strong run up in global sharemarkets during 2017, in being constructed to provide more exposure to international shares relative to Australian shares, a positioning that added to relative returns during the year.

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How to invest for the first time

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Investing is one of the best things you can do for your money, but taking the plunge into the world of investments can be a daunting one, especially if you don’t know much about it.

The first step to investing well is doing the research, which means you’re basically halfway there. Almost. There’s still a bit to know before you buy your first share. Luckily for you, one of the greatest advantages young investors have is time.

Here’s how to invest for the first time.

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Exchange Traded Funds vs Index Funds

 

Researching all the available options for you as a first-time investor is a critical step that shouldn’t be missed. Even if you end up paying a third party to manage your investments, you will need to understand how they will invest on your behalf and what to expect from them.

Investment funds such as exchange traded funds (ETFs) and index funds are a popular choice for those new to investing. Learn more about how they work, their advantages and disadvantages so that you can decide on the best investment strategy for you.

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Investing 101: Everything you need to know about bonds

What are bonds

Before you can dive headfirst into the world of investing, it’s important to gain an understanding of how things work. Bonds are one method of growing your money through investing and they come with a lot of options and factors that you should wrap your head around before wrapping your money in them.

Here’s everything you need to know about bonds.

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What’s the difference between a dividend and a distribution?

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Investing can be intimidating especially with all the jargon thrown around. Capital gains! Efficient market hypothesis! Rate of return!

Thankfully, you don’t need a PhD to be a successful investor.  But, there are a few terms you should familiarise yourself with on your journey to financial security.  Two of the more confusing are dividends and distributions.  Often these terms are used interchangeably, even though they have very different meanings.

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