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Franklin D. Roosevelt observed that real estate cannot be lost or stolen, nor can it be taken away. He also noted that real estate purchased with common sense, paid for in full, and managed with reasonable care, is the safest investment in the world. Commercial property is often targeted as a means of accumulating wealth and generating a secondary income. However, “paid for in full” is not something we necessarily agree on, as FDR is missing a key advantage of owning property in his statement, that being the use of debt to leverage returns. {phocadownload view=file|id=98|text=Click here to download the…
Is not staying invested... Over the past 20 years, the JSE has returned around 15% per annum. However, if an investor had missed just the best 75 out of the 5 264 trading days in this period, their return would have been zero. click here to read the article on Moneyweb (Source: Moneyweb)  
REITs have gained a reputation as bond substitutes that are highly interest-rate sensitive. While many REITs are indeed bond-like, it actually is possible to buy REITs without significant interest rate risk and without sacrificing dividend yield. This article looks at the least interest-rate sensitive REITs. These REITs respond more to economic data and company-specific news flow. Click here to read the article on Seeking Alpha (Source: Seeking Alpha)
Some REIT sectors and individual REITs are highly sensitive to changes in yields, while others actually move inverse to rising yields Click here to read the article on Seeking Alpha (Source: Seeking Alpha)
SA Editor Robyn Conti and SA Pro Editor John Leonard discuss evaluating real estate investment trusts, with a focus on REITs with specific niches. They delve into key metrics investors should consider when looking at different types of REITs, i.e., apartment, retail, hotel, etc. Click here to read the article on Seeking Alpha (Source: Seeking Alpha)
Low interest rates and an improving job market have created a wave of prospective first-time home buyers, but they're being stymied by a dearth of available starter homes. REITs positioned in this space have performed well in recent years and a lack of new supply suggests a continuation of the trend… click here to read the article on nbc news (Source: NBC News)
Due Diligence is a term that is being heard more and more in Financial Planning circles and which could well turn out to be a really important function and process in our interactions with Clients.
“It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble. It's what you know for sure that just ain't so.”- Mark Twain This quote by American satirist Mark Twain is an accurate description of financial markets’ fluctuating fortunes during the 2nd quarter. After an early year sell-off, markets rebounded to 2016 highs by mid-June, as traders followed the bookies that placed the likelihood of Brexit at only 30%.
One Size Does Not Fit All!! One of the main purposes of Financial Planning Software is to free you up to do what’s important, maintain your client relationships & provide you with the tools to better service, communicate with & deliver value to your clients.