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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.
“The coming revolution in transportation will be a gamechanger in real estate,” begins a new report from Green Street Advisors. The Newport Beach, CA-based advisory firm predicts that the future popularity of ridehailing services such as Uber and driverless cars will, to use another sports analogy, rewrite the playbook as it’s now constructed. (Source: Globe Street)
Back in the heyday of Messrs Graham and Dodd, information used to be a scarce enough resource that incremental titbits could provide big alpha-generating advantages. However, the daily news flow emanating from business channels and the internet has become so ambiguous in the modern investment era that it could even be regarded as a performance detractor. Suffice it to say that this "noise" has made it difficult for most modern investment professionals to focus on the issues that truly matter.
On Thursday, 1 September 2016, the newly created Real Estate sector will begin recording its first set of trades. REITs (Real Estate Investment Trusts) are the most widely used and globally acceptable form of listed Real Estate and they will be among those assets which will form part of the historic carve-out.
Reitway Global is partnering with Moneyweb and Almo Lubowski CFP® FPSA® in bringing you an RDR focused workshop that will take place in Sandton, Johannesburg on 8 July 2016. Almo Lubowski is a qualified lawyer and certified financial planner professional. He has practiced in both these capacities and as a fiduciary specialist. Almo has also headed up the Financial Planning Institute’s (FPI) Technical and Advocacy Department, has sat on the FSB TCF Steering Committee and is currently a member of the FPI’s Executive Advocacy Committee, which regularly engages the FSB on RDR related issues. In 2013, Almo wrote a research…
  Half of all the stored data today did not exist prior to 2014. As you read this article on your PC, tablet or mobile phone, this statement won’t be that surprising, as you know well that we all have an apparently limitless addiction to data. Global internet traffic is expected to surpass a zettabyte1 worth of information, according to networking equipment company Cisco. All that Internet activity increasingly relies on the cloud or, in other words, servers located in data centres.