The Fat Wallet Show from Just One Lap
About This Show
The Fat Wallet Show is a show about questions. It’s about admitting that we don’t know everything, but that we’re willing to learn. Most of all, it’s about understanding as much as we can to make us all better investors.
Phrases like, “I’m not sure” or, “Let me look that up and get back to you” or, “I don’t know” don’t exist in the financial services industry. If you ever had a financial question you were too embarrassed to ask, you know what we’re talking about. In this business, appearances matter, and nobody wants to seem like they don’t know how things work or what the outlook is for the buchu industry. It’s easy to excuse that little vanity, except that people in the investment industry are meant to service investors - people like you and me who need to figure out what to do with our money.
There’s no such thing as a stupid question in this show. If you have unanswered financial questions, this is your opportunity to have them answered in a way that even I can understand. Pop them to us at email@example.com.
Hosted by Kristia van Heerden and Simon Brown.
Most Recent Episode
#92: Figuring out investment fees
1 day ago
A few weeks ago I attended a 10X event in Johannesburg. Being a low-cost retirement annuity (RA) provider, obviously much of the discussion centred around fees. Steven Nathan, who runs 10X, did an analysis of a statement sent by an old-school retirement product provider. He used the real example to illustrate how impossible it can be to figure out what we’re actually paying for our investments. Listener Jenny Pigeon (a nom de plume, if you will) had the same experience this month. She’s been investing with Allan Gray for 16 years but never thought to check her fees until she discovered The Fat Wallet Show. She sent her statements on to me, hoping I could help her figure them out. Since I’m of the new school (0% platform fee, 0.25% brokerage, 0.1% TER), I couldn’t. Simon had brushed up against these sort of products and still has an Allan Gray product. He couldn’t do it either. It took two weeks before Jenny, Simon and I got to some sort of answer, which wasn’t too bad, actually. In this episode we talk about the process, why successful investing means you’ll inevitably pay more than you contribute and how little we like the percentage of assets business model. We also decided to include my preparation notes to try to make the topics more searchable. It’s not as great a solution as a transcription. However, it’s a free solution. And some (us, mostly) would say that’s the best solution. Kris Christoff Gouws sent a link about the P/E Ratio of the S&P 500. http://www.multpl.com/shiller-pe/ It is a great way to guage the “value” within the whole S&P500 (for example when planning on buying some more ETFs tracking this index). As you know, when evaluating single stocks, any P/E ratio above 20 is considered “overvalued” or “expensive”. To this, an interesting thought is the current “overvalued price” of the whole S&P500, since the Shiller P/E Ratio currently stands at 32.38! More market-correction (as was seen in the last few weeks) is needed I guess! Win of the week: Me, for figuring out this thing about total return ETFs. A total return ETF reinvests dividends instead of paying them out to you. The idea is that you save on the brokerage, because there’s no cha
Rated 5 out of
Finance for South Africans
Really good show that demystifies personal finance for South Africans. Clear and easy to understand for non-financial people, and also really funny and entertaining (yes, hedge funds can be entertaining! Who knew?).
Date published: 2017-04-05