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
#69: ETFs shouldn't be your second source of income
4 days ago
Simon had some family matters to attend to this week, so I did my first ever solo Fat Wallet. Turns out talking about money alone in your living room isn’t quite as entertaining as doing it with a friend. I’m sure you’ll miss him as much as I did. Two episodes ago, Daniel Jacinto wanted to find a good alternative investment for income. He currently owns a buy-to-let property that helps him pay for his parents’ medical aid. He looked into a Finbond product that offers 11% interest on a deposit fixed for six years. It’s a solid option, but it does mean the principal investment will lose buying power over time, and the 11% payout won’t keep up with inflation. This week, Riaan Honeyborne and Johan Harman both wonder if Daniel wouldn’t be better off just investing in an ETF for income. The problem with equities as a supplementary income source is that you have zero control over the market. In my investment lifetime (short though it is), I’ve never gotten 11% return on an investment. When you are relying on that income every month, not knowing whether you are going to hit that target is going to cause you stress. Maxwell wants to know whether listed property instruments can out-punch buy-to-let as a second source of income. I think not. If it’s the monthly income you’re after, you can probably get there much quicker with a buy-to-let. You can also buy an investment property on credit and use one as surety to buy another, gearing your portfolio. However, you end up with a huge amount of concentration risk, and if you pay off a bond on a buy-to-let, you end up paying more for the asset than it’s actually worth. If I’m going to be throwing a lot of money at an asset, I prefer liquid, diversified and maintenance and paperwork-free. Links and sources Roneil sent a link to a Mybroadband article about great value smartphones. If you’re after a device that gets the job done, there are some great alternatives here. I’ll certainly be thinking more along these lines once my current phone dies. I also mention