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Episode Info: At what point did South Africans become so obsessed with having money offshore? For a while everyone was obsessed with gold, then something about Jacob Zuma and suddenly Magnus Heystek was a thing, like a bad dream. Our friend Edwin has this ability to ask a question in a way that stretches my brain more than any answer ever could. This week, his question was simple, “What’s the point of taking money out of the country?” What, indeed! P.S. If you wanted to catch a movie with us at the JSE, you can register here. Subscribe to our RSS feed here. Subscribe or rate us in iTunes. Edwin I have little money offshore from a previous company share scheme. It is in an account managed by the company scheme and doesn’t cost me anything or grow. It just sits there. It’s in pounds, so every time the Rand drops I feel richer. I also like the thought of having an emergency stash offshore should I need it one day. I have thought of repatriating this money and it raised a whole lot of other questions. What is the point of sending money to another country when you can 1) Buy global shares and ETFs with Rands from SA 2) Buy currency if you need it quite easily through a number of platforms e.g. Standard Bank Shyft, Easy Equities. Unless someone is buying a villa off the south coast of France, or planning to spend time overseas why do people bother “sending money offshore” when you can just as easily buy the Rand hedge in Rand in a locally sold ETF or in currency itself? What am I missing? Is there an advantage to having your physical currency in another country or should I bring my pounds back home and just buy a low cost ETF? Pierre I’ve been contributing fairly regular lump sums to an offshore USD denominated Allan Gray unit trust since about 2016. According to Allan Gray the costs of this investment are as follows: Annual investment management fee = 1.16% Annual platform administration fee = 0.56% Annual financial advisor fee = 1.15% I’m not sure if this total of 2.87% includes fees that the company who does to actual exchange from ZAR to USD charges every time I add to the investment. Should I just stop contributing to this unit trust, hope for the best and continue contributing to my EasyEquities USD Vanguard S&P500 ETF? Should I try to close this investment, have the funds exchanged to ZAR and reinvest it into EasyEquities USD. I am not aware of a way to have the investment directly transferred from Allan Gray US to EasEquities USD, are you? Mzwa For all the noise that comes with it, BBBEE schemes in my opinion are not radical at all, and barely benefit the average black retail investor. Instead they largely benefit high net worth and these BBBEE connected folks and well-poised trusts and institutions. I say this because mainly because of the complexity that it comes with. At times you don’t even get access to main shares. The company offering the BBBEE deal is basically just providing the loan, and and any dividends must first pay...
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