The easy way to invest offshore

Julie Brownlee, Fsp Invest, 06 Aug. 2015

Tags: offshore, investing offshore, invest offshore, etfs, offshore etfs,

If the idea of investing offshore appeals to you, the idea of taking your money offshore may not.

So if you want to gain exposure to offshore markets without the hassle of taking your money offshore, how can you do it?

Read on to find out…

What is investing offshore?

Investing offshore involves investing in countries outside of South Africa. For example, investing in stocks listed in the UK, the US or Europe.

Whilst opening an international investment account is now easier than it’s ever been in South Africa, it’s not the right choice for everyone.

The good news is, you can easily gain exposure to offshore markets without having to take your money offshore or open a separate stock broker account.

How to invest offshore from SA

The easiest way to gain exposure to investments offshore using your rands is to buy into exchange traded funds (ETFs) that track the performance of offshore markets.

There are a number of different ones listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange.

These ETFs give you exposure to:

  • Japan;
  • The US;
  • Europe; and
  • The world as a whole.

These ETFs are through db-x trackers. You can buy into these ETFs through your stock broker. It’s as easy as buying a share listed in South Africa.

These ETFs are liquid, and you can buy and sell them whenever the SA stock market is open.

Investing offshore not only diversifies your portfolio, it also hedges you against a weakening rand. And investing in South African listed ETFs is a simple way to do it.

So there you have it. The easy way to invest offshore.

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