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Investments: An Introduction

Investments: An Introduction
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ISBN: 978-87-403-0604-0
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Pages : 154
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  4. About the Author


George ★★★★★

Excellent introductory book for the novice investor that needs to establish a road map to accomplish their investment goals. Highly recommended for those individuals who want to take the path towards wealth creation.


This introductory book covers the lifestyle choices faced by the individual over his/her life (the prudent conduct of which leads to early achievement of the elusive financial security goal - FSG), and the nuts and bolts and principles of investments. The individual has four distinct phases in his/her life. Each phase has its unique lifestyle choice-variables and therefore unique codes or rules that need to be recognised and adhered to in order to achieve the FSG as early as possible, and to preserve assets until exodus. Investing also has distinct codes, rules and principles. It is essential to have a good understanding of the financial system, which delivers the main asset classes: the financial asset classes (1) money market investments, (2) bonds and (3) shares. The other assets are real assets and the categories are (1) property, (2) commodities and (3) other real assets (art, antiques, rare stamps and the like).


  1. Four phases of the life-cycle
    1. Learning outcomes
    2. Introduction
    3. Phase 1: newborn to adulthood (0–20)
    4. Phase 2: adulthood to maturity (20–40)
    5. Phase 3: maturity to seniority (40–60)
    6. Phase 4: seniority to exodus (60–80+)
    7. Other rules which apply throughout or during part of your life-cycle
    8. Life-cycle of happiness
    9. The life-cycle and investing
    10. Bibliography
  2. The financial system
    1. Learning outcomes
    2. Introduction
    3. Six elements of the financial system
    4. Element 1: lenders and borrowers
    5. Element 2: financial intermediaries
    6. Element 3: financial instruments
    7. Element 4: financial markets
    8. Element 5: money creation
    9. Element 6: price discovery
    10. Allied participants in the financial system
    11. Bibliography
  3. Investment instruments
    1. Learning outcomes
    2. Introduction
    3. Time value of money
    4. Money market instruments
    5. Bond market instruments
    6. Share market instruments
    7. Derivative market instruments: futures and options
    8. Real investments
    9. Investment vehicles
    10. Foreign investments
    11. Asset classes
    12. Bibliography
  4. Investment principles
    1. Learning outcomes
    2. Introduction
    3. Definition and objective of investment
    4. Risk-free rate
    5. Investment environment
    6. Risk and return
    7. Investment theories and maxims
    8. Lessons from the theories and maxims
    9. Portfolio management
    10. Asset allocation over the life-cycle
    11. Bibliography


About the Author

Alexander Pierre Faure graduated from Elsenburg Agricultural College after school and went on to Stellenbosch University where he graduated with BA (Commerce), Hons BA (Economics), MA (Economics), and PhD (Economics).

He also successfully completed the Stockbroker Examination Requirements at Witwatersrand University (and is a registered Stockbroker - presently non-broking status).

He first worked for the central bank, where he was involved in compiling the monetary statistics (money stock and sources of change, and money market liquidity analysis) and later in the execution of monetary policy.

His career after central banking included private sector banking (the recipient of monetary policy), stockbroking (influenced by monetary policy) and interest rate analysis (reading monetary policy).

After his private sector experience, he became an academic and held the positions Investec Chair in Money and Banking (at Rhodes University and the University of Fort Hare) and Foord Chair in Investments (at Rhodes University).

He is currently at Rhodes University where he teaches financial markets and monetary economics.

He has published widely, including books and papers (his recent papers can be found at:

He also served on a number of boards of directors, holding the positions of Non-executive Director and Managing Director.

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