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Q What is the minimum investment? Is there a maximum investment?

A The minimum investment in the Sir Edmund Hillary strategy is set at R 250, 000 with no maximum threshold applicable.

Q What is the minimum adhoc contribution?

A There are no minimums. Clients can setup direct debits however they should wish to invest regularly.

Q What is the minimum investment term?

A There is no minimum investment term however this strategy is most suitable for investors who have an investment horizon of over five years.

Q Can I change my Gearing?

A No. 

Q How can I change my Gearing?

A Complete and sign a gearing amendment form and e-mail it to for your request to be reviewed and processed.

Q How do performance fees work?

A If your returns do not exceed our benchmark of the FTSE/JSE Top 40, no performance fees are payable to Emperor Asset Management. Performance fees are accrued every month and can be positive (if outperformance occurred), or negative (underperformance).

Q When are they deducted?

A Performance fees are accrued and deducted every month where outperformance has occurred. Keep in mind that only 20% of this 20% outperformance is deducted by Emperor with the remaining 80% being held in account for periods of underperformance against our benchmark.

Q When can I expect my statement?

A Clients can expect their monthly statements by the 10th of each month.

Q Why do I receive a "change of details" e-mail from if I am an Emperor client?

A Emperor Asset Management executes their market trades through When you become an Emperor client a account is opened in your name at the same time. The client services team will notify you of any changes to your personal details which will be mirrored across both your Emperor and accounts.

Q Will you send me Tax statements and what is the tax status of my investment?

A Clients will receive an IT3 (b) and IT3(c) certificate annually from Emperor Asset Management. Emperor Asset Management is unable to provide any tax advice to clients and all clients should seek independent tax advice relating to their personal tax statuses.

Q When will you send me my tax documentation?

A All aforementioned tax documentation will be sent to clients by 31 May.

Q What is the deposit process?

A Once you open your account and receive your welcome e-mail with your User ID you will be ready to make your deposit. We hold bank accounts with all of South Africa's banks which ensures the quickest possible allocation of your funds. Please ensure that you reference your user ID, initial and surname when making deposits and then please send your proof of payment to

Q How do I make a withdrawal?

A Please send a withdrawal request to by 09h00 ensuring that you include your full name, user id, amount being withdrawn and confirmation of your banking details.

Q How quickly can I get my money? Is there a lock-in period?

A Clients can request a withdrawal of funds at any time. There is no lock in period and 95% of funds will be paid out on a T+1 basis. The remaining 5% will be paid out at month end less any fees owned to Emperor Asset Management.

Q Dividend payment process

A All manufactured dividends are re-invested. Withdrawals are dealt with separately.

Q What are overnight funding costs and how are they calculated?

A SAFEY rate plus a spread.

Q Do I pay penalties for accessing my money?

A No. Your funds are segregated in an individual account linked to your name and are available at any time with no penalties for withdrawing your money other than the administration charges and performance fees owed to Emperor Asset Management.

Q Can I make monthly withdrawals?

A Yes you can, depending on the frequency and size underlying CFD's may need to be sold.

Q Are you licensed?

A Yes. Emperor Asset Management is a division of First World Trader, an authorised Financial Services Provider operating under license FSP 44978.

Q Is brokerage charged separately for trading? What are the brokerage costs per trade?

A Yes - 0.5% flat fee on the value purchased and disposed.

Q Because you are a derivative strategy do you go short and when?

A During normal market conditions the portfolio will have a long exposure of 220% and a short exposure of 40% which will be adjusted for adverse market conditions.

Q Tom developed this strategy, what happens if Tom is not around?

A Tom developed this strategy but The Robert Falcon Scott strategy is based on a long-short derivatives quantitative strategy focusing on 140 of the most liquid JSE shares utilizing CFD's with a maximum 2 times leverage. As it is quantitative in nature there is very little discretionary investing taking place, therefore the strategy dictates investment and not Tom. That said, where discretion is applied this is done in conjunction with the investment committee and portfolio managers which sit behind the organisation of which Tom is the Chief Investment Officer.

Q Can I open an account in my children's name, if so how?

A Yes you can. This will be linked to the parent account holder but opened in the child's name. Each child will required a completed contact information sheet, confirmation of co-habitation form completed and sent in with a copy of their ID.

Q Can I have an account in my partner's and my name, if so how?

A Yes you can in line with standard account opening process.

Q If my partner and I are not married but would like to open a single account in both our names how this would be done. In a situation of "separation" how might this impact the linked investment?

A Yes you can via a limited power of attorney please eek legal and tax professional advice.

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