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  • Five ways to increase your retirement savings
  • Retirement shouldn't take you by surprise. The problem is that most people do not have nearly enough money saved up for retirement. If you're in your 50's or 60's, there are no shortcuts - you have to take action now. You can maximize your retirement savings and make sure you have enough money to live comfortably for the next 20 years or so after retirement by acting responsibly and planning ahead.... ››› more
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  • Tips for choosing the right tax practitioner
  • Filing your annual tax return is quite a challenge and most people seek the services of a tax professional who can do all the work for them. It's important to make a smart, carefully researched decision when choosing a tax professional to file your tax return and keep you informed about the latest changes in tax laws. Here are some tips for choosing the right tax practitioner in times of need.... ››› more
  • [29 July 2014]
  • When this company buys the share price flies! And it's buying again!
  • It excites me when companies put in formal offers to buy other companies… These are the kinds of things I wait for, when looking to invest my money. And right now, Adcorp is going on a buying spree where it's looking to buy in South Africa and even in the Asia-Pacific, which makes this investment even more attractive. In fact, if all goes well, you could cash in on a 63.63% gain in the next couple of months. Let me explain…... ››› more
  • [29 July 2014]
  • Is Russia using a downed passenger plane as a distraction tactic to position itself for war?
  • The tensions between the Ukraine and Russia have been in the media for months now. But it appears things are slowly escalating. And the battle lines between East and West are becoming ever clearer. In fact, Tony Blinken, US Deputy National Security Advisor has said he believes the Russians have used the downed Air Malaysia passenger plane that was shot down as a distraction tactic. Time reported him as saying, while the world media has been focusing on the crash and rebels around the crash site; Russia has been moving troops and weaponry into and along the Ukraine's border. Now there's no question… Tensions are building in the region. But tensions are also building across the globe. You see, because of Historic conflicts and differences, the West (Europe and the US) is very quick to see Russia in a bad light. And so far, the Western nations are assuming the worst when it comes to Russia. They claim Russia is supplying and driving the unrest in the Ukraine - Perhaps with the goal of claiming the country for itself. But this isn't just some interesting real life soap opera that you can watch unfold on TV each night. This conflict is real and it has real effects for you as an investor. In fact, how you position your investments in response to this could be the difference between disappointing losses and great profits.... ››› more
  • [29 July 2014]
  • Inflation-linked bond ETFs: A portfolio diversifier that beats off inflation
  • When inflation is high, like it is now, it can be difficult to get returns to beat it. If you've got money in a savings account, chances are you're losing money as the interest rate you receive doesn't even offset the effects of inflation. So what can you do? You could look to inflation-linked government bonds. And you can invest in these bonds through an exchange traded fund (ETF). Read on to uncover your options when it comes to bond ETFs that beat inflation…... ››› more
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  • Finally the mining pact is signed, but AMCU abstained

    The much anticipated pact, which seeks to bring stability to South Africa's troubled mining sector, was finally signed yesterday. But, the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) has yet to sign on the dotted line. Already there are questions about whether the pact will do anything to improve the current issues afflicting the mining sector. Let's have a look at what's been going on… ››› more
  • This shocking new nationalisation announcement could be the final nail in the coffin for South African mining…

    Shale Gas could've been the next big boom sector in South Africa. The Karoo is the fifth largest gas field in the world, and local as well as international companies are interested in developing it. After all, according to estimates, shale gas extraction from the Karoo will lead to 9% GDP growth for South Africa! And just imagine the possibility of extracting cheap shale gas and using it in power plants (no wet coal problems!)... Or if Sasol used the gas in its Gas-to-liquids process, South Africa would become independent of international oil! But a new law that has just been passed could change all of this. This shocking law makes mine nationalisation a government policy and it could stop the future of fracking right in its tracks! ››› more
  • Cash in as Nigeria becomes Africa's next big investment hotspot

    Forget South Africa, Nigeria is growing at such a fast rate, in fact, economists expect Nigeria to overtake SA and become Africa\'s biggest economy. Don\'t wait for that to happen before you invest in Nigeria. Here\'s a home-grown smart investment you can make today… ››› more
  • With rolling black outs hitting SA, Eskom's electricity production cracks are starting to show

    Rolling black outs are something we've become used to here in SA during the cold winter months. But rolling black outs in March, that's a bit early isn't it. Apparently not. Earlier today, Eskom warned that “seven days of continuous rain have affected [its] power stations in Mpumalanga and is still affecting coal mines”. The result? The production of electricity has come into jeopardy leaving dozens of suburbs in Cape Town and Johannesburg without power for hours. A trend that's set to continue until at least 10pm tonight. But is there an advantage lurking in this electricity grid disaster that you can profit from? ››› more
  • Don't let African Bank's 24% share price plunge put you off the unsecured lending market JUST yet…

    Any investment is a risk. But you can hedge your bets by doing your research and going for not just the company that seems to be doing well because its daily share price. Instead, you should look at the underlying factors behind its success, like demonstrating sound investment practices itself, a diversified income streams and proven management. If you follow this strategy, you won't let the news of African Bank's 24% share price plunge yesterday put you off investing in the unsecured lending market just yet… ››› more

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