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  • The 3 most troubling takeaways from SONA
  • The 3 most troubling takeaways from SONA
    The State of the Nation Address (SONA) was certainly a spectacle, unfortunately mainly for the wrong reasons. However, as South Africans, it's essential to analyse the SONA - especially as it could have a significant impact on our lives. Personally, I found three aspects of SONA particularly troubling…   Why investors should be worried about SONA 2017 #1: The violence   In hi... ››› more
  • [16 February 2017]
  • What would you say to 100% market upside with no downside risk?
  • What would you say to 100% market upside with no downside risk?
    Imagine turning on the TV and finding the following Infomercial: We are giving you the opportunity to invest in the S&P500. It is the world’s premier equity index, dwarfing the JSE. Receive dollar based returns while getting exposure to some of the world's largest and most innovative companies including Apple, Berkshire Hathaway and Caterpillar.   But that’s not all, we also gi... ››› more
  • [09 February 2017]
  • Trump's first days in office + 3 to buy and 2 to sell
  • Trump's first days in office + 3 to buy and 2 to sell
    Last week's sentiment remained positive and markets continued their rally. President Trump's first days in office are being closely monitored and provide plenty for traders to digest. The JSE Top 40 closed the week up 0,8%, but retreated slightly on Friday along with generally softer developed markets; for the year to date the JSE is up 7,7%. Kumba rallied 27% after it provided a product... ››› more
  • [31 January 2017]
  • Here's what no-one told you about low-cost RA's…
  • Here's what no-one told you about low-cost RA's…
    A week ago I was nearly convinced low-cost RA's are the way to go. I read a well written article on the web, promoting the virtues of low-cost RA's. The article uses the following example: Someone has saved R3 000 every month for 40 years into a retirement annuity (RA), and earns a return of 6.5% above inflation. If you pay an investment fee of 3% you'd end up with R3 million at the end ... ››› more
  • [25 January 2017]
  • Three festive driving tips to save you money and keep you safe
  • Three festive driving tips to save you money and keep you safe
    We live in such a vast and beautiful country and if you're like me, then you enjoy long driving holidays. I love the feel of the road beneath the wheels, the power of the engine and the ever-changing scenery on the journey. I love singing with my family and counting the windmills as we drive. But, I don't like pulling into petrol stations along the way and filling up my tank. It just costs... ››› more
  • [17 November 2016]
  • Three top ways to save money over the festive season
  • Three top ways to save money over the festive season
    In two weeks we will be in December and that means the festive season is drawing close. The festive season is a time to look forward to, but it's also a time of year you may dread as the costs mount up from overspending. So how can you save money over the festive season? Read on to find out… Festive money saving tip #1: Work out how much you’ve got to spend Before you start mak... ››› more
  • [17 November 2016]
  • One way to save money over the festive season
  • One way to save money over the festive season
    It's not long until the schools break up for the holidays and the festive season will get into full swing. Whilst this time of year gives you time to spend time with friends and family, it can also be an expensive time of year. So how can you save money over the festive season? How about skipping a holiday and staying at home? Read on to find out more… The festive season is an e... ››› more
  • [13 November 2016]
  • Have you thought about what you're going to do with your bonus?
  • Have you thought about what you're going to do with your bonus?
    It's coming to that time of year when many people may have an end of year bonus to look forward to. Whilst your first thought may be to go out and splash it, you should resist the temptation. So what should you do with your bonus instead? Read on to find out… What you can do with your bonus There are definitely ways you can put your bonus to better work than splashing it on u... ››› more
  • [04 November 2016]
  • How to get ready for festive season with these money saving tips
  • How to get ready for festive season with these money saving tips
    We're already into November and with the festive season looming, you may already be worrying about how you're going to afford everything you need to buy. There are a few things that you can do now to help take the pressure off your finances next month. Read on to find out more… Festive money saving tip #1: Start stocking up on food In just over a month, the kids will be finishing ... ››› more
  • [02 November 2016]
  • How using Uber could save you R5,490.19 every month
  • How using Uber could save you R5,490.19 every month
    If you've been thinking of buying a new car, think again. Buying a new car is generally a bad investment because it depreciates in value quickly and has high monthly costs. Like most bad investments you make, the decision to buy a new car is ultimately driven by your emotions. You want to be the envy of your colleagues, friends and family pulling up in a spanking new vehicle. Slick car... ››› more
  • [04 October 2016]
  • The “fools” guide to passive income - How to make money while you sleep
  • The “fools” guide to passive income - How to make money while you sleep
    I've spent days, weeks and even months researching all sorts of crazy passive income ideas. One thing that I've learnt is that it really is possible to make money while you sleep. To create streams of passive income, you should spend very little time setting up the income stream and sit back and watch as your bank account grows. It really is possible. Passive income is not a dream or a my... ››› more
  • [30 August 2016]
  • Live the life you want and break the chains of financial slavery
  • Live the life you want and break the chains of financial slavery
    Fifteen years ago, I didn't think this was possible. Maybe it was for other people, but certainly not for me... At the age of 20, I drove a red Golf Chico, earned R5,000 a month, lived in a tiny one bedroom flat in someone's back garden and couldn't afford to take an annual holiday. Today, my life is totally different. That's because I understand the life changing power of earning, sav... ››› more
  • [16 August 2016]
  • You can make more money working three days a week
  • You can make more money working three days a week
    How many days do you work in a week? Five, six maybe even seven? Do you spend 8 to 12 hours at work, drive home and then spend another 2 or 3 hours on your laptop? Do you enjoy doing this? I'll be honest. I was just like you. I spent 90% of my day working my fingers to the bone. I hardly saw my family during the week or even on the weekends. Then, I burnt out. I spent a week st... ››› more
  • [11 August 2016]
  • Eight reasons you won't have enough to retire - Here's what you need to do right now!
  • Eight reasons you won't have enough to retire - Here's what you need to do right now!
    You won't have enough money to retire. I know I sound like the harbinger of doom, but it's a reality that you and most South Africans need to face up to. Now you might be asking, why am I saying this about you? Well, I am only looking at the statistics. The Financial Planning Institute of South Africa says less than a quarter of South Africans can afford to retire. If you think that's ... ››› more
  • [11 August 2016]
  • If you're failing at a career you hate, take a chance and succeed at what you love
  • If you're failing at a career you hate, take a chance and succeed at what you love
    I know what it feels like to be stuck behind a desk, earning a pittance and despising your existence. But I changed the way I live my life. I took a calculated risk that paid off. Today, I am writing this letter to you from my home office, while watching my kids through my study window as they play outside. I want you to be able to experience this level of freedom too. Spending more time work... ››› more
  • [21 July 2016]


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