For decades, retirement investors handed over control of their finances to someone else to squeeze as much as they can out of their retirement annuities (RA). If you're doing that, then you know it means accepting mediocre returns and paying high management fees.
But there's a little-known ‘new generation' RA that lets you customise your investments. In fact, you now have full control over ... ››› more
Are you so focused on our day-to-day life that you totally forget to look after your health? If this sounds like you, you're at constant risk of contracting a serious lifestyle illness.
Statistics from the heart and Stroke Foundation of South Africa show:
• 130 heart attacks and 240 strokes occur daily in South Africa
• 10 people suffer a stroke and five people will have a heart attac... ››› more
Have you ever asked yourself, “Will you live as well as your parents did when you retire?”
That's a question thousands of South Africans ask themselves everyday when they reach retirement. The sad truth is, the answer is probably always, “No, I won't”
And, it's no surprise...
You know the statistics that say, only a quarter of South Africans will retire comfortably. The rest wi... ››› more
Since the South African reserve bank decided not to increase interest rates again, you have a brief moment of relief to make sure that you get your financial house in order before the next rate hike. Now is the time to be more frugal with your money. It's not the time to make more debt or increase your spending.
The challenges for consumers in 2016 are far from over. No one know if the reserve... ››› more
Rich South Africans pay expensive lawyers, accounts, tax planners and investment managers to ensure they legally pay as little tax as possible.
Now I know what you're thinking: “That's great, but not everyone can afford these expensive advisors.”
Well I've got good news for you: You don't need the help of expensive accountants, tax advisors or investment managers. Because all the tax inc... ››› more
The cost of funerals in South Africa is quite expensive. As a result, when family members die, those left behind are often left with a serious financial burden. Funeral costs can reach tens of thousands of rands leaving the family member responsible for the burial no choice but to take out a loan or pay with a credit card.
Clearly, this isn't an ideal situation, especially for households with ... ››› more
Wouldn't you like to pay your house off six years earlier and save R500,000 in the process?
Just imagine the freedom you'll have knowing you've conquered one of your largest debts.
If you can beat your biggest debt, the smaller ones will feel like nothing!
Well, today I've found a special solution to do just that - without changing your lifestyle.
But wait… I haven't even told you ho... ››› more
A couple of weeks ago, I went to a car auction. I saw people snatching great car deals that even baffled the commission-incentivised auctioneer! Some of the cars were literally selling for about half of what I knew the retail value to be. I was stumped... I know they say “In war, there are no winners”… But believe me, after what I saw - in bidding wars - there certainly are. Today I'll reve... ››› more
If you know just a few simple tricks you can take control of your own retirement back from your financial advisor - and save a small fortune in fees at the same time. Today, Aiden Sookdin speaks to the experts and explains exactly how to set up your own fool-proof retirement savings plan - DIY style. It's a lot easier than you may think. Just follow this simple four-step plan and you'll be well on... ››› more
Eskom's admitted that it's struggling to keep the lights on. Existing power stations don't produce enough power to support demand.
The coal industry and leading mining media are not convinced that Eskom will get enough coal to run its power stations.
When this happens, the blackouts we know so well will get worse. And we'll be paying Eskom even more because tariffs are constantly increasing.... ››› more
According to Bloomberg, a whopping 8 out 10 new businesses FAIL in the first 18 months.
But there's a special kind of business model that has a 90% chance of success.
Here's how you can be a part of the right statistic…
A fundamental reason why ordinary start-ups fail is because they go into it alone. The lack of expertise, experience and funding ultimately cripples these entrepreneurs... ››› more
Do you know your magic number?
It's the number you need to retire one day or simply to live the lifestyle you want in say, the next 10 years?
It's a fact that by the time a person reaches retirement, sixty percent will not have enough money to live on.
If you're like me, I'm sure you don't want to be part of this statistic and even if retirement seems a long way off, maybe you're more ... ››› more
It started out as an informal short-term savings scheme in the 1800s. Since then it has evolved into a R49 million investment vehicle that services about 8.6 million South Africans.
This revolutionary system allows people to save money for groceries, school fees, funerals and even lavish holidays. With a minimum of 11 savers in each group, this underground system encourages trust between membe... ››› more
To find out if trusts can help you protect your family's financial situation after you're gone, Aiden Sookdin spoke to one of the foremost trust experts in South Africa, Albert Vorster, Senior Fiduciary Specialist at Momentum Trust Limited. Here's what you need to know...
Albert agrees that trusts are still relevant for effective estate planning, asset protection and generational continu... ››› more
Last month, I had the privilege of speaking to Gary Booysen as we prepared our articles for The South African Investor publication.
I was fascinated by the history lesson Gary gave me about the evolution of the hedge fund industry. I realised that the investment world is riddled with complex structures, obscure products, puzzling regulations and often downright confusing terminology.
But, ... ››› more
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