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  • How to handle debt in the face of rising interest rates
  • When interest rates go up, the cost of borrowing rises with it. The banks simply pass on the hikes in interest rates they pay to borrow money to you the customer. The South African Reserve Bank is in the midst of increasing rates. It raised rates last week and also in July. Chances are more interest rates hike lie ahead. So how should you handle your debt in the face of higher interest ra... ››› more
  • [21 December 2015]
  • How to buy your perfect dream home for long-term prosperity
  • Before you even think about financing your home, you need to know exactly what you want from it. There are certain steps you must take to find your perfect home. So start your buying process by considering the following important elements. What type of home will best meet your needs?   Buying a house is a long-term commitment. You don’t want to make the mistake of buying a property that you... ››› more
  • [21 December 2015]
  • How to prepare for retirement
  • How to prepare for retirement
    When you retire, you want to be in a financially secure position. This means taking the time now to plan and ensure that you stick to specific retirement planning goals so you achieve this end goal. Read on to find out more… What you need to do before you hit retirement You need to take steps now to ensure that retirement isn’t a time when you’re worrying about money. To do th... ››› more
  • [21 December 2015]
  • “You only live once” - The best way to plan your finances for life
  • I often hear people say, “Just do it, you only live once.” I cringe when I hear this… You: “I really want that new S-class Mercedes Benz but I don't think I can afford it.” Friend: “Go for it, you only live once.” Yes, do it! You'll end up paying for that S-class for the rest of your life. You'll live hand to mouth while the car depreciates in value and you and your family a... ››› more
  • [21 December 2015]
  • Three ways to get your financial planning on track
  • Trying to sort out your finances for the present and the future is never an easy task, but it is one thing you need to take the time to do. Financial planning should start as early as possible, with short-term and long-term goals. So what should you include as part of your financial plans? Let's take a closer look at some important aspects… Financial planning aspect #1: Are you co... ››› more
  • [21 December 2015]
  • Getting your priorities straight with your savings
  • Savings are an important part of your personal finances. It's important to build up savings over the years. The earlier you start, the quicker you'll achieve your savings goals. You should have different purposes for different savings. So how should you deal with your savings? Read on to find out… Different types of savings As part of your financial planning for the future, yo... ››› more
  • [21 December 2015]
  • 5 little known secrets crucial to your business success
  • When you're starting your own business, you're usually focused on the obvious things like financial, business and marketing planning… Maybe you spend your time perfecting your products and services… and, while those are all good places to start, there are some lesser-known success factors that you need to be aware of… I believe these factors are so crucial to your success, that I'... ››› more
  • [21 December 2015]
  • Insurance warning: Six things you need to do before you lock up and go this December
  • Picture this: You've just come home from a wonderful December holiday. You throw open your front door and put down your bags. But just before you can say, “Home, sweet home!” the chaos around you tells you there's been a burglary. Your next thought will probably be: “Thank goodness I'm insured!” But are you really certain you'll be paid out as much as you expect? If you have in... ››› more
  • [21 December 2015]
  • Nine secret hiding places to protect your wealth while you're away this December
  • Criminals are becoming increasingly organised, determined and cunning. They target people who run successful businesses or own nice houses, going for their investments, jewellery and pensions… They're even gunning for your identities! Armed with the right information, an ID criminal can impersonate you and commit fraud, open and misuse bank accounts, apply for loans, abuse your existing b... ››› more
  • [21 December 2015]
  • Nine clever things to do with your Christmas bonus this year…
  • It's that time of the year again. When you wait - with joyful anticipation - for your 13th cheque! And, while you might be pleasantly surprised by how generous your boss has been, you'll be just as shocked when the taxman swipes a lovely chunk of your bonus How? Well, not only can he take up to 45% of your bonus if it's added to your December salary (because this could push you into a h... ››› more
  • [21 December 2015]
  • Are you changing your career in 2016? These tips will help you find your niche...
  • Perhaps you're bored at work and have realised that opportunities for growth are limited. Or maybe you've been dreaming about a career change for a while now. You wouldn't be alone. Research shows that at least 50% of all working South Africans believe they've chosen the wrong path. Regardless of why you feel this way about your current job, the right career is out there for everyone - and i... ››› more
  • [21 December 2015]


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