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  • 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]
  • Secure your children's financial future today with two valuable “laws” of finance
  • According to International Monetary Fund, Gross National Savings as a percentage of GDP in South Africa is one of the worst in the world at about 16%. Emerging markets and developing countries average 33%, while the world averages 25%. We can't even use low salaries and a cost of living for our poor savings culture - the Chinese earn less than we do, and they manage to save over 50% of their GD... ››› more
  • [16 November 2015]
  • The two things you need to grow your wealth
  • Growing your wealth over the years may be something you aspire to. You may think that not having enough money is standing in your way of growing wealth, but you'd be wrong. There are two things that you need to have. So what are these things? Read on to find out… Two factors that will help you grow your wealth   The two most important things you need to grow your wealth a... ››› more
  • [03 November 2015]
  • Looking for a way to save? Consider a stokvel…
  • If you're looking for a way to save that's unique to South Africa, you have to consider a stokvel. So what is a stokvel? How do they work? And how can you use one to save? Read on to find out more… What is a stokvel? A stokvel is a club consisting of 12 or more people where each member contributes a fixed amount of money on a regular basis, explains Wikipedia. Its origins date bac... ››› more
  • [30 October 2015]
  • Don't make this mistake when you retire
  • One mistake you should avoid making when you retire is to give up your active income. Active income is money you earn through working or from a business you own. You shouldn't confuse it with passive income. This is money you receive from an annuity or pension. So why should you not give up your active income? Read on to find out more… The pitfalls of giving up your active income ... ››› more
  • [29 October 2015]
  • Financial planning: Splitting your cash between savings and investing
  • Financial planning involves all aspects of money management for today and for your future. Everyone needs to support themselves. This involves buying food, paying rent or a bond, and putting petrol in the car. But once you get your essential spending done, you should be putting your money into savings and investing the rest. So what is the difference between savings and investing? Let'... ››› more
  • [28 October 2015]
  • Why you have to embrace compounding with your savings and let it work its magic
  • Managing your monthly income can be a difficult task. There are so many expenses and bills to pay. But you have to allocate a certain amount of money to put into savings so that you can start to build a nest egg. Having savings in the bank gives you financial security. And importantly, it means you can let compounding work. Let's take a closer look… What are your financial priorit... ››› more
  • [27 October 2015]
  • Three ways to ensure you have a comfortable retirement
  • Three ways to ensure you have a comfortable retirement
    When you're young, you have hopes and dreams for the years that lie ahead. Retirement seems a far off notion that you won't have to worry about now. As you age and you creep closer to retirement age, the reality dawns that you may not be in a financially sound position to ever retire. Things aren't quite like you envisaged them. But you can make changes now that will help you live a comforta... ››› more
  • [26 October 2015]
  • Safeguard your financial future by securing multiple income streams
  • Safeguard your financial future by securing multiple income streams
    Trying to plan for your future is difficult. You want to grow your wealth so your future is secure and that you'll have a comfortable retirement. But how can you achieve this? You can't do it by slaving away in your current job. This isn't going to build wealth and a financially comfortable future. You need to exposure multiple income streams. Read on to find out more… What are mu... ››› more
  • [23 October 2015]
  • How to put your tax-free savings account to use for retirement
  • There isn't an easy way to prepare for retirement. You'll have to make a lot of choices along the way. If you're contributing to a pension or a retirement annuity, it's good to add some diversification by looking at other ways of saving for your retirement. And you could do this by using your tax-free savings account. Read on to find out more… Investing for retirement with a tax ... ››› more
  • [22 October 2015]
  • A guide to planning for retirement through the ages
  • You most likely already know that the earlier you start preparing for retirement, the better. From when you start work until you reach retirement age, there are certain things you should focus on in terms of planning for your retirement. Let's take a closer look… Planning for retirement in your 20s In your 20s, retirement planning isn’t likely to be top of mind, but this is whe... ››› more
  • [21 October 2015]
  • Should you include government retail bonds in your financial planning strategy?
  • Financial planning involves all aspects of dealing with your money now and into the future. It's vital to have short-term, medium-term and long-term goals as part of your financial planning strategy. To meet some of these goals, you may need to look at savings vehicles to help you get there. So are government retail bonds worth considering? Let's take a closer look… What are gover... ››› more
  • [20 October 2015]
  • What are the chances the finance minister will introduce a new wealth tax?
  • Tomorrow, the finance minister Nhlanhla Nene will give his medium-term budget. With the government's coffers feeling the strain of slowing economic growth, Nene is under pressure to introduce new ways of increasing tax revenue. But how is he going to do it? Since Thomas Piketty, a French economist, suggested introducing a new ‘wealth' tax in SA, could this happen? Let's take a closer lo... ››› more
  • [20 October 2015]


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