Savings

  • How you can get a 100% tax refund - and grow your investment portfolio at the same time
  • I've been looking at ways to reduce my donations to the Nkandla Fund (SARS income tax)… I have no objection to pay tax - when the government that receives that money makes use of it responsibly. But that's not the case at this stage. And by putting off paying tax (legally) I can get my money to work for me faster than when I give nearly half of that away to the tax man. Now instead o... ››› more
  • [06 December 2017]
  • The latest Interest Rate cycle that could end in financial disaster
  • Have you ever heard of the saying, “Those who do not remember the past, are condemned to repeat it?” Well, humans can learn valuable lessons by looking back at historical events, but choose not to. And in many cases, we tend to repeat history and make the same mistakes. Think about how many financial decisions we've made that ended up in economic disaster. For example, the deci... ››› more
  • [22 September 2017]
  • ETF's are taking over the world - but are they as safe as everyone says?
  • In a recent report from ETF.com data released shows that the US have had $250 billion worth of cash inflows into ETF's during 2017 alone! According to an estimate by The New Yorker, around 20 percent of the market in the US is made up out of JUST ETF's. And “When you factor in “closet indexing”—when individual or institutional investors pursue indexing strategies without declaring... ››› more
  • [21 September 2017]
  • Why you need to think differently for retirement planning
  • It's never too early to start planning for retirement. And this means thinking somewhat differently about retirement planning for your later years. Have you ever stopped and asked yourself these questions? 1. How much will I need to save for retirement in order to live comfortably? 2. What are my retirement goals? 3. When should I start? 4. What should I do? 5. What costs might I... ››› more
  • [21 September 2017]
  • The little-known tax secret that can get you up to R23,800 tax-free every year
  • Consider this… In 1995, SARS collected just over R127 billion in tax revenue. Today, that figure stands at R1.14 trillion. By 2018, SARS aims to collect R1.26 trillion in tax revenue. In short, SARS is coming after more of your money. And they will do everything in their power to get their greedy hands on as much of your money as possible. But what if I told you… Th... ››› more
  • [21 September 2017]
  • 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]
  • 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]
  • 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]
  • Invest R1,200 a year and collect a 25% bonus for your children's education
  • Earlier this week I spoke to a new parent who only earns R8,000 a month. With a three month old baby, she was concerned that she wouldn't have enough money for her child's education when the time came to send the child to school. She could only afford to save R1,200 a year for her child's education and put her first lump sum savings into a 32 day savings account that gave her a measly 5% inter... ››› more
  • [22 July 2016]
  • One of the most attractive investment options for low-risk investors right now
  • The other day, while making my morning coffee, a work colleague asked me about an opportunity to earn an 11.5% return on a fixed-term bond investment. And she wasn't talking about RSA Government Retail Bonds. She was talking about investing in a Participation Bond Fund, specifically the FedGroup Participation Bond Fund. When you invest in a Participation Bond Fund, money is pooled with oth... ››› more
  • [21 July 2016]
  • Don't you wish someone told you this about money when you were in your 20s?
  • When I look at the financial education I received at school and university, I always wonder how different my life would be today if I had better quality information. Where would you be if your teachers, parents and mentors taught you more about managing money, the stock market, investing, savings and general day-to-day budgeting? How different would your life be today? Let's take a clo... ››› more
  • [19 July 2016]
  • Have you discussed these four financial topics with your partner?
  • If the statistic that 50% of all marriages end in divorce is accurate, it means that South African couples need to pay close attention to the way they manage their finances. Whether you're just starting out or already in a steady relationship, you and your “better” half must manage your finances effectively so that it doesn't destroy your relationship. To help you succeed, I've found f... ››› more
  • [19 July 2016]
  • Don't make these three fatal mistakes with a Tax-Free Savings Account
  • Just imagine the shock I got when I read that, “59% of TFSAs have been opened at banks, and the majority of investments are in cash.” Really? Cash investments? That really worries me. Think about this… Investing in a tax-free deposit account from the major South African banks will give a return between 6%-8%. But consider that inflation is sitting at 6.1% and not going to stop th... ››› more
  • [11 July 2016]
  • Why you should lend the government money
  • It's simple, lending money to government is a guaranteed income bearing investment. Most investors fail to recognise the value in this form of investing. Yet, it's hugely important if you want to bank more than just capital profits on your investments. If you lend money to someone, you want to know that you're lending it to a person who can pay it back, along with the interest you charge. ... ››› more
  • [15 June 2016]
  • Two easy ways to start investing with only R500 a month
  • If you think that you're too broke to start investing your money, then you've been misinformed. It is possible to start growing your wealth with as little as R500 ever single month. Despite what most people think, you don't have to have millions in the bank to invest your money. There are exciting new platforms that you can use to invest with as little as R100. Of course, R100 gives you ve... ››› more
  • [02 June 2016]
  • How to avoid the 20 most common retirement planning mistakes
  • There are so many things you need to consider when planning for your retirement. Of course, there's the obvious retirement planning concerns, like how much you earn and how much debt you have but there are other factors that could leave you scrambling around trying desperately to build up your retirement savings. To help you prepare for your retirement, I've found 20 of the most common ret... ››› more
  • [02 June 2016]
  • Confirmed: A recession and a junk status down grade is inevitable
  • “The rand could hit R60 to the dollar by 2019: Chris Hart” - Business Tech “Chris Hart: Nothing can prevent SA's slide to junk” - Fin24 I spoke to Chris about his recession and junk status predictions at the South African Investor member meeting on 24 May 2016. I asked him if he was misquoted in the media. However, he was adamant that he is right about these predictions. One of the... ››› more
  • [30 May 2016]
  • This one simple change can knock six years off your bond and save you R302,084.63
  • What if I told you there's a simple way to knock six years off your bond repayments and save R302,084.63. in the process? Would you believe me if I told you that you can pay your bond off faster, without increasing the amount you pay each month? In fact, you won't have to make any drastic changes to your lifestyle at all. I've found a special solution to help you do just that. Just wait un... ››› more
  • [26 May 2016]
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