Tax

  • 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 state of our nation + 3 to buy and 2 to sell
  • The JSE Top 40 closed the week down 1,5%. Higher commodity prices; Gold, Silver and Brent Oil were up more than 2%, while Platinum managed 1,6%. These were not enough to save the Resources Index (down 3%) from a stronger Rand. Industrials and Financials were also softer. Anglogold up 9,3% and Harmony 9,5% responding to a firmer Gold Price (up 2,5%). PSG rallied 6%, see comment below. ... ››› more
  • [22 September 2017]
  • Receive dollar-based performance through structured products
  • Since my last article on the subject of structured products I have received a number of enquiries from readers asking for more information. Due to the overwhelming response I decided to do this follow-up article and go over the most frequently asked questions. First, for those who may not have read the original, here is a brief recap. I discussed a currently available structured product with ... ››› 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]
  • If your marginal tax rate is 39% or higher you are probably investing wrong
  • There are just two certainties in life: Death and taxes. Unfortunately, these are also the two topics people find most unpleasant to think about. For higher net worth individuals, understanding your taxes is almost as important as understanding investments. If you're a high income earner in South Africa, a return of 11% can be equal to one of 20% under the correct tax treatment. Many reader... ››› 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]
  • 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]
  • Five things to consider when purchasing your next property
  • When you first decide to invest in a property the excitement pumps you up. Your heart starts racing, you already see the cash rolling in… But before your ambitions run away with your good judgement you should take a step back and evaluate whether the property you're looking to invest in will provide you with growth - or is it a cash-trap that'll suck your wallet dry. What to look for in ... ››› more
  • [15 December 2016]
  • 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 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]
  • 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]
  • 7 reasons why I look to the South African Investor to build and protect my wealth
  • Investing in South Africa today is proving to be a challenge for even the best investors. We have to deal with constant attacks to our investment capital. Scam artists, investment fees, taxes, increasing cost of living as well as political decisions both local and internationally all seem to be aligned to do one thing, eat away at the wealth we are trying so hard to build. The current situ... ››› more
  • [06 July 2016]
  • Everything you MUST know about tax and your investments
  • If you've been acting on the share recommendations the FSPInvest team delivers every month in publications like The South African Investor, Real Wealth and Red Hot Penny Shares, then you're probably making handsome investment returns right now. Soon, these investment returns will spark interest from SARS, and soon they'll come knocking asking for their share of your profits. Your broker is... ››› more
  • [09 June 2016]
  • Unit Trusts or ETFs - Definitely ETFs!
  • In the last three weeks, one question constantly comes up in conversation with my friends, “What do you prefer, unit trusts or ETFs (Exchange Traded Funds)?” My quick answer is always ETFs. But then I'm bombarded with follow up questions asking, “What's the difference and why do you like them so much?” So, today, I want to put these questions to rest and explain once and for all, why... ››› more
  • [08 June 2016]
  • Two pitfalls that most retirees never see coming
  • 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
  • [23 May 2016]
  • The underdog that could save you up to 30% in tax every year
  • 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
  • [19 May 2016]
  • Can a trust really help you protect your generational wealth?
  • 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
  • [10 May 2016]
  • The number one wealth preservation rule: Protect your assets
  • No matter what you financial situation is, there's nothing more devastating than seeing the Sheriff auctioning off your business, home and other assets because you lost your job or a business venture you put your heart, soul and life-savings into went bad. That's why it's vitally important to make sure your assets are protected from creditors in the event of any unforeseen eventuality like inso... ››› more
  • [06 May 2016]
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