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  • Concerned about the yield curve? Find out what to do when recession hits…
  • Concerned about the yield curve?  Find out what to do when recession hits…
    Markets have been incredibly skittish over the last week. And, while there are many reasons for concern, one of the main issues driving share prices lower is fear over the “inverted yield curve”. If you skim the financial news, you'll see headlines like: “Yield curve inversion hammers US small banks” “Bond market yield curve inverts, signalling Fed may be too slow to cut... ››› more
  • [22 August 2019]
  • Do you have enough for retirement?
  • Do you have enough for retirement?
    If you're approaching retirement, it's likely this question is keeping you up at night. It doesn't really matter if you're wealthy, comfortable or just making ends meet. When you get to retirement age the world changes. In the course of my life I've worked with high-flying executives living what can only be described as “the dream”. Owners of multiple businesses, in multiple countries.... ››› more
  • [27 June 2019]
  • If you are retiring in the next 12 months, you must read this now
  • If you are retiring in the next 12 months, you must read this now
    Almost everyone dreams of retirement as a time of peace and relaxation but, in reality, the retirement process is probably the riskiest financial event in your life. There are two main reasons for this. Firstly, the decisions you make today will decide the quality of the rest of your life. Secondly, it is virtually impossible to recover if you make a mistake. By definition this is as r... ››› more
  • [06 June 2019]
  • Keep your hands off my pension
  • Keep your hands off my pension
    If you're in your 50's you might have heard of ‘prescribed assets' before - for millennials this term might be ‘foreign'. But it is very actual - in fact it's from the 1980's and it was part of the Apartheid government playbook. In short - the government back then forced pension funds through legislation to invest up to 77.5% of their funds into parastatals and government bonds. No... ››› more
  • [20 March 2019]
  • Three common mistakes that can cost your retirement a fortune
  • Three common mistakes that can cost your retirement a fortune
    I'm only 28 but I'm not like most under 30s… I constantly think about my future retirement nest egg. And its most likely because I've worked in the investment industry for eight years and surrounded by a lot older colleagues. I've also been lucky enough to attend a lot of our global investor conferences where I got to chat to people a lot older than me… People either preparing to retir... ››› more
  • [11 March 2019]
  • A “Retirement Plan B” you can't ignore!
  • A “Retirement Plan B” you can't ignore!
    Let me ask you a serious question… How many of you believe you have enough money to last your retirement? Well when you consider that over 50% of South Africans aren't confident they will be able to draw an income in retirement, I'm going to assume not many of you. You see, a standard retirement annuity is simply not enough to generate the income you need, for the retirement you want... ››› more
  • [04 March 2019]
  • MORE income than a share, SAFE like a bond
  • MORE income than a share, SAFE like a bond
    Last week, I explained the power of income investing. And how it can boost the overall performance of your portfolio…even in the worst of times. I also revealed (in short) some of the best ways to start generating an income for your portfolio. Today I'd like to delve deeper into one of those income investments. The reason why, is because they offer more income than a normal share... ››› more
  • [18 February 2019]
  • Tax year end - Do these three things to reduce your tax liability
  • Tax year end - Do these three things to reduce your tax liability
    With just 12 days left of the tax year and the budget speech next week, this is the time of year, that you should be evaluating your investments and retirement savings and maxing them out as much as you can. While many people know they should be saving more for a rainy day and retirement, most of us are not. Using a few tax incentives can assist you a great deal now and years down the line. ... ››› more
  • [12 February 2019]
  • How would you like R5.5 million at retirement?
  • How would you like R5.5 million at retirement?
    What would you prefer? A pay out of R5.5 million the day you retire, or lifetime guaranteed income of R46,772 per month every month till you pass away. If you started saving R300 per month towards your retirement in 1978 (roughly 7.5% of the average household income back then) you'd sit with exactly that choice today… So what's the best choice? How do you ensure that your money lasts you a... ››› more
  • [18 July 2018]
  • Is this an opportunity for a quick buck - or are you being taken advantage of?
  • Is this an opportunity for a quick buck - or are you being taken advantage of?
    On 4 May 2018 RECM and Callibre (JSE: RACP) announced that it is offering to buy out investors in Astoria shares (JSE: ARA). Astoria shares traded at R11.71 that day, and RACP offered R13.50 per share. That's a quick 15.3% gain investors can make, nearly instantly. But is this a good deal, and should investors accept it?   SA’s new energy law could help make you 120% in the n... ››› more
  • [10 May 2018]
  • Do you know at what age you will be ready to retire?
  • Do you know at what age you will be ready to retire?
    According to a retirement round table hosted by the CFA Society and the Financial Planning Institute of Southern Africa, only about 6% of South Africans can maintain their standards of living when they retire. And, based on the Global Retirement Index, South Africa is among the worst 8% of countries in the world to retire in. That's because state healthcare, social security and a number of oth... ››› more
  • [04 April 2018]
  • The interest rate will drop at the end of March!
  • The interest rate will drop at the end of March!
    The South African Reserve bank will hold its Monetary Policy Committee meeting between 26 and 28 March. At this stage all the indications are that interest rates might actually drop by 0.25%. That means, if you keep paying the same amount on your property loan, you will pay it off 13 months faster - just thanks to the lower interest rate! So how can we know that this'll happen, and wha... ››› more
  • [22 March 2018]
  • 2018: The year of SA Inc and small caps
  • 2018: The year of SA Inc and small caps
    The market and currency have responded positively to the appointment of Cyril as President of the ANC. We've seen the rand on the longest weekly winning streak since 2002, as foreign investors that were sitting on the sidelines start deploying capital in to SA stocks. As mentioned late last year, the stocks on their shopping list are SA focused companies with earnings mostly generated locally.... ››› more
  • [10 January 2018]
  • How you can get a 100% tax refund - and grow your investment portfolio at the same time
  • 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]


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