Yesterday, the South African Banking Risk Information Centre (SABRIC) released its latest statistics about credit card fraud.
Credit card fraud losses leapt higher. The main culprit being credit cards obtained fraudulently.
So what can you do to protect yourself against credit card fraud?
Read on to find out…
Credit card fraud is on the rise in South Africa
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Unemployment is one of South Africa's most pressing challenges. Not only is it sitting "pretty" at 25.4%, there's absolutely no sign that it'll improve anytime soon.
So you'd think the proposal for a national minimum wage (NMW) would be the answer.
But it isn't!
A NMW won't only result in higher levels of unemployment, but will create a chain-reaction, that'll take our economy deeper in... ››› more
When the economy goes sour, more and more people start reconsidering their spending and readjust their budgets.
However, saving should be a priority for you regardless of the state of the economy. If you get into the habit of saving, up will live much more comfortably knowing that you still have control over your financial future.
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So you've decided it's time to get rid of the debt that has been piling up. Good for you! Making the decision to tackle your debt is an important one.
The next step would be to decide on a debt payment method. You may be familiar with the two popular debt pay-off strategies: Snowball and Avalanche.
Today we’ll take a closer look at both of them to better understand what they entail and whic... ››› more
Depending on how close you are to retirement and what you wish to do during the golden years, you can be on the right track or not.
Planning for retirement means looking out for yourself. You can't rely on state pensions and employer benefits if you want to live comfortably during retirement. You need to take charge of your retirement by saving regularly and investing at your own comfort level... ››› more
When it comes to your personal finances, the first thing you need to do is ensure you have adequate savings.
Without savings, you can't invest, you can't plan for the future and you can't make adequate plans for your retirement.
Once you start to save, the world of financial possibilities opens up to you.
So what should you do to get your savings on the right track?
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Whether you're a big spender or you simply can't stick to a budget, it's always a good idea to learn to be more frugal.
Embracing the frugal life may not be all fun and games, but it will surely be worth it in the long run. When you draw the line at the end of the month, it's crucial that you see some improvements regarding your spending habits.
Here are five simple ways to embrace the simpl... ››› more
Unless you're exceptionally self-disciplined and frugal, you probably have a difficult time saving money on a regular basis. The less you earn, the less you feel encouraged to save, but that doesn't mean that those who make plenty of money are big savers.
Everyone has a hard time saving because, let's face it, being frugal isn't fun. Even if you consider yourself more of a spender, don't get d... ››› more
If you're striving for business success and to build wealth, where should you start?
To achieve this you need to approach things a little differently to the average person on the street.
You need to think of better ways to do things than the masses. And this couldn't be more true that trying to succeed in business.
Here are five tips to get you on your way to achieving business success an... ››› more
We know you're in a terrible hurry to get rid of debt. But certain debt reducing strategies may be more detrimental than beneficial.
Don't choose the quick and easy way out because it rarely works. Here are some debt reducing strategies that are dangerous to your financial well-being.
1. Borrowing money from your retirement account
Paying off your current debt may be on top of your to-do... ››› more
Small changes can make a big difference when it comes to your financial future. Even if you're not much of a saver, you can always turn your life around by establishing a savings fund.
Financial freedom is not easily achievable, but it is worth the effort. You can instantly gain more control over your finances by starting to save regularly.
Here are some powerful tips to help you make the ch... ››› more
If retirement is quickly approaching and you know that there is no more time to waste, then it's time to get more organized and determined in your planning.
Here is a checklist of things you should do before and during retirement, to ensure that you have everything under control.
1. Make sure you can afford to retire. You may want to retire when the time is right, but can you actually afford ... ››› more
Are you trying to keep your credit clean? When it comes to maintaining a good credit score, there are certain mistakes that should be avoided.
Manage your credit by following these tips.
1. Create an emergency fund
If you don’t have an emergency fund, it’s time to start saving. Keep at least three months’ worth of savings in a special emergency fund, to use for unexpected situatio... ››› more
When you're approaching retirement and have to consider all your options, it's possible to think about retiring abroad.
The decision to move abroad is not an easy one, and it should be treated with a lot of responsibility. Before making such an important decision, ask yourself a few questions.
Regarding health care
Health care is one of the biggest concerns for retirees looking to retir... ››› more
Do you run out of cash before the end of the month? Have you tried saving before, but haven't succeeded? Then it's time to implement some quick and easy saving tips.
As challenging as it may be to save more money, with some effort and self-discipline anyone can at least get started with saving. It's important that you save something, even if it's not as much as you would like.
Here are a ... ››› more
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