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  • Insurance warning: Six things you need to do before you lock up and go this December
  • Picture this: You've just come home from a wonderful December holiday. You throw open your front door and put down your bags. But just before you can say, “Home, sweet home!” the chaos around you tells you there's been a burglary. Your next thought will probably be: “Thank goodness I'm insured!” But are you really certain you'll be paid out as much as you expect? If you have in... ››› more
  • [21 December 2015]
  • Nine secret hiding places to protect your wealth while you're away this December
  • Criminals are becoming increasingly organised, determined and cunning. They target people who run successful businesses or own nice houses, going for their investments, jewellery and pensions… They're even gunning for your identities! Armed with the right information, an ID criminal can impersonate you and commit fraud, open and misuse bank accounts, apply for loans, abuse your existing b... ››› more
  • [21 December 2015]
  • Nine clever things to do with your Christmas bonus this year…
  • It's that time of the year again. When you wait - with joyful anticipation - for your 13th cheque! And, while you might be pleasantly surprised by how generous your boss has been, you'll be just as shocked when the taxman swipes a lovely chunk of your bonus How? Well, not only can he take up to 45% of your bonus if it's added to your December salary (because this could push you into a h... ››› more
  • [21 December 2015]
  • 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]

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