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  • Retirement 101: Consider these six points when selecting your perfect RA
  • Retirement annuities (RAs) are long term savings vehicles that you can use if you're not a member of retirement fund schemes or wish to top up your retirement savings. Their big attraction of RAs is the tax deductibility of the investor's contributions. But not all RAs are made equal. That's why, before picking one, you need to consider these six points… Six points to consider when selecting ... ››› more
  • [14 March 2014]
  • Weighing up your retirement options: The pros and cons of a defined pension scheme
  • If you're amongst about half of the working population that has a company pension scheme, there are generally two types on offer. There's a defined benefit scheme and a defined contribution scheme. Let's take a closer look at defined benefit schemes… How defined benefit schemes work With defined benefit schemes, your pension is a proportion of your final salary, the team of experts at The S... ››› more
  • [13 March 2014]
  • If you want to retire at 55 or younger - make sure you focus on these three things!
  • Retiring early is a dream we all share. But it doesn't have to be just a dream! Whether you want to retire at 55 or even earlier, you need to have a retirement plan in place that'll get you there. But not just any retirement plan mind you. The best retirement plans look at the secrets others who've achieved this before you used to get there. And when it comes to retiring early, there are three thi... ››› more
  • [13 March 2014]
  • Solid dividend paying shares: One way to achieve your retirement goals
  • If you haven't already, you need to think about your retirement. Once you've decided how you'd like to spend your retirement, the crucial thing you need to work out is how you're going to achieve that. You need enough money coming in to allow you to live your golden years comfortably. Read on to discover an option worth considering… How do you want to spend your retirement? The sooner you s... ››› more
  • [10 March 2014]
  • What rising interest rates mean for retirees
  • At the end of January, the Reserve Bank made the surprise move of hiking interest rates by 0.5%. With the rand wallowing at five year lows and inflation climbing, the chance of more interest rate hikes is increasing. But what effect could rising interest rates have on your retirement? Let's take a closer look… Interest rates and retirement: The link explained If you’ve retired, the low... ››› more
  • [07 March 2014]
  • Retirement planning 101: Three things you need to do today to prepare for tomorrow
  • In general, people spend more time planning a holiday than they do their retirement. That's scary considering a holiday is only a few weeks long at most, whereas your retirement is something you need for years. Today, we reveal three essential parts of your retirement planning you need to concentrate on today to make sure your tomorrow is a comfortable and happy one… Preparing for your retire... ››› more
  • [06 March 2014]
  • Expert reveals: Three DIY steps to set up the best retirement plan
  • When it comes to investing for your retirement, you don't need to sacrifice control of your money to someone who doesn't have your best interest top of his mind. So kick mediocre investment returns to the curb. And handpick your best retirement plan by following this three-step retirement strategy. How to set up your own retirement plan – DIY style To take control of your retirement, here... ››› more
  • [05 March 2014]
  • Retirement strategies 101: Are you protecting your most valuable retirement asset?
  • When it comes to retirement strategies, people often spend their time focussing on the wrong thing. They think their car… Their house… Their holiday home at the coast… Is what really matters. If you agree with this, you're neglecting your most valuable asset. And it could ruin your retirement plan… What is your most valuable retirement asset? mweb.co.za says that the most valuable r... ››› more
  • [05 March 2014]
  • Women listen up: Add these three tips to your retirement planning today
  • A successful retirement doesn't happen all by itself, it only happens if you plan wisely. But here's the thing: “Many women are so busy they don't have time to think about their own needs and to proactively prepare for their own retirement,” writes Forbes.com. In fact, American retirement studies reveal only 29% of women have made saving for retirement their top financial priority. Here in SA,... ››› more
  • [04 March 2014]
  • When I saw this my blood was boiling….
  • When I saw this my blood was boiling….
    As our family's ‘Financial Expert' I always have family members coming to me for help. And this past week I received a mail from a family member asking me to have a look at a retirement policy of theirs and whether they should continue paying it past 55. When I saw its contents I was ready to explode. You see, this retirement plan my family member was pay towards wasn't benefitting him at ... ››› more
  • [10 February 2014]
  • How much do you need to save for your retirement?
  • When it comes to saving for your retirement, the most important aspect is having enough in your pension pot for your golden years. But how much should you be squirrelling away every month? Read on to find out how you can work this out… To ensure that you’re saving enough for your retirement, you’ll need to get a bit technical, Phil Oakley in MoneyWeek explains… Annuity factors (AF) he... ››› more
  • [24 December 2013]
  • How to calculate how much you need to retire
  • Pensions can be depressing and confusing to think about. But you can increase your chances of achieving the retirement you want and do away with some of the angst you feel by putting some time into planning it. Your first step should be to calculate how much you'll need to retire. Read on to find out how to work that out… The first step in your pension planning is working out how much you’ll... ››› more
  • [23 December 2013]
  • WARNING! Your current retirement plan could lead you to financial ruin
  • Do you remember the ad where the old man sits by the fire eating cat food, because he didn't plan for his future and now he's too poor to afford anything else? Well, the scary thing is that's not far-fetched at all! That could be you in 20 years or so! All because you didn't think your retirement through properly. So saying you need the right retirement plan is an understatement. Th... ››› more
  • [11 December 2013]

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