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Aiden Sookdin

  • Three festive driving tips to save you money and keep you safe
  • We live in such a vast and beautiful country and if you're like me, then you enjoy long driving holidays. I love the feel of the road beneath the wheels, the power of the engine and the ever-changing scenery on the journey. I love singing with my family and counting the windmills as we drive. But, I don't like pulling into petrol stations along the way and filling up my tank. It just costs... ››› more
  • [17 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]
  • Read this before you rush out and buy an Uber car
  • Uber is no doubt one of the most convenient and cost effective transport solutions in the country right now. As an avid Uber user myself, I've never waited more than five minutes for the driver to pick me up once I make the booking on the user friendly app. The car is always clean, the driver is always friendly and I've never had an incident where I was unhappy with the service. It's safe... ››› more
  • [27 September 2016]
  • Genetically advanced children? No wonder it's the best investment in the world...
  • What you are about to read, may sound like science fiction... But I assure you it is fact. Think about Hollywood blockbuster movies like Gattica and Splice, where healthy, genetically modified children are a standard feature in everyday life. Now imagine a new technology that can help you decide if your child has black hair, hazel eyes or tanned skin. Not only does this new technology allo... ››› more
  • [20 September 2016]
  • Become a virtual farmer and “Beef” up your investment portfolio
  • I spend a massive amount of time researching odd ball ways to invest money. You see, I love spotting the method in the madness of the idea. Best of all, I help you make a pretty penny in the process. And that's exactly what I want to help you do today. When I come across a good idea, I can't wait to write about it and share it with you. This time around, I've found a really strange investm... ››› more
  • [13 September 2016]
  • The best way to get into the Chinese stock market for long-term gains
  • With a booming population and an ever growing investment market, China overtook the US as the world's largest recipient of foreign capital investments. Official statistics from China's Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) show foreign direct investment (FDI) into China reaching $35.4 billion in the first quarter of 2016. That's a 4.5% increase from the same period in 2015. The US economy fell from its po... ››› more
  • [06 September 2016]
  • The “fools” guide to passive income - How to make money while you sleep
  • I've spent days, weeks and even months researching all sorts of crazy passive income ideas. One thing that I've learnt is that it really is possible to make money while you sleep. To create streams of passive income, you should spend very little time setting up the income stream and sit back and watch as your bank account grows. It really is possible. Passive income is not a dream or a my... ››› more
  • [30 August 2016]
  • Two experts who predicted the 2008 crash are predicting a crash in 2016
  • Only eight years ago, the global financial markets went through one of the worst events in the history of formalised trading. In 2008, the American property bubble burst. In less than a week, investors around the world lost their retirement savings, homes and investments. The impact of the crisis quickly spread across the globe as billions were wiped out of the market. The Jerome Levy Fore... ››› more
  • [25 August 2016]
  • 21 Complex terms experienced investors use - that you don't need to be intimidated by
  • Do you walk into a room full of investors and struggle to understand what's going on around you? Are you lost in the jargon and anxious that someone is going to ask you a question, you just can't answer? Well, if that sounds like you then I have some good news. You don't need to play second fiddle to your investment advisor, your broker or even your smarty-pants friends. You don't need t... ››› more
  • [23 August 2016]
  • Live the life you want and break the chains of financial slavery
  • Fifteen years ago, I didn't think this was possible. Maybe it was for other people, but certainly not for me... At the age of 20, I drove a red Golf Chico, earned R5,000 a month, lived in a tiny one bedroom flat in someone's back garden and couldn't afford to take an annual holiday. Today, my life is totally different. That's because I understand the life changing power of earning, sav... ››› more
  • [16 August 2016]
  • You can make more money working three days a week
  • How many days do you work in a week? Five, six maybe even seven? Do you spend 8 to 12 hours at work, drive home and then spend another 2 or 3 hours on your laptop? Do you enjoy doing this? I'll be honest. I was just like you. I spent 90% of my day working my fingers to the bone. I hardly saw my family during the week or even on the weekends. Then, I burnt out. I spent a week st... ››› more
  • [11 August 2016]
  • Eight reasons you won't have enough to retire - Here's what you need to do right now!
  • You won't have enough money to retire. I know I sound like the harbinger of doom, but it's a reality that you and most South Africans need to face up to. Now you might be asking, why am I saying this about you? Well, I am only looking at the statistics. The Financial Planning Institute of South Africa says less than a quarter of South Africans can afford to retire. If you think that's ... ››› more
  • [11 August 2016]
  • Nine essential investment tips every woman must know about
  • August is Women's Month. As South Africa celebrates the role women played in the liberation of the country against apartheid, the women of South Africa are now facing a new struggle. That's the fight for financial equality. Not only is the investment world still largely dominated by men, a large number of households still rely on men for financial security. The good news is that the stereo... ››› more
  • [11 August 2016]
  • The easiest and safest way you can start earning passive income today
  • Imagine this... It's Monday morning. The sun is peeping over the horizon, you're sipping on a cup of coffee waiting for seven ‘o clock to arrive. You need to hit the road. You pull out of your driveway and watch the stream of cars head into the city. A smile drifts over your face because you're driving in the opposite direction. You're leaving town, hitting the open road. The ocean is ca... ››› more
  • [04 August 2016]
  • Pokémon Goes BUST - An excellent investment lesson
  • Hundreds of thousands of people around the world have gone crazy over the Pokémon Go revolution. Smart phone addicted nuts chasing around imaginary creatures have caused quite a stir in the international markets. Players across the world have received warnings from authorities for trespassing, illegally crossing borders, heat stroke and even online scams. It wasn't only gamers blinded by ... ››› more
  • [28 July 2016]
  • Pravin Gordhan believes South Africa will dodge another recession
  • So far this year, you've heard the word recession a lot. It's a real threat to the economy right now. The third quarter of 2015 saw 0.7% gross domestic product (GDP) growth - the fourth quarter saw 0.6% GDP growth. Results of the first quarter of 2016 shows the economy contracted 1.2%. Economists expected the economy to contract only 0.1%, which leads me to believe that nobody really knows... ››› more
  • [28 July 2016]
  • Three ways to tap into increasing rental property demand today
  • Right now there's a shift happening in the South African property investment space that's perfect if you're a property investor that wants to get your money into the rental property game. Demand for buying property is falling quickly and more people are looking to rent property right now. This is because the weakening rand, banks tightening their lending criteria and the general increase in co... ››› more
  • [28 July 2016]
  • The JSE just made a R100 billion error
  • Until Sunday 24 July 2016, economists, local and international investors were investing under a false notion that foreign investors bought South African equities to the value of nearly R100 billion. Economists were mostly baffled by the figures being reported by the JSE. They could not understand why so many investors were buying up such a large portion of South African listed companies. Some ... ››› more
  • [27 July 2016]
  • Vodacom, MTN or Telkom - Which investment is delivering better returns?
  • South Africa's telecommunications investments have been quite exciting to watch over the last year. Massive fines, reshuffling of executives and new developments and products across the industry have left some investors confused as to which telecommunications shares to invest in. So let's take a quick look at MTN, Vodacom and Telkom and see which investment has performed better in the last yea... ››› more
  • [25 July 2016]
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